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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 28,000 greatest album charts.

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

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,040
Rank in 1960s75Overall Rank:705
Average Rating:  80/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,615
Rank in 1960s83Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  81/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,059
Rank in 1960s156Overall Rank:1,756
Average Rating:  77/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:913
Rank in 1960s179Overall Rank:1,996
Average Rating:  78/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:893
Rank in 1960s181Overall Rank:2,029
Average Rating:  78/100 (89 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:480
Rank in 1960s256Overall Rank:3,270
Average Rating:  75/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:403
Rank in 1960s281Overall Rank:3,742
Average Rating:  79/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:396
Rank in 1960s286Overall Rank:3,798
Average Rating:  77/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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9.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:391
Rank in 1960s289Overall Rank:3,842
Average Rating:  79/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:372
Rank in 1960s296Overall Rank:4,000
Average Rating:  76/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 5 3%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Grant Green 4 2%
Frank Sinatra 4 2%
Yevgeny Mravinsky / Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 3 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
Freddie Hubbard 3 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 167 85%
United Kingdom 6 3%
France 4 2%
Italy 4 2%
Brazil 4 2%
Russia 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
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