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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 36,000 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:220 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,408
Rank in 1960s75Overall Rank:735
Average Rating:  80/100 (323 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:3,015
Rank in 1960s82Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  81/100 (333 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,308
Rank in 1960s154Overall Rank:1,701
Average Rating:  78/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:1,023
Rank in 1960s182Overall Rank:2,093
Average Rating:  78/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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5.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:545
Rank in 1960s264Overall Rank:3,394
Average Rating:  79/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Olé ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:522
Rank in 1960s269Overall Rank:3,516
Average Rating:  77/100 (90 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:483
Rank in 1960s280Overall Rank:3,722
Average Rating:  76/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Someday My Prince Will ComeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:433
Rank in 1960s300Overall Rank:4,073
Average Rating:  77/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.

Djangology
Compilation
Belgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:429
Rank in 1960s302Overall Rank:4,096
Average Rating:  79/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Two Steps From The Blues
Compilation
United States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:410
Rank in 1960s308Overall Rank:4,242
Average Rating:  78/100 (62 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 5 2%
Miles Davis 4 1%
Freddie Hubbard 4 1%
Buck Owens 3 1%
Jackie McLean 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 200 73%
United Kingdom 21 8%
Brazil 16 6%
Mixed Nationality 7 3%
France 7 3%
Italy 6 2%
Russia 3 1%
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