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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:135 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,927
Rank in 1960s64Overall Rank:525
Average Rating: 81/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,764
Rank in 1960s84Overall Rank:843
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:79 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:948
Rank in 1960s135Overall Rank:1,409
Average Rating: 77/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:650
Rank in 1960s174Overall Rank:1,940
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:36 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:558
Rank in 1960s192Overall Rank:2,189
Average Rating: 73/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:552
Rank in 1960s194Overall Rank:2,213
Average Rating: 75/100 (49 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:3,653
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:292
Rank in 1960s269Overall Rank:3,715
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:258
Rank in 1960s292Overall Rank:4,103
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:32 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:247
Rank in 1960s298Overall Rank:4,255
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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