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1961 Music Charts

1961's Biggest Artists, Albums and Songs

Theme From 'A Summer Place' - Percy Faith (Grammy for 1960's Record of the Year, presented in 1961)
New Artists in the Pop Charts Included:
Mary Wells, Aretha Franklin, Tony Orlando, The Marvelettes, Glan Campbell, Gene Pitney, Johnny Maestro, Dave Brubeck Quartet

1961's Retro Top 10 Hits

1. Runaway - Del Shannon
2. Mother-In-Law - Ernie K Doe
3. Raindrops - Dee Clark
4. Daddy's Home - Shep and the Limelights
5. Hurt - Timi Yuri
6. Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
7. I Love How You Love Me - The Paris Sisters
8. Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson
9. Norman - Sue Thompson
10. My True Story - The Jive Five

1961's 'One Hit Wonders'

1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
2. Heart and Soul - The Cleftones
3. Please Love Me Forever - Cathy Jean and the Roommates
4. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) - Barry Mann
5. (Ghost) Riders I The Sky - The Ramrods
6. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You) - Little Caesar and the Romans
7. A Little Bit of Soap - The Jarmels
8. Foot Stompin' - The Flares
9. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night) -Lonnie Donegan
10. When Will We Get Married - The Dreamlovers

1961's Dance Top 10 Hit List

1. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
2. Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
3. The Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
4. Blue Moon - The Marcels
5. Runaround Sue - Dion
6. Rama Lama Ding Dong - The Edsels
7. Hushable - The Mystics
8. I LIke It Like That - Chris Kenner
9. Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
10. Runaway - Del Shannon

1961's Doo Wop Song Top 10 Hit List

1. Blue Moon - Marcels
2. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
3. There's a Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
4. Daddy's Home - Shep and the Limelights
5. Heart And Soul - Cleftones
6. Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
7. Tell Me Why - Dion and the Belmonts
8. Barbara Ann - Regents
9. My True Story - The Jive Five
10. I'm So Young - The Students

More Doo Wop Song Hits:

  When We Get Married - The Dreamlovers
  In My Heart - Timetones
  Lover's Island - The Blue Jays
  Tonight (Could Be The Night) - Velvets
  I Really Love You - Stereos
  Smoky Places - Corsairs
  Rip Van Winkle - Devotions
  To Be Loved (Forever) - The Paragons

PCM's 1961 Top 10 Hit List

1. At Last - Etta James
2. Crazy - Patsy Cline
3. Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
4. Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
5. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
6. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
7. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
8. Runaround Sue - Dion
9. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
10. Tossin and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
Check Out the Full PCM 1961
Annual Best Music Hits Here !
One Hit Wonders include artists with only one song in Billboard's Music Charts, songs of note and well-known hits that did not even make the Billboard Pop Charts.
PCM Charts are based on DJ requests and online suggestions.
Some songs are listed in multiple years because some charts list the
'release date' as the official date, while others list the chart 'peak date.'
Compromising that data, we try to list songs for the year they saw the most chart action.
Send Your suggestions and corrections to -PCM Song Suggestions

More 1961 Trivia:

1961 Oscars
1961 Grammy Winners
1961 In History


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