Number One Song This lists songs that hit number one on the charts in the US during 1961. If a song spent nonconsecutive weeks at number one, the number of weeks for each occurrence at the top is shown in parenthesis.
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November 27 1960 – January 7 1961 Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight 6
January 8 – 28 1961 Bert Kaempfert - Wonderland by Night 3
January 29 – February 11 1961 Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow 2
February 12 – 25 1961 Lawrence Welk - Calcutta 2
February 26 – March 18 1961 Chubby Checker - Pony Time 3
March 19 – April 1 1961 Elvis Presley - Surrender 2
April 2 – 22 1961 Marcels - Blue Moon 3
April 23 – May 20 1961 Del Shannon - Runaway 4
May 21 – 27 1961 Ernie K-Doe - Mother-In-Law 1
May 28 – June 3 1961 Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man 2 (1)
June 4 – 10 1961 Roy Orbison - Running Scared 1
June 11 – 17 1961 Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man 2 (1)
June 18 – 24 1961 Pat Boone - Moody River 1
June 25 – July 8 1961 Gary U.S. Bonds - Quarter To Three 2
July 9 – August 26 1961 Bobby Lewis - Tossin' And Turnin' 7
August 27 – September 2 1961 Joe Dowell - Wooden Heart 1
September 3 – 16 1961 Highwaymen - Michael 2
September 17 – October 7 1961 Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby 3
October 8 – 21 1961 Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack 2
October 22 – November 4 1961 Dion - Runaround Sue 2
November 5 – December 9 1961 Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John 5
December 10 – 16 1961 Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman 1
December 17 1961 – January 6 1962 Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight 3
Source: Billboard Magazine

22 different songs hit number one in the US during 1961.

Top 5 Songs of 1961

Number One Song of 1961: Bobby Lewis - Tossin' And Turnin'
  1. Bobby Lewis - Tossin' And Turnin'
  2. Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces
  3. Highwaymen - Michael
  4. Roy Orbison - Cryin'
  5. Del Shannon - Runaway
See the rest of the top 100 songs of 1961.