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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 15,000 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, Patsy Cline, Thelonious Monk and Roy Orbison.
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1.

King of the Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,954
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:500
Average Rating: 82/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,491
Rank in 1960s94Overall Rank:929
Average Rating: 80/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:815
Rank in 1960s143Overall Rank:1,542
Average Rating: 78/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:755
Rank in 1960s153Overall Rank:1,646
Average Rating: 76/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:572
Rank in 1960s183Overall Rank:2,055
Average Rating: 75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:532
Rank in 1960s190Overall Rank:2,188
Average Rating: 73/100 (38 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:240
Rank in 1960s285Overall Rank:4,148
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:19 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:231
Rank in 1960s287Overall Rank:4,250
Average Rating: 73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:213
Rank in 1960s305Overall Rank:4,552
Average Rating: 73/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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10.

Thelonious Monk With John ColtraneUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1961Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:210
Rank in 1960s311Overall Rank:4,598
Average Rating: 76/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 3%
Hank Mobley 2 2%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington 2 2%
Roy Orbison 2 2%
Sarah Vaughan 2 2%
Bill Evans 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 88 85%
Italy 4 4%
France 3 3%
United Kingdom 3 3%
Belgium 2 2%
Brazil 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
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