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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, Django Reinhardt, Bobby Bland, Oliver Nelson and Patsy Cline.
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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:2,951
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:505
Average Rating: 82/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,495
Rank in 1960s96Overall Rank:934
Average Rating: 80/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:904
Rank in 1960s135Overall Rank:1,433
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:46 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:728
Rank in 1960s156Overall Rank:1,715
Average Rating: 76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:546
Rank in 1960s189Overall Rank:2,152
Average Rating: 73/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:527
Rank in 1960s195Overall Rank:2,217
Average Rating: 75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

DjangologyBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:253
Rank in 1960s281Overall Rank:4,008
Average Rating: 78/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:240
Rank in 1960s288Overall Rank:4,187
Average Rating: 76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

The Genius Sings the BluesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1961Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:231
Rank in 1960s293Overall Rank:4,304
Average Rating: 73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:218
Rank in 1960s302Overall Rank:4,508
Average Rating: 75/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 3%
John Coltrane 3 3%
Miles Davis 2 2%
Hank Mobley 2 2%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington 2 2%
Roy Orbison 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 89 85%
Italy 4 4%
France 3 3%
United Kingdom 3 3%
Belgium 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
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