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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 20,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Etta James, Bill Evans Trio, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Patsy Cline, Oliver Nelson, Roy Orbison, 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:156 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,052
Rank in 1960s69Overall Rank:569
Average Rating:  81/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,068
Rank in 1960s84Overall Rank:801
Average Rating:  81/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,199
Rank in 1960s121Overall Rank:1,291
Average Rating:  77/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:768
Rank in 1960s170Overall Rank:1,860
Average Rating:  78/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:562
Rank in 1960s207Overall Rank:2,380
Average Rating:  76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:550
Rank in 1960s211Overall Rank:2,420
Average Rating:  76/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:346
Rank in 1960s264Overall Rank:3,514
Average Rating:  74/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:336
Rank in 1960s269Overall Rank:3,606
Average Rating:  78/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:291
Rank in 1960s296Overall Rank:4,028
Average Rating:  73/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:271
Rank in 1960s304Overall Rank:4,259
Average Rating:  77/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
John Coltrane 3 2%
The Jimmy Giuffre 3 2 1%
Grant Green 2 1%
Ray Charles 2 1%
Miles Davis 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 117 84%
France 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
Italy 4 3%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Argentina 1 1%
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