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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 16,000 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, Oliver Nelson, Patsy Cline, Django Reinhardt, 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:131 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,903
Rank in 1960s64Overall Rank:524
Average Rating: 81/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,707
Rank in 1960s85Overall Rank:858
Average Rating: 80/100 (146 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:913
Rank in 1960s135Overall Rank:1,457
Average Rating: 77/100 (75 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:624
Rank in 1960s175Overall Rank:1,990
Average Rating: 74/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:550
Rank in 1960s193Overall Rank:2,196
Average Rating: 73/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:521
Rank in 1960s198Overall Rank:2,288
Average Rating: 75/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:290
Rank in 1960s266Overall Rank:3,686
Average Rating: 76/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:287
Rank in 1960s271Overall Rank:3,724
Average Rating: 73/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Djangology
Compilation
Belgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:261
Rank in 1960s285Overall Rank:4,018
Average Rating: 75/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:241
Rank in 1960s298Overall Rank:4,304
Average Rating: 76/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 94 85%
United Kingdom 4 4%
Italy 4 4%
France 3 3%
Belgium 2 2%
Brazil 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
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