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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 25,000 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:179 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,138
Rank in 1960s72Overall Rank:644
Average Rating:  80/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,410
Rank in 1960s83Overall Rank:823
Average Rating:  81/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,052
Rank in 1960s153Overall Rank:1,656
Average Rating:  78/100 (89 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:947
Rank in 1960s164Overall Rank:1,819
Average Rating:  78/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:907
Rank in 1960s173Overall Rank:1,879
Average Rating:  78/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:486
Rank in 1960s248Overall Rank:3,085
Average Rating:  79/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:429
Rank in 1960s265Overall Rank:3,404
Average Rating:  75/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby "Blue" Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:395
Rank in 1960s274Overall Rank:3,628
Average Rating:  77/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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9.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:332
Rank in 1960s310Overall Rank:4,178
Average Rating:  73/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:318
Rank in 1960s315Overall Rank:4,315
Average Rating:  78/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 4 2%
Grant Green 4 2%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Sarah Vaughan 2 1%
Hank Mobley 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 154 86%
United Kingdom 6 3%
Italy 4 2%
France 4 2%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
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