Top Albums of 1961

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 551 Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard Cool Jazz
2 583 Bobby Bland Two Steps from the Blues Rhythm & Blues
3 630 Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth Hard Bop
4 664 Ornette Coleman Free Jazz Free Jazz
5 703 John Coltrane My Favorite Things Modal Jazz, Post-Bop
6 731 Bill Evans Waltz for Debby Cool Jazz
7 1174 Gil Evans Out of the Cool Big Band, Cool Jazz
8 1233 Max Roach We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite Avant-Garde Jazz
9 1243 Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Hard Bop
10 1426 Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall Standards
11 1488 The Shadows The Shadows Surf Rock
12 1780 Miles Davis Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop
13 2089 Ray Charles Genius + Soul = Jazz Rhythm & Blues, Soul Jazz
14 2136 Stan Getz Focus Avant-Garde Jazz, Cool Jazz
15 2165 Jimmy Giuffre 3 Thesis/1961 Cool Jazz, Third Stream
16 2168 George Russell Ezz-Thetics Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal Jazz
17 2306 Eric Dolphy At the Five Spot, Vol. 1 Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
18 2384 Jimmy Giuffre 3 Fusion/1961 Cool Jazz, Third Stream
19 2391 John Coltrane Africa/Brass Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Post-Bop
20 2452 Ornette Coleman This Is Our Music Avant-Garde Jazz
21 2527 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers A Night in Tunisia Hard Bop
22 2646 The Original Soundtrack West Side Story Film Soundtrack, Show Tunes
23 2734 Jimmy Reed Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall Chicago Blues
24 2976 Freddie King Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddie King Electric Texas Blues

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Booker Little Out Front Hard Bop
Miles Davis In Person Friday Night at the Black Hawk, San Francisco Vol. 1 Hard Bop
Miles Davis In Person Saturday Night at the Black Hawk, San Francisco Vol. 2 Jazz
Phineas Newborn Jr. A World of Piano! Hard Bop
Milt Jackson and John Coltrane Bags & Trane Bebop, Cool Jazz
John Coltrane Olé Coltrane Modal Jazz
Eddie Jefferson The Jazz Singer Vocal Jazz
John Coltrane Coltrane Jazz Hard Bop
Bill Evans Explorations Cool Jazz
Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany's Film Score, Lounge
Freddie Hubbard Ready for Freddie Hard Bop
Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead Vocal Jazz
Lee Konitz Motion Cool Jazz
Art Blakey Mosaic Hard Bop
Ray Charles and Betty Carter Ray Charles and Betty Carter Standards, Vocal Jazz
Cecil Taylor The World of Cecil Taylor/Air Free Jazz
J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding The Great Kai & J.J. Jazz
Sarah Vaughan After Hours Vocal Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie Carnegie Hall Concert Jazz     
Mark Murphy Rah Vocal Jazz
Shelly Manne and His Men At the Manne-Hole, Vol. 1 Jazz
Charles Mingus Pre-Bird/Mingus Revisited Third Stream     
Freddie Hubbard Goin' Up Hard Bop
Ike Quebec Blue and Sentimental Hard Bop
Helen Humes Swingin' with Humes Jazz
Stan Kenton Kenton's West Side Story Big Band
Joan Baez Joan Baez, Vol. 2 Folk Revival
Jackie McLean Bluesnik Hard Bop
Grant Green Green Street Hard Bop
Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come Modal Jazz
Dexter Gordon Doin' Allright Hard Bop
Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds Hard Bop