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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 38,000 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, Oliver Nelson, Miles Davis, Patsy Cline and Django Reinhardt.
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RankAlbumArtist
61.

A Bossa NegraBrazil Elza Soares
Year of Release:1961Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1961:61Rank Score:56
Rank in 1960s1,179Overall Rank:21,019
Average Rating:  74/100 (9 votes)
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62.

Nancy Wilson / Cannonball AdderleyUnited States Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1961Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1961:62Rank Score:54
Rank in 1960s1,204Overall Rank:21,480
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
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63.

Please Mr. PostmanUnited States The Marvelettes
Year of Release:1961Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1961:63Rank Score:53
Rank in 1960s1,206Overall Rank:21,548
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
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64.

Blues After HoursUnited States Elmore James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1961:64Rank Score:52
Rank in 1960s1,211Overall Rank:21,729
Average Rating:  68/100 (17 votes)
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65.

Runaway With Del ShannonUnited States Del Shannon
Year of Release:1961Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1961:65Rank Score:52
Rank in 1960s1,213Overall Rank:21,766
Average Rating:  72/100 (20 votes)
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66.

Recording Together For The First TimeUnited States Louis Armstrong / Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1961Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1961:66Rank Score:52
Rank in 1960s1,214Overall Rank:21,772
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
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67.

Jerry Lee's Greatest!United States Jerry Lee Lewis
Year of Release:1961Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1961:67Rank Score:51
Rank in 1960s1,222Overall Rank:21,983
Average Rating:  72/100 (10 votes)
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68.

The Soul Of Ike & Tina TurnerUnited States Ike & Tina Turner
Year of Release:1961Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1961:68Rank Score:50
Rank in 1960s1,230Overall Rank:22,126
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
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69.

Out Of The ForrestUnited States Jimmy Forrest
Year of Release:1961Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1961:69Rank Score:47
Rank in 1960s1,264Overall Rank:22,934
Average Rating:  75/100 (3 votes)
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70.

Now Is The Time For FishingUnited Kingdom Sam Larner
Year of Release:1961Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1961:70Rank Score:46
Rank in 1960s1,273Overall Rank:23,132
Average Rating:  72/100 (6 votes)
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


John Coltrane 5 2%
Frank Sinatra 5 2%
Grant Green 5 2%
Freddie Hubbard 4 1%
Miles Davis 4 1%
Lou Donaldson 3 1%
Yevgeny Mravinsky / Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 211 72%
United Kingdom 22 7%
Brazil 12 4%
Mixed Nationality 10 3%
France 10 3%
Italy 6 2%
Russia 4 1%
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