Top 100 1961

The top 100 1961 lists the 100 most popular hits in the UK singles music charts in 1961.

1961 - A Brief Summary

Position Artist Title
01 Elvis Presley Wooden Heart
02 Del Shannon Runaway
03 Helen Shapiro You Don't Know
04 John Leyton Johnny Remember Me
05 Helen Shapiro Walking Back To Happiness
06 Eden Kane Well I Ask You
07 The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes
08 Allisons Are You Sure
09 Billy Fury Halfway To Paradise
10 Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight?
11 Elvis Presley Surrender
12 Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou / Travelin' Man
13 Shirley Bassey Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain
14 The Everly Brothers Temptation
15 Elvis Presley His Latest Flame / Little Sisters
16 Petula Clark Sailor
17 The Shadows Frightened City
18 The Temperance Seven You're Driving Me Crazy
19 The Marcels Blue Moon
20 Johnny Tillotson Poetry In Motion
21 Frankie Vaughan Tower Of Strength
22 Andy Stewart A Scottish Soldier
23 The Shadows FBI
24 Clarence 'Frogman' Henry But I Do
25 The Temperance Seven Pasadena
26 The Highwaymen Michael
27 Cliff Richard Theme For A Dream
28 Helen Shapiro Don't Treat Me Like A Child
29 Bobby Vee More Than I Can Say / Staying In
30 The Shadows Kon-Tiki
31 Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
32 Petula Clark Romeo
33 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John
34 Cliff Richard A Girl Like You
35 Cliff Richard I Love You
36 Floyd Cramer On The Rebound
37 Danny Williams Moon River
38 Duane Eddy Pepe
39 Matt Monro Portrait Of My Love
40 Cliff Richard When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart
41 Billy Fury Jealousy
42 Bobby Vee Take Good Care Of My Baby
43 Ferrante & Teicher Theme From 'Exodus'
44 John Leyton Wild Wind
45 Cleo Laine You'll Answer To Me
46 Adam Faith Who Am I? / This Is It
47 Bobby Darin Lazy River
48 Johnny Burnette You're Sixteen
49 Johnny Dankworth African Waltz
50 Shirley Bassey You'll Never Know
51 Elvis Presley Wild In The Country / I Feel So Bad
52 Mr Acker Bilk That's My Home
53 Matt Monro My Kind Of Girl
54 Cliff Richard Gee Whiz It's You
55 Karl Denver Marcheta
56 Roy Orbison Running Scared
57 Adam Faith The Time Has Come
58 The Brook Brothers War Paint
59 Craig Douglas Time
60 Del Shannon Hats Off To Larry
61 The Drifters Save The Last Dance For Me
62 Mr Acker Bilk Buona Sera
63 The Ramrods Riders In The Sky
64 The String-A-Longs Wheels
65 Lonnie Donegan Have A Drink On Me
66 Clarence 'Frogman' Henry You Always Hurt The One You Love
67 Joe Loss Wheels Cha Cha
68 Connie Francis Where The Boys Are / Baby Roo
69 Anthony Newley And The Heavens Cried
70 US Bonds Quarter To Three
71 Lonnie Donegan presents Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen Samantha
72 Bobby Vee Rubber Ball
73 Dave Brubeck Take Five
74 Sam Cooke Cupid
75 Laurie Johnson Orchestra Sucu Sucu
76 Tony Orlando Bless You
77 Neil Sedaka Calendar Girl
78 Emile Ford & The Checkmates Counting Teardrops
79 Eddie Cochran Weekend
80 Connie Francis Together
81 Buddy Holly Baby I Don't Care / Valley Of Tears
82 Jerry Lee Lewis What'd I Say
83 Linda Scott I've Told Every Little Star
84 Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never
85 Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack
86 Karl Denver Mexicali Rose
87 Bobby Vee How Many Tears
88 Duane Eddy Theme From Dixie
89 Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen Midnight In Moscow
90 Brenda Lee Let's Jump The Broomstick
91 Lonnie Donegan Michael Row The Boat / Lumbered
92 Neil Sedaka Little Devil
93 Eden Kane Get Lost
94 The Ventures Perfidia
95 Adam Faith Don't You Know It?
96 Don Gibson Sea Of Heartbreak
97 Johnny Burnette Little Boy Sad
98 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin' Boogie
99 Charlie Drake My Boomerang Won't Come Back
100 Craig Douglas 100 Pounds Of Clay

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A Synopsis of what happened in 1961

In America, JFK was inaugurated as President and was immediately thrown in at the deep end with the Cuban Crisis. Fidel Castro declared Cuba a communist state and banned free elections. The U.S.A. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba. The "Bay of Pigs" attempt to overthrow Castro by Cuban Exiles with C.I.A. involvement went diastrously wrong.

Elsewhere, Russia closed the border between East and West Germany, and started construction of the Berlin wall. In the space race. the Russians continued to show the Americans a clean pair of heels when first Yuri Gagarin, then Gherman Titov were the first two men to successfully orbit the earth. Alan Shepard became the second person and the first American in space, but his was a sub orbital trip only lasting minutes compared to Gagarin’s almost two hours. Needless to say, Gagarin is the name everyone remembers. This stung JFK into asking Congress for $531 million to put a man on the moon.

Aluminium was used for food cans for the first time and Diana Spencer, later to marry Prince Charles and become Pricess Diana, was born.

On UK television, "The Avengers" appeared on screen for the first time with the ever present Patrick McNee as Steed and Honour Blackman as Cathy Gale - the first of several nubile female co-stars. popular shows imported from the US had a stong western influence with shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Wagon Train" and "Bonanza" attracting large audiences

Musically, the charts still reflected a wide range of tastes, with Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Frankie Vaughan and Andy Stewart slugging it out with US acts such as Elvis, The Drifters, the Everlys and Bobby Vee. Jazz was well represented with Acker Bilk, The Temperance Seven, Kenny Ball, Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth. The ever popular Lonnie Donnegan was still knocking out the hits and Cliff Richard, Billy Fury and Adam Faith continued to cause female teenage hearts to flutter, while 14 year old singing sensation Helen Shapiro had two number 1 singles. In the US, Motown had their first million selling single with "Shop Around" by The Miracles. It would be another six years before the name was changed to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

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