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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 35,000 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:3,263
Rank in 1960s77Overall Rank:749
Average Rating:  81/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:242 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,957
Rank in 1960s82Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  81/100 (328 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,251
Rank in 1960s157Overall Rank:1,724
Average Rating:  78/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,053
Rank in 1960s177Overall Rank:2,007
Average Rating:  78/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:991
Rank in 1960s186Overall Rank:2,100
Average Rating:  80/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:546
Rank in 1960s258Overall Rank:3,332
Average Rating:  78/100 (69 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:518
Rank in 1960s267Overall Rank:3,462
Average Rating:  76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:503
Rank in 1960s272Overall Rank:3,543
Average Rating:  77/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:426
Rank in 1960s295Overall Rank:4,031
Average Rating:  77/100 (65 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:406
Rank in 1960s307Overall Rank:4,182
Average Rating:  78/100 (61 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%
Bill Evans Trio 3 1%
Freddie Hubbard 3 1%
Ray Charles 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 189 77%
Brazil 12 5%
United Kingdom 9 4%
France 7 3%
Mixed Nationality 6 2%
Italy 6 2%
Russia 3 1%
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