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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 18,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Etta James, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Oliver Nelson, Patsy Cline, 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:144 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,087
Rank in 1960s65Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  81/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,784
Rank in 1960s86Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  81/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,130
Rank in 1960s129Overall Rank:1,294
Average Rating:  77/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:630
Rank in 1960s188Overall Rank:2,085
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:38 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:512
Rank in 1960s210Overall Rank:2,467
Average Rating:  73/100 (46 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:504
Rank in 1960s211Overall Rank:2,496
Average Rating:  75/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:364
Rank in 1960s251Overall Rank:3,309
Average Rating:  76/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:363
Rank in 1960s252Overall Rank:3,324
Average Rating:  73/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:264
Rank in 1960s302Overall Rank:4,276
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Thelonious Monk With John ColtraneUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1961Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:243
Rank in 1960s316Overall Rank:4,555
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 2%
The Shirelles 2 2%
Ray Charles 2 2%
Miles Davis 2 2%
The Miracles 2 2%
Hank Mobley 2 2%
Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 105 85%
France 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
Italy 4 3%
Brazil 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
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