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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 22,000 greatest album charts.

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

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:2,988
Rank in 1960s70Overall Rank:615
Average Rating:  81/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,234
Rank in 1960s81Overall Rank:794
Average Rating:  81/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:859
Rank in 1960s166Overall Rank:1,815
Average Rating:  78/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:691
Rank in 1960s192Overall Rank:2,148
Average Rating:  77/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:581
Rank in 1960s213Overall Rank:2,463
Average Rating:  77/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby "Blue" Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:377
Rank in 1960s267Overall Rank:3,480
Average Rating:  77/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:339
Rank in 1960s280Overall Rank:3,777
Average Rating:  75/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:324
Rank in 1960s291Overall Rank:3,925
Average Rating:  73/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:322
Rank in 1960s292Overall Rank:3,938
Average Rating:  78/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Thelonious Monk With John ColtraneUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1961Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:254
Rank in 1960s336Overall Rank:4,723
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 4 3%
Miles Davis 4 3%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Eddie Harris 2 1%
Freddie King 2 1%
The Ventures 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 129 83%
France 5 3%
United Kingdom 5 3%
Italy 4 3%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
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