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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z OtherTop 1000

Top R&B Songs of 1961

1960 <-1961-> 1962

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Runaway1.03/1961
Runaway by Del Shannon 

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from Little Town Flirt   Little Town Flirt

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361
US ✫1
US R&B 3
UK ✫1
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #466]
[Big Top 3067]
written by Del Shannon (as Charles Westover) & Max Crook
2.03/1961
Blue Moon by The Marcels 

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353
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
UK ✫1
[Colpix 186]
written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Stranger on the Shore3.12/1961
Stranger on the Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk 

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327
US ✫1
US AC ✫1
US R&B 7
UK 2
with the Leon Young String Chorale
[instrumental]
[Atco 6217]
written by Mr. Acker Bilk (as Acker Bilk) & Robert Mellin
4.09/1961
Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles 

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from Ray Charles Greatest Hits   

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282
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
UK 6
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #377]
[ABC-Paramount 10244]
written by Percy Mayfield
5.04/1961
Tossin' and Turnin' by Bobby Lewis 

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274
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Beltone 1002]
written by Ritchie Adams & Malou Rene
6.05/1961
Quarter to Three by Gary U.S. Bonds 

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from Dance 'Til Quarter to Three   

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274
US ✫1
US R&B 3
UK 7
as U.S. Bonds
[Legrand 1008]
written by Gene Barge, Frank Guida & Joseph Royster
The Lion Sleeps Tonight7.11/1961
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens 

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270
US ✫1
US R&B 7
UK 11
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
The Twist by Chubby Checker 

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from Your Twist Party   

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264
US ✫1
US R&B 4
UK 14
[R]
[Parkway 811]
written by Hank Ballard
9.03/1961
On the Rebound by Floyd Cramer 

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from On the Rebound   

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262
US 4
US R&B 16
UK ✫1
[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 7840]
written by Floyd Cramer
10.09/1961
Runaround Sue by Dion 

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from Runaround Sue   Runaround Sue

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260
US ✫1
US R&B 4
UK 11
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #342]
[Laurie 3110]
written by Dion (as Dion DiMucci) & Ernie Maresca
11.01/1961
Pony Time by Chubby Checker 

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from It's Pony Time   

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254
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
UK 27
[Parkway 818]
written by Don Covay & John Berry
12.01/1961
Ebony Eyes by The Everly Brothers 

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from The Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers   The Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers

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244
US 8
US country 25
US R&B 25
UK ✫1
charted as Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes in UK charts
[Warner 5199]
written by John D. Loudermilk
13.03/1961
Mother-in-Law by Ernie K-Doe 

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242
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
UK 29
[Minit 623]
written by Allen Toussaint
14.11/1961
Peppermint Twist (Part 1) by Joey Dee & the Starliters 

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from Doin' the Twist as the Peppermint Lounge   

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240
US ✫1
US R&B 8
UK 33
as Joey Dee & The Starlighters
inspired by New York City's Peppermint Lounge Club
written by Joey Dee & Henry Glover
Please, Mr. Postman15.09/1961
Please, Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes 

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from Please Mr. Postman   Please Mr. Postman

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231
US ✫1
US R&B ✫1
[Tamla 54046]
written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman & Freddie Gorman
16.05/1961
The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton 

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from The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits   

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226
US 2
US AC ✫1
US R&B 2
UK 30
[novelty]
[Mercury 71820]
written by traditional
17.05/1961
I Feel So Bad by Elvis Presley 

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219
US 5
US R&B 15
UK 4
hit for Chuck Willis in 1954
[RCA 47-7880]
written by Chuck Willis
18.01/1961
Wheels by The String-A-Longs 

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from Pick a Hit   

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214
US 3
US R&B 19
UK 8
[instrumental]
[Warwick 603]
written by Richard Stephens, Jimmy Torres & Norman Petty (uncredited)
19.05/1961
I Like It Like That by Chris Kenner 

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199
US 2
US R&B 2
[Instant 3229]
written by Chris Kenner & Allen Toussaint
20.03/1961
I've Told Every Little Star by Linda Scott 

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193
US 3
US R&B 22
UK 7
[Canadian American 123]
written by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
21.05/1961
Stand by Me by Ben E. King 

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191
US 4
US R&B ✫1
UK 27
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #121]
[Atco 6194]
written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
22.01/1961
Apache by Jørgen Ingmann 

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190
US 2
US R&B 9
[instrumental]
written by Jerry Lordan
23.05/1961
Raindrops by Dee Clark 

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189
US 2
US R&B 3
[Vee-Jay 383]
written by Dee Clark
24.09/1961
Bristol Stomp by The Dovells 

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187
US 2
US R&B 7
[Parkway 827]
written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
25.07/1961
My True Story by The Jive Five 

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185
US 3
US R&B ✫1
[Beltone 1006]
written by Eugene Pitt, Oscar Waltzer & Phil Belmonte
26.11/1961
I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) by Barbara George 

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185
US 3
US R&B ✫1
[AFO 302]
written by Barbara George
27.07/1961
Last Night by The Mar-Keys 

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from Last Night!   

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177
US 3
US R&B 2
[instrumental]
[Satellite 107]
written by Charles Axton, Jerry Lee Smith, Floyd Newman, Chips Moman & Gil Caple
28.01/1961
Dedicated to the One I Love by The Shirelles 

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from Tonight's the Night   

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174
US 3
US R&B 2
[R]
[Scepter 1203]
written by Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling
29.03/1961
A Hundred Pounds of Clay by Gene McDaniels 

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from 100 Lbs. of Clay!   

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168
US 3
US R&B 11
[Liberty 55308]
written by Kay Rogers, Luther Dixon & Bob Elgin
30.03/1961
Daddy's Home by Shep & the Limelites 

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164
US 2
US R&B 4
[Hull 740]
written by James Sheppard & William H. Miller
31.05/1961
The Writing on the Wall by Adam Wade 

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159
US 5
US AC 5
US R&B 21
[Coed 550]
written by Mark Barkan, Sandy Baron & George Eddy
32.05/1961
Every Beat of My Heart by Gladys Knight & the Pips 

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157
US 6
US R&B ✫1
as The Pips
[Vee-Jay 386]
written by Johnny Otis
33.10/1961
Tower of Strength by Gene McDaniels 

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157
US 5
US R&B 5
[Liberty 55371]
written by Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
34.10/1961
Soothe Me by The Sims Twins 

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156
US 8
US R&B 4
[Sar 117]
written by Sam Cooke
35.08/1961
Mexico by Bob Moore 

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154
US 7
US AC ✫1
US R&B 22
as Bob Moore and his Orchestra
[instrumental]
[Monument 446]
written by Boudleaux Bryant
36.03/1961
Take Good Care of Her by Adam Wade 

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146
US 7
US R&B 20
UK 38
[Coed 546]
written by Arthur Kent & Ed Warren
37.01/1961
Baby Sittin' Boogie by Buzz Clifford 

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145
US 6
US country 28
US R&B 27
UK 17
[novelty]
[Columbia 41876]
written by Johnny Parker
Ya Ya38.09/1961
Ya Ya by Lee Dorsey 

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145
US 7
US R&B ✫1
[Fury 1053]
written by Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson & Morris Levy
39.07/1961
School Is Out by Gary U.S. Bonds 

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from Dance 'Til Quarter to Three   

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142
US 5
US R&B 12
[Legrand 1009]
written by Gary U.S. Bonds (as Gary Anderson) & Gene Barge
40.07/1961
Hurt by Timi Yuro 

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from Hurt!!!!!!   

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141
US 4
US AC 2
US R&B 22
[Liberty 55343]
written by Al Jacobs & Jimmie Crane
41.03/1961
You Can Depend on Me by Brenda Lee 

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from Brenda, That's All   

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139
US 6
US R&B 25
[Decca 31231]
written by Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap & Earl Hines
42.04/1961
Mama Said by The Shirelles 

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MP3

138
US 4
US R&B 2
[Scepter 1217]
written by Luther Dixon & Willie Denson
43.03/1961
One Mint Julep by Ray Charles 

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from Genius+Soul=Jazz   Genius+Soul=Jazz

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138
US 8
US R&B ✫1
[Impulse 200]
written by Rudy Toombs
44.11/1961
Unchain My Heart by Ray Charles 

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from Ray Charles Greatest Hits   

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134
US 9
US R&B ✫1
[ABC-Paramount 10266]
written by Bobby Sharp & Teddy Powell (disputed credit)
45.05/1961
You Always Hurt the One You Love by Clarence Henry 

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134
US 12
US R&B 11
UK 6
#1 hit for the Mills Brothers in 1944
[Argo 5388]
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
46.10/1961
Heartaches by The Marcels 

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134
US 7
US R&B 19
#1 hit for Ted Weems in 1947
[Colpix 612]
written by Al Hoffman & John Klenner
47.09/1961
The Fly by Chubby Checker 

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from For Teen Twisters Only   

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133
US 7
US R&B 11
[Parkway 830]
written by John Medora (as John Madara) & David White
48.12/1961
Dear Lady Twist by Gary U.S. Bonds 

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MP3

130
US 9
US R&B 5
[Legrand 1015]
written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida)
49.07/1961
As If I Didn't Know by Adam Wade 

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MP3

129
US 10
US AC 4
US R&B 16
[Coed 553]
written by Scott David & Larry Kusik
50.06/1961
Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker 

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from Let's Twist Again   

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129
US 8
US R&B 26

[Parkway 824]
written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
51.01/1961
Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) by Carla Thomas 

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MP3

126
US 10
US R&B 5
[Atlantic 2086]
written by Carla Thomas
52.08/1961
One Track Mind by Bobby Lewis 

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124
US 9
US R&B 8
[Beltone 1012]
written by Bobby Lewis & Malou Rene
53.05/1961
Those Oldies but Goodies (Remind Me of You) by Little Caesar & the Romans 

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120
US 9
US R&B 28
as Caesar & the Romans
[Del-Fi 4158]
written by Nick Curinga & Paul Politi
54.06/1961
Cupid by Sam Cooke 

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from The Best of Sam Cooke   The Best of Sam Cooke

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115
US 17
US R&B 20
UK 7
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #452]
[RCA Victor 47-7883]
written by Sam Cooke
Baby It's You55.12/1961
Baby It's You by The Shirelles 

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from Baby It's You   

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107
US 8
US R&B 3
[Scepter 1227]
written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David & Luther Dixon (as Barney Williams)
56.10/1961
Moon River by Jerry Butler 

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96
US 11
US AC 3
US R&B 14
[Vee-Jay 405]
written by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
57.10/1961
September in the Rain by Dinah Washington 

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from September in the Rain   

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83
US 23
US AC 5
US R&B 5
UK 35
#1 hit for Guy Lombardo in 1937
[Mercury 71876]
written by Harry Warren & Al Dubin
58.02/1961
Think Twice by Brook Benton 

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81
US 11
US R&B 6
B side to For My Baby
[Mercury 71774]
written by Joe Shapiro, Jimmy Williams [Jimmy T. Williams] & Clyde Otis
What'd I Say59.04/1961
What'd I Say by Jerry Lee Lewis 

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from Jerry Lee's Greatest   

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80
US 30
US country 27
US R&B 26
UK 10
[Sun 356]
written by Ray Charles
60.01/1961
You Can Have Her by Roy Hamilton 

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MP3

79
US 12
US R&B 6
[Epic 9434]
written by Bill Cook
61.12/1961
Smoky Places by The Corsairs 

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78
US 12
US R&B 10
featuring Jay "Bird" Uzzell
[Tuff 1808]
written by Abner Spector
62.07/1961
A Little Bit of Soap by The Jarmels 

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MP3

78
US 12
US R&B 7
[Laurie 3098]
written by Bert Russell (as Bert Berns)
63.01/1961
My Empty Arms by Jackie Wilson 

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77
US 9
US R&B 25
[Brunswick 55201]
written by Hank Hunter & Al Kasha
64.07/1961
It's Gonna Work Out Fine by Ike & Tina Turner 

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from Dynamite!   Dynamite!

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77
US 14
US R&B 2
[Sue 749]
written by Rose Marie McCoy & Sylvia McKinney
65.12/1961
Tuff by Ace Cannon 

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MP3

from Tuff-Sax   

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76
US 17
US R&B 3
[instrumental]
[Hi 2040]
written by Ace Cannon
66.07/1961
Let the Four Winds Blow by Fats Domino 

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from Million Sellers by Fats   

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74
US 15
US R&B 2
[Imperial 5764]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
67.07/1961
I'll Be There by Damita Jo 

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73
US 12
US R&B 15
answer-song to "stand by me"
[Mercury 71840]
written by Ben E. King, Ollie Jones, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
68.08/1961
Look in My Eyes by The Chantels 

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MP3

72
US 14
US R&B 6
[Carlton 555]
written by Richard Barrett
69.07/1961
Amor by Ben E. King 

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from Spanish Harlem   

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72
US 18
US R&B 10
UK 38
[Atco 6203]
written by Sunny Skylar & Gabriel Ruiz
70.05/1961
Barbara-Ann by The Regents [American doo-wop group] 

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MP3

71
US 13
US R&B 7
[Gee 1065]
written by Fred Fassert
71.10/1961
Gypsy Woman by The Impressions 

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from The Impressions   

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71
US 20
US R&B 2
[ABC-Paramount 10241]
written by Curtis Mayfield
72.09/1961
Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) by Solomon Burke 

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69
US 24
US AC 6
US R&B 7
[Atlantic 2114]
written by Virgil Stewart
73.12/1961
Letter Full of Tears by Gladys Knight & the Pips 

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69
US 19
US R&B 3
written by Don Convay
74.06/1961
Please Stay by The Drifters 

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67
US 14
US R&B 13
[Atlantic 2105]
written by Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
75.09/1961
Sweets for My Sweet by The Drifters 

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66
US 16
US R&B 10
[Atlantic 2117]
written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
76.11/1961
There's No Other (Like My Baby) by The Crystals 

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MP3

from Twist Uptown   

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61
US 20
US R&B 5
[Philles 100]
written by Leroy Bates & Phil Spector
77.11/1961
Revenge by Brook Benton 

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MP3

61
US 15
US R&B 12
[Mercury 71903]
written by Brook Benton, Oliver Hall & Marnie Ewald
78.10/1961
Big John by The Shirelles 

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MP3

from Baby It's You   

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61
US 21
US R&B 2
[Scepter 1223]
written by John Patton & Amiel Sommers
79.08/1961
Frankie and Johnny by Brook Benton 

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MP3

from The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits   

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59
US 20
US AC 6
US R&B 14
[Mercury 71859]
written by traditional
80.11/1961
If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody by James Ray 

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MP3

56
US 22
US R&B 10
[Caprice 110]
written by Rudy Clark
81.05/1961
Heart and Soul by The Cleftones 

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MP3

55
US 18
US R&B 10
[Gee 1064]
written by Hoagy Carmichael & Frank Loesser
82.05/1961
It Keeps Rainin' by Fats Domino 

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MP3

54
US 23
US R&B 18
UK 49
[Imperial 5753]
written by Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew & Bobby Charles
83.06/1961
I'm Comin' On Back to You by Jackie Wilson 

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MP3

54
US 19
US R&B 9
[Brunswick 55216]
written by Al Kasha & Horace Ott
84.03/1961
Funny by Maxine Brown 

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MP3

54
US 25
US R&B 3
[Nomar 106]
written by S. W. Taylor & Maxine Brown
85.04/1961
Peanut Butter by The Vibrations 

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54
US 20
US R&B 25
as The Marathons
[Arvee 5027]
written by H. B. Barnum (as H.B. Barnum), Martin J. Cooper, Cliff Goldsmith & Fred Smith
86.01/1961
What a Price by Fats Domino 

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MP3

from Million Sellers by Fats   

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53
US 22
US R&B 7
[Imperial 5723]
written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino), Jack Jessup & Pee Wee Maddux
87.09/1961
Foot Stomping (Part 1) by The Flares 

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MP3

53
US 25
US R&B 20
[Felsted 8624]
written by Aaron Collins
88.07/1961
I'll Never Smile Again by The Platters 

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51
US 25
US AC 7
US R&B 17
#1 hit for Tommy Dorsey in 1940
[Mercury 71847]
written by Ruth Lowe
89.03/1961
Please Tell Me Why by Jackie Wilson 

video

MP3

51
US 20
US R&B 11
[Brunswick 55208]
written by Joyce Lee
90.12/1961
Turn On Your Love Light by Bobby Bland 

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MP3

from Here's the Man   

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51
US 28
US R&B 2
[Duke 344]
written by Don Robey (as Deadric Malone) & Joe Scott (as Joseph Scott)
91.04/1961
Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) by The Coasters 

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MP3

50
US 23
US R&B 16
[novelty]
[Atco 6192]
written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
92.06/1961
The Switch-A-Roo by The Midnighters 

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MP3

49
US 26
US R&B 3
as Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
B side to The Float
[King 5510]
written by Al Kasha, Alonzo Tucker & Gordon Evans
93.06/1961
That's What Girls Are Made For by The Spinners [US band] 

video

MP3

49
US 27
US R&B 5
[Tri-Phi 1001]
written by Harvey Fuqua & Gwen Gordy (as Gwen Gordy Fuqua)
94.04/1961
I'm a Fool to Care by Joe Barry 

video

MP3

48
US 24
US R&B 15
[Jin 144 / Smash 1702]
written by Ted Daffan
Hide Away95.03/1961
Hide Away by Freddy King 

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from Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King   

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47
US 29
US R&B 5
[Federal 12401]
written by Freddie King, Sonny Thompson & Hound Dog Taylor (uncredited)
96.03/1961
Trust in Me by Etta James 

video

MP3

from At Last!   At Last!

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MP3

46
US 30
US R&B 4
[Argo 5385]
written by Ned Wever, Milton Ager & Jean Schwartz
97.02/1961
For My Baby by Brook Benton 

video

MP3

46
US 28
US R&B 2
[Mercury 71774]
written by Clyde Otis & Willie Dixon
98.02/1961
Hearts of Stone by Bill Black's Combo 

video

MP3

46
US 20
US R&B 22
[instrumental]
[Hi 2028]
written by Rudy Jackson
99.02/1961
Once Upon a Time by Rochell and the Candles 

video

MP3

46
US 26
US R&B 20
with Johnny Wyatt
[Swingin' 623]
written by Charles Strouse & Lee Adams
100.07/1961
I'm a Telling You by Jerry Butler 

video

MP3

45
US 25
US R&B 8
[Vee-Jay 390]
written by Jerry Butler & Curtis Mayfield

Disclaimer: This chart is based on incomplete data. Please use it only for its entertainment value.

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