SLIDESHOW '61 -- a display of Billboard's top 50 ranked songs .
1961 BILLBOARD TOP 10
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In 1955, Billboard magazine began publishing the Top 100 chart which combined three previously used charts (Best Sellers In Stores, Most Played by Jockeys and Most Played in Jukeboxes) -- those three charts continued to be published. In 1958, the "Hot 100" was first published. The year-end charts are based on a record's performance from the first week of December to the last week in November. To search for the Billboard Top Twenty rankings for any week in 1961, click on the button to the right.
Billboard Ranking / Title / Artist / Highest Weekly Rank

01. Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis # 1
02. I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline # 12
03. Michael by The Highwaymen # 1
04. Crying by Roy Orbison # 2
05. Runaway by Del Shannon # 1
06. My True Story by The Jive Five # 3
07. Pony Time by Chubby Checker # 1
08. Wheels by The String-a-longs # 3
09. Raindrops by Dee Clark # 2
10. Wooden Heart by Joe Dowell # 1
11. Calcutta by Lawrence Welk # 1
12. Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee # 1
13. Running Scared by Roy Orbison # 1
14. Dedicated To The One I Love by The Shirelles # 3
15. Last Night by The Mar-keys # 3
16. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles # 1
17. Exodus by Ferente & Teicher # 2
18. Where The Boys Are by Connie Francis # 4
19. Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles # 1
20. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) by Sue Thompson # 5
21. Mother-In-Law by Ernie K-Doe # 1
22. Bristol Stomp by The Dovells # 2
23. Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson # 1
24. Shop Around by The Miracles # 2
25. The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton # 2
26. A Hundred Pounds Of Clay by Gene Mcdaniels # 3
27. The Mountain's High by Dick & Dee Dee # 2
28. Don't Worry About Me by Marty Robbins # 3
29. On The Rebound by Floyd Cramer # 4
30. Portrait Of My Love by Steve Lawrence # 9
31. Quarter To Three by Gary "U.S." Bonds # 1
32. Who Put The Bomp by Barry Mann # 7
33. Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka # 4
34. I Like It Like That by Chris Kenner # 2
35. Apache by Jorgen Ingmann # 2
36. Don't Bet Money Honey by Linda Scott # 9
37. Without You by Johnny Tillotson # 7
38. The Wings Of A Dove by Ferlin Husky # 12
39. Little Sister by Elvis Presley # 5
40. Blue Moon by The Marcels # 1
41. Daddy's Home by Shep & The Limelites # 2
42. This Time by Troy Shondell # 6
43. But I Do by Clarence Henry # 4
44. Asia Minor by Kokomo # 8
45. Hello Walls by Faron Young # 12
46. Runaround Sue by Dion # 1
47. Yellow Bird by Arthur Lyman # 4
48. Hurt by Timi Yuro # 4
49. Hello Mary Lou by Ricky Nelson # 9
50. There's A Moon Out Tonight by The Capris # 3

Billboard Ranking / Title / Artist / Highest Weekly Rank

51. Surrender by Elvis Presley # 1
52. I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters # 5
53. Ya Ya by Lee Dorsey # 7
54. School Is Out by Gary "U.S." Bonds # 5
55. Mexico by Bob Moore and His Orchestra # 7
56. You Don't Know What You've Got by Ral Donner # 4
57. Walk Right Back by The Everly Brothers # 7
58. The Way You Look Tonight by The Lettermen # 13
59. Moody River by Pat Boone # 1
60. One Mint Julep by Ray Charles # 8
61. Take Good Care Of Her by Adam Wade # 7
62. Gee Whiz by Carla Thomas # 10
63. Stand By Me by Ben E. King # 4
64. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King # 10
65. It's Gonna Work Out Fine by Ike and Tina Turner # 14
66. Baby Blue by The Echoes # 12
67. Baby Sittin' Boogie by Buzz Clifford # 6
68. Hats Off To Larry by Del Shannon # 5
69. Those Oldies But Goodies by Little Caesar & The Romans # 9
70. The Fly by Chubby Checker # 7
71. His Latest Flame by Elvis Presley # 4
72. Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaemfert # 1
73. Bless You by Tony Orlando # 15
74. I've Told Every Little Star by Linda Scott # 3
75. One Track Mind by Bobby Lewis # 9
76. Angel Baby by Rosie & The Originals # 5
77. Pretty Little Angel Eyes by Curtis Lee # 7
78. Think Twice by Brook Benton # 11
79. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor by Lonnie Donegan # 5
80. Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart by Connie Francis # 7
81. Mama Said by The Shirelles # 4
82. Let The Four Winds Blow by Fats Domino # 15
83. The Writing On The Wall by Adam Wade # 5
84. My Kind Of Girl by Matt Monro # 18
85. Tonight, My Love Tonight by Paul Anka # 13
86. Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean # 1
87. Good Time Baby by Bobby Rydell # 11
88. San Antonio Rose by Floyd Cramer # 8
89. Rubber Ball by Bobby Vee # 6
90. Missing You by Ray Peterson # 29
91. Dum Dum by Brenda Lee # 4
92. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door by Eddie Hodges # 12
93. You Can Depend On Me by Brenda Lee # 6
94. Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker # 8
95. Take Five by Dave Brubeck # 25
96. Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley # 1
97. Sea Of Heartbreak by Don Gibson # 21
98. More Money For You And Me Medley by The Four Preps # 17
99. You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby by Bobby Darin # 5
100. Please Stay by The Drifters # 14