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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 31,000 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, Miles Davis, Patsy Cline, 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:198 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,125
Rank in 1960s75Overall Rank:738
Average Rating:  81/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,776
Rank in 1960s82Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  81/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,068
Rank in 1960s166Overall Rank:1,876
Average Rating:  78/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,022
Rank in 1960s173Overall Rank:1,948
Average Rating:  78/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:894
Rank in 1960s190Overall Rank:2,161
Average Rating:  79/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:514
Rank in 1960s260Overall Rank:3,313
Average Rating:  76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:474
Rank in 1960s270Overall Rank:3,525
Average Rating:  79/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:423
Rank in 1960s286Overall Rank:3,859
Average Rating:  78/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:399
Rank in 1960s297Overall Rank:4,028
Average Rating:  80/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:399
Rank in 1960s298Overall Rank:4,031
Average Rating:  76/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 5 2%
Frank Sinatra 5 2%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Grant Green 4 2%
Yevgeny Mravinsky / Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 3 1%
Bill Evans Trio 3 1%
Freddie Hubbard 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 176 81%
United Kingdom 7 3%
Italy 6 3%
Brazil 6 3%
France 6 3%
Russia 3 1%
Jamaica 2 1%
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