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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 33,000 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:206 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,091
Rank in 1960s77Overall Rank:759
Average Rating:  81/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,837
Rank in 1960s82Overall Rank:829
Average Rating:  81/100 (309 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,288
Rank in 1960s149Overall Rank:1,644
Average Rating:  79/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:997
Rank in 1960s181Overall Rank:2,043
Average Rating:  78/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:909
Rank in 1960s191Overall Rank:2,195
Average Rating:  79/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:522
Rank in 1960s261Overall Rank:3,359
Average Rating:  75/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:493
Rank in 1960s269Overall Rank:3,505
Average Rating:  77/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:479
Rank in 1960s272Overall Rank:3,587
Average Rating:  79/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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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:420
Rank in 1960s292Overall Rank:3,974
Average Rating:  77/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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10.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:398
Rank in 1960s307Overall Rank:4,150
Average Rating:  78/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 5 2%
John Coltrane 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 180 79%
United Kingdom 9 4%
Brazil 9 4%
France 7 3%
Italy 6 3%
Mixed Nationality 3 1%
Russia 3 1%
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