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Top-rated albums of 1961

Listed below are the top-rated albums of 1961 as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members!
(To qualify for this chart, an album must have had at least 10 member ratings.)

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1.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,856
Rank in 1960s84Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  81/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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2.

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,211
Rank in 1960s77Overall Rank:749
Average Rating:  80/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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3.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,025
Rank in 1960s178Overall Rank:2,032
Average Rating:  79/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:488
Rank in 1960s274Overall Rank:3,608
Average Rating:  79/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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5.

Africa/BrassUnited States John Coltrane Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1961:15Rank Score:248
Rank in 1960s426Overall Rank:6,184
Average Rating:  78/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:999
Rank in 1960s183Overall Rank:2,067
Average Rating:  78/100 (116 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,232
Rank in 1960s157Overall Rank:1,725
Average Rating:  78/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:401
Rank in 1960s308Overall Rank:4,185
Average Rating:  78/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:419
Rank in 1960s297Overall Rank:4,049
Average Rating:  77/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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10.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1961:11Rank Score:397
Rank in 1960s310Overall Rank:4,220
Average Rating:  77/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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The average rating is a Bayesian average, calculated as follows:
Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV

where:
av = mean average rating an album has currently received.
n = number of ratings an album has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an album to appear in the 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating for an album (currently 73/100).

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