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The popular songs of 1961 are listed below. The menu at the top of the page allows you to view the songs listed in a variety of ways -- place the cursor over the menu icon to get a description of the list. Clicking on the icon will take you to the list. To the left, random slides of the songs of 1961 are presented -- click on the slide to change it.
title artist week debuted highest ranking Date Highest Rank Weeks in Top Twenty weeks on chart BB CB GT week began #1 weeks #1
A Dollar Down The Limelighters 4/1/1961 60
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A Hundred Pounds of Clay Gene McDaniels 4/3/1961 3 5/6/1961 10 12 26 15 17

A Little Bit of Soap The Jarmels 8/28/1961 12 9/16/1961 2 6




All In My Mind Maxine Brown 1/30/1961 19 2/25/1961 3 6




Alone At Last Jackie Wilson 10/24/1960 8 11/28/1960 6 12




AMOR Ben E. King 8/21/1961 18 9/2/1961 1 5




Angel Baby Rosie & the Originals 12/12/1960 5 1/21/1961 9 12 76



Apache Jorgen Ingmann 2/20/1961 2 4/1/1961 10 13 35 30 37

Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley 11/14/1960 1 11/28/1960 12 14
6 20 11/28/1960 6
Asia Minor Kokomo 3/6/1961 8 4/15/1961 5 11 44



As If I Didn t Know Adam Wade 8/7/1961 10 9/2/1961 4 7




A Thousand Stars Kathy Young & the Innocents 10/31/1960 3 12/12/1960 12 15
20 35

A WONDER LIKE YOU Rick Nelson 10/9/1961 11 11/11/1961 4 9




Baby Blue The Echoes 3/27/1961 12 4/29/1961 6 9 66



Baby Sittin' Boogie Buzz Clifford 1/30/1961 6 3/11/1961 7 10 67



Barbara Ann The Regents 5/22/1961 13 6/10/1961 6 7




You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Bobby Darin 9/11/1961 5 10/14/1961 6 9 99



Big, Big World Johnny Burnette 5/6/1961

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Big Cold wind Pat Boone 9/4/1961 19 9/16/1961 2 5




Big Bad John JImmy Dean 10/9/1961 1 11/4/1961 13 13 86 43
11/4/1961 5
Big John The Shirelles 10/23/1961 21
0 5




Bless You Tony Orlando 9/4/1961 15 10/7/1961 2 7 73



Blue Moon The Marcels 3/20/1961 1 4/1/1961 9 11 40 11 26 4/3/1961 3
The Boll Weevil Song Brook Benton 6/5/1961 2 7/8/1961 10 12 25 12 15

Bonanza Al Caiola 5/1/1961 19 5/13/1961 2 5




Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart Connie Francis 4/24/1961 7 5/27/1961 6 9 80



Bristol Stomp The Dovells 9/18/1961 2 10/21/1961 11 14 22
36

But I Do Clarence Henry 3/20/1961 4 4/22/1961 7 11 43 39


Calcutta Lawrence Welk 12/30/1960 1 2/11/1961 11 13 11 2 3 2/13/1961 2
Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka 12/31/1960 4 2/11/1961 8 12 33 38


Candy Man Roy Orbison 10/9/1961 25
0 5




Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley 12/18/1961 2 2/3/1962 11 12 57 28 37

Corinna, Corinna Ray Peterson 12/19/1960 9 1/7/1961 7 9




Crazy Patsy Cline 11/6/1961 9 11/25/1961 5 7




Crying Roy Orbison 8/28/1961 2 10/7/1961 10 14 4 28 10

Cupid Sam Cooke 6/26/1961 17 7/22/1961 3 9




Daddy's Home Shep & the Limelites 4/10/1961 2 5/27/1961 8 11 41 27 39

Dance On Little Girl Paul Anka 6/12/1961 10 7/8/1961 5 7




Dedicated to the One I Love The Shirelles 2/6/1961 3 3/25/1961 11 14 14 40 28

Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor Lonnie Donegan 6/14/1961 5 9/23/1961 6 9 79



Don't Bet Money Honey Linda Scott 7/24/1961 9 8/26/1961 5 10 36



Don t Blame Me The Everly Brothers 10/9/1961 20 10/14/1961 1 6




Don't Worry About Me Marty Robbins 2/13/1961 3 3/18/1961 10 12 28 31 31

Dum Dum Brenda Lee 6/26/1961 4 7/29/1961 9 10 91



Ebony Eyes The Everly Brothers 2/13/1961 8 3/18/1961 7 9




Emotions Brenda Lee 1/16/1961 7 2/11/1961 6 9




Everlovin' Rick Nelson 10/9/1961 16 11/11/1961 2 8




Every Beat of My Heart The Pips 6/5/1961 6 7/8/1961 7 10




Every Breath I Take Gene Pitney 6/5/1961 42
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Exodus Ferrante & Teicher 11/28/1960 2 1/21/1961 14 18 17 1 5

Feel So Bad Elvis Presley 5/22/1961 5 6/3/1961 6 7




Flaming Star Elvis Presley 4/24/1961 14 5/13/1961 3 5




Fool Number One Brenda Lee 10/9/1961 3 11/11/1961 8 12




Frankie & Johnny Brook Benton 9/4/1961 20 9/9/1961 2 4




Gee Whiz Carla Thomas 2/20/1961 10 3/25/1961 5 10 62



Girl of My Best Friend Ral Donner 5/1/1961 19 5/27/1961 2 8




God, Country and My Baby Johnny Burnette 11/6/1961 18 11/18/1961 1 4




Goodbye Cruel World James Darren 11/6/1961 3 12/2/1961 11 12
45


Good Time Baby Bobby Rydell 2/6/1961 11 3/4/1961 5 8 87



Gypsy Woman The Impressions 11/20/1961 20 12/2/1961 2 8
82


Happy Birthday Sweet 16 Neil Sedaka 11/27/1961 6 1/13/1962 9 11
70


Hats Off to Larry Del Shannon 6/19/1961 5 7/29/1961 9 11 68 35


Heartaches The Marcels 10/30/1961 7 11/25/1961 4 8




Heart and Soul The Cleftones 6/19/1961 18 6/17/1961 1 4




HEARTS OF STONE Bill Black Combo 3/6/1961 20 3/18/1961 1 4




Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson 5/8/1961 9 5/20/1961 8 13 49



Hello Walls Faron Young 5/1/1961 12 5/27/1961 5 11 45



He s My Dreamboat Connie Francis 10/9/1961 14 10/28/1961 3 7




He Will Break Your Heart Jerry Butler 11/7/1960 7 12/5/1960 9 13
18 30

I Dreamed of A Hillbilly HeAVEN Tex Ritter 8/14/1961 20 8/26/1961 1 4




His Latest Flame Elvis Presley 9/4/1961 4 9/16/1961 2 7 71



Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles 9/18/1961 1 10/14/1961 9 11 19
32 10/9/1961 2
Hurt Timi Yuro 7/31/1961 4 9/9/1961 7 10 48



I'm Hurtin' Roy Orbison 12/31/1960 27
0 3




I Count the Tears The Drifters 12/31/1960 17 1/28/1961 2 7




I Don't Know Why Linda Scott 11/27/1961 12 12/23/1961 5 8
77


I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline 7/24/1961 12 9/2/1961 3 10 2
18

I Just Don't Understand Ann-Margaret 8/21/1961 17 9/9/1961 2 6




I Like It Like That Chris Kenner 7/3/1961 2 7/29/1961 8 10 34



I'll Be There Damita Jo 7/17/1961 12 8/12/1961 4 7




I Love How You Love Me The Paris Sisters 10/2/1961 5 10/28/1961 8 11 52



I'm Comin' On Back To You Jackie Wilson 3/26/1961 19 7/8/1961 1 5




I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door Eddie Hodges 7/24/1961 12 8/26/1961 3 8 92



I've Told Every Little Star Linda Scott 4/3/1961 3 4/29/1961 7 10 74 33


It s Gonna Work Out Fine Ike & Tina Turner 9/4/1961 14 9/16/1961 2 5 65



It Will Stand The Showmen 10/1/1961 61
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I Understand The G-Clefs 10/16/1961 9 12/2/1961 7 11




I Wanna Love My Life Away Gene Pitney 2/27/1961 39
0 1




Just For Old Time's Sake The McGuire Sisters 4/17/1961 20 5/13/1961 1 7




Last Date Floyd Cramer 10/31/1960 2 11/28/1960 13 15
10 27

Last Night The Mar-Keys 7/17/1961 3 8/5/1961 7 12 15 26 16

Lazy River Bobby Darin 2/20/1961 14 3/25/1961 2 7




Let Me Belong To You Brian Hyland 9/4/1961 20 9/23/1961 1 5




Let's Get Together Hayley Mills 9/18/1961 8 10/21/1961 7 11




Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker 7/3/1961 8 8/5/1961 7 15 94



Let the Four Winds Blow Fats Domino 7/31/1961 15 8/19/1961 3 6 82



Let There Be Drums Sandy Nelson 11/20/1961 7 12/16/1961 8 12
56


Little Boy Sad Johnny Burnette 2/20/1961 17 3/18/1961 2 6




Little Devil Neil Sedaka 5/8/1961 11 5/27/1961 3 7




Little Egypt The Coasters 5/29/1961 23
0 6




Little Sister Elvis Presley 8/28/1961 5 9/30/1961 7 10 39



Lonely Teenager Dion 11/14/1960 12 12/19/1960 6 11




Look in My Eyes The Chantels 9/11/1961 14 10/21/1961 4 8




Mama Said The Shirelles 5/1/1961 4 5/27/1961 7 8 81



Many Tears Ago Connie Francis 11/21/1960 7 12/26/1960 9 10




Mexico Bob Moore & His Orchestra 9/11/1961 7 9/30/1961 7 10 55



Michael The Highwaymen 7/31/1961 1 9/2/1961 10 11 3 8 2 9/4/1961 2
Missing You Ray Peterson 9/25/1961 29
0 3 90



Model Girl Johnny Maestro 3/20/1961 20 3/25/1961 2 5




Moody River Pat Boone 5/22/1961 1 6/17/1961 9 12 59 36
6/19/1961 1
Moon River Jerry Butler 10/30/1961 11 12/9/1961 6 11




Moon River Henry Mancini 11/13/1961 11 12/23/1961 5 16

19

More Money For You and Me Medley The Four Preps 9/11/1961 17 9/23/1961 1
98



Mother-in-Law Ernie K-Doe 4/3/1961 1 5/20/1961 9 12 21 16 14 5/22/1961 1
Mr. Moon, Mr. Cupid and I Gene Pitney 6/5/1961 42
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My Empty Arms Jackie Wilson 1/16/1961 9 2/4/1961 4 6




My Kind of Girl Matt Monro 6/26/1961 18 7/29/1961 3 9 84



My True Story The Jive Five 8/14/1961 3 9/9/1961 6 12 6
22

Never On Sunday The Chordettes 7/3/1961 13 8/5/1961 6 8




North To Alaska Johnny Horton 10/17/1960 4 12/19/1960 14 18
13 29

Once In A While The Chimes 1/16/1961 11 2/11/1961 0 6




One Mint Julep Ray Charles 3/27/1961 8 4/29/1961 6 9 60



One Track Mind Bobby Lewis 9/11/1961 9 9/16/1961 3 7 75



On the Rebound Floyd Cramer 3/13/1961 4 4/15/1961 9 11 29
40

Peanut Butter The Marathons 5/22/1961 20 6/17/1961 1 7




Pepe Duane Eddy 1/16/1961 18 2/4/1961 2 7




Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & the Starliters 12/4/1961 1 1/27/1962 14 14 25 3 11 1/27/1962 3
Please Love Me Forever Cathy Jean & The Roommates 3/6/1961 12 4/22/1961 0 10




Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 10/16/1961 1 12/9/1961 12 15
39
12/11/1961 1
Please Stay The Drifters 6/26/1961 14 7/22/1961 4 8 100



Please Tell Me Why Jackie Wilson 3/27/1961 20 4/15/1961 1 5




Pony Time Chubby Checker 1/30/1961 1 2/25/1961 11 14 7 14 6 2/27/1961 3
Portrait of My Love Steve Lawrence 4/3/1961 9 5/6/1961 6 10 30



Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee 7/17/1961 7 8/5/1961 5 8 77



Quarter to Three Gary "U.S." Bonds 6/5/1961 1 6/24/1961 10 12 31 19 25 6/26/1961 2
Raindrops Dee Clark 5/22/1961 2 6/24/1961 10 12 9 17 8

Rama Lama Ding Dong The Edsels 6/5/1961 21
0 5




Right Or Wrong Wanda Jackson 8/14/1961 29
0 3




Rubber Ball Bobby Vee 12/22/1960 6 1/7/1961 9 11 89



Runaround Sue Dion 10/2/1961 1 10/21/1961 11 12 46 100
10/23/1961 2
Runaway Del Shannon 3/27/1961 1 4/22/1961 10 12 5 9 4 4/24/1961 4
Runaway Girl Dion 10/2/1961

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Running Scared Roy Orbison 4/21/1961 1 6/3/1961 9 15 13 21 12 6/5/1961 1
Run to Him Bobby Vee 11/20/1961 2 12/23/1961 12 13
33


Sacred The Castells 7/3/1961 20 7/22/1961 2 7




Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) Sue Thompson 9/25/1961 5 10/21/1961 7 11 20
34

Sailor Lolita 11/14/1960 5 12/19/1960 10 14




San Antonio Rose Floyd Cramer 6/26/1961 8 7/15/1961 7 8 88



School is Out Gary "U.S." Bonds 7/31/1961 5 9/2/1961 6 9 54



Sea of Heartbreak Don Gibson 7/10/1961 21
0 8 97



Shop Around The Miracles 12/31/1960 2 2/18/1961 9 13 24 25 23

Some Kind of Wonderful The Drifters 4/10/1961 32
0 6




Spanish Harlem Ben E. King 1/30/1961 10 3/11/1961 5 10 64



Stand by Me Ben E. King 5/22/1961 4 6/10/1961 7 24 63



Surrender Elvis Presley 2/20/1961 1 3/18/1961 9 11 51 32
3/20/1961 2
Sweets For My Sweet The Drifters 9/25/1961 16 10/28/1961 3 9




Take Five Dave Brubeck 9/25/1961 25
0 7 95



Take Good Care Of Her Adam Wade 3/27/1961 7 4/29/1961 8 10 61
13

Take Good CAre of My Baby Bobby Vee 8/21/1961 1 9/16/1961 8 11 12 23
9/18/1961 3
TELL ME WHY The Belmonts 6/19/1961 18 7/8/1961 4 6




Tennessee Flat Top Box Johnny Cash 11/1/1961

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That s It, I Quit, I m Movin On Sam Cooke 3/20/1961 31
0 4




The Astronaut Jose Jimenez 9/18/1961 19 9/30/1961 1 4




The Fly Chubby Checker 10/2/1961 7 11/11/1961 8 11 70



The Great Imposter The Fleetwoods 10/2/1961 30
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The Great Snowman Bob Luman 2/20/1961

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens 11/27/1961 1 1/6/1962 12 13
10 23 12/18/1961 3
The Majestic Dion 12/18/1961 36
0 1




The Mountain's High Dick & Dee Dee 8/28/1961 2 9/23/1961 6 10 27 34 33

There's a Moon Out Tonight The Capris 1/23/1961 3 2/25/1961 7 10 50



There She Goes Jerry Wallace 1/9/1961 26
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There's No Other The Crystals 12/11/1961 20 1/6/1962 1 7




The Story of My Love Paul Anka 2/6/1961 16 2/18/1961 2 5




The Twist Chubby Checker 8/8/1960 1 9/19/1960 29 15 10 4 5 9/19/1960 1
The Way You Look Tonight The Lettermen 9/25/1961 13 10/21/1961 6 9 58



The Writing On The Wall Adam Wade 5/29/1961 5 7/1/1961 7 9 83



Think Twice Brook Benton 2/27/1961 11 4/1/1961 5 9 78



This Time Troy Shondell 9/25/1961 6 10/21/1961 10 12 42



Those Oldies But Goodies Little Caesar & the Romans 5/29/1961 9 6/24/1961 6 9 69



Til The Angels 12/4/1961 14 1/6/1962 3 7
94


Together Connie Francis 7/3/1961 6 8/5/1961 8 9




Tonight Ferrante & Teicher 11/13/1961 8 12/9/1961 7 8
90


Tonight I Fell In Love The Tokens 4/24/1961 15 5/6/1961 4 6




Tonight My Love Tonight Paul Anka 3/27/1961 13 4/29/1961 4 8 85



Tossin' and Turnin' Bobby Lewis 5/29/1961 1 7/8/1961 15 17 1 4 1 7/10/1961 7
Tower of Strength Gene McDaniels 10/16/1961 5 11/11/1961 8 10




Tragedy The Fleetwoods 5/8/1961 10 5/27/1961 4 8




Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson 5/1/1961 1 5/27/1961 12 15 23 7 9 5/29/1961 2
Unchain My Heart Ray Charles 12/10/1961 9 1/13/1962 7 10
78


Walk On By LeRoy Van Dyke 11/20/1961 5 12/9/1961 11 12
21 30

Walk Right Back The Everly Brothers 2/13/1961 7 3/25/1961 6 10 57



Wheels The String-a-Longs 1/23/1961 3 3/4/1961 8 13 8 24 24

Wheels Billy Vaughn 3/6/1961 28
0 3

38

When I Fall In Love The Lettermen 12/4/1961 7 1/27/1962 9 11




When the Boy In Your Arms Connie Francis 12/4/1961 10 1/13/1962 7 9




When We Get Married The Dreamlovers 8/28/1961 10 9/16/1961 3 6




Where the Boys Are Connie Francis 1/30/1961 4 3/18/1961 9 12 18 29 21

White Christmas Bing Crosby 12/18/1961 38 1/6/1962 3 1




Who Put the Bomp Barry Mann 8/21/1961 7 9/23/1961 5 9 32



Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles 12/12/1960 1 1/28/1961 12 15 16 3 7 1/30/1961 2
The Wings of a Dove Ferlin Husky 12/26/1960 12 2/11/1961 8 13 38



Without You Johnny Tillotson 8/28/1961 7 9/16/1961 6 8 37



Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert 11/20/1960 1 1/7/1961 13 15 72 5 19 1/9/1961 3
Wonderland By Night Anita Bryant 12/26/1960 18 1/7/1961 3 6




Wonderland By Night Louis Prima 12/12/1960 15 1/7/1961 6 8




Wooden Heart Joe Dowell 7/17/1961 1 8/26/1961 9 12 10 22 11 8/28/1961 1
Ya Ya Lee Dorsey 9/25/1961 7 10/28/1961 7 10 53



Yellow Bird Arthur Lyman 6/12/1961 4 7/22/1961 7 10 47



You Always Hurt the One you Love Clarence Henry 5/29/1961 12 6/17/1961 5 7




You Can Depend On Me Brenda Lee 4/3/1961 6 5/6/1961 7 10 93



You Can Have Her Roy Hamilton 2/13/1961 12 3/4/1961 2 7




You Don't Know What You've Got Ral Donner 7/24/1961 4 9/2/1961 7 9 56



You're Sixteen Johnny Burnette 11/21/1960 8 12/26/1960 9 11