Top Songs of 1961


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song
1
70
Ben E. King Stand by Me
2
222
Del Shannon Runaway
3
225
Patsy Cline Crazy
4
498
Roy Orbison Crying
5
689
Dion Runaround Sue
6
723
The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
7
736
Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces
8
955
Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack
9
973
John Coltrane My Favorite Things
10
1141
Dion The Wanderer
11
1207
Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love
12
1286
Gene Chandler Duke of Earl
13
1735
The Marcels Blue Moon
14
1846
Roy Orbison Running Scared
15
1856
Henry Mancini Moon River
16
2028
Sam Cooke Cupid
17
2382
Ike and Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine
18
2587
Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou
19
2619
Gilbert Bécaud Et maintenant
20
2673
Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law
21
2704
Howlin' Wolf Back Door Man
22
2895
Elvis Presley Little Sister
23
3125
The Mar-Keys Last Night
24
3236
Freddie King Hide Away
25
3275
Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man
26
3327
The Shirelles Baby It's You
27
3369
Arthur Alexander You Better Move On
28
3401
Gary "U.S." Bonds Quarter to Three
29
3418
Howlin' Wolf The Red Rooster
30
3429
Dick Dale Let's Go Trippin'
31
3498
The Impressions Gypsy Woman
32
3570
Oliver Nelson Stolen Moments
33
3592
John Leyton Johnny Remember Me
34
3764
The Jive Five My True Story
35
3966
Shep and The Limelites Daddy's Home
36
3977
Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City
37
4037
Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
38
4134
The Showmen It Will Stand
39
4153
Faron Young Hello Walls
40
4265
Joey Dee & The Starlighters Peppermint Twist
41
4295
Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man
42
4535
Bobby Bland Turn On Your Love Light
43
4739
The Dovells Bristol Stomp
44
4806
James Brown Lost Someone
45
4957
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz
46
5029
Bobby Vee Take Good Care of My Baby
47
5039
Chris Kenner I Like It Like That, Part 1
48
5205
Bobby Bland I Pity the Fool
49
5206
Del Shannon Hats Off to Larry
50
5252
The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight
51
5352
The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me
52
5683
Lee Dorsey Ya Ya
53
5706
William Bell You Don't Miss Your Water
54
5950
Elvis Presley Surrender
55
6013
The Jarmels A Little Bit of Soap
56
6108
Solomon Burke Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)
57
6128
Bruce Channel Hey! Baby
58
6146
Gene Pitney Town Without Pity
59
6224
The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back
60
6327
Kyu Sakamoto Ue o muite aruk?/Sukiyaki
61
6422
Howlin' Wolf Wang Dang Doodle
62
6464
Don & Juan What's Your Name
63
6522
Dick & DeeDee The Mountain's High
64
6605
The Shirelles Mama Said
65
6630
Claude Nougaro Une Petite Fille
66
6784
Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes
67
6880
Clarence "Frogman" Henry But I Do
68
7208
Acker Bilk Stranger on the Shore
69
7219
The Everly Brothers Crying in the Rain
70
7223
Chavela Vargas La llorona
71
7272
Les Chats Sauvages Twist à St. Tropez
72
7430
Bobby Lewis Tossin' and Turnin'
73
7566
The Regents Barbara-Ann
74
8366
Claude Nougaro Le Jazz et la java
75
8414
Max Roach Driva' Man
76
8848
Bobby Parker Watch Your Step
77
8956
Barbara George I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
78
9048
Léo Ferré L'affiche Rouge
79
9066
Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By
80
9198
Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again
81
9395
Serge Gainsbourg La Chanson de Prévert
82
9490
Gary "U.S." Bonds School Is Out
83
9665
Fats Domino Let the Four Winds Blow
84
9861
Dee Clark Raindrops
85
9862
The Sensations Let Me In
86
9954
Slim Harpo Rainin' in My Heart

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Bobby Vee Run to Him
Johnny Hallyday Retiens la nuit
Barry Mann Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp Ba Bomp Ba Bomp)
Georges Brassens Dans l'eau de la claire fontaine
The Everly Brothers Ebony Eyes
Ral Donner You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)
Sœur Sourire [The Singing Nun] Dominique
Los Teen Tops Popotitos
Ray Charles Unchain My Heart
The Cleftones Heart and Soul
Léo Ferré Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent ?
Gene Pitney Every Breath I Take
Gino Paoli Senza fine
Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand
The Crystals There's No Other (Like My Baby)
Gladys Knight and The Pips Every Beat of My Heart
Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen Midnight in Moscow
Jimmy Dean Big Bad John
Eric Dolphy Fire Waltz
Tony Sheridan My Bonnie
Charles Mingus What Love
Léo Ferré Jolie Môme
Linda Scott I've Told Every Little Star
Maysa O Barquinho
Eddie Holland Jamie
Les Pirates & Dany Logan Je bois du lait
Blind Willie McTell Dying Crapshooter's Blues
Chuck Berry Come On
Bill Evans Alice in Wonderland
Jacques Brel Le Moribond
Hugues Aufray Santiano
The Marathons Peanut Butter
Joyce Harris No Way Out
The Coasters Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)
Billy Fury Halfway to Paradise
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles What's So Good About Goodbye
The Showmen Country Fool
Troy Shondell This Time
Ray Charles One Mint Julep
Gene McDaniels Tower of Strength
Sandy Nelson Let There Be Drums
Eddie Cochran Nervous Breakdown
James Ray If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
Wanda Jackson Funnel of Love
Jerry Butler Moon River
Little Junior Parker Driving Wheel
Chuck Jackson I Don't Want to Cry