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 Date Highest Rank Weeks in Top Twenty weeks on chart BillBoard Rank Cashbox Ranking GT rank week began #1 weeks #1
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

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




Asia Minor Kokomo 3/6/1961 8 4/15/1961 5 11 44



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




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




Big Bad John JImmy Dean 10/9/1961 1 11/4/1961 13 13 86 43

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




Big John The Shirelles 10/23/1961 21
0 5




Big, Big World Johnny Burnette 5/6/1961

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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




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



A Dollar Down The Limelighters 4/1/1961 60
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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




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



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




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



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


The Great Imposter The Fleetwoods 10/2/1961 30
0 4




The Great Snowman Bob Luman 2/20/1961

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


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


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




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




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




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



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
A Hundred Pounds of Clay Gene McDaniels 4/3/1961 3 5/6/1961 10 12 26 15 17

Hurt Timi Yuro 7/31/1961 4 9/9/1961 7 10 48



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




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




I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline 7/24/1961 12 9/2/1961 3 10 2
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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 Love How You Love Me The Paris Sisters 10/2/1961 5 10/28/1961 8 11 52



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




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




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




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


It Will Stand The Showmen 10/1/1961 61
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It s Gonna Work Out Fine Ike & Tina Turner 9/4/1961 14 9/16/1961 2 5 65



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




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 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


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



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




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



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



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




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

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




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

Once In Awhile 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



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




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
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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



Run to Him Bobby Vee 11/20/1961 2 12/23/1961 12 13
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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
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
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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



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




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




There She Goes Jerry Wallace 1/9/1961 26
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There's a Moon Out Tonight The Capris 1/23/1961 3 2/25/1961 7 10 50



There's No Other The Crystals 12/11/1961 20 1/6/1962 1 7




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



TILL The Angels 12/4/1961 14
0 7




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
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



The Way You Look Tonight The Lettermen 9/25/1961 13 10/21/1961 6 9 58



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

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



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




Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert 11/20/1960 1 1/7/1961 13 15 72 5 19 1/9/1961 3
Wooden Heart Joe Dowell 7/17/1961 1 8/26/1961 9 12 10 22 11 8/28/1961 1
The Writing On The Wall Adam Wade 5/29/1961 5 7/1/1961 7 9 83



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



You're The Reason Bobby Edwards 10/16/1961 11 11/18/1961 5 9