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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:131 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,854
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:529
Average Rating: 81/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,599
Rank in 1960s91Overall Rank:894
Average Rating: 80/100 (145 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:906
Rank in 1960s134Overall Rank:1,454
Average Rating: 77/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:726
Rank in 1960s158Overall 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:33 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:548
Rank in 1960s191Overall Rank:2,194
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:32 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:521
Rank in 1960s196Overall Rank:2,282
Average Rating: 75/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:288
Rank in 1960s263Overall Rank:3,691
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:25 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:265
Rank in 1960s280Overall Rank:3,946
Average Rating: 76/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Djangology
Compilation
Belgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:259
Rank in 1960s283Overall Rank:4,021
Average Rating: 75/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:237
Rank in 1960s296Overall Rank:4,336
Average Rating: 75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 4 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 94 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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