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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 14,000 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, Ray Charles, Bobby Bland, Thelonious Monk, Judy Garland and Patsy Cline.
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1.

King of the Delta Blues SingersUnited States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,831
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:497
Average Rating: 82/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,415
Rank in 1960s93Overall Rank:937
Average Rating: 80/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:815
Rank in 1960s140Overall Rank:1,488
Average Rating: 78/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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4.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:582
Rank in 1960s171Overall Rank:1,956
Average Rating: 75/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:542
Rank in 1960s180Overall Rank:2,058
Average Rating: 75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:509
Rank in 1960s187Overall Rank:2,179
Average Rating: 76/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:236
Rank in 1960s272Overall Rank:4,059
Average Rating: 76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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8.

The Genius Sings the BluesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1961Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:220
Rank in 1960s284Overall Rank:4,301
Average Rating: 73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Judy At Carnegie HallUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:199
Rank in 1960s306Overall Rank:4,647
Average Rating: 74/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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10.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:199
Rank in 1960s307Overall Rank:4,649
Average Rating: 73/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 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%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 88 87%
United Kingdom 3 3%
France 3 3%
Italy 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
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