Regional Hits of 1961

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The standard page for 1961 lists the biggest hit songs across the whole World. This page compares that with the top 20 biggest hits of the year in North America and Europe. The region index explains how these results were generated and the long term trends.

The most distinctive songs of 1961 (that is the hits that only charted in one place) has been calculated.

  North America   World   Europe  
# Artist Song Title Artist Song Title Artist Song Title #
1 Ben E King Stand By Me Moves -1 Moves -34 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again Moves 0 Moves 0 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 1
2 Bobby Lewis Tossing & Turning Moves -18 Moves 1 Ben E King Stand By Me Moves -2 Moves -5 Elvis Presley Wooden Heart 2
3 Dion Runaround Sue Moves -8 Moves -16 Elvis Presley Surrender Moves 0 Moves 0 Elvis Presley Surrender 3
4 Del Shannon Runaway Moves 0 Moves 0 Del Shannon Runaway Moves -13 Moves 2 Ben E King Stand By Me 4
5 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John Moves -9 Moves -11 The Marcels Blue Moon Moves -11 Moves -1 Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou 5
6 Roy Orbison Crying Moves -3 Moves -25 Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou Moves 1 Moves -22 Helen Shapiro Walkin' Back to Happiness 6
7 Ray Charles Hit the Road, Jack Moves -3 Moves -100 Elvis Presley Wooden Heart Moves 5 Moves -30 Helen Shapiro You Don't Know 7
8 Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces Moves -26 Moves -30 Highwaymen Michael Row the Boat Moves -1 Moves -30 Billy Vaughn Wheels (Vier Schimmel, ein Wagen) 8
9 The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight Moves -12 Moves 3 Roy Orbison Crying Moves -100 Moves 1 Highwaymen Michael Row the Boat 9
10 Henry Mancini Moon River Moves -2 Moves 3 Ray Charles Hit the Road, Jack Moves -97 Moves -39 Los Machucambos Pepito 10
11 Patsy Cline Crazy Moves -11 Moves 8 Dion Runaround Sue Moves -100 Moves -5 Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame 11
12 Gary US Bonds Quarter to Three Moves -21 Moves 2 Henry Mancini Moon River Moves -129 Moves -42 Frankie Vaughan Tower of Strength 12
13 Ricky Nelson Travellin' Man Moves -6 Moves -10 Bert Kaempfert & his Orchestra Wonderland By Night Moves -116 Moves -31 The Allisons Are You Sure? 13
14 The Marvelettes Please Mr Postman Moves -13 Moves 9 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John Moves -36 Moves -10 The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back 14
15 Etta James At Last Moves -8 Moves -24 Elvis Presley Little Sister Moves 0 Moves 0 Elvis Presley Little Sister 15
16 The Marcels Blue Moon Moves 11 Moves -28 Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame Moves 5 Moves 11 The Marcels Blue Moon 16
17 Ben E King Spanish Harlem Moves -25 Moves -33 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin' Boogie Moves -4 Moves 13 Del Shannon Runaway 17
18 Roy Orbison Running Scared Moves -13 Moves -61 Bob Moore Mexico Moves -1 Moves -37 John Leyton Johnny Remember Me 18
19 Elvis Presley Surrender Moves 16 Moves 6 Ricky Nelson Travellin' Man Moves -123 Moves 1 Bob Moore Mexico 19
20 Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law Moves -25 Moves 18 Bobby Lewis Tossing & Turning Moves -100 Moves -49 Freddy Quinn La Paloma 20

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