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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. Records are listed based on the year that they were released.
Edited By: Bruce
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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
Greatest Songs '60s
Greatest Artists '60s
Greatest Albums '60s








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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 School Is Out Gary U.S. Bonds
41 Ya Ya Lee Dorsey
42 Every Beat of My Heart Gladys Knight & the Pips
43 Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
44 Soothe Me Sims Twins
45 Turn On Your Love Light Bobby "Blue" Bland
46 My True Story Jive Five
47 Heart And Soul Cleftones / Jan & Dean
48 Dear Lady (Twist) Gary U.S. Bonds
49 Smoky Places Corsairs
50 Mama Said Shirelles
51 The Mountain's High Dick & Dee Dee
52 There's No Other Crystals
53 I Know Barbara George
54 Little Sister Elvis Presley
55 Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson
56 Moon River Jerry Butler
57 Please Stay Drifters
58 Lost Someone James Brown
59 Surfin' Beach Boys
60 You Don't Miss Your Water William Bell
61 It's Gonna Work Out Fine Ike & Tina Turner
62 Shake Your Moneymaker Elmore James
63 I Fall To Pieces Patsy Cline
64 Break It To Me Gently Brenda Lee
65 Some Kind Of Wonderful Drifters
66 A Certain Girl Ernie K-Doe
67 Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker
68 Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon
69 Crying In The Rain Everly Brothers
70 Hideaway Freddy King
71 Peanut Butter Marathons
72 A Little Bit of Soap Jarmels
73 What's Your Name Don & Juan
74 Let Me In Sensations
75 Heartaches Marcels
76 Every Breath I Take Gene Pitney
77 Look In My Eyes Chantels
78 Little Egypt Coasters
79 Bright Lights, Big City Jimmy Reed
80 I Pity The Fool Bobby "Blue" Bland
81 Rainin' in My Heart Slim Harpo
82 Just Out of Reach Solomon Burke
83 Jambalaya Fats Domino
84 Sweets For My Sweet Drifters
85 Watch Your Step Bobby Parker
86 One Mint Julep Ray Charles
87 I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) Ikettes
88 Poor Fool Ike & Tina Turner
89 'Til Angels
90 When We Get Married Dreamlovers
91 Tonight (Could Be The Night) Velvets
92 I Really Love You Stereos
93 Saved Lavern Baker
94 Footstompin' Flares
95 I Hear You Knocking Fats Domino
96 Dum Dum Brenda Lee
97 Town Without Pity Gene Pitney
98 That's What Girls Are Made For Spinners
99 Take Good Care of My Baby Bobby Vee
100 A Hundred Pounds of Clay Gene McDaniels
20 more worth mentioning.
101 You Don't Know What You've Got Ral Donnner
102 The Boll Weevil Song Brook Benton
103 This Time Troy Shondell
104 I Feel So Bad Elvis Presley
105 If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody James Ray
106 Trust in Me Etta James
107 Just Got To Know Jimmy McCracklin
108 Who Put The Bomp Barry Mann
109 Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It Freddy Cannon
110 Those Oldies But Goodies Little Caesar & the Romans
111 Tower Of Strength Gene McDaniels
112 I Love How You Love Me Paris Sisters
113 Surrender Elvis Presley
114 Tonight I Fell In Love Tokens
115 What A Price Fats Domino
116 Nag Halos
117 Lover's Island Blue Jays
118 The Fly Chubby Checker
119 I Don't Mind James Brown
120 Come On Chuck Berry
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1961
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great record from 1961
* Sweet Jelly Roll Jessie Hill
Adam's choice - An unheralded great record from 1961
* Free Me Johnny Preston
Brett's choice - An unheralded great record from 1961
* California Sun Joe Jones




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