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100 Greatest Songs From 1961

Criteria: - These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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1961
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Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist



Stand By Me - Ben E. King single cover


The Wanderer - Dion single cover


Crying - Roy Orbison single cover


Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles single cover


Runaway - Del Shannon single cover


Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds single cover


Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes single cover


Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson single cover


Blue Moon - Marcels single cover


Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler single cover


The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens single cover
1
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
2
Crazy
Patsy Cline
3
The Wanderer
Dion
4
Runaround Sue
Dion
5
Crying
Roy Orbison
6
Hit The Road Jack
Ray Charles
7
Runaway
Del Shannon
8
Quarter To Three
Gary U.S. Bonds
9
It Will Stand
Showmen
10
Running Scared
Roy Orbison
11
Please Mr. Postman
Marvelettes
12
Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley
13
Hello Mary Lou
Ricky Nelson
14
Blue Moon
Marcels
15
Hey Baby
Bruce Channel
16
Duke Of Earl
Gene Chandler (Dukays)
17
Mother-In-Law
Ernie K. Doe
18
Unchain My Heart
Ray Charles
19
Cupid
Sam Cooke
20
Daddy's Home
Shep & the Limelites
21
I Like It Like That
Chris Kenner
22
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Tokens
23
I Don't Want To Cry
Chuck Jackson
24
Last Night
Mar-Keys
25
Gypsy Woman
Impressions
26
You Better Move On
Arthur Alexander
27
Let's Go Trippin'
Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
28
The Red Rooster
Howlin' Wolf
29
Baby It's You
Shirelles
30
Barbara Ann
Regents
31
Hurt
Timi Yuro
32
Raindrops
Dee Clark
33
Walk Right Back
Everly Brothers
34
Tossin' And Turnin'
Bobby Lewis
35
Peppermint Twist
Joey Dee & the Starliters
36
Bristol Stomp
Dovells
37
Pony Time
Chubby Checker
38
Let The Four Winds Blow
Fats Domino
39
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
Elvis Presley
40
Night Train
James Brown
41
School Is Out
Gary U.S. Bonds
42
Ya Ya
Lee Dorsey
43
Every Beat Of My Heart
Gladys Knight & the Pips
44
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Curtis Lee
45
Soothe Me
Sims Twins
46
Turn On Your Love Light
Bobby "Blue" Bland
47
My True Story
Jive Five
48
Heart And Soul
Cleftones / Jan & Dean
49
Dear Lady (Twist)
Gary U.S. Bonds
50
Smoky Places
Corsairs
51
Mama Said
Shirelles
52
The Mountain's High
Dick & Dee Dee
53
There's No Other
Crystals
54
I Know
Barbara George
55
Little Sister
Elvis Presley
56
Travelin' Man
Ricky Nelson
57
Moon River
Jerry Butler
58
Please Stay
Drifters
59
Lost Someone
James Brown
60
Surfin'
Beach Boys
61
You Don't Miss Your Water
William Bell
62
It's Gonna Work Out Fine
Ike & Tina Turner
63
Shake Your Moneymaker
Elmore James
64
I Fall To Pieces
Patsy Cline
65
Break It To Me Gently
Brenda Lee
66
Some Kind Of Wonderful
Drifters
67
A Certain Girl
Ernie K-Doe
68
Let's Twist Again
Chubby Checker
69
Hats Off To Larry
Del Shannon
70
Crying In The Rain
Everly Brothers
71
Hideaway
Freddy King
72
Peanut Butter
Marathons
73
A Little Bit of Soap
Jarmels
74
What's Your Name
Don & Juan
75
Let Me In
Sensations
76
Heartaches
Marcels
77
Every Breath I Take
Gene Pitney
78
Look In My Eyes
Chantels
79
Little Egypt
Coasters
80
Bright Lights, Big City
Jimmy Reed
81
I Pity The Fool
Bobby "Blue" Bland
82
Rainin' In My Heart
Slim Harpo
83
Just Out of Reach
Solomon Burke
84
Jambalaya
Fats Domino
85
Sweets For My Sweet
Drifters
86
Watch Your Step
Bobby Parker
87
One Mint Julep
Ray Charles
88
I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)
Ikettes
89
Poor Fool
Ike & Tina Turner
90
'Til
Angels
91
When We Get Married
Dreamlovers
92
Tonight (Could Be The Night)
Velvets
93
I Really Love You
Stereos
94
Saved
Lavern Baker
95
Footstompin'
Flares
96
I Hear You Knocking
Fats Domino
97
Dum Dum
Brenda Lee
98
Town Without Pity
Gene Pitney
99
That's What Girls Are Made For
Spinners
100
Take Good Care Of My Baby
Bobby Vee
20 more worth mentioning.
101
A Hundred Pounds Of Clay
Gene McDaniels
102
You Don't Know What You've Got
Ral Donnner
103
The Boll Weevil Song
Brook Benton
104
This Time
Troy Shondell
105
I Feel So Bad
Elvis Presley
106
If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
James Ray
107
Trust in Me
Etta James
108
Just Got To Know
Jimmy McCracklin
109
Who Put The Bomp
Barry Mann
110
Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It
Freddy Cannon
111
Those Oldies But Goodies
Little Caesar & the Romans
112
Tower Of Strength
Gene McDaniels
113
I Love How You Love Me
Paris Sisters
114
Surrender
Elvis Presley
115
Tonight I Fell In Love
Tokens
116
What A Price
Fats Domino
117
Nag
Halos
118
Lover's Island
Blue Jays
119
The Fly
Chubby Checker
120
I Don't Mind
James Brown
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1961
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1961
*
Sweet Jelly Roll
Jessie Hill
Adam's Choice:
*
Free Me
Johnny Preston
Brett's Choice:
*
California Sun
Joe Jones

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