Top Songs of 1961


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song Genres
1
57
Ben E. King Stand by Me Pop Soul
2
208
Patsy Cline Crazy Nashville Sound
3
214
Del Shannon Runaway Pop Rock, Rock & Roll
4
369
Roy Orbison Crying Traditional Pop
5
676
The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman Girl Group, Pop Soul
6
699
Dion Runaround Sue Rock & Roll
7
727
Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces Nashville Sound
8
830
John Coltrane My Favorite Things Modal Jazz, Post-Bop
9
896
Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack Rhythm & Blues, Soul
10
1079
Gene Chandler Duke of Earl Doo-Wop, Rhythm & Blues
11
1177
Dion The Wanderer Rock & Roll
12
1251
Henry Mancini Moon River Film Score, Lounge, Traditional Pop
13
1279
Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love Blue Eyed Soul, Film Soundtrack
14
1535
The Marcels Blue Moon Doo-Wop
15
1689
Roy Orbison Running Scared Pop
16
2025
Sam Cooke Cupid Pop Soul
17
2359
Gilbert Bécaud Et maintenant Chanson
18
2371
Freddie King Hide Away Electric Texas Blues
19
2466
Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man Chicago Blues
20
2509
Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law Doo-Wop, New Orleans R&B, Soul
21
2606
Ike and Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Soul Blues
22
2725
Oliver Nelson Stolen Moments Post-Bop
23
2752
Gary "U.S." Bonds Quarter to Three Rhythm & Blues
24
2770
Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou Rockabilly, Teen Pop
25
2772
The Mar-Keys Last Night Rhythm & Blues, Southern Soul
26
2996
Howlin' Wolf The Red Rooster Chicago Blues
27
3002
Elvis Presley Little Sister Pop Rock, Rock & Roll
28
3038
Howlin' Wolf Back Door Man Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues
29
3304
The Impressions Gypsy Woman Pop Soul
30
3356
The Shirelles Baby It's You Brill Building, Girl Group
31
3414
Arthur Alexander You Better Move On Rhythm & Blues, Southern Soul
32
3426
Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City Chicago Blues
33
3494
Shep and The Limelites Daddy's Home Doo-Wop
34
3509
The Jive Five My True Story Doo-Wop
35
3664
Dick Dale Let's Go Trippin' Rock & Roll, Surf Rock
36
3676
Bobby Bland Turn On Your Love Light Rhythm & Blues
37
3809
Faron Young Hello Walls Nashville Sound
38
3813
The Showmen It Will Stand New Orleans R&B, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
39
3847
John Leyton Johnny Remember Me Space Age Pop
40
3851
Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man Rockabilly, Teen Pop
41
4022
Joey Dee & The Starlighters Peppermint Twist Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
42
4043
The Dovells Bristol Stomp Doo-Wop
43
4234
Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame Pop Rock, Rock & Roll
44
4252
The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight Doo-Wop
45
4484
Chris Kenner I Like It Like That, Part 1 New Orleans R&B, Rhythm & Blues
46
4499
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz Free Jazz
47
4614
The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me Brill Building, Girl Group
48
4934
Bobby Bland I Pity the Fool Rhythm & Blues, Soul Blues
49
5014
James Brown Lost Someone Soul
50
5104
Kyu Sakamoto Ue o muite aruk?/Sukiyaki Kay?kyoku
51
5282
Solomon Burke Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms) Country Soul
52
5285
Del Shannon Hats Off to Larry Pop Rock, Rock & Roll
53
5320
Lee Dorsey Ya Ya New Orleans R&B, Rhythm & Blues
54
5491
William Bell You Don't Miss Your Water Deep Soul
55
5545
The Jarmels A Little Bit of Soap Doo-Wop, Soul
56
5654
Bobby Vee Take Good Care of My Baby Brill Building
57
5873
Elvis Presley Surrender Pop, Rock & Roll
58
5882
Don & Juan What's Your Name Doo-Wop
59
5947
Dick & DeeDee The Mountain's High Pop Soul
60
6024
Gene Pitney Town Without Pity Brill Building
61
6046
Clarence "Frogman" Henry But I Do Pop
62
6178
The Shirelles Mama Said Girl Group
63
6228
Bruce Channel Hey! Baby Pop, Rock & Roll
64
6257
Chavela Vargas La llorona Bolero, Ranchera
65
6486
Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes Brill Building, Doo-Wop
66
6743
Acker Bilk Stranger on the Shore Easy Listening, Jazz Pop
67
6807
The Regents Barbara-Ann Doo-Wop
68
6874
Howlin' Wolf Wang Dang Doodle Chicago Blues, Rhythm & Blues
69
7014
Claude Nougaro Une Petite Fille Chanson
70
7550
Bobby Lewis Tossin' and Turnin' Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
71
7798
Max Roach Driva' Man Avant-Garde Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Work Songs
72
7967
The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back Close Harmony, Pop
73
8256
Slim Harpo Rainin' in My Heart Swamp Blues
74
8304
Claude Nougaro Le Jazz et la java Chanson texte
75
8321
Barbara George I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Soul
76
8424
Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By Nashville Sound
77
8520
The Everly Brothers Crying in the Rain Brill Building, Close Harmony
78
8625
Fats Domino Let the Four Winds Blow New Orleans R&B
79
8845
Les Chats Sauvages Twist à St. Tropez Rock & Roll
80
8922
Bobby Parker Watch Your Step Rhythm & Blues, Soul
81
8983
Gary "U.S." Bonds School Is Out Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
82
9153
Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
83
9218
The Sensations Let Me In Doo-Wop, Rhythm & Blues
84
9437
Dee Clark Raindrops Rhythm & Blues, Soul
85
9451
Cliff Richard & The Shadows The Young Ones Film Soundtrack, Pop, Rock & Roll
86
9663
Bobby Vee Run to Him Pop

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
Barry Mann Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp Ba Bomp Ba Bomp) Brill Building, Doo-Wop
Serge Gainsbourg La Chanson de Prvert Chanson texte
Léo Ferré L'affiche Rouge Chanson texte
Ral Donner You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It) Doo-Wop
Sœur Sourire [The Singing Nun] Dominique Folk Pop, French Folk Music, French Pop, Walloon Folk Music
The Cleftones Heart and Soul Doo-Wop
The Everly Brothers Ebony Eyes Close Harmony, Pop
Gene Pitney Every Breath I Take Brill Building, Doo-Wop
Gino Paoli Senza fine Canzone d'autore
Charles Mingus What Love Avant-Garde Jazz
The Crystals There's No Other (Like My Baby) Brill Building, Girl Group
Los Teen Tops Popotitos Rock & Roll
Johnny Hallyday Retiens la nuit Film Soundtrack, Y-y
Georges Brassens Dans l'eau de la claire fontaine Chanson texte
Ray Charles Unchain My Heart Rhythm & Blues
Gladys Knight and The Pips Every Beat of My Heart Soul
Lightnin' Hopkins Mojo Hand Acoustic Blues
Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers [The Beatles] My Bonnie Rock & Roll
Eric Dolphy Fire Waltz Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
Eddie Holland Jamie Motown Sound
Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen Midnight in Moscow Dixieland, Jazz Pop
Linda Scott I've Told Every Little Star Brill Building
Léo Ferré Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent ? Chanson
Maysa O Barquinho Bossa Nova, Samba-cano
Léo Ferré Jolie Mme Chanson
Hugues Aufray Santiano Chanson
Jimmy Dean Big Bad John Nashville Sound
Joyce Harris No Way Out Rhythm & Blues
Billy Fury Halfway to Paradise Pop
The Showmen Country Fool Doo-Wop, Rhythm & Blues
Bill Evans Alice in Wonderland Cool Jazz
The Coasters Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) Doo-Wop, Rhythm & Blues
The Marathons Peanut Butter Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
Les Pirates & Dany Logan Je bois du lait Rock & Roll
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles What's So Good About Goodbye Soul
Blind Willie McTell Dying Crapshooter's Blues Piedmont Blues
Troy Shondell This Time Pop
Jerry Butler Moon River Rhythm & Blues
James Ray If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody Soul
Ray Charles One Mint Julep Soul Jazz
Chuck Berry Come On Rock & Roll
Gene McDaniels Tower of Strength Pop Soul
Sandy Nelson Let There Be Drums Rock & Roll
Eddie Cochran Nervous Breakdown Rock & Roll
Wanda Jackson Funnel of Love Nashville Sound, Rockabilly
Little Junior Parker Driving Wheel Electric Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Soul Blues
Chuck Jackson I Don't Want to Cry Soul