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 right, random slides of the songs of 1959 are presented -- click on the slide to change it.
title artist week debuted highest ranking weeks on chart BillBoard Rank GT rank Cashbox Ranking week began #1 weeks #1
A Dollar Down The Limelighters 4/1/1961 60





A Hundred Pounds of Clay Gene McDaniels 4/3/1961 3 12 26 17 15

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




Alone At Last Jackie Wilson 10/24/1960 8 12




Angel Baby Rosie & the Originals 12/12/1960 5 12 76



Apache Jorgen Ingmann 2/20/1961 2 13 35 37 30

Asia Minor Kokomo 3/6/1961 8 11 44



Baby Blue The Echoes 3/27/1961 12 9 66



Baby Sittin Boogie Buzz Clifford 1/30/1961 6 10 67



Barbara-Ann The Regents 5/22/1961 13 7




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




Big, Big World Johnny Burnette 5/6/1961






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



Blue Moon The Marcels 3/20/1961 1 11 40 26 11 4/3/1961 3
Bonanza Al Caiola 5/1/1961 19 5




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



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


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

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

Candy Man Roy Orbison 10/9/1961 25 5




Corinna, Corinna Ray Peterson 12/19/1960 9 9




Crazy Patsy Cline 11/6/1961 9 7




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

Cupid Sam Cooke 6/26/1961 17 9




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

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




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

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



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



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

Dum Dum Brenda Lee 6/26/1961 4 10 91



Ebony Eyes The Everly Brothers 2/13/1961 8 9




Emotions Brenda Lee 1/16/1961 7 9




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




Every Breath I Take Gene Pitney 6/5/1961 42





Exodus Ferente & Teicher 11/28/1960 2 18 17 5 1

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




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




Gee Whiz Carla Thomas 2/20/1961 10 10 62



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




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




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



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

45

Gypsy Woman The Impressions 11/20/1961 20 8

82

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

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



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



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



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



I Count the Tears The Drifters 12/31/1960 17 7




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


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



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



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




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



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




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

In the Middle of a Heartache Wanda Jackson 11/27/1961 27 3




It Will Stand The Showmen 10/1/1961 61





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



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

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



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

56

Let s Get Together Hayley Mills 9/18/1961 8 11




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



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




Little Devil Neil Sedaka 5/8/1961 11 7




Little Egypt The Coasters 5/29/1961 23 6




Little Sister Elvis Presley 8/28/1961 5 10 39



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




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



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



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



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




Moon River Henry Mancini 11/13/1961 11 16
19


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



Mother-in-Law Ernie K-Doe 4/3/1961 1 12 21 14 16 5/22/1961 1
Mr. Moon, Mr. Cupid and I Gene Pitney 6/5/1961 42





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



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


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


Once In Awhile The Chimes 1/16/1961 11 6




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



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



Peanut Butter The Marathons 5/22/1961 20 7




Pepe Duane Eddy 1/16/1961 18 7




Please Love Me Forever Cathy Jean and The Roommates 3/6/1961 12 10




Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 10/16/1961 1 15

39 12/11/1961 1
Please Stay The Drifters 6/26/1961 14 8 100



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



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



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

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




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




Rubber Ball Bobby Vee 12/22/1960 6 11 89



Run to Him Bobby Vee 11/20/1961 2 13

33

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






Running Scared Roy Orbison 4/21/1961 1 15 13 12 21 6/5/1961 1
Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) Sue Thompson 9/25/1961 5 11 20 34


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



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



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



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

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




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



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



Surrender Elvis Presley 2/20/1961 1 11 51
32 3/20/1961 2
Take Five Dave Brubeck 9/25/1961 25 7 95



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


Take Good CAre of My Baby Bobby Vee 8/21/1961 1 11 12
23 9/18/1961 3
Tennessee Flat Top Box Johnny Cash 11/1/1961






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




The Boll Weevil Song Brook Benton 6/5/1961 2 12 25 15 12

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



The Great Imposter The Fleetwoods 10/2/1961 30 4




The Great Snowman Bob Luman 2/20/1961






The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens 11/27/1961 1 13 9 23 10 12/18/1961 3
The Majestic Dion 12/18/1961 36 1




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

The Way You Look Tonight The Lettermen 9/25/1961 13 9 58



The Wings of a Dove Ferlin Husky 12/26/1960 12 13 38



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



There She Goes Jerry Wallace 1/9/1961 26 4




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



There's No Other The Crystals 12/11/1961 20 7




Think Twice Brook Benton 2/27/1961 11 9 78



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



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



Together Connie Francis 7/3/1961 6 9




Tonight Ferante & Teicher 11/13/1961 8 8

90

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



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




Tragedy The Fleetwoods 5/8/1961 10 8




Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson 5/1/1961 1 15 23 9 7 5/29/1961 2
Walk On By LeRoy Van Dyke 11/20/1961 5 12
30 21

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



Walking With My Angel Bobby Vee 12/3/1961 53 1




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

Wheels Billy Vaughn 3/6/1961 28 3 8 38


When I Fall In Love The Lettermen 12/4/1961 7 11




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

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



Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles 12/12/1960 1 15 16 7 3 1/30/1961 2
Without You Johnny Tillotson 8/28/1961 7 8 37



Wonderland By Night Bert Kaemfert 11/20/1960 1 15 72 19 5 1/9/1961 3
Wooden Heart Joe Dowell 7/17/1961 1 12 10 11 22 8/28/1961 1
Ya Ya Lee Dorsey 9/25/1961 7 10 53



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



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



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




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



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



You re The Reason Bobby Edwards 10/16/1961 11 9