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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 19,000 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, Patsy Cline, Oliver Nelson, Bobby Bland, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King of the Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,040
Rank in 1960s65Overall Rank:552
Average Rating:  81/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,856
Rank in 1960s86Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  81/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:993
Rank in 1960s136Overall Rank:1,459
Average Rating:  77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:708
Rank in 1960s175Overall Rank:1,940
Average Rating:  76/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:505
Rank in 1960s214Overall Rank:2,513
Average Rating:  74/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:502
Rank in 1960s215Overall Rank:2,526
Average Rating:  75/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:375
Rank in 1960s251Overall Rank:3,216
Average Rating:  73/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:341
Rank in 1960s260Overall Rank:3,447
Average Rating:  76/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:264
Rank in 1960s301Overall Rank:4,241
Average Rating:  75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Thelonious Monk With John ColtraneUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1961Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:242
Rank in 1960s316Overall Rank:4,535
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Hank Mobley 2 2%
The Shirelles 2 2%
Freddie King 2 2%
Bill Evans 2 2%
The Miracles 2 2%
John Coltrane 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 108 86%
Italy 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
France 3 2%
Canada 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
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