Songs from the Year 1961

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This page lists the top songs of 1961 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. A list of the hit albums of 1961 is also available.. This list has also been compared to the results for North America and Europe. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during 1961. A list of the most distinctive songs of 1961 (that is the hits that only charted in one place) has been calculated.

The top ten song artists of 1961 were:

1:Elvis Presley2:Ben E King3:Ricky Nelson4:Connie Francis5:Del Shannon
6:Roy Orbison7:Bobby Vee8:Helen Shapiro9:The Everly Brothers10:Highwaymen
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Ben E King Stand By Me 1961 Eire 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1987, Canada RPM 1 for 1 week - Dec 1986, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1961), DDD 1 of 1961, D.Marsh 1 of 1961, Switzerland 3 - Mar 1987 (9 weeks), US Billboard 4 - May 1961 (14 weeks), Germany 4 - Mar 1987 (3 months), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Mar 1987), US BB 7 of 1961, Holland 7 - Mar 1987 (7 weeks), Belgium 7 - Mar 1987 (6 weeks), POP 7 of 1961, Norway 9 - Apr 1987 (1 week), Scrobulate 14 of soul, Canada 16 - May 1961 (9 weeks), Austria 17 - Apr 1987 (2 weeks), RIAA 25, UK 27 - Jun 1961 (7 weeks), WABC NY 38 of 1961, DMDB 39 (1961), US CashBox 43 of 1961, Acclaimed 53 (1961), US Radio 55 of 1961 (peak 4 7 weeks), nuTsie 60 of 1960s, Vinyl Surrender 88 (1961), 95 in 2FM list, Italy 96 of 1962, Rolling Stone 121, Germany 235 of the 1980s (peak 2 11 weeks), WXPN 746, RYM 2 of 1961, BBC Rich Song 6 (songwriter royalties $28.9M), Party 269 of 1999, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
2 Elvis Presley Surrender 1961 UK 1 - May 1961 (15 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Feb 1961 (12 weeks), Canada 1 - Mar 1961 (9 weeks), Flanders 1 - Mar 1961 (5 months), Record Mirror 1 for 5 weeks - May 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Mar 1961 (5 weeks), Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1961, Europarade 1 for 9 weeks - May 1961, Norway 2 - Apr 1961 (19 weeks), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), Germany 6 - May 1961 (2 months), Brazil 7 of 1961, South Africa 10 of 1961, US Radio 20 of 1961 (peak 1 9 weeks), Italy 20 of 1961, US CashBox 32 of 1961, WABC NY 67 of 1961, UKMIX 458, RYM 33 of 1961, Global 33 (5 M sold) - 1961
3 Elvis Presley Wooden Heart 1961 UK 1 - Mar 1961 (27 weeks), Flanders 1 - Feb 1961 (4 months), Record Mirror 1 for 3 weeks - Mar 1961, Australia 1 for 4 weeks - Mar 1961, Europarade 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1961, South Africa 1 of 1961, Canada 2 - Mar 1961 (10 weeks), Holland 2 - Sep 1977 (11 weeks), Germany 2 - Jan 1961 (4 months), Norway 3 - Feb 1961 (21 weeks), NZ Lever 3 - May 1961 (4 weeks), Australia 4 of 1961, Belgium 6 - Sep 1977 (8 weeks), UKMIX 118, Germany 119 of the 1960s (peak 2 17 weeks), RYM 16 of 1960
4 Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou 1961 Canada 1 - May 1961 (16 weeks), Norway 1 - Jun 1961 (24 weeks), Flanders 1 - Jun 1961 (6 months), Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1961, Europarade 1 for 11 weeks - Jul 1961, Germany 2 - Jan 1962 (6 months), NZ Lever 4 - Aug 1961 (3 weeks), US Billboard 9 - May 1961 (15 weeks), D.Marsh 12 of 1961, DDD 13 of 1961, US BB 24 of 1961, POP 24 of 1961, Germany 39 of the 1960s (peak 2 26 weeks), UK 45 - Aug 1991 (5 weeks), US CashBox 53 of 1961, US Radio 88 of 1961 (peak 9 8 weeks), UKMIX 327, Acclaimed 1189 (1961), RYM 23 of 1961, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
5 Del Shannon Runaway 1961 UK 1 - Apr 1961 (22 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Mar 1961 (17 weeks), Canada 1 - Mar 1961 (14 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - May 1961, Australia 1 for 6 weeks - May 1961, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1961), WABC NY 3 of 1961, Norway 4 - Jun 1961 (8 weeks), Flanders 5 - Jun 1961 (3 months), D.Marsh 5 of 1961, US Radio 7 of 1961 (peak 1 10 weeks), DDD 7 of 1961, US CashBox 9 of 1961, Australia 15 of 1961, US BB 17 of 1961, POP 17 of 1961, South Africa 18 of 1961, Brazil 23 of 1961, Vinyl Surrender 47 (1961), Acclaimed 66 (1961), Scrobulate 96 of oldies, UKMIX 125, Rolling Stone 466, RYM 1 of 1961, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
6 The Marcels Blue Moon 1961 UK 1 - Apr 1961 (13 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Mar 1961 (14 weeks), Canada 1 - Mar 1961 (11 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - May 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Apr 1961 (5 weeks), Brazil 2 of 1961, Norway 4 - May 1961 (9 weeks), Flanders 4 - Apr 1961 (4 months), WABC NY 5 of 1961, US CashBox 11 of 1961, South Africa 11 of 1961, Germany 13 - Jun 1961 (1 month), US BB 14 of 1961, US Radio 14 of 1961 (peak 1 9 weeks), DDD 14 of 1961, POP 14 of 1961, Acclaimed 1034 (1961), RYM 26 of 1961, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
7 Highwaymen Michael Row the Boat 1961 UK 1 - Sep 1961 (14 weeks), US Billboard 1 - Jul 1961 (17 weeks), Norway 1 - Oct 1961 (15 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 1 week - Oct 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Sep 1961 (8 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Sep 1961, Canada 2 - Jun 1961 (16 weeks), US CashBox 8 of 1961, US Radio 9 of 1961 (peak 1 10 weeks), Flanders 14 - Oct 1961 (3 months), South Africa 14 of 1961, WABC NY 17 of 1961, Brazil 38 of 1961, Germany 175 of the 1960s (peak 4 17 weeks), UKMIX 950, RYM 92 of 1960
8 Roy Orbison Crying 1961 Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Nov 1961, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1961), US Billboard 2 - Aug 1961 (16 weeks), NZ Lever 2 - Oct 1961 (5 weeks), Canada 3 - Aug 1961 (15 weeks), DDD 5 of 1961, Australia 7 of 1961, Japan (Tokyo) 17 - Nov 1992 (9 weeks), UK 25 - Sep 1961 (9 weeks), US CashBox 28 of 1961, US BB 30 of 1961, US Radio 30 of 1961 (peak 2 10 weeks), POP 30 of 1961, WABC NY 40 of 1961, Rolling Stone 69, nuTsie 94 of 1960s, Scrobulate 95 of rockabilly, Vinyl Surrender 183 (1962), RIAA 209, Acclaimed 232 (1961), WXPN 417, RYM 3 of 1961
9 Dion Runaround Sue 1961 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1961 (14 weeks), WABC NY 1 of 1961, Canada 1 - Oct 1961 (14 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Jan 1962 (6 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1961), US Radio 3 of 1961 (peak 1 11 weeks), DDD 4 of 1961, US BB 8 of 1961, POP 8 of 1961, UK 11 - Nov 1961 (9 weeks), D.Marsh 24 of 1961, nuTsie 93 of 1960s, US CashBox 99 of 1961, RIAA 225, Acclaimed 259 (1961), Rolling Stone 342, RYM 8 of 1961, Party 108 of 2007
10 Ray Charles Hit the Road, Jack 1961 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1961 (13 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Nov 1961 (7 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1961), UK 6 - Oct 1961 (12 weeks), US BB 6 of 1961, DDD 6 of 1961, POP 6 of 1961, D.Marsh 6 of 1961, Canada 11 - Sep 1961 (11 weeks), Flanders 13 - Nov 1961 (2 months), US Radio 16 of 1961 (peak 1 9 weeks), WABC NY 30 of 1961, Scrobulate 37 of jazz, US CashBox 87 of 1961, Rolling Stone 377, Acclaimed 663 (1961), WXPN 771, RYM 4 of 1961
11 Bob Moore Mexico 1961 Germany 1 - Jan 1962 (6 months), Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Oct 1961, Germany 1 for 9 weeks - Jan 1962, Flanders 2 - Jan 1962 (4 months), Canada 4 - Aug 1961 (10 weeks), NZ Lever 6 - Nov 1961 (1 week), US Billboard 7 - Aug 1961 (15 weeks), Germany 17 of the 1960s (peak 1 26 weeks), US Radio 72 of 1961 (peak 7 7 weeks), US CashBox 79 of 1961, RYM 167 of 1961
12 Elvis Presley Little Sister 1961 UK 1 - Nov 1961 (13 weeks), Canada 1 - Aug 1961 (11 weeks), Flanders 1 - Sep 1961 (4 months), Europarade 1 for 7 weeks - Nov 1961, US Billboard 5 - Aug 1961 (13 weeks), NZ Lever 5 - Oct 1961 (3 weeks), Norway 6 - Oct 1961 (7 weeks), US CashBox 52 of 1961, DDD 54 of 1961, US Radio 61 of 1961 (peak 5 7 weeks), Acclaimed 880 (1961), RYM 5 of 1961
13 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin' Boogie 1961 Germany 1 - May 1961 (4 months), Canada 2 - Jan 1961 (11 weeks), Flanders 2 - Apr 1961 (4 months), Norway 4 - May 1961 (18 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Jan 1961 (14 weeks), UK 17 - Mar 1961 (13 weeks), Germany 37 of the 1960s (peak 1 17 weeks), Brazil 42 of 1963, US CashBox 69 of 1961, US Radio 70 of 1961 (peak 6 7 weeks), WABC NY 94 of 1961, RYM 190 of 1961
14 Patsy Cline Crazy 1961 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992 (1962), Library of Congress artifact (1961), US BB 2 of 1961, DDD 2 of 1961, POP 2 of 1961, Canada 8 - Oct 1961 (9 weeks), US Billboard 9 - Oct 1961 (11 weeks), DMDB 14 (1961), WXPN 65, Scrobulate 70 of country, UK 79 - Mar 1987 (5 weeks), nuTsie 79 of 1960s, Rolling Stone 85, US Radio 98 of 1961 (peak 9 5 weeks), Acclaimed 143 (1960), RYM 17 of 1961, NY Daily Love list 81, Party 28 of 1999
15 Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame 1961 UK 1 - Nov 1961 (13 weeks), Canada 1 - Aug 1961 (11 weeks), Flanders 1 - Sep 1961 (4 months), Record Mirror 1 for 3 weeks - Nov 1961, US Billboard 4 - Aug 1961 (11 weeks), Norway 4 - Nov 1961 (6 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), NZ Lever 8 - Oct 1961 (2 weeks), D.Marsh 31 of 1961, DDD 39 of 1961, US Radio 112 of 1961 (peak 4 2 weeks), UKMIX 449, RYM 5 of 1961
16 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John 1961 US Billboard 1 - Oct 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 1 - Sep 1961 (15 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Nov 1961 (9 weeks), UK 2 - Oct 1961 (13 weeks), US Radio 2 of 1961 (peak 1 12 weeks), Grammy in 1961 (Nominated), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1961), Norway 6 - Nov 1961 (5 weeks), WABC NY 14 of 1961, US BB 39 of 1961, POP 39 of 1961, US CashBox 43 of 1962, UKMIX 934, RYM 86 of 1961
17 Los Machucambos Pepito 1961 Italy 1 for 1 week - Oct 1961, Europarade 1 for 1 week - Oct 1961, Germany 2 - Jan 1962 (4 months), Italy 6 of 1961, Flanders 11 - May 1961 (5 months), Germany 86 of the 1960s (peak 2 17 weeks)
18 Helen Shapiro Walkin' Back to Happiness 1961 UK 1 - Sep 1961 (19 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Nov 1961 (6 weeks), Europarade 1 for 1 week - Nov 1961, Flanders 2 - Nov 1961 (4 months), Norway 3 - Oct 1961 (11 weeks), South Africa 13 of 1961, US Billboard 100 - Dec 1961 (1 week), UKMIX 141, RYM 47 of 1961
19 The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight 1961 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1961 (15 weeks), Canada 1 - Nov 1961 (11 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Feb 1962 (6 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1962), Flanders 6 - Feb 1962 (3 months), US BB 9 of 1961, POP 9 of 1961, US CashBox 10 of 1962, UK 11 - Dec 1961 (12 weeks), US Radio 21 of 1961 (peak 1 10 weeks), DDD 22 of 1961, WABC NY 44 of 1961, RIAA 159, Acclaimed 1666 (1961), RYM 13 of 1961
20 Henry Mancini Moon River 1961 Australia 1 of 1961, Grammy in 1961, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1961), US CashBox 5 of 1962, US Billboard 11 - Oct 1961 (26 weeks), Canada 14 - Oct 1961 (8 weeks), Brazil 34 of 1962, UK 44 - Dec 1961 (3 weeks), Italy 72 of 1962, DMDB 89 (1961), US Radio 120 of 1961 (peak 11 3 weeks), RIAA 172, Acclaimed 785 (1961), RYM 12 of 1961, NY Daily Love list 67
21 Bert Kaempfert & his Orchestra Wonderland By Night 1961 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1960 (17 weeks), Canada 1 - Nov 1960 (16 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Feb 1961 (6 weeks), Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1961, South Africa 3 of 1961, US CashBox 5 of 1961, US Radio 6 of 1961 (peak 1 12 weeks), Germany 9 - Feb 1961 (3 months), WABC NY 32 of 1960, Brazil 32 of 1961, Germany 327 of the 1960s (peak 9 13 weeks), RYM 83 of 1960
22 The Marvelettes Please Mr Postman 1961 US Billboard 1 - Sep 1961 (23 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 (1961), NZ Lever 4 - Mar 1962 (3 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 2004), US BB 5 of 1961, POP 5 of 1961, WABC NY 6 of 1961, Scrobulate 7 of rhythm & blues, D.Marsh 10 of 1961, DDD 11 of 1961, South Africa 20 of 1961, US Radio 24 of 1961 (peak 1 10 weeks), US CashBox 39 of 1962, Acclaimed 447 (1961), RYM 14 of 1961
23 Ricky Nelson Travellin' Man 1961 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 1 - May 1961 (16 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Jul 1961 (6 weeks), Australia 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1961, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Aug 1977), US CashBox 7 of 1961, WABC NY 7 of 1961, Australia 9 of 1961, US Radio 11 of 1961 (peak 1 12 weeks), D.Marsh 12 of 1961, US BB 22 of 1961, POP 22 of 1961, DDD 55 of 1961, RYM 23 of 1961
24 Etta James At Last 1961 US BB 1 of 1961, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1961), POP 1 of 1961, US Gold (certified by RIAA in May 2005), Peel list 4 of 1960, DDD 26 of 1960, WXPN 45, US Billboard 47 - Jan 1961 (8 weeks), Scrobulate 64 of soul, UK 69 - Sep 2010 (4 weeks), Vinyl Surrender 118 (1961), Acclaimed 1132 (1961), RYM 66 of 1961, WFUV 79, NY Daily Love list 89, Party 16 of 2007
25 Dave Brubeck Take Five 1961 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996 (1963), Scrobulate 1 of jazz, Grammy in 1961 (Nominated), UK 6 - Oct 1961 (15 weeks), NZ Lever 8 - Jan 1962 (1 week), Australia 14 of 1961, Holland 15 - Dec 1969 (6 weeks), US Billboard 25 - Sep 1961 (12 weeks), RIAA 49, Europe 98 of the 1960s (1961), WXPN 132, Acclaimed 561 (1959), RYM 9 of 1961
26 Helen Shapiro You Don't Know 1961 UK 1 - Jul 1961 (23 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - Aug 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Sep 1961 (5 weeks), Europarade 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1961, Norway 2 - Sep 1961 (9 weeks), Flanders 7 - Sep 1961 (6 months), UKMIX 101, RYM 68 of 1961
27 Roy Orbison Running Scared 1961 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1961 (17 weeks), Canada 1 - Apr 1961 (11 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Jul 1961 (3 weeks), Peel list 2 of 1961, D.Marsh 4 of 1961, UK 9 - May 1961 (15 weeks), DDD 10 of 1961, US CashBox 21 of 1961, US BB 35 of 1961, POP 35 of 1961, US Radio 36 of 1961 (peak 1 9 weeks), WABC NY 61 of 1961, Acclaimed 882 (1961), RYM 6 of 1961
28 String-A-Longs Wheels 1961 Flanders 1 - Apr 1961 (7 months), Canada 2 - Jan 1961 (13 weeks), US Billboard 3 - Jan 1961 (16 weeks), Norway 4 - Apr 1961 (9 weeks), NZ Lever 5 - May 1961 (3 weeks), UK 8 - Feb 1961 (16 weeks), US CashBox 24 of 1961, US Radio 40 of 1961 (peak 3 8 weeks), Brazil 46 of 1961, WABC NY 92 of 1961
29 Billy Vaughn Wheels (Vier Schimmel, ein Wagen) 1961 Germany 1 - May 1961 (4 months), Germany 1 for 14 weeks - May 1961, Italy 7 of 1962, Europe 21 of the 1950s (1957), Germany 27 of the 1960s (peak 1 17 weeks), US Billboard 28 - Feb 1961 (8 weeks)
30 Bobby Vee Take Good Care of My Baby 1961 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1961 (15 weeks), Canada 1 - Aug 1961 (11 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 1 week - Dec 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Sep 1961 (7 weeks), UK 3 - Oct 1961 (16 weeks), WABC NY 15 of 1961, South Africa 15 of 1961, US Radio 22 of 1961 (peak 1 8 weeks), US CashBox 23 of 1961, US BB 26 of 1961, POP 26 of 1961, DDD 99 of 1961, UKMIX 874, RYM 27 of 1961
31 The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back 1961 UK 1 - Feb 1961 (16 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 4 weeks - Feb 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Mar 1961 (6 weeks), Canada 3 - Feb 1961 (13 weeks), South Africa 5 of 1961, US Billboard 7 - Feb 1961 (13 weeks), Norway 10 - Apr 1961 (2 weeks), Flanders 19 - Mar 1961 (1 month), DDD 33 of 1961, US Radio 78 of 1961 (peak 7 6 weeks), 81 in 2FM list, UKMIX 407, Acclaimed 1786 (1961), RYM 43 of 1961
32 Bobby Lewis Tossing & Turning 1961 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1961 (23 weeks), US Radio 1 of 1961 (peak 1 15 weeks), Top Song of 1961 of the Billboard 50th list, US CashBox 4 of 1961, US BB 10 of 1961, POP 10 of 1961, WABC NY 11 of 1961, Canada 15 - May 1961 (12 weeks), South Africa 19 of 1961, Billboard 50th song 27, DDD 34 of 1961, RYM 29 of 1961
33 Connie Francis Where the Boys Are 1961 Italy 1 for 5 weeks - May 1961, US Billboard 4 - Jan 1961 (15 weeks), NZ Lever 4 - Apr 1961 (4 weeks), UK 5 - Mar 1961 (14 weeks), Canada 7 - Jan 1961 (11 weeks), Italy 8 of 1961, US BB 25 of 1961, POP 25 of 1961, US CashBox 29 of 1961, US Radio 43 of 1961 (peak 4 9 weeks), WABC NY 56 of 1961, RYM 122 of 1960
34 Gary US Bonds Quarter to Three 1961 US Billboard 1 - May 1961 (15 weeks), Canada 1 - Jun 1961 (10 weeks), WABC NY 2 of 1961, NZ Lever 3 - Sep 1961 (4 weeks), D.Marsh 3 of 1961, UK 7 - Jul 1961 (13 weeks), DDD 8 of 1961, US Radio 13 of 1961 (peak 1 10 weeks), US CashBox 19 of 1961, US BB 20 of 1961, POP 20 of 1961, Acclaimed 861 (1961), RYM 60 of 1961, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
35 Pat Boone Johnny Will 1961 Norway 1 - Jan 1962 (8 weeks), Europarade 1 for 3 weeks - Jan 1962, UK 4 - Dec 1961 (13 weeks), NZ Lever 9 - Feb 1962 (1 week), Canada 28 - Nov 1961 (8 weeks), US Billboard 35 - Nov 1961 (10 weeks), Germany 89 of the 1960s (peak 2 21 weeks), RYM 158 of 1961
36 Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces 1961 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1961), Canada 2 - Jul 1961 (15 weeks), US Billboard 12 - May 1961 (20 weeks), US BB 32 of 1961, POP 32 of 1961, DDD 63 of 1961, UK 87 - Mar 1991 (2 weeks), US CashBox 96 of 1961, Scrobulate 97 of country, RIAA 107, US Radio 123 of 1961 (peak 12 3 weeks), Rolling Stone 238, Acclaimed 328 (1961), WXPN 815, RYM 21 of 1961, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
37 Freddy Quinn La Paloma 1961 Germany 1 - Jan 1962 (6 months), Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Sep 1961, Flanders 2 - Aug 1961 (8 months), Germany 51 of the 1960s (peak 1 26 weeks)
38 Lawrence Welk Calcutta 1961 US Billboard 1 - Dec 1960 (17 weeks), US CashBox 2 of 1961, NZ Lever 3 - May 1961 (3 weeks), US Radio 4 of 1961 (peak 1 11 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1961), Canada 7 - Jan 1961 (12 weeks), South Africa 16 of 1961, Brazil 17 of 1961, WABC NY 19 of 1961, Italy 69 of 1961, RYM 111 of 1960
39 Clarence 'Frogman' Henry I Don't Know Why (But I Do) 1961 Canada 2 - Mar 1961 (15 weeks), UK 3 - May 1961 (19 weeks), Norway 3 - Jul 1961 (10 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Feb 1961 (16 weeks), NZ Lever 6 - May 1961 (2 weeks), D.Marsh 11 of 1961, Flanders 12 - Jul 1961 (2 months), WABC NY 27 of 1961, US CashBox 39 of 1961, US Radio 49 of 1961 (peak 4 7 weeks), DDD 59 of 1960, UKMIX 506, RYM 134 of 1961
40 The Allisons Are You Sure? 1961 Norway 1 - Apr 1961 (14 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 2 weeks - Apr 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Mar 1961 (7 weeks), UK 2 - Feb 1961 (16 weeks), Flanders 7 - Apr 1961 (4 months), Italy 79 of 1961, UKMIX 442, RYM 165 of 1961
41 Chubby Checker Pony Time 1961 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 5 - Feb 1961 (13 weeks), US Radio 8 of 1961 (peak 1 11 weeks), WABC NY 13 of 1961, US CashBox 14 of 1961, UK 27 - Apr 1961 (6 weeks), Brazil 36 of 1961, US BB 37 of 1961, DDD 37 of 1961, POP 37 of 1961, Italy 83 of 1961, RYM 89 of 1961
42 Eddie Hodges I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door 1961 Canada 1 - Jul 1961 (15 weeks), Australia 1 for 7 weeks - Aug 1961, Norway 2 - Oct 1961 (14 weeks), NZ Lever 7 - Aug 1961 (3 weeks), Flanders 9 - Oct 1961 (4 months), Australia 11 of 1961, US Billboard 12 - Jun 1961 (13 weeks), UK 37 - Sep 1961 (6 weeks), US CashBox 91 of 1961, US Radio 128 of 1961 (peak 12 3 weeks), RYM 112 of 1961
43 Ben E King Spanish Harlem 1961 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 (1961), D.Marsh 7 of 1961, US Billboard 10 - Dec 1960 (16 weeks), DDD 13 of 1960, Canada 15 - Jan 1961 (11 weeks), WABC NY 25 of 1961, US BB 28 of 1961, POP 28 of 1961, US CashBox 90 of 1961, UK 92 - Apr 1987 (2 weeks), US Radio 99 of 1961 (peak 10 5 weeks), Rolling Stone 349, Acclaimed 427 (1961), RYM 15 of 1960, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
44 Ferrante & Teicher Theme From 'Exodus' 1961 US CashBox 1 of 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Apr 1961 (6 weeks), US Billboard 2 - Nov 1960 (21 weeks), Australia 2 of 1961, Canada 3 - Nov 1960 (16 weeks), US Radio 5 of 1961 (peak 2 13 weeks), UK 6 - Mar 1961 (17 weeks), WABC NY 16 of 1961, Brazil 19 of 1961
45 Edith Piaf Non, je ne regrette rien 1961 France 1 for 18 weeks - Jan 1961, Flanders 6 - Mar 1961 (5 months), Scrobulate 13 of french, France (InfoDisc) 32 of the 1960s (peak 1, 55 weeks, 800k sales estimated, 1961), Italy 73 of 1961, Europe 74 of the 1960s (1961), RYM 18 of 1961
46 Dee Clark Raindrops 1961 NZ Lever 1 - Aug 1961 (4 weeks), US Billboard 2 - May 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 2 - May 1961 (12 weeks), Flanders 8 - Aug 1961 (3 months), US CashBox 17 of 1961, US Radio 18 of 1961 (peak 2 10 weeks), US BB 31 of 1961, POP 31 of 1961, DDD 32 of 1961, WABC NY 49 of 1961, RYM 139 of 1961
47 Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law 1961 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1961 (14 weeks), Canada 2 - Apr 1961 (11 weeks), WABC NY 9 of 1961, D.Marsh 13 of 1961, US CashBox 16 of 1961, US Radio 17 of 1961 (peak 1 9 weeks), DDD 17 of 1961, UK 29 - May 1961 (7 weeks), US BB 29 of 1961, POP 29 of 1961, Acclaimed 1936 (1961), RYM 39 of 1961
48 Shep & the Limelites Daddy's Home 1961 Peel list 1 of 1961, US Billboard 2 - Mar 1961 (14 weeks), Canada 11 - Apr 1961 (7 weeks), WABC NY 12 of 1961, US BB 15 of 1961, POP 15 of 1961, DDD 20 of 1961, D.Marsh 23 of 1961, US CashBox 27 of 1961, US Radio 45 of 1961 (peak 2 8 weeks), Acclaimed 2492 (1961), RYM 97 of 1961
49 Nana Mouskouri Weisse Rosen aus Athen 1961 Germany 1 - Jan 1962 (7 months), Germany 1 for 10 weeks - Oct 1961, Germany 7 of the 1960s (peak 1 30 weeks), RYM 186 of 1961
50 Pat Boone Moody River 1961 US Billboard 1 - May 1961 (15 weeks), Canada 1 - May 1961 (13 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Jul 1961 (5 weeks), Norway 4 - Jul 1961 (13 weeks), South Africa 17 of 1961, UK 18 - Jul 1961 (10 weeks), US Radio 29 of 1961 (peak 1 9 weeks), US CashBox 36 of 1961, RYM 137 of 1961
51 Petula Clark Romeo 1961 France 1 for 1 week - Jan 1962, UK 3 - Jul 1961 (15 weeks), Flanders 3 - Aug 1961 (6 months), NZ Lever 5 - Sep 1961 (3 weeks), Norway 7 - Aug 1961 (6 weeks), RYM 105 of 1961
52 Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By 1961 Canada 1 - Nov 1961 (13 weeks), Norway 1 - Jan 1962 (13 weeks), UK 5 - Jan 1962 (17 weeks), US Billboard 5 - Oct 1961 (16 weeks), NZ Lever 5 - Jan 1962 (4 weeks), US CashBox 21 of 1962, US Radio 33 of 1961 (peak 5 9 weeks), RYM 41 of 1961
53 Gus Backus Der Mann im Mond 1961 Germany 1 - Jan 1962 (5 months), Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Oct 1961, Germany 50 of the 1960s (peak 1 21 weeks), RYM 177 of 1961
54 Frankie Vaughan Tower of Strength 1961 UK 1 - Nov 1961 (13 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1961, Europarade 1 for 1 week - Dec 1961, Norway 5 - Dec 1961 (5 weeks), UKMIX 630, RYM 169 of 1961
55 Tony Dallara La Novia 1961 Flanders 1 - Sep 1961 (5 months), Italy 1 for 2 weeks - Sep 1961, Italy 15 of 1961
56 Neil Sedaka Calendar Girl 1961 Canada 1 - Dec 1960 (12 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Dec 1960 (15 weeks), Flanders 7 - Mar 1961 (2 months), NZ Lever 7 - Mar 1961 (2 weeks), UK 8 - Feb 1961 (14 weeks), US CashBox 38 of 1961, US Radio 47 of 1961 (peak 4 8 weeks), Italy 81 of 1960, WABC NY 83 of 1961, RYM 22 of 1960
57 Timi Yuro Hurt 1961 US Billboard 4 - Jul 1961 (12 weeks), Holland 4 - Oct 1981 (8 weeks), Belgium 4 - Oct 1981 (6 weeks), NZ Lever 8 - Oct 1961 (2 weeks), Canada 16 - Aug 1961 (6 weeks), DDD 31 of 1961, WABC NY 45 of 1961, US CashBox 54 of 1961, US Radio 80 of 1961 (peak 4 7 weeks)
58 The Dovells Bristol Stomp 1961 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 3 - Sep 1961 (11 weeks), US BB 4 of 1961, WABC NY 4 of 1961, POP 4 of 1961, US Radio 10 of 1961 (peak 2 11 weeks), D.Marsh 34 of 1961, DDD 36 of 1961, Acclaimed 2495 (1961), RYM 138 of 1961
59 Del Shannon Hats Off to Larry 1961 Canada 1 - Jun 1961 (12 weeks), NZ Lever 2 - Aug 1961 (4 weeks), Peel list 3 of 1962, US Billboard 5 - Jun 1961 (13 weeks), UK 6 - Sep 1961 (12 weeks), WABC NY 33 of 1961, US CashBox 35 of 1961, US Radio 44 of 1961 (peak 5 9 weeks), DDD 68 of 1961, Acclaimed 2054 (1961), RYM 40 of 1961
60 John Leyton Johnny Remember Me 1961 UK 1 - Aug 1961 (15 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1961, NZ Lever 1 - Oct 1961 (6 weeks), Norway 4 - Sep 1961 (9 weeks), Flanders 19 - Oct 1961 (1 month), UKMIX 229, RYM 24 of 1961
61 James Darren Goodbye Cruel World 1961 Canada 1 - Oct 1961 (13 weeks), Australia 1 for 2 weeks - Nov 1961, US Billboard 3 - Oct 1961 (17 weeks), NZ Lever 3 - Feb 1962 (4 weeks), Australia 17 of 1961, UK 28 - Dec 1961 (9 weeks), US Radio 28 of 1961 (peak 3 9 weeks), US CashBox 45 of 1962, WABC NY 59 of 1961, RYM 88 of 1961
62 Sandy Nelson Let There Be Drums 1961 Australia 1 for 1 week - Jan 1962, UK 3 - Dec 1961 (16 weeks), NZ Lever 4 - Feb 1962 (2 weeks), Australia 5 of 1961, US Billboard 7 - Oct 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 8 - Nov 1961 (8 weeks), US BB 33 of 1961, POP 33 of 1961, US CashBox 56 of 1962, US Radio 83 of 1961 (peak 7 6 weeks), RYM 104 of 1961
63 Cliff Richard When the Girl in Your Arms is the Girl in Your Heart 1961 Norway 1 - Nov 1961 (12 weeks), UK 3 - Oct 1961 (15 weeks), Flanders 4 - Dec 1961 (3 months), NZ Lever 5 - Feb 1962 (3 weeks), Australia 10 of 1961, RYM 130 of 1961
64 The Shirelles Dedicated to the One I Love 1961 US Billboard 3 - Jan 1961 (16 weeks), US Radio 12 of 1961 (peak 3 11 weeks), Canada 13 - Feb 1961 (8 weeks), DDD 20 of 1959, US BB 23 of 1961, POP 23 of 1961, D.Marsh 39 of 1961, US CashBox 40 of 1961, WABC NY 42 of 1961, Acclaimed 1455 (1959), RYM 120 of 1958, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
65 Gilbert Becaud Et maintenant (What now my love) 1961 France 1 for 6 weeks - May 1961, Flanders 15 - Apr 1962 (2 months), Italy 25 of 1962, France (InfoDisc) 124 of the 1960s (peak 4, 61 weeks, 404k sales estimated, 1961)
66 Ivo Robic Mit 17 faengt das Leben erst an 1961 Germany 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1961, Germany 2 - Feb 1961 (5 months), Germany 46 of the 1960s (peak 2 21 weeks)
67 Nico Fidenco Legata a un granello di sabbia 1961 Italy 1 of 1961, Italy 1 for 10 weeks - Jun 1961
68 Jean Claude Pascal Nous Les Amoureux 1961 France 1 for 5 weeks - Jul 1961, EuroVision Song Contest winner 1961 (for Luxembourg in Cannes)
69 Ralf Bendix Baby Sittin' Boogie 1961 Germany 1 for 5 weeks - Apr 1961, Canada 12 - Jul 1962 (6 weeks), Germany 37 of the 1960s (peak 1 17 weeks), Brazil 44 of 1963, RYM 117 of 1961
70 Sam Cooke Cupid 1961 UK 7 - Jul 1961 (14 weeks), US Billboard 17 - Jun 1961 (12 weeks), D.Marsh 18 of 1961, US BB 19 of 1961, DDD 19 of 1961, POP 19 of 1961, Scrobulate 71 of soul, US Radio 135 of 1961 (peak 17 3 weeks), Rolling Stone 452, Acclaimed 2405 (1961), RYM 10 of 1961
71 Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes 1961 NZ Lever 5 - Sep 1961 (2 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Jul 1961 (11 weeks), US BB 11 of 1961, POP 11 of 1961, Canada 15 - Jul 1961 (8 weeks), WABC NY 23 of 1961, DDD 43 of 1961, UK 47 - Sep 1961 (2 weeks), US CashBox 56 of 1961, US Radio 81 of 1961 (peak 7 5 weeks), RYM 44 of 1961
72 Capris There's a Moon Out Tonight 1961 US Billboard 3 - Dec 1960 (14 weeks), Peel list 3 of 1960, WABC NY 8 of 1961, Canada 14 - Jan 1961 (10 weeks), US BB 16 of 1961, POP 16 of 1961, US CashBox 51 of 1961, DDD 62 of 1958, US Radio 66 of 1961 (peak 3 7 weeks), RYM 66 of 1960
73 Brenda Lee Dum Dum 1961 NZ Lever 1 - Aug 1961 (5 weeks), US Billboard 4 - Jun 1961 (12 weeks), Canada 9 - Jul 1961 (8 weeks), Flanders 10 - Aug 1961 (2 months), UK 22 - Jul 1961 (8 weeks), US Radio 38 of 1961 (peak 4 9 weeks), US CashBox 48 of 1961, DDD 96 of 1961
74 Elvis Presley I Feel So Bad 1961 UK 4 - Sep 1961 (12 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), US Billboard 5 - May 1961 (9 weeks), Canada 6 - May 1961 (9 weeks), Germany 19 - Jul 1961 (1 month), US CashBox 82 of 1961, US Radio 82 of 1961 (peak 5 6 weeks), DDD 105 of 1961, RYM 37 of 1961
75 Duane Eddy Pepe 1961 UK 2 - Jan 1961 (14 weeks), NZ Lever 5 - Mar 1961 (3 weeks), Flanders 6 - Apr 1961 (4 months), Canada 17 - Jan 1961 (8 weeks), US Billboard 18 - Dec 1960 (12 weeks), Brazil 84 of 1962, US Radio 151 of 1961 (peak 18 2 weeks), RYM 131 of 1961
76 Bill Ramsey Pigalle 1961 Germany 1 for 3 weeks - Apr 1961, Germany 6 - Mar 1961 (3 months), Germany 316 of the 1960s (peak 6 13 weeks), RYM 109 of 1961
77 Floyd Cramer On the Rebound 1961 UK 1 - Apr 1961 (14 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 1 week - May 1961, US Billboard 4 - Mar 1961 (13 weeks), Canada 6 - Mar 1961 (14 weeks), NZ Lever 8 - May 1961 (1 week), South Africa 9 of 1961, US Radio 35 of 1961 (peak 4 9 weeks), US CashBox 63 of 1961
78 Brook Benton Boll Weevil Song 1961 NZ Lever 1 - Jul 1961 (6 weeks), US Billboard 2 - May 1961 (16 weeks), US CashBox 12 of 1961, Canada 12 - May 1961 (7 weeks), US Radio 19 of 1961 (peak 2 10 weeks), WABC NY 28 of 1961, UK 30 - Jul 1961 (9 weeks), DDD 103 of 1961
79 Bobby Vee Rubber Ball 1961 Australia 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1961, UK 4 - Jan 1961 (11 weeks), Canada 4 - Dec 1960 (10 weeks), NZ Lever 4 - Mar 1961 (2 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Nov 1960 (14 weeks), US CashBox 50 of 1961, US Radio 60 of 1961 (peak 6 8 weeks), WABC NY 88 of 1961, RYM 33 of 1960
80 Troy Shondell This Time 1961 Canada 4 - Oct 1961 (12 weeks), Norway 4 - Dec 1961 (6 weeks), US Billboard 6 - Sep 1961 (13 weeks), NZ Lever 8 - Mar 1962 (2 weeks), UK 22 - Nov 1961 (11 weeks), US Radio 41 of 1961 (peak 6 10 weeks), WABC NY 65 of 1961, DDD 104 of 1961
81 Dick & Deedee The Mountain's High 1961 US Billboard 2 - Jul 1961 (15 weeks), NZ Lever 6 - Oct 1961 (3 weeks), D.Marsh 26 of 1961, Canada 28 - Aug 1961 (8 weeks), US CashBox 34 of 1961, UK 37 - Oct 1961 (3 weeks), DDD 51 of 1961, US Radio 62 of 1961 (peak 2 6 weeks), WABC NY 84 of 1961
82 Ray Peterson Corinna, Corinna 1961 Canada 3 - Dec 1960 (11 weeks), Flanders 5 - Mar 1961 (3 months), US Billboard 9 - Nov 1960 (15 weeks), UK 41 - Jan 1961 (7 weeks), US CashBox 64 of 1961, US Radio 75 of 1961 (peak 9 6 weeks), Germany 104 of the 1960s (peak 6 21 weeks)
83 Barry Mann Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp-A-Bomp-A-Bomp) 1961 Canada 1 - Jul 1961 (11 weeks), US Billboard 7 - Aug 1961 (12 weeks), US BB 34 of 1961, POP 34 of 1961, US CashBox 78 of 1961, WABC NY 80 of 1961, US Radio 89 of 1961 (peak 7 5 weeks), DDD 109 of 1961
84 Bobby Vee Run to Him 1961 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1961 (15 weeks), NZ Lever 3 - Feb 1962 (4 weeks), UK 6 - Dec 1961 (15 weeks), Canada 6 - Nov 1961 (9 weeks), Australia 16 of 1961, US CashBox 33 of 1962, US Radio 34 of 1961 (peak 2 10 weeks), WABC NY 68 of 1962, RYM 70 of 1961
85 Nico Fidenco Il Mondo di Suzie Wong 1961 Italy 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1961, Italy 2 of 1961
86 Mar-keys Last Night 1961 US Billboard 3 - Jul 1961 (14 weeks), NZ Lever 4 - Sep 1961 (3 weeks), Canada 21 - Jul 1961 (8 weeks), DDD 24 of 1961, US CashBox 26 of 1961, D.Marsh 28 of 1961, US Radio 37 of 1961 (peak 3 7 weeks), WABC NY 43 of 1961, RYM 77 of 1961
87 The Everly Brothers Temptation 1961 UK 1 - Jun 1961 (15 weeks), Record Mirror 1 for 4 weeks - Jul 1961, Flanders 11 - Jul 1961 (2 months), Canada 12 - Jun 1961 (9 weeks), US Billboard 27 - May 1961 (6 weeks), UKMIX 578, RYM 78 of 1961
88 The Regents Barbara Ann 1961 Canada 4 - May 1961 (8 weeks), US Billboard 13 - May 1961 (10 weeks), US BB 21 of 1961, WABC NY 21 of 1961, POP 21 of 1961, DDD 30 of 1961, D.Marsh 35 of 1961, US Radio 111 of 1961 (peak 13 6 weeks), RYM 71 of 1961
89 The Jive Five My True Story 1961 US Billboard 3 - Jul 1961 (19 weeks), NZ Lever 4 - Nov 1961 (2 weeks), WABC NY 22 of 1961, D.Marsh 36 of 1961, DDD 46 of 1961, US Radio 63 of 1961 (peak 3 6 weeks), US CashBox 66 of 1961, Acclaimed 1738 (1961)
90 Paul Anka Dance On Little Girl 1961 Flanders 2 - Jun 1961 (5 months), US Billboard 10 - May 1961 (10 weeks), Canada 22 - Jun 1961 (4 weeks), Italy 75 of 1961, US Radio 92 of 1961 (peak 10 5 weeks), RYM 62 of 1961
91 Andy Stewart A Scottish Soldier (Green Hills of Tyrol) 1961 Canada 1 - Jan 1961 (11 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 week - Jun 1961, Australia 3 of 1961, NZ Lever 5 - Jul 1961 (2 weeks), UK 19 - Jan 1961 (40 weeks), US Billboard 69 - Apr 1961 (6 weeks), UKMIX 129, RYM 171 of 1960
92 The Everly Brothers Ebony Eyes 1961 UK 1 - Feb 1961 (16 weeks), Canada 3 - Feb 1961 (13 weeks), US Billboard 8 - Jan 1961 (12 weeks), Flanders 19 - Mar 1961 (1 month), US Radio 74 of 1961 (peak 8 7 weeks), US CashBox 75 of 1961, RYM 43 of 1961
93 Adriano Celentano Nata per me 1961 Italy 1 for 12 weeks - Nov 1961, Italy 3 of 1961
94 Neil Sedaka Little Devil 1961 Canada 2 - May 1961 (9 weeks), UK 9 - May 1961 (12 weeks), US Billboard 11 - May 1961 (9 weeks), Australia 12 of 1961, Flanders 20 - Jul 1961 (1 month), US CashBox 97 of 1961, US Radio 119 of 1961 (peak 11 3 weeks), RYM 85 of 1961
95 Faron Young Hello Walls 1961 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1961), Canada 5 - Apr 1961 (13 weeks), US Billboard 12 - Apr 1961 (15 weeks), US CashBox 68 of 1961, US Radio 115 of 1961 (peak 12 5 weeks), Acclaimed 1148 (1961), RYM 153 of 1961
96 Petula Clark Sailor 1961 UK 1 - Jan 1961 (15 weeks), NZ Lever 1 - Feb 1961 (6 weeks), South Africa 2 of 1961, Flanders 12 - Mar 1961 (2 months), UKMIX 873, RYM 35 of 1961
97 Brenda Lee Emotions 1961 Flanders 6 - Feb 1961 (3 months), US Billboard 7 - Dec 1960 (12 weeks), NZ Lever 7 - Mar 1961 (1 week), Canada 16 - Jan 1961 (9 weeks), UK 45 - Apr 1961 (1 week), US CashBox 70 of 1961, US Radio 71 of 1961 (peak 7 6 weeks), RYM 64 of 1961
98 Jorgen Ingmann Apache 1961 Canada 1 - Feb 1961 (12 weeks), US Billboard 2 - Jan 1961 (17 weeks), US CashBox 30 of 1961, US Radio 31 of 1961 (peak 2 10 weeks), Germany 155 of the 1960s (peak 6 26 weeks), RYM 35 of 1960
99 Cliff Richard A Girl Like You 1961 Norway 2 - Jul 1961 (12 weeks), UK 3 - Jun 1961 (14 weeks), NZ Lever 3 - Aug 1961 (4 weeks), Flanders 15 - Sep 1961 (1 month), RYM 106 of 1961
100 Chris Kenner I Like it Like That 1961 US Billboard 2 - May 1961 (17 weeks), NZ Lever 5 - Sep 1961 (3 weeks), Canada 20 - Jul 1961 (6 weeks), DDD 21 of 1961, D.Marsh 25 of 1961, WABC NY 35 of 1961, US CashBox 49 of 1961, RYM 195 of 1961

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12 Nov 2014

I can't see +"The Magnificent Seven" Theme

Well first of all the song was a bigger hit in 1961 (in Italy, Canada and the UK), it entered the Billboard charts in Dec 1960 but had a longer run in 1961. Secondly it was not a big enough hit to make the 1961 top 100 anyway.


14 Jan 2014

#82

the song is Corrine, Corrina

The song is also known using the name given here. There is not enough evidence to justify changing it (but thanks for the suggestion)


14 Jan 2014

#38

the right title is (I DON'T KNOW WHY) BUT I DO

Your suggestion is reasonable but, there are enough varients of this song name (with and without the brackets) that we don't feel the evidence is overwhealming for any one.


22 Jul 2013

Thanks

Excellent.

Thanks v much for putting all the work in. I'm off now to look up more of the songs of my youth - when I thought sex was something rich people put their coal in, and testosterone was a triangular-shaped +chocolate bar.


7 Jul 2013

What was the number 1 song in Canada on September 30, 1961?


20 May 2013

1861

I remember a song that went In 1861 it was a hundred years ago, some of the lines were brother aginst brother ,father aginst sons, anyone help me with who sang it?


30 Jan 2013

top 100 1961

What about The ECHOES, a NYC group and their song BABY BLUE...Did it not make your top 100 while it did make 66 on Billboard ???

Thanks

The Echoes song "Baby Blue" reached number 12 in the Billboard chart (and 8 in Canada) but is nowhere near the top 100 worldwide for the year.


27 Feb 2012

Billy Vaughn's Wheels

I've been doing an online search of Billboard's "Hits of the World" charts from the late 50s/60s. Wheels by Billy Vaughn was also NO. 1 in New Zealand and India. Also Top 10 in Mexico and Japan, among others.

We have two different issues with the Billboard charts for other countries, first of all we would rather not use an American chart to measure success in New Zealand, India, Mexico and Japan, but more importantly the chart is not freely available.


2 Nov 2011

Duplicated Entry (#66 & #68)

It appears that #66 "Elvis Presley - His Latest Flame" and #68 "Elvis Presley - (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" have been duplicated (it's the same song).

You are correct, the data has been fixed, thanks for the suggestion


28 Sep 2011

Duplicated Entry?

As I was going through you list for 1961, I saw that entries for #92 and #93 may be duplicated. Both entries are for Clarence "Frogman" Henry. Number 92 is "But I Do" and Number 93 is "I Don't Know Why (But I Do)". They would seem to be the same song--one with an expanded title, the other with an abbreviated title.

You are correct, the data has been fixed, thanks for the input.


14 Jan 2011

Theme from "A Summer Place"

We graduated in late May 1961.....and the #1 song was the Theme From A Summer Place by Percy Faith & his orchestra. Apparently it didn't make the top 100 of the year. Am I correct?

Thanks for great help!!!!!

If you look in our listing for 1960 you will see that Percy Faith's version of the song is listed there.

According to our data the song entered the Billboard charts in Jan 1960, entered the UK chart in Mar 1960, the New Zealand chart in Aug 1960 and got the Grammy for 1960 (awarded in 1961).


1 Feb 2010

#1 song on 12/22/61

#1 song on 12/22/61

The first question is "where?", for example in Australia the number 1 song was "My Boomerang Won't Come Back" by Charlie Drake, in New Zealand it was "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean and in the UK it was "Tower Of Strength" by Frankie Vaughan.

Given that you have written your date in the American format we suspect that you meant what was the number 1 song in the US.

So the next question would be "according to who?", there are a variety of US charts both regional ones and national ones. From this period the CashBox Magazine charts are probably the best estimate of actual record sales (the Billboard charts were based on radio play).

However we suspect that you mean number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 list which was:

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens