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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 16,000 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, Patsy Cline, Oliver Nelson, Django Reinhardt, Bobby Bland and Thelonious Monk.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King of the Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,921
Rank in 1960s64Overall Rank:527
Average Rating: 81/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,834
Rank in 1960s83Overall Rank:816
Average Rating: 80/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:956
Rank in 1960s133Overall Rank:1,404
Average Rating: 78/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 9 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:652
Rank in 1960s173Overall Rank:1,945
Average Rating: 76/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:558
Rank in 1960s192Overall Rank:2,194
Average Rating: 74/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:556
Rank in 1960s193Overall Rank:2,201
Average Rating: 75/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:299
Rank in 1960s264Overall Rank:3,665
Average Rating: 73/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:291
Rank in 1960s271Overall Rank:3,736
Average Rating: 76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Djangology
Compilation
Belgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:250
Rank in 1960s296Overall Rank:4,240
Average Rating: 75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:249
Rank in 1960s297Overall Rank:4,248
Average Rating: 76/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 3%
Sarah Vaughan 2 2%
John Coltrane 2 2%
Ray Charles 2 2%
The Miracles 2 2%
Miles Davis 2 2%
Hank Mobley 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 96 85%
United Kingdom 4 4%
Italy 4 4%
France 3 3%
Belgium 2 2%
Argentina 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
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