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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 37,000 greatest album charts.

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

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:223 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,361
Rank in 1960s75Overall Rank:751
Average Rating:  80/100 (326 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:3,131
Rank in 1960s80Overall Rank:803
Average Rating:  81/100 (345 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,319
Rank in 1960s153Overall Rank:1,714
Average Rating:  78/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,139
Rank in 1960s172Overall Rank:1,929
Average Rating:  78/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:565
Rank in 1960s260Overall Rank:3,314
Average Rating:  79/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:535
Rank in 1960s266Overall Rank:3,489
Average Rating:  77/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:503
Rank in 1960s276Overall Rank:3,659
Average Rating:  75/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:435
Rank in 1960s301Overall Rank:4,098
Average Rating:  77/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.

Djangology
Compilation
Belgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:432
Rank in 1960s302Overall Rank:4,118
Average Rating:  79/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:400
Rank in 1960s312Overall Rank:4,361
Average Rating:  73/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Grant Green 5 2%
John Coltrane 5 2%
Frank Sinatra 5 2%
Miles Davis 4 1%
Freddie Hubbard 4 1%
Ray Charles 3 1%
Lou Donaldson 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 205 71%
United Kingdom 22 8%
Brazil 16 6%
Mixed Nationality 9 3%
France 8 3%
Italy 6 2%
Russia 3 1%
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