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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 23,000 greatest album charts.

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

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,998
Rank in 1960s72Overall Rank:635
Average Rating:  81/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,285
Rank in 1960s82Overall Rank:805
Average Rating:  81/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:910
Rank in 1960s156Overall Rank:1,781
Average Rating:  78/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:827
Rank in 1960s172Overall Rank:1,909
Average Rating:  77/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:657
Rank in 1960s202Overall Rank:2,321
Average Rating:  77/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:430
Rank in 1960s256Overall Rank:3,253
Average Rating:  78/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:397
Rank in 1960s267Overall Rank:3,455
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby "Blue" Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:383
Rank in 1960s273Overall Rank:3,544
Average Rating:  77/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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9.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:328
Rank in 1960s297Overall Rank:4,030
Average Rating:  74/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:296
Rank in 1960s313Overall Rank:4,309
Average Rating:  77/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 4 2%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
Roy Orbison 2 1%
The Jimmy Giuffre 3 2 1%
Joe Harriott 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 143 84%
United Kingdom 6 4%
France 5 3%
Italy 5 3%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
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