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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:207 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,177
Rank in 1960s77Overall Rank:752
Average Rating:  80/100 (306 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,845
Rank in 1960s84Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  81/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,280
Rank in 1960s153Overall Rank:1,673
Average Rating:  78/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:947
Rank in 1960s188Overall Rank:2,151
Average Rating:  79/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:938
Rank in 1960s192Overall Rank:2,166
Average Rating:  78/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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6.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:524
Rank in 1960s259Overall Rank:3,398
Average Rating:  75/100 (53 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:496
Rank in 1960s270Overall Rank:3,536
Average Rating:  77/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:490
Rank in 1960s271Overall Rank:3,571
Average Rating:  79/100 (65 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:419
Rank in 1960s296Overall Rank:4,027
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:58 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:400
Rank in 1960s306Overall Rank:4,170
Average Rating:  77/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 5 2%
Frank Sinatra 5 2%
Grant Green 4 2%
Miles Davis 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 183 79%
Brazil 10 4%
United Kingdom 9 4%
France 7 3%
Italy 6 3%
Russia 3 1%
Mixed Nationality 3 1%
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