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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 -- sort by clicking on header. To view the listing for a specific source, click on the appropriate button to the left.

There was a lot of disagreement about the #1 song of 1963. Billboard tagged "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs as the top record of the year while Cashbox had it way down the list at #68 and Gilbert & Theroux put it at #14. The EE ranking (which is based on Billboard) also had "Sugar Shack" as #1. Cashbox designated "Limbo Rock" by Chubby Checker as the most popular of the year (its top spot on the chart was actually achieved in 1962 on December 22nd and again on December 29th) while Gilbert & Theroux listed Skeeter Davis's "The End of the World" as the best. There was also total disagreement about the #2 record: Billboard = "Surfin' USA" by The Beach Boys, Cashbox = "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence, Gilbert & Theroux = "Blue Velvet" by Bobby Vinton, and the EE rank = "Dominique" by The Singing Nun.
title artist BB Rank CB Rank GT rank EE Rank
Be My Baby The Ronettes 45 33 44
Big Girls Don't Cry The Four Seasons 6 15 31
Blame It On the Bossa Nova Eydie Gorme 30 61 32 39
Blowing in the Wind Peter, Paul & Mary 17 30 39 32
Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton 6 7 2
Busted Ray Charles 55 35 70
Can't Get Used to Losing You Andy Williams 11 23 8 7
Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens 19 21 100 35
Denise Randy & the Rainbows 33 102 60
Dominique The Singing Nun 2
Easier Said Than Done The Essex 39 19 20 34
The End of the World Skeeter Davis 3 24 3 1
Everybody Tommy Roe 38 39
Fingertips - Part 2 Little Stevie Wonder 8 11 9 4
Go Away Little Girl Steve Lawrence 91 9 2 20
He's So Fine The Chiffons 5 3 13 6
Heat Wave Martha & the Vandellas 32 37 42
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh Alan Sherman 82 36 97
Hello Stranger Barbara Lewis 44 54 38
Hey Paula Paul & Paula 7 4 14 8
I'm Leaving It Up To You Dale & Grace 18 15 21
If I Had a Hammer Trini Lopez 37 43 41
If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul 35 22 19 30
I Love You Because Al Martino 21 48 27 24
It's All Right The Impressions 10 165 11
It's My Party Lesley Gore 29 16 30 33
I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March 26 12 6 12
Louie Louie The Kingsmen 99 6 6
Mockingbird Inez Foxx 25 85 22 23
My Boyfriend's Back The Angels 12 8 21 13
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes Bobby Vee 78 34 31
Our Day Will Come Ruby & the Romantics 42 26 23 40
Pipeline The Chantays 27 51 33 36
Puff, The Magic Dragon Peter, Paul & Mary 16 28 24 15
Return to Sender Elvis Presley 9 10 25
Rhythm of the Rain The Cascades 4 14 7 3
Ruby Baby Dion 40 29 25
Sally Go Round the Roses The Jaynetts 66 38 96
She's a Fool Lesley Gore 14 58 9
Since I Fell For You Lenny Welch 40
So Much In Love The Tymes 15 20 12 10
Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs 1 1 68 14
Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto 13 10 29 19
Surf City Jan & Dean 28 18 26 29
Surfer Girl The Beach Boys 36 77 36
Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys 2 31 16 5
Telstar The Tornadoes 14 5 22
Lonely Bull Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass   61 37
There I've Said It Again Bobby Vinton 98 5 12
Two Faces Have I Lou Christie 54 66 34
Up on the Roof The Drifters 75 75 11 28
Walk Like A Man The Four Seasons 24 13 18 18
Walk Right In The Rooftop Singers 34 17 17
Washington Square The Village Stompers 9 25 16
Wild Weekend The Rockin' Rebels 22 86 40 38
Wipe Out The Surfaris 20 32 45 37
You're the Reason I'm Living Bobby Darin 23 27 28 27
You Can't Sit Down The Dovells 31 45 35