Every December Billboard publishes a chart listing the top songs of the year. The number of songs listed on the chart varied in the early years before becoming a top 100 chart in 1956. Select a year to see the list of most popular hit songs.

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Position  Artist Song Title
« 1960 1961 1962 »
1 Bobby Lewis Tossin' and Turnin'
2 Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces
3 Highwaymen Michael
4 Roy Orbison Cryin'
5 Del Shannon Runaway
6 Jive Five My True Story
7 Chubby Checker Pony Time
8 String-a-longs Wheels
9 Dee Clark Raindrops
10 Joe Dowell Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)
11 Lawrence Welk Calcutta
12 Bobby Vee Take Good Care of My Baby
13 Roy Orbison Running Scared
14 Shirelles Dedicated to the One I Love
15 Mar-Keys Last Night
16 Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow
17 Ferrante and Teicher Exodus
18 Connie Francis Where the Boys Are
19 Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack
20 Sue Thompson Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)
21 Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law
22 Dovells Bristol Stomp
23 Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man
24 Miracles Shop Around
25 Brook Benton The Boll Weevil Song
26 Gene Mcdaniels A Hundred Pounds of Clay
27 Dick and Deedee The Mountain's High
28 Marty Robbins Don't Worry
29 Floyd Cramer On the Rebound
30 Steve Lawrence Portrait of My Love
31 Gary "U.S." Bonds Quarter to Three
32 Barry Mann Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
33 Neil Sedaka Calendar Girl
34 Chris Kenner I Like It Like That
35 Jorgen Ingmann Apache
36 Linda Scott Don't Bet Money Honey
37 Johnny Tillotson Without You
38 Ferlin Husky Wings of a Dove
39 Elvis Presley Little Sister
40 Marcels Blue Moon
41 Shep and The Limelites Daddy's Home
42 Troy Shondell This Time
43 Clarence "Frog Man" Henry I Don't Know Why but I Do
44 Kokomo Asia Minor
45 Faron Young Hello Walls
46 Dion Runaround Sue
47 Arthur Lyman Yellow Bird
48 Timi Yuro Hurt
49 Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou
50 Capris There's a Moon Out Tonight
51 Elvis Presley Surrender
52 Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me
53 Lee Dorsey Ya Ya
54 Gary "U.S." Bonds School Is Out
55 Bob Moore Mexico
56 Ral Donner You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)
57 Everly Brothers Walk Right Back
58 Lettermen The Way You Look Tonight
59 Pat Boone Moody River
60 Ray Charles One Mint Julep
61 Adam Wade Take Good Care of Her
62 Carla Thomas Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)
63 Ben E. King Stand by Me
64 Ben E. King Spanish Harlem
65 Ike and Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine
66 Echoes Baby Blue
67 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin' Boogie
68 Del Shannon Hats Off to Larry
69 Caesar and The Romans Those Oldies but Goodies
70 Chubby Checker The Fly
71 Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
72 Bert Kaempfert and His Orch. Wonderland by Night
73 Tony Orlando Bless You
74 Linda Scott I've Told Every Little Star
75 Bobby Lewis One Track Mind
76 Rosie and The Originals Angel Baby
77 Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes
78 Brook Benton Think Twice
79 Lonnie Donegan Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight)
80 Connie Francis Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart
81 Shirelles Mama Said
82 Fats Domino Let the Four Winds Blow
83 Adam Wade The Writing on the Wall
84 Matt Monroe My Kind of Girl
85 Paul Anka Tonight My Love, Tonight
86 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John
87 Bobby Rydell Good Time Baby
88 Floyd Cramer San Antonio Rose
89 Bobby Vee Rubber Ball
90 Ray Peterson Missing You
91 Brenda Lee Dum Dum
92 Eddie Hodges I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door
93 Brenda Lee You Can Depend on Me
94 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again
95 Dave Brubeck Take Five
96 Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight
97 Don Gibson Sea of Heartbreak
98 Four Preps More Money for You and Me Medley
99 Bobby Darin You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
100 Drifters Please Stay