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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 18,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Etta James, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Oliver Nelson, Patsy Cline, Bobby Bland, Thelonious Monk and Roy Orbison.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King of the Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,993
Rank in 1960s65Overall Rank:535
Average Rating:  81/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,805
Rank in 1960s83Overall Rank:855
Average Rating:  81/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,087
Rank in 1960s127Overall Rank:1,314
Average Rating:  77/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:694
Rank in 1960s175Overall Rank:1,911
Average Rating:  76/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:562
Rank in 1960s200Overall Rank:2,257
Average Rating:  73/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:500
Rank in 1960s211Overall Rank:2,474
Average Rating:  74/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:363
Rank in 1960s251Overall Rank:3,272
Average Rating:  76/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:362
Rank in 1960s252Overall Rank:3,281
Average Rating:  73/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:263
Rank in 1960s301Overall Rank:4,230
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Thelonious Monk With John ColtraneUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:231
Rank in 1960s320Overall Rank:4,673
Average Rating:  76/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 102 85%
France 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
Italy 4 3%
Germany 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
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