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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, Oliver Nelson, 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:131 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,903
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:519
Average Rating: 82/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,494
Rank in 1960s96Overall Rank:946
Average Rating: 80/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:907
Rank in 1960s135Overall Rank:1,445
Average Rating: 78/100 (73 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:720
Rank in 1960s157Overall Rank:1,755
Average Rating: 76/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:533
Rank in 1960s192Overall Rank:2,237
Average Rating: 73/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:520
Rank in 1960s196Overall Rank:2,275
Average Rating: 75/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:269
Rank in 1960s272Overall Rank:3,887
Average Rating: 75/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Djangology
Compilation
Belgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:263
Rank in 1960s273Overall Rank:3,961
Average Rating: 76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:240
Rank in 1960s289Overall Rank:4,278
Average Rating: 76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:215
Rank in 1960s307Overall Rank:4,651
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 3 3%
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 92 84%
United Kingdom 4 4%
Italy 4 4%
France 3 3%
Belgium 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
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