Top Songs of 1961


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song
1
70
Ben E. King Stand by Me
2
221
Del Shannon Runaway
3
226
Patsy Cline Crazy
4
492
Roy Orbison Crying
5
684
Dion Runaround Sue
6
726
The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
7
735
Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces
8
949
John Coltrane My Favorite Things
9
951
Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack
10
1126
Dion The Wanderer
11
1192
Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love
12
1259
Gene Chandler Duke of Earl
13
1726
The Marcels Blue Moon
14
1830
Roy Orbison Running Scared
15
1841
Henry Mancini Moon River
16
2005
Sam Cooke Cupid
17
2357
Ike and Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine
18
2557
Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou
19
2613
Gilbert Bécaud Et maintenant
20
2644
Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law
21
2682
Howlin' Wolf Back Door Man
22
2877
Elvis Presley Little Sister
23
3083
The Mar-Keys Last Night
24
3235
Freddie King Hide Away
25
3277
Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man
26
3286
The Shirelles Baby It's You
27
3318
Arthur Alexander You Better Move On
28
3371
Gary "U.S." Bonds Quarter to Three
29
3379
Dick Dale Let's Go Trippin'
30
3383
Howlin' Wolf The Red Rooster
31
3461
The Impressions Gypsy Woman
32
3525
Oliver Nelson Stolen Moments
33
3559
John Leyton Johnny Remember Me
34
3723
The Jive Five My True Story
35
3914
Shep and The Limelites Daddy's Home
36
3930
Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City
37
3991
Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
38
4084
The Showmen It Will Stand
39
4093
Faron Young Hello Walls
40
4223
Joey Dee & The Starlighters Peppermint Twist
41
4234
Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man
42
4460
Bobby Bland Turn On Your Love Light
43
4674
The Dovells Bristol Stomp
44
4734
James Brown Lost Someone
45
4879
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz
46
4968
Bobby Vee Take Good Care of My Baby
47
4971
Chris Kenner I Like It Like That, Part 1
48
5112
Bobby Bland I Pity the Fool
49
5142
Del Shannon Hats Off to Larry
50
5197
The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight
51
5299
The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me
52
5608
Lee Dorsey Ya Ya
53
5621
William Bell You Don't Miss Your Water
54
5919
Elvis Presley Surrender
55
5938
The Jarmels A Little Bit of Soap
56
6007
Solomon Burke Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)
57
6046
Bruce Channel Hey! Baby
58
6081
Gene Pitney Town Without Pity
59
6156
The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back
60
6262
Kyu Sakamoto Ue o muite aruk?/Sukiyaki
61
6335
Howlin' Wolf Wang Dang Doodle
62
6386
Don & Juan What's Your Name
63
6434
Dick & DeeDee The Mountain's High
64
6506
The Shirelles Mama Said
65
6570
Claude Nougaro Une Petite Fille
66
6762
Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes
67
6802
Clarence "Frogman" Henry But I Do
68
7051
Chavela Vargas La llorona
69
7141
The Everly Brothers Crying in the Rain
70
7176
Les Chats Sauvages Twist à St. Tropez
71
7222
Acker Bilk Stranger on the Shore
72
7368
Bobby Lewis Tossin' and Turnin'
73
7448
The Regents Barbara-Ann
74
8302
Max Roach Driva' Man
75
8372
Claude Nougaro Le Jazz et la java
76
8754
Bobby Parker Watch Your Step
77
8832
Barbara George I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
78
8935
Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By
79
8967
Léo Ferré L'affiche Rouge
80
9081
Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again
81
9359
Serge Gainsbourg La Chanson de Prévert
82
9373
Gary "U.S." Bonds School Is Out
83
9541
Fats Domino Let the Four Winds Blow
84
9736
Dee Clark Raindrops
85
9737
The Sensations Let Me In
86
9795
Slim Harpo Rainin' in My Heart
87
9923
Bobby Vee Run to Him

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
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
The Cleftones Heart and Soul
Ray Charles Unchain My Heart
Gene Pitney Every Breath I Take
Léo Ferré Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent ?
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
Eddie Holland Jamie
Maysa O Barquinho
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
The Marathons Peanut Butter
Hugues Aufray Santiano
Joyce Harris No Way Out
The Coasters Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles What's So Good About Goodbye
Billy Fury Halfway to Paradise
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
Wanda Jackson Funnel of Love
James Ray If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
Jerry Butler Moon River
Little Junior Parker Driving Wheel
Chuck Jackson I Don't Want to Cry