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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 27,000 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, Patsy Cline, Miles Davis, Bobby Bland and Oliver Nelson.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,153
Rank in 1960s73Overall Rank:667
Average Rating:  81/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:2,695
Rank in 1960s78Overall Rank:772
Average Rating:  81/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:977
Rank in 1960s164Overall Rank:1,845
Average Rating:  78/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:931
Rank in 1960s172Overall Rank:1,920
Average Rating:  79/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans Trio
Year of Release:1961Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:883
Rank in 1960s180Overall Rank:2,009
Average Rating:  79/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:481
Rank in 1960s255Overall Rank:3,214
Average Rating:  76/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:398
Rank in 1960s283Overall Rank:3,719
Average Rating:  78/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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8.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:395
Rank in 1960s284Overall Rank:3,745
Average Rating:  79/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1961Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:378
Rank in 1960s291Overall Rank:3,877
Average Rating:  79/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Lonely And BlueUnited States Roy Orbison
Year of Release:1961Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:343
Rank in 1960s307Overall Rank:4,206
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 5 3%
Miles Davis 4 2%
Grant Green 4 2%
Frank Sinatra 4 2%
Freddie Hubbard 3 2%
Bill Evans Trio 3 2%
The Jimmy Giuffre 3 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 164 86%
United Kingdom 6 3%
Italy 4 2%
France 4 2%
Brazil 3 2%
Jamaica 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
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