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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 20,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Etta James, Bill Evans Trio, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Patsy Cline, Oliver Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bobby Bland and Thelonious Monk.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,122
Rank in 1960s68Overall Rank:566
Average Rating:  81/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,093
Rank in 1960s85Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  81/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,217
Rank in 1960s123Overall Rank:1,290
Average Rating:  78/100 (100 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:761
Rank in 1960s173Overall Rank:1,892
Average Rating:  78/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:572
Rank in 1960s206Overall Rank:2,367
Average Rating:  76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:557
Rank in 1960s209Overall Rank:2,420
Average Rating:  76/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:346
Rank in 1960s269Overall Rank:3,526
Average Rating:  74/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:308
Rank in 1960s289Overall Rank:3,868
Average Rating:  78/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:290
Rank in 1960s294Overall Rank:4,056
Average Rating:  73/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:271
Rank in 1960s306Overall Rank:4,278
Average Rating:  77/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
John Coltrane 3 2%
Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Grant Green 2 1%
Ray Charles 2 1%
Miles Davis 2 1%
Eddie Harris 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 117 84%
France 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
Italy 4 3%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Argentina 1 1%
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