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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 34,000 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, Oliver Nelson, Patsy Cline 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:214 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,234
Rank in 1960s77Overall Rank:749
Average Rating:  80/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,916
Rank in 1960s82Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  81/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,246
Rank in 1960s157Overall Rank:1,719
Average Rating:  78/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,028
Rank in 1960s177Overall Rank:2,038
Average Rating:  78/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:1,005
Rank in 1960s182Overall Rank:2,075
Average Rating:  79/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:551
Rank in 1960s257Overall Rank:3,285
Average Rating:  78/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:526
Rank in 1960s263Overall Rank:3,418
Average Rating:  75/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:504
Rank in 1960s272Overall Rank:3,531
Average Rating:  77/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:426
Rank in 1960s298Overall Rank:4,017
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:59 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:405
Rank in 1960s310Overall Rank:4,187
Average Rating:  77/100 (60 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%
Ray Charles 3 1%
Buck Owens 3 1%
Yevgeny Mravinsky / Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 188 78%
Brazil 12 5%
United Kingdom 9 4%
France 7 3%
Italy 6 2%
Mixed Nationality 4 2%
Russia 3 1%
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