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 --clickon the heading to sort. To view the listing for a specific source, click on the appropriate button to the left.

"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Aker Bilk was tabbed the top song of 1962 by Billboard and Gilbert & Theroux; it received the #2 ranking from Cashbox. Cashbox and EE ranked Chubby Checker's "The Twist" at #1. "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles was #2 acording to both Billboard and EE.
title artist BB Rank CB Rank GT rank EE Rank
All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
73
31
Alley Cat Bent Fabric 37 40
75
Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons
15 31 4
Bobby's Girl Marcie Blane


20
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka 15 32 21 21
Break It To Me Gently Brenda Lee 26 66 35 37
Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley 57 28 37 18
Cotton Fields Highwaymen 36 61
103
Dear Lady Twist Gary "U.S." Bonds 32 46
63
Don't Break The Heart That Loves You Connie Francis 31 57
29
Do You Love Me The Contours
18 27 42
Duke of Earl Gene Chandler 13 16 12 16
Go Away Little Girl Steve Lawrence 91 2 20 9
Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley 20 42 29 24
Green Onions Booker T. & The MGs 53 34
39
Happy Birthday Sweet 16 Neil Sedaka
70
36
He's a Rebel The Crystals
72
23
Hey! Baby Bruce Channel 11 14 10 17
I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles 2 6 3 2
I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Barbara George 42 22 31 43
It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' Johnny Tillotson 18 23 17 35
Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares 6 11 6 10
Last Date Floyd Cramer
10

Let Me In The Sensations 8 25 15 49
Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
55
5
The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
10 23 8
The Locomotion Little Eva 7 15 9 22
Love Letters Ketty Lester 34 36 39 64
Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp 3 4 2 13
Midnight in Moscow Kenny Ball 21 24 20 32
Monster Mash Bobby Boris Pickett
26 33 25
Moon River Andy Williams
5
207
Moon River Henry Mancini 60 5 19 101
Moon River Henry Mancini 60
19 101
Norman Sue Thompson 33 50
34
The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells 19 12 14 76
Palisades Park Freddy Cannon 14 27 16 33
Party Lights Claudine Clark 35 47
74
Patches Dickey Lee 74 41
38
Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & the Starliters 25 3 11 3
Playboy The Marvelettes 27 51 36 61
Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
39
16
Ramblin' Rose Nat King Cole 28 13 18 19
Return to Sender Elvis Presley

25 9
Roses Are Red Bobby Vinton 4 17 8 6
Run to Him Bobby Vee
33
23
Sealed With a Kiss Brian Hyland 29 48 38 40
She Cried Jay & the Americans 30 49 40 62
Sheila Tommy Roe 22 38
26
Sherry The Four Seasons 55 20 28 11
Slow Twistin' Chubby Checker 17 53 26 27
Soldier Boy The Shirelles 10 19 13 12
Stranger On The Shore Acker Bilk 1 2 1 7
The Stripper David Rose Orchestra 5 8 5 15
Surfin' Safari The Beach Boys 100 31
127
Telstar The Tornadoes
5 22 14
Theme From Dr. Kildare Richard Chamberlain 39 89
99
Town Without Pity Gene Pitney 97 37
116
Tuff Ace Cannon 40 44
132
The Twist Chubby Checker 10 1 5 4
The Twist Chubby Checker 9 1 4 1
Twist & Shout Isley Brothers 38 29 34 140
Twistin' the Night Away Sam Cooke 23 30 25 85
The Wah Watusi The Orlons 24 59 32 30
Walk On By LeRoy Van Dyke
21 30 20
The Wanderer Dion 12 9 7 28
Wolverton Mountain Claude King 16 35 24 46
You'll Lose a Good Thing Barbara Lynn 71 7 22 101