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Best Albums of 1961

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1961 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 15,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Etta James, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Ray Charles, Django Reinhardt, Bobby Bland, Patsy Cline and Thelonious Monk.
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1.

King of the Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,962
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:502
Average Rating: 82/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,495
Rank in 1960s94Overall Rank:931
Average Rating: 80/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:904
Rank in 1960s134Overall Rank:1,424
Average Rating: 78/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:717
Rank in 1960s158Overall Rank:1,729
Average Rating: 76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:565
Rank in 1960s186Overall Rank:2,093
Average Rating: 75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:544
Rank in 1960s191Overall Rank:2,153
Average Rating: 73/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

DjangologyBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:253
Rank in 1960s281Overall Rank:3,986
Average Rating: 78/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:240
Rank in 1960s289Overall Rank:4,175
Average Rating: 76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

The Genius Sings the BluesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1961Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:231
Rank in 1960s292Overall Rank:4,292
Average Rating: 73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:213
Rank in 1960s308Overall Rank:4,587
Average Rating: 73/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 3%
John Coltrane 2 2%
Ray Charles 2 2%
The Miracles 2 2%
Miles Davis 2 2%
Hank Mobley 2 2%
Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 88 85%
Italy 4 4%
United Kingdom 3 3%
France 3 3%
Belgium 2 2%
Argentina 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
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