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Top 100 Songs of 1961

Below is a list from Billboard magazine’s Top ear-End Hot 100 songs for 1961. Chart © by Billboard, a part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. All Rights Reserved. Learn more about Billboard here.

Top 100 Songs of 1961

Top 100 Songs of 1961

[nb]1[/nb]Crying – Roy Orbison


[nb]2[/nb]Wheels – String-a-longs


[nb]3[/nb]Pony Time – Chubby Checker


[nb]4[/nb]Calcutta – Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra


[nb]5[/nb]Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee


[nb]6[/nb]Dedicated to the One I Love – The Shirelles


[nb]7[/nb]Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles


[nb]8[/nb]Where the Boys Are – Connie Francis


[nb]9[/nb]Hit the road Jack – Ray Charles


[nb]10[/nb]Mother In Law – Ernie K-Doe


[nb]11[/nb]Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) – Sue Thompson


[nb]12[/nb]Bristol Stomp – The Dovells


[nb]13[/nb]Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson


[nb]14[/nb]Shop Around – The Miracles


[nb]15[/nb]A Hundred Pounds of Clay – Gene Mcdaniels


[nb]16[/nb]The Mountain’s High – Dick and Deedee


[nb]17[/nb]On the Rebound – Floyd Cramer


[nb]18[/nb]Portrait of My Love – Steve Lawrence


[nb]19[/nb]Quarter to Three – Gary “U.S.” Bonds


[nb]20[/nb]Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp,Bomp)? – Barry Mann


[nb]21[/nb]Calendar Girl – Neil Sedaka


[nb]22[/nb]I Like It Like That – Chris Kenner


[nb]23[/nb]Little Sister – Elvis Presley


[nb]24[/nb]I don’t know why but I do – Clarence “Frog Man” Henry


[nb]25[/nb]Runaround Sue – Dion


[nb]26[/nb]Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) – Ricky Nelson


[nb]27[/nb]There’s a Moon Out Tonight – The Capris


More 73 Top Songs of 1961

    1. Michael – The Highwaymen
    2. I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline
    3. Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
    4. Runaway – Del Shannon
    5. My True Story – The Jive Five
    6. Raindrops – Dee Clark
    7. Wooden Heart – Joe Dowell
    8. Running Scared – Roy Orbison
    9. Last Night – The Mar-keys
    10. Exodus – Ferrante and Teicher
    11. The Boll Weevil Song – Brook Benton
    12. Don’t Worry – Marty Robbins
    13. Apache – Jorgen Ingmann
    14. Don’t Bet Money Honey – Linda Scott
    15. Without You – Johnny Tillotson
    16. Wings of a Dove – Ferlin Husky
    17. Blue Moon – The Marcels
    18. Daddys Home – Shep and The Limelites
    19. This Time – Troy Shondell
    20. Asia Minor – Kokomo
    21. Hello Walls – Faron Young
    22. Yellow Bird – Arthur Lyman
    23. rt – TimHui Yuro
    24. Surrender – Elvis Presley
    25. I Love How You Love Me – The Paris Sisters
    26. Ya Ya – Lee Dorsey
    27. School Is Out – Gary “U.S.” Bonds
    28. Mexico – Bob Moore
    29. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Ral Donner
    30. Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers
    31. The Way You Look Tonight – The Lettermen
    32. Moody River – Pat Boone
    33. One Mint Julep – Ray Charles
    34. Take Good Care Of Her – Adam Wade
    35. Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes – Carla Thomas
    36. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
    37. Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
    38. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine – Ike and Tina Turner
    39. Baby Blue – The Echoes
    40. Baby Sittin’ Boogie – Buzz Clifford
    41. Hats Off to Larry – Del Shannon
    42. Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You – Caesar and The Romans
    43. The Fly – Chubby Checker
    44. (Marie’s the Name Of) His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley
    45. Wonderland By Night (Wunderland bei Nacht) – Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra
    46. Bless You – Tony Orlando
    47. I’ve Told Every Little Star – Linda Scott
    48. One Track Mind – Bobby Lewis
    49. Angel Baby – Rosie and The Originals
    50. Pretty Little Angel Eyes – Curtis Lee
    51. Think Twice – Brook Benton
    52. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight) – Lonnie Donegan
    53. Breakin’ In a Brand New Broken Heart – Connie Francis
    54. Mama Said – The Shirelles
    55. Let the Four Winds Blow – Fats Domino
    56. The Writing On the Wall – Adam Wade
    57. My Kind of Girl – Matt Monro
    58. Tonight My Love, Tonight – Paul Anka
    59. Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
    60. Good Time Baby – Bobby Rydell
    61. San Antonio Rose – Floyd Cramer
    62. Rubber Ball – Bobby Vee
    63. Missing You – Ray Peterson
    64. Dum Dum – Brenda Lee
    65. I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door – Eddie Hodges
    66. You Can Depend On Me – Brenda Lee
    67. Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
    68. Take Five – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
    69. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley
    70. Sea of Heartbreak – Don Gibson
    71. More Money for You and Me (medley) – The Four Preps
    72. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby – Bobby Darin
    73. Please Stay – The Drifters

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Top 100 Songs of 1961 – Final Thoughts

The top 100 songs of 1961 represent a diverse range of musical styles, from doo-wop and rock and roll to country and soul. It was a year that saw the rise of several iconic artists, such as Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, and The Shirelles. The number one song of the year was “Tossin’ and Turnin'” by Bobby Lewis, which held the top spot for seven consecutive weeks.

Other notable hits included “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles, “Runaway” by Del Shannon, and “Crying” by Roy Orbison. The music of 1961 reflects the changing times and the emergence of new sounds that would continue to influence music for decades to come.

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