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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 24,000 greatest album charts.

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

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,071
Rank in 1960s72Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  80/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,440
Rank in 1960s80Overall Rank:786
Average Rating:  81/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:987
Rank in 1960s155Overall Rank:1,707
Average Rating:  79/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:926
Rank in 1960s162Overall Rank:1,800
Average Rating:  78/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:756
Rank in 1960s189Overall Rank:2,110
Average Rating:  78/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:451
Rank in 1960s245Overall Rank:3,176
Average Rating:  79/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:398
Rank in 1960s269Overall Rank:3,510
Average Rating:  76/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby "Blue" Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:397
Rank in 1960s270Overall Rank:3,518
Average Rating:  78/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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9.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:328
Rank in 1960s303Overall Rank:4,109
Average Rating:  73/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:308
Rank in 1960s315Overall Rank:4,300
Average Rating:  79/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 4 2%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
Frank Sinatra 3 2%
Grant Green 3 2%
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2 1%
The Ventures 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 145 84%
United Kingdom 6 3%
France 5 3%
Italy 5 3%
Brazil 3 2%
Canada 2 1%
Jamaica 2 1%
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