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Top Songs of 1961

1960 <-1961-> 1962
    

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1.
03/1961
428

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
✫1
UK
[Colpix 186]
written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
2.
07/1961
428

✫1
US
✫1
AC




✫1
UK
19th century folk song
written by traditional
3.
10/1961
423

✫1
US
✫1
AC
✫1
country


2
UK
[spoken]
[Columbia 4-42175]
written by Jimmy Dean
4.
03/1961
421

✫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
5.
12/1961
414

✫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
6.
02/1961
401

✫1
US






✫1
UK
adapted from the italian song "come back to sorrento"
[RCA 47-7850]
written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
7.
12/1961
400

2
US
✫1
AC




✫1
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #394]
charted as Rock-A-Hula Baby/Can't Help Falling in Love in UK charts
[RCA 47-7968]
written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss
8.
04/1961
373

✫1
US






2
UK
charted as Hello Mary Lou / Travellin' Man in UK charts
[Imperial 5741]
written by Jerry Fuller
9.
11/1961
372

2
US
✫1
AC




2
UK
[instrumental]
[Kapp 442]
written by Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi (as Vasilii Petrovich Soloviev-Sedoy) & Kenny Ball (arrangement)
10.
08/1961
360

4
US
2
AC




✫1
UK
charted as His Latest Flame / Little Sister in UK charts
[RCA Victor 47-7908]
written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
11.
08/1961
347

✫1
US






3
UK
[Liberty 55354]
written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
12.
03/1961
343

4
US




16
R&B
✫1
UK
[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 7840]
written by Floyd Cramer
13.
09/1961
342

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
6
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #377]
[ABC-Paramount 10244]
written by Percy Mayfield
14.
05/1961
324

✫1
US




3
R&B
7
UK
as U.S. Bonds
[Legrand 1008]
written by Gene Barge, Frank Guida & Joseph Royster
15.
08/1961
324

5
US






✫1
UK
US: B-side to (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame, UK: Double A-side with (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame ; charted as His Latest Flame / Little Sister in UK charts
[RCA Victor 47-7908]
written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
16.
01/1961
301

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
17.
02/1961
301

7
US






✫1
UK
charted as Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes in UK charts
[Warner 5199]
written by Sonny Curtis
18.
09/1961
296

✫1
US




4
R&B
11
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #342]
[Laurie 3110]
written by Dion (as Dion DiMucci) & Ernie Maresca
19.
11/1961
292

✫1
US




7
R&B
11
UK
aka Wimoweh, a south african zulu song
[RCA Victor 7954]
written by Solomon Linda, Paul Campbell, Albert Stanton, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore & George David Weiss
20.
04/1961
288

✫1
US






9
UK
[Monument 438]
written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
21.
11/1961
287

2
US






6
UK
[Liberty 55388]
written by Gerry Goffin & Jack Keller
22.
11/1961
286

✫1
US




4
R&B
14
UK
[R]
[Parkway 811]
written by Hank Ballard
23.
02/1961
282

4
US






3
UK
as Clarence "Frogman" Henry
written by Bobby Charles (as Robert Guidry) & Paul Gayten
24.
05/1961
274

✫1
US
4
AC




18
UK
[Dot 16209]
written by Chase Webster (as Gary Daniel Bruce)
25.
09/1961
270

5
US


✫1
country


5
UK
[Mercury 71834]
written by Kendall Hayes & Gary Walker
26.
05/1961
269

5
US




15
R&B
4
UK
hit for Chuck Willis in 1954
[RCA Victor 47-7880]
written by Chuck Willis
27.
01/1961
266

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
27
UK
[Parkway 818]
written by Don Covay & John Berry
28.
03/1961
263

✫1
US




✫1
R&B
29
UK
[Minit 623]
written by Allen Toussaint
29.
05/1961
258

9
US






2
UK
charted as Hello Mary Lou / Travellin' Man in UK charts
[Imperial 5741]
written by Gene Pitney & Cayet Mangiaracina
30.
11/1961
257

6
US






3
UK
[RCA 7957]
written by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
31.
05/1961
257

2
US
✫1
AC


2
R&B
30
UK
[novelty]
[Mercury 71820]
written by traditional
32.
06/1961
254

6
US
✫1
AC




6
UK
#1 hit for Paul Whiteman in 1928
[MGM 13019]
written by Ray Henderson, Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown
33.
12/1961
253

2
US






10
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #239]
[Laurie 3115]
written by Ernie Maresca
34.
03/1961
253

3
US




22
R&B
7
UK
[Canadian American 123]
written by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II
35.
01/1961
247

3
US




19
R&B
8
UK
[instrumental]
[Warwick 603]
written by Richard Stephens, Jimmy Torres & Norman Petty (uncredited)
36.
10/1961
246

7
US






3
UK
[instrumental]
[Imperial 5775]
written by Sandy Nelson & Richie Allen (as Richard Podolor)
37.
11/1961
243

✫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
38.
12/1961
238

23
US






✫1
UK
US: B-side to Can't Help Falling In Love, UK: Double A-side with Can't Help Falling In Love ; charted as Rock-A-Hula Baby/Can't Help Falling in Love in UK charts
written by Ben Weisman, Fred Wise & Dolores Fuller
39.
06/1961
238

5
US






6
UK
[Big Top 3075]
written by Del Shannon
40.
04/1961
235

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


[Beltone 1002]
written by Ritchie Adams & Malou Rene
41.
09/1961
233

✫1
US




✫1
R&B


42.
02/1961
232

14
US






2
UK
hit for Hoagy Carmichael in 1932
[Atco 6188]
written by Hoagy Carmichael & Sidney Arodin
43.
06/1961
232

✫1
US
✫1
AC






based on german folk song Muss I Denn
[Smash 1708]
written by Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey & Bert Kaempfert
44.
05/1961
230

27
US






✫1
UK
hit for Bing Crosby in 1934
[Warner 5220]
written by Nacio Brown & Arthur Freed
45.
12/1961
219

9
US
✫1
AC
2
country


9
UK
[Decca 9-31330]
written by Hank Cochran
46.
08/1961
215

2
US






25
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #69]
B side to Candy Man
[Monument 447]
written by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
47.
08/1961
213

22
US






2
UK
[R]
[Parkway 824]
written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
48.
08/1961
207

25
US






2
UK
[Monument 447]
written by Beverly Ross & Fred Neil
49.
09/1961
203

5
US






10
UK
#1 hit for Bing Crosby in 1938
[Atco 6206]
written by Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer
50.
05/1961
202

4
US




✫1
R&B
27
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #121]
[Atco 6194]
written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
51.
05/1961
201

2
US




2
R&B


[Instant 3229]
written by Chris Kenner & Allen Toussaint
52.
09/1961
200

100
US






✫1
UK
[Capitol 4662]
written by John Schroeder & Mike Hawker (as Michael Hawker)
53.
07/1961
198

2
US






37
UK
[Liberty F-55350]
written by Dick St. John
54.
06/1961
197

119
US






✫1
UK
[London 1993]
written by Les Vandyke
55.
07/1961
197

120
US






✫1
UK
Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain in the UK
[United Artists 363]
written by Norman Newell (as David West) & Udo Jürgens
56.
05/1961
197

2
US




3
R&B


[Vee-Jay 383]
written by Dee Clark
57.
03/1961
196









✫1
UK
US: B-side to Blue Christmas and Puppet On a String
[RCA 47-7865]
written by Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey & Bert Kaempfert
58.
08/1961
195









✫1
UK
written by Geoff Goddard
59.
07/1961
195









✫1
UK
charted as You Don't Know / Marvellous Lie in Australia charts
[Capitol 4627]
written by John Schroeder & Mike Hawker (as Michael Hawker)
60.
11/1961
195









✫1
UK
61.
11/1961
195









✫1
UK
62.
04/1961
194









✫1
UK
written by Walter Donaldson
63.
01/1961
194









✫1
UK
written by Werner Scharfenberger, Fini Busch & Norman Newell (as David West)
64.
09/1961
194









✫1
UK
[instrumental]

written by Michael Carr
65.
03/1961
194

2
US




4
R&B


[Hull 740]
written by James Sheppard & William H. Miller
66.
05/1961
192

12
US




11
R&B
6
UK
#1 hit for the Mills Brothers in 1944
[Argo 5388]
written by Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
67.
09/1961
191

2
US




7
R&B


[Parkway 827]
written by Kal Mann & Dave Appell
68.
01/1961
189

2
US




9
R&B


[instrumental]
[Atco 6184]
written by Jerry Lordan
69.
11/1961
189

38
US






2
UK
written by Del Shannon
70.
08/1961
183

15
US






5
UK
[Epic 9452]
written by Berry Gordy (as part of The Corporation), Freddie Perren (as part of The Corporation), Deke Richards (as part of The Corporation) & Fonce Mizell (as part of The Corporation)
71.
06/1961
183

4
US






22
UK
[Decca 31272]
written by Jackie DeShannon & Sharon Sheeley
72.
10/1961
181

3
US






28
UK
[Colpix 609]
written by Gloria Shayne Baker (as Gloria Shayne)
73.
06/1961
178

3
US




✫1
R&B


[Beltone 1006]
written by Eugene Pitt, Oscar Waltzer & Phil Belmonte
74.
11/1961
178

3
US




✫1
R&B


[AFO 302]
written by Barbara George
75.
07/1961
177

4
US






25
UK
[Gone 5108]
written by Paul Burton & Paul Hampton
76.
01/1961
176

6
US


28
country
27
R&B
17
UK
[novelty]
[Columbia 4-41876]
written by Johnny Parker
77.
04/1961
175

7
US






12
UK
[MGM 12995]
written by Howard Greenfield & Jack Keller
78.
07/1961
174

3
US




2
R&B


[instrumental]
[Satellite 107]
written by Charles Axton, Jerry Lee Smith, Floyd Newman, Chips Moman & Gil Caple
79.
01/1961
173

3
US




2
R&B


[R]
[Scepter 1203]
written by Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling
80.
02/1961
171

102
US






2
UK
[London 1977]
written by John Allison & Bob Allison
81.
01/1961
170

3
US


✫1
country




[Columbia 4-41922]
written by Marty Robbins
82.
10/1961
170

3
US






38
UK
[Decca 31309]
written by Kathryn R. Fulton
83.
06/1961
170

26
US






4
UK
US: B-side to I Feel So Bad, UK: Double A-side with I Feel So Bad
[RCA 47-7880]
written by George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti & Luigi Creatore
84.
07/1961
168

4
US
2
AC


22
R&B


[Liberty 55343]
written by Al Jacobs & Jimmie Crane
85.
10/1961
168









2
UK
written by Geoff Goddard
86.
09/1961
168









2
UK
87.
11/1961
168

35
US
10
AC




4
UK
[Dot 16284]
written by Paul Evans & Fred Tobias
88.
09/1961
166

25
US
5
AC




6
UK
[instrumental]
[Columbia 41479]
written by Paul Desmond
89.
05/1961
165

4
US
2
AC






[instrumental]
[Hi Fi 5024]
written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman (as Marilyn Keith) & Norman Luboff
90.
04/1961
162

4
US




2
R&B


[Scepter 1217]
written by Luther Dixon & Willie Denson
91.
06/1961
161

17
US




20
R&B
7
UK
[Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs #452]
[RCA Victor 7883]
written by Sam Cooke
92.
03/1961
160

3
US




11
R&B


[Liberty 55308]
written by Kay Rogers, Luther Dixon & Bob Elgin
93.
09/1961
160

6
US






22
UK
[Goldcrest 161]
written by Chips Moman
94.
05/1961
159

11
US






9
UK
[RCA 47-7874]
written by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
95.
02/1961
158

33
US






4
UK
charted as More Than I Can Say / Staying In in UK charts
[Liberty 55296]
written by John D. Loudermilk
96.
09/1961
154

5
US
✫1
AC






[Hickory 1153]
written by John D. Loudermilk
97.
05/1961
151

5
US
5
AC


21
R&B


[Coed 550]
written by Mark Barkan, Sandy Baron & George Eddy
98.
09/1961
150

8
US






17
UK
[from the movie The Parent Trap]
[Buena Vista F-385]
written by Richard M. Sherman (as Richard Sherman) & Robert B. Sherman (as Robert Sherman)
99.
12/1961
150

30
US






5
UK
written by Bobby Darin
100.
06/1961
149

8
US
3
AC
8
country


36
UK
[instrumental]
[RCA Victor 47-7893]
written by Bob Wills

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