The Biggest Hits and Artists of 1961

The top hits of 1961 are calculated from the individual positions of the songs on the national charts and are based on the calendar year 1961.

The Top 100 Hits of 1961
  1. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  2. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
  3. Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
  4. Pony Time - Chubby Checker
  5. Runaround Sue - Dion
  6. Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson
  7. Bristol Stomp - Dovells
  8. Dedicated to the One I Love - Shirelles
  9. Runaway - Del Shannon
  10. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles
  11. Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
  12. Michael - Highwaymen
  13. Mother-in-Law - Ernie K-Doe
  14. Quarter to Three - U.S. Bonds
  15. The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
  16. Blue Moon - Marcels
  17. Don't Worry - Marty Robbins
  18. Crying Roy - Orbison
  19. Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles and His Orchestra
  20. Raindrops - Dee Clark
  21. A Hundred Pounds of Clay - Gene McDaniels
  22. Surrender - Elvis Presley With the Jordanires
  23. Running Scared - Roy Orbison
  24. Appache - Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
  25. Shop Around - Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson)
  26. Moody River - Pat Boone
  27. Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
  28. Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
  29. Wheels - String-a-Longs
  30. This Time - Troy Shondell
  31. On the Rebound - Floyd Cramer
  32. I Like It Like That, Part 1 - Chris Kenner
  33. Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis
  34. Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
  35. Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes
  36. Last Night - Mar-Keys
  37. Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
  38. Dum Dum - Brenda Lee
  39. Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra
  40. Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson
  41. Daddy's Home - Shep and the Limelites
  42. The Fly - Chubby Checker
  43. Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
  44. Hats Off to Larry - Del Shannon
  45. Angel Baby - Rosie and the Originals
  46. Every Beat of My Heart - Pips
  47. I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters
  48. Tower of Strength - Gene McDaniels
  49. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  50. Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
  51. Take Good Care of Her - Adam Wade
  52. But I Do - Clarence Henry
  53. Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
  54. I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott
  55. My True Story - Jive Five With Joe Rene and Orchestra
  56. You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It) - Ral Donner
  57. Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky
  58. There's a Moon Out Tonight - Capris
  59. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) - Sue Thompson
  60. Let's Get Together - Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills
  61. You Can Depend on Me - Brenda Lee
  62. Little Sister - Elvis Presley
  63. Mexico - Bob Moore and His Orch.
  64. Mama Said - Shirelles
  65. Together - Connie Francis
  66. The Writing on the Wall - Adam Wade
  67. The Mountain's High - Dick and DeeDee
  68. Hurt - Timi Yuro
  69. Baby Sittin' Boogie - Buzz Clifford
  70. Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley With the Jordanires
  71. Walk Right Back - Everly Brothers
  72. Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
  73. Emotions - Brenda Lee
  74. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On the Bedpost Over Night) - Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group
  75. Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart - Connie Francis
  76. One Mint Julep - Ray Charles
  77. Rubber Ball - Bobby Vee
  78. I Understand (Just How You Feel) - G-Clefs
  79. Portrait of My Love - Steve Lawrence
  80. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Bobby Darin
  81. School is Out Gary - U.S. Bonds
  82. Ebony Eyes - Everly Brothers
  83. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
  84. Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
  85. San Antonio Rose - Floyd Cramer
  86. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) - Little Caesar and the Romans
  87. Please Love Me Forever - Cathy Jean and the Roommates
  88. Corinna, Corinna - Ray Peterson
  89. Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
  90. Think Twice - Brook Benton
  91. Asia Minor - Kokomo
  92. Don't Bet Money Honey - Linda Scott
  93. Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) - Barry Mann
  94. Hello Walls - Faron Young
  95. The Twist - Chubby Checker
  96. I Feel So Bad - Elvis Presley
  97. North to Alaska - Johnny Horton
  98. You're the Reason - Bobby Edwards
  99. Last Date - Floyd Cramer
  100. Tonight - Ferrante & Teicher

The Top 50 Artists of 1961
  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Chubby Checker
  3. Brenda Lee
  4. Shirelles
  5. Connie Francis
  6. Rick Nelson
  7. Roy Orbison
  8. Bobby Vee
  9. Del Shannon
  10. Floyd Cramer
  11. Bobby Lewis
  12. Brook Benton
  13. Ray Charles
  14. Adam Wade
  15. Gene McDaniels
  16. Ferrante & Teicher
  17. Everly Brothers
  18. Linda Scott
  19. Neil Sedaka
  20. Ben E. King
  21. Marcels
  22. Dion
  23. Drifters
  24. Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
  25. Jimmy Dean
  26. Clarence Henry
  27. Pat Boone
  28. Paul Anka
  29. Bobby Rydell
  30. Dovells
  31. Fats Domino
  32. Highwaymen
  33. Jerry Butler
  34. Ernie K-Doe
  35. Dee Clark
  36. U.S. Bonds
  37. Ral Donner
  38. Marty Robbins
  39. Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
  40. String-a-Longs
  41. Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson)
  42. Patsy Cline
  43. Joe Dowell
  44. Troy Shondell
  45. Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra
  46. Chris Kenner
  47. Bobby Darin
  48. Johnny Burnette
  49. Jackie Wilson
  50. Marvelettes



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