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Top R&B Songs of 1961

1960 <-1961-> 1962


  

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Runaway
1.
03/1961
361

✫1
US




3
R&B
✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #466]
[Big Top 3067]
written by Del Shannon (as Charles Westover) & Max Crook
2.
03/1961
353

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Colpix 186]
written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Stranger on the Shore
3.
12/1961
326

✫1
US
✫1
AC


7
R&B
2
UK
with the Leon Young String Chorale
[instrumental]
[Atco 6217]
written by Mr. Acker Bilk (as Acker Bilk) & Robert Mellin
Hit the Road Jack
4.
09/1961
282

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #377]
[ABC-Paramount 10244]
written by Percy Mayfield
5.
04/1961
274

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


[Beltone 1002]
written by Ritchie Adams & Malou Rene
6.
05/1961
274

✫1
US




3
R&B
7
UK
as U.S. Bonds
[Legrand 1008]
written by Gene Barge, Frank Guida & Joseph Royster
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
7.
11/1961
271

✫1
US




7
R&B
11
UK
aka Wimoweh, a south african zulu song
[RCA 47-7954]
written by Solomon Linda, Paul Campbell, Albert Stanton, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss
8.
11/1961
264

✫1
US




4
R&B
14
UK
[R]
[Parkway 811]
written by Hank Ballard
9.
03/1961
262

4
US




16
R&B
✫1
UK
[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 7840]
written by Floyd Cramer
10.
09/1961
259

✫1
US




4
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #342]
[Laurie 3110]
written by Dion (as Dion DiMucci) & Ernie Maresca
11.
01/1961
253

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
27
UK
[Parkway 818]
written by Don Covay & John Berry
Ebony Eyes
12.
01/1961
243

8
US


25
country
25
R&B
✫1
UK
charted as Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes in UK charts
[Warner 5199]
written by John D. Loudermilk
13.
03/1961
243

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
29
UK
[Minit 623]
written by Allen Toussaint
14.
11/1961
240

✫1
US




8
R&B
33
UK
as Joey Dee & The Starlighters
inspired by New York City's Peppermint Lounge Club
[Roulette 4401]
written by Joey Dee & Henry Glover
Please, Mr. Postman
15.
09/1961
231

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


16.
05/1961
226

2
US
✫1
AC


2
R&B
30
UK
[novelty]
[Mercury 71820]
written by traditional
I Feel So Bad
17.
05/1961
219

5
US




15
R&B
4
UK
hit for Chuck Willis in 1954
[RCA 47-7880]
written by Chuck Willis
18.
01/1961
214

3
US




19
R&B
8
UK
[instrumental]
[Warwick 603]
written by Richard Stephens, Jimmy Torres & Norman Petty (uncredited)
19.
05/1961
199

2
US




2
R&B


[Instant 3229]
written by Chris Kenner & Allen Toussaint
20.
03/1961
192

3
US




22
R&B
7
UK
[Canadian American 123]
written by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
21.
05/1961
191

4
US




✫1
R&B
27
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #121]
[Atco 6194]
written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
22.
01/1961
190

2
US




9
R&B


[instrumental]
written by Jerry Lordan
23.
05/1961
189

2
US




3
R&B


[Vee-Jay 383]
written by Dee Clark
24.
09/1961
187

2
US




7
R&B


[Parkway 827]
written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
25.
07/1961
185

3
US




✫1
R&B


[Beltone 1006]
written by Eugene Pitt, Oscar Waltzer & Phil Belmonte
26.
11/1961
185

3
US




✫1
R&B


[AFO 302]
written by Barbara George
27.
07/1961
178

3
US




2
R&B


[instrumental]
[Satellite 107]
written by Charles Axton, Jerry Lee Smith, Floyd Newman, Chips Moman & Gil Caple
28.
01/1961
173

3
US




2
R&B


[R]
[Scepter 1203]
written by Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling
29.
03/1961
169

3
US




11
R&B


[Liberty 55308]
written by Kay Rogers, Luther Dixon & Bob Elgin
30.
03/1961
163

2
US




4
R&B


[Hull 740]
written by James Sheppard & William H. Miller
31.
05/1961
159

5
US
5
AC


21
R&B


[Coed 550]
written by Mark Barkan, Sandy Baron & George Eddy
32.
05/1961
158

6
US




✫1
R&B


as The Pips
[Vee-Jay 386]
written by Johnny Otis
33.
10/1961
157

5
US




5
R&B


[Liberty 55371]
written by Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
34.
10/1961
157

8
US




4
R&B


[Sar 117]
written by Sam Cooke
35.
08/1961
154

7
US
✫1
AC


22
R&B


as Bob Moore and his Orchestra
[instrumental]
[Monument 446]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
36.
03/1961
146

7
US




20
R&B
38
UK
[Coed 546]
written by Arthur Kent & Ed Warren
Ya Ya
37.
08/1961
146

7
US




✫1
R&B


[Fury 1053]
written by Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Bobby Robinson (as Morgan Robinson) & Morris Levy
38.
01/1961
145

6
US


28
country
27
R&B
17
UK
[novelty]
[Columbia 41876]
written by Johnny Parker
39.
07/1961
143

5
US




12
R&B


[Legrand 1009]
written by Gary U.S. Bonds (as Gary Anderson) & Gene Barge
40.
07/1961
140

4
US
2
AC


22
R&B


[Liberty 55343]
written by Al Jacobs & Jimmie Crane
41.
03/1961
140

6
US




25
R&B


[Decca 31231]
written by Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap & Earl Hines
42.
03/1961
138

8
US




✫1
R&B


[Impulse 200]
written by Rudy Toombs
43.
04/1961
138

4
US




2
R&B


[Scepter 1217]
written by Luther Dixon & Willie Denson
44.
11/1961
135

9
US




✫1
R&B


[ABC-Paramount 10266]
written by Bobby Sharp & Teddy Powell (disputed credit)
45.
10/1961
134

7
US




19
R&B


#1 hit for Ted Weems in 1947
[Colpix 612]
written by Al Hoffman & John Klenner
46.
09/1961
134

7
US




11
R&B


[Parkway 830]
written by John Medora (as John Madara) & David White
47.
05/1961
134

12
US




11
R&B
6
UK
#1 hit for the Mills Brothers in 1944
[Argo 5388]
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
48.
12/1961
131

9
US




5
R&B


[Legrand 1015]
written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida)
49.
07/1961
129

10
US
4
AC


16
R&B


[Coed 553]
written by Scott David & Larry Kusik
Let's Twist Again
50.
06/1961
129

8
US




26
R&B



[Parkway 824]
written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
51.
01/1961
126

10
US




5
R&B


[Atlantic 2086]
written by Carla Thomas
52.
08/1961
124

9
US




8
R&B


[Beltone 1012]
written by Bobby Lewis & Malou Rene
53.
05/1961
120

9
US




28
R&B


as Caesar & the Romans
[Del-Fi 4158]
written by Nick Curinga & Paul Politi
54.
06/1961
114

17
US




20
R&B
7
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #452]
[RCA Victor 47-7883]
written by Sam Cooke
Baby It's You
55.
12/1961
107

8
US




3
R&B


[Scepter 1227]
written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David & Luther Dixon (as Barney Williams)
56.
10/1961
95

11
US
3
AC


14
R&B


[Vee-Jay 405]
written by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
57.
10/1961
83

23
US
5
AC


5
R&B
35
UK
#1 hit for Guy Lombardo in 1937
[Mercury 71876]
written by Harry Warren & Al Dubin
Think Twice
58.
02/1961
80

11
US




6
R&B


B side to For My Baby
[Mercury 71774]
written by Joe Shapiro, Jimmy Williams [Jimmy T. Williams] & Clyde Otis
What'd I Say
59.
04/1961
80

30
US


27
country
26
R&B
10
UK
[Sun 356]
written by Ray Charles
60.
01/1961
78

12
US




6
R&B


[Epic 9434]
written by Bill Cook
61.
12/1961
78

12
US




10
R&B


featuring Jay "Bird" Uzzell
[Tuff 1808]
written by Abner Spector
A Little Bit of Soap
62.
07/1961
77

12
US




7
R&B


[Laurie 3098]
written by Bert Russell (as Bert Berns)
63.
01/1961
76

9
US




25
R&B


[Brunswick 55201]
written by Hank Hunter & Al Kasha
64.
07/1961
76

14
US




2
R&B


[Sue 749]
written by Rose Marie McCoy & Sylvia McKinney
65.
12/1961

Tuff by Ace Cannon

from Tuff-Sax   
75

17
US




3
R&B


[instrumental]
[Hi 2040]
written by Ace Cannon
66.
07/1961
74

15
US




2
R&B


[Imperial 5764]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
67.
07/1961
72

12
US




15
R&B


answer-song to "stand by me"
[Mercury 71840]
written by Ben E. King, Ollie Jones, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
68.
08/1961
72

14
US




6
R&B


[Carlton 555]
written by Richard Barrett
69.
07/1961
71

18
US




10
R&B
38
UK
70.
05/1961
70

13
US




7
R&B


[Gee 1065]
written by Fred Fassert
Gypsy Woman
71.
10/1961
70

20
US




2
R&B


[ABC-Paramount 10241]
written by Curtis Mayfield
72.
09/1961
69

24
US
6
AC


7
R&B


[Atlantic 2114]
written by Virgil Stewart
73.
12/1961
68

19
US




3
R&B


written by Don Convay
74.
06/1961
67

14
US




13
R&B


[Atlantic 2105]
written by Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
75.
09/1961
66

16
US




10
R&B


[Atlantic 2117]
written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
76.
11/1961
61

20
US




5
R&B


[Philles 100]
written by Leroy Bates & Phil Spector
77.
11/1961
61

15
US




12
R&B


[Mercury 71903]
written by Brook Benton, Oliver Hall & Marnie Ewald
78.
10/1961
61

21
US




2
R&B


[Scepter 1223]
written by John Patton & Amiel Sommers
79.
08/1961
59

20
US
6
AC


14
R&B


[Mercury 71859]
written by traditional
80.
11/1961
56

22
US




10
R&B


[Caprice 110]
written by Rudy Clark
81.
05/1961
54

18
US




10
R&B


[Gee 1064]
written by Hoagy Carmichael & Frank Loesser
82.
05/1961
54

23
US




18
R&B
49
UK
[Imperial 5753]
written by Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew & Bobby Charles
83.
06/1961
54

19
US




9
R&B


[Brunswick 55216]
written by Al Kasha & Horace Ott
84.
03/1961
54

25
US




3
R&B


[Nomar 106]
written by S. W. Taylor & Maxine Brown
85.
04/1961
53

20
US




25
R&B


as The Marathons
[Arvee 5027]
written by H. B. Barnum (as H.B. Barnum), Marty Cooper (as Martin J. Cooper), Cliff Goldsmith & Fred Smith
86.
01/1961
53

22
US




7
R&B


[Imperial 5723]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino), Jack Jessup & Pee Wee Maddux
87.
09/1961
53

25
US




20
R&B


[Felsted 8624]
written by Aaron Collins
88.
07/1961
51

25
US
7
AC


17
R&B


#1 hit for Tommy Dorsey in 1940
[Mercury 71847]
written by Ruth Lowe
89.
03/1961
51

20
US




11
R&B


[Brunswick 55208]
written by Joyce Lee
90.
12/1961
50

28
US




2
R&B


[Duke 344]
written by Don Robey (as Deadric Malone) & Joe Scott (as Joseph Scott)
91.
04/1961
50

23
US




16
R&B


[novelty]
[Atco 6192]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
92.
06/1961
49

26
US




3
R&B


as Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
B side to The Float
[King 5510]
written by Al Kasha, Alonzo Tucker & Gordon Evans
93.
06/1961
49

27
US




5
R&B


[Tri-Phi 1001]
written by Harvey Fuqua & Gwen Gordy (as Gwen Gordy Fuqua)
94.
04/1961
47

24
US




15
R&B


[Jin 144 / Smash 1702]
written by Ted Daffan
Hide Away
95.
03/1961
47

29
US




5
R&B


[Federal 12401]
written by Freddie King, Sonny Thompson & Hound Dog Taylor (uncredited)
96.
03/1961
46

30
US




4
R&B


[Argo 5385]
written by Ned Wever, Milton Ager & Jean Schwartz
97.
02/1961
46

28
US




2
R&B


[Mercury 71774]
written by Clyde Otis & Willie Dixon
98.
02/1961
46

20
US




22
R&B


[instrumental]
[Hi 2028]
written by Rudy Jackson
99.
02/1961
45

26
US




20
R&B


with Johnny Wyatt
[Swingin' 623]
written by Charles Strouse & Lee Adams
100.
07/1961
45

25
US




8
R&B


[Vee-Jay 390]
written by Jerry Butler & Curtis Mayfield

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