There are four sources listed for end of year rankings. Billboard magazine is considered the standard and issued several weekly charts and a Top 100 at the end of the year. Cashbox also published its own weekly charts and compiled a year end Top 50 from 1956 to 1960, and then a Top 100 after that. Gilbert & Theroux published "The Top Ten 1956 - Present" in 1981 in which they ranked the Top 40 for each of those years. The EE rank is a calculated rank based on the weekly Billboard Top Twenty which includes all weeks a record was in the top twenty, allowing credit for performance by records that crossed over from one year to another. Any record that made the top forty of at least one of these sources is listed below -- click on the header to sort. To view the listing for a specific source, click on the appropriate button to the left.

In 1960, all four chart sources agreed. Percy Faith's "Theme From a Summer Place" was the number one record of the year. "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley got the nod for #2 by Cashbox and Gilbert & Theroux while "He'll Have to Go" by Jim Reeves was selected second by Billboard and "Are You Lonsome Tonight" by Elvis Presley was designated #2 by the Elvis Era calculation.
title artist BB Rank CB Rank GT rank EE Rank
Alley-Oop The Hollywood Argyles 16 33 22 21
Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley 20 2
Baby, You've Got What It Takes Brook Benton & Dinah Washington 27 24 23 42
Because They're Young Duane Eddy 37 32 35 47
Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin 32 40 60
The Big Hurt Toni Fisher 36 49 27
Burning Bridges Jack Scott 35 36 38 38
Cathy's Clown The Everly Brothers 3 9 4 7
Chain Gang Sam Cooke 29 18 21 26
El Paso Marty Robbins 15 17 15 12
Everybody's Somebody's Fool Connie Francis 11 12 11 15
Finger Poppin' Time Hank Ballard & the Midnighters 49 38 85
Go Jimmy Go Jimmy Clanton 33 54
Good Timin' Jimmy Jones 31 23 25 35
Greenfields The Brothers Four 13 21 16 16
Handy Man Jimmy Jones 8 13 9 17
He'll Have To Go Jim Reeves 2 8 3 5
I'm Sorry Brenda Lee 6 6 6 6
It's Now or Never Elvis Presley 7 2 2 3
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Brian Hyland 19 5 12 24
I Want To Be Wanted Brenda Lee 43 30 37 32
Kiddio Brook Benton 63 19 31 62
Last Date Floyd Cramer 27 10
Let It Be Me The Everly Brothers 30 36 67
Lonely Blue Boy Conway Twitty 38 79
Mr. Custer Larry Verne 42 26 34 33
My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own Connie Francis 17 14 14 11
Night Jackie Wilson 34 22 28 39
North To Alaska Johnny Horton 13 29 20
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison 20 15 17 23
Paper Roses Anita Bryant 41 31 39 41
Please Help Me, I'm Fallin' Hank Locklin 47 20 32 65
Poetry in Motion Johnny Tillotson 87 41 31
Pretty Blue Eyes Steve Lawrence 39 46
Puppy Love Paul Anka 23 29 24 36
Running Bear Johnny Preston 4 10 7 8
Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters 26 3 13 14
Sink the Bismark Johnny Horton 28 27 27 34
Sixteen Reasons Connie Stevens 22 33 28
Stay Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs 98 37 40
Stuck On You Elvis Presley 9 7 8 9
Sweet Nothin's Brenda Lee 18 28 20 30
Teen Angel Mark Dinning 5 16 10 13
Theme From the Apartment Ferrante & Teicher 53 40 58
Theme From a Summer Place Percy Faith 1 1 1 1
A Thousand Stars Kathy Young & the Innocents 0 20 35 22
The Twist Chubby Checker 10 1 5 4
Volare Bobby Rydell 54 39 49
Walk -- Don't Run The Ventures 25 11 18 19
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Freddy Cannon 40 34 37
What In the World's Come Over You Jack Scott 14 48 26 29
Where or When Dion & the Belmonts 21 37 29 44
Why Frankie Avalon 24 35 30 18
Wild One Bobby Rydell 12 25 19 25