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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 26,000 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, Patsy Cline, Miles Davis and Bobby Bland.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,153
Rank in 1960s73Overall Rank:662
Average Rating:  80/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,769
Rank in 1960s77Overall Rank:744
Average Rating:  81/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,104
Rank in 1960s152Overall Rank:1,642
Average Rating:  79/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,020
Rank in 1960s158Overall Rank:1,757
Average Rating:  78/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:948
Rank in 1960s175Overall Rank:1,880
Average Rating:  79/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:484
Rank in 1960s254Overall Rank:3,182
Average Rating:  76/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:483
Rank in 1960s255Overall Rank:3,185
Average Rating:  79/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:398
Rank in 1960s285Overall Rank:3,702
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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9.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:378
Rank in 1960s291Overall Rank:3,863
Average Rating:  79/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:337
Rank in 1960s309Overall Rank:4,237
Average Rating:  73/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Grant Green 4 2%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Frank Sinatra 4 2%
John Coltrane 4 2%
Freddie Hubbard 3 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
Buck Owens 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 162 86%
United Kingdom 6 3%
France 4 2%
Italy 4 2%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
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