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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 26,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Bill Evans Trio, Ornette Coleman, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Oliver Nelson, Miles Davis, Patsy Cline and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,197
Rank in 1960s73Overall Rank:645
Average Rating:  81/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,578
Rank in 1960s81Overall Rank:792
Average Rating:  81/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,094
Rank in 1960s151Overall Rank:1,642
Average Rating:  79/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:956
Rank in 1960s170Overall Rank:1,843
Average Rating:  78/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:903
Rank in 1960s175Overall Rank:1,925
Average Rating:  79/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:509
Rank in 1960s241Overall Rank:3,034
Average Rating:  79/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:431
Rank in 1960s268Overall Rank:3,442
Average Rating:  75/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby "Blue" Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:396
Rank in 1960s282Overall Rank:3,690
Average Rating:  77/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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9.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:338
Rank in 1960s308Overall Rank:4,197
Average Rating:  79/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:332
Rank in 1960s312Overall Rank:4,266
Average Rating:  73/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 4 2%
Grant Green 4 2%
Miles Davis 4 2%
John Coltrane 4 2%
Freddie Hubbard 3 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
The Shadows 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 161 86%
United Kingdom 6 3%
France 4 2%
Italy 4 2%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
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