Hot 100 1961

This is every Billboard Hot 100 single released in 1961 with the exception of any single that only made it under the Hot 100 (commonly known as a “Bubbling Under”).

Information includes:

  • The songs official debut date (which is not always the song’s official release date)
  • The song’s official peak position
  • Song Title
  • Artist
  • The total time of the 45 single version
  • The original catalog label and number (when available)

The ascending order of each week is placed by the highest ranked position to the lowest ranked entry.
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HOT 100 DEBUTS JANUARY 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Jan 9 3 String-A-Longs, The Wheels 1:53 Warwick 603
Jan 9 6 Buzz Clifford Baby Sittin’ Boogie 2:01 Columbia 4-41876
Jan 9 9 Jackie Wilson My Empty Arms 2:48 Brunswick 9-55201
Jan 9 25 Johnny Tillotson Jimmy’s Girl 2:39 Cadence 1391
Jan 9 30 Platters, The If I Didn’t Care 3:10 Mercury 71749
Jan 9 30 Ramrods (Ghost) Riders In The Sky 2:34 Amy 813
Jan 9 35 H. B. Barnum Lost Love 2:20 Eldo 111
Jan 9 50 Jimmy Clanton What Am I Gonna Do 2:12 Ace 607
Jan 9 54 Freddy Cannon Muskrat Ramble 2:27 Swan 4066
Jan 9 72 Ronnie Love and His Orchestra Chills And Fever 2:27 Dot 45-16144
Jan 9 84 Ronnie Savoy And the Heavens Cried 2:44 MGM 12950
Jan 9 89 Jack Scott Is There Something On Your Mind 2:40 Top Rank 2093
Jan 9 93 Freddy King You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling 3:12 Federal 45-12384
Jan 16 4 Connie Francis Where The Boys Are 2:37 MGM 12971
Jan 16 16 Paul Anka The Story Of My Love 2:26 ABC-Paramount 45-10168
Jan 16 34 Connie Francis No One 2:45 MGM 12971
Jan 16 47 Etta James At Last 3:00 Argo 5380
Jan 16 58 Ray Charles and his Orchestra Them That Got 2:47 ABC-Paramount 45-10141
Jan 16 65 Etta Jones When I Fall In Love 2:49 King 45-5424
Jan 16 77 Titus Turner Sound-Off 2:02 Jamie 1174
Jan 16 82 Royaltones, The Flamingo Express 1:58 Goldisc 3011
Jan 16 86 Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs I Remember 2:05 Herald 556
Jan 16 91 Van Dykes Gift Of Love 2:25 Donna 1333
Jan 23 1 Chubby Checker Pony Time 2:27 Parkway 818
Jan 23 2 Jorgen Ingmann and His Guitar Apache 3:00 Atco 45-6184
Jan 23 3 Shirelles, The Dedicated To The One I Love 2:03 Scepter 1203
Jan 23 11 Bobby Rydell Good Time Baby 2:09 Cameo 186
Jan 23 22 Fats Domino What A Price 2:20 Imperial 5723
Jan 23 29 Ventures, The Ram-Bunk-Shush 1:42 Dolton 32
Jan 23 33 Fats Domino Ain’t That Just Like A Woman 2:20 Imperial 5723
Jan 23 38 Paul Dino Ginnie Bell 2:11 Promo 2180
Jan 23 44 Jackie Wilson The Tear Of The Year 2:35 Brunswick 9-55201
Jan 23 60 Goodtimers, The Pony Time 2:19 Arnold 1002
Jan 23 60 Little Willie John Leave My Kitten Alone 2:32 King 45-5452 A
Jan 23 64 Pat Boone The Exodus Song 3:09 Dot 45-16176
Jan 23 81 5 Royales, The Dedicated To The One I Love 2:50 King 5453
Jan 23 84 Sevilles, The Charlena 2:48 J.C. 116
Jan 23 92 Nina Simone Trouble In Mind 2:05 Colpix 175
Jan 23 95 Mello-Kings Tonite, Tonite 2:30 Herald 502
Jan 23 99 Five Satins, The In The Still Of The Night “I’ll Remember” 3:03 Ember 1005
Jan 30 3 Marty Robbins Don’t Worry 3:08 Columbia 4-41922
Jan 30 8 Everly Brothers, The Ebony Eyes 3:04 Warner Bros. 5199
Jan 30 10 Carla Thomas Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) 2:15 Atlantic 45-2086
Jan 30 12 Roy Hamilton You Can Have Her 2:43 Epic 5-9434
Jan 30 33 Brenda Lee I’m Learning About Love 2:40 Decca 9-31195
Jan 30 37 Coasters, The Wait A Minute 2:39 Atco 45-6186
Jan 30 39 Gene Pitney (I Wanna) Love My Life Away 1:53 Musicor 1002
Jan 30 45 Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby 2:52 Motown 1003
Jan 30 57 Bill Doggett Honky Tonk (Part 2) 2:33 King 45-5444
Jan 30 68 Jimmy Reed Close Together 2:39 Vee-Jay 373
Jan 30 73 Johnny Preston Leave My Kitten Alone 2:27 Mercury 71761

HOT 100 DEBUTS February 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Feb 6 7 Everly Brothers, The Walk Right Back 2:18 Warner Bros. 5199
Feb 6 14 Bobby Darin Lazy River 2:30 Atco 45-6188
Feb 6 17 Johnny Burnette Little Boy Sad 2:01 Liberty 55298
Feb 6 20 Johnny Maestro Model Girl 2:14 Coed 545
Feb 6 26 Rochell and the Candles with Johnny Wyatt Once Upon A Time 2:50 Swingin’ 45-623
Feb 6 28 Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra Wheels 2:03 Dot 45-16174
Feb 6 28 Brook Benton For My Baby 2:36 Mercury 71774
Feb 6 34 Dee Clark Your Friends 2:09 Vee-Jay 372
Feb 6 42 Dion Havin’ Fun 2:16 Laurie 3081
Feb 6 67 Della Reese The Most Beautiful Words 2:37 RCA Victor 47-7833
Feb 6 73 Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra Cerveza 2:27 Decca 30866
Feb 6 75 Damita Jo Featuring Mike Stewart Singers Keep Your Hands Off Of Him 2:30 Mercury 71760
Feb 6 92 Debbie Dean Don’t Let Him Shop Around 2:45 Motown 1007
Feb 6 94 Lolita Cowboy Jimmy Joe (Die Sterne Der Prarie) 2:26 Kapp 370
Feb 6 96 Four Preps, The Calcutta 2:07 Capitol 4508
Feb 13 11 Brook Benton Think Twice 2:30 Mercury 71774
Feb 13 33 Bobby Vee Stayin’ In 2:03 Liberty 55296
Feb 13 54 Bobby Rydell Cherie 2:14 Cameo 186
Feb 13 60 Cambridge Strings and Singers, The Theme From Tunes Of Glory 2:18 London 45-1960
Feb 13 81 LaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks You’re The Boss 2:19 Atlantic 45-2090
Feb 13 85 Anita Bryant A Texan And A Girl From Mexico 2:40 Carlton 538
Feb 13 100 Don Gibson What About Me 2:09 RCA Victor 47-7841
Feb 20 1 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires Surrender 1:51 RCA Victor 47-7850
Feb 20 4 Clarence “Frogman” Henry But I Do 2:15 Argo 5378
Feb 20 8 Kokomo Asia Minor 1:58 Felsted 45-8612
Feb 20 20 Bill Black’s Combo Hearts Of Stone 2:00 Hi 45-2028
Feb 20 25 Vibrations, The The Watusi 2:38 Checker 969
Feb 20 30 Kathy Young with The Innocents Happy Birthday Blues 2:57 Indigo 115
Feb 20 36 Chuck Jackson I Don’t Want To Cry 2:17 Wand 106
Feb 20 39 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters Let’s Go Again (Where We Went Last Night) 3:05 King 45-5459
Feb 20 46 Bobby Bland I Pity The Fool 2:41 Duke 332
Feb 20 48 Pentagons, The To Be Loved (Forever) 2:25 Donna 1337
Feb 20 60 Dickie Goodman The Touchables 2:04 Mark-X 8009
Feb 20 60 Danny & The Juniors Pony Express 2:30 Swan 4068
Feb 20 63 Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra Orange Blossom Special 2:32 Dot 16174
Feb 20 81 Mark Dinning Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports 2:20 MGM 12980
Feb 20 87 Annette with The Afterbeats Dream Boy 2:00 Buena Vista 374
Feb 27 12 Cathy Jean and the Roomates Please Love Me Forever 2:53 Valmor 007
Feb 27 32 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires Lonely Man 2:42 RCA Victor 47-7850
Feb 27 40 James Brown and the Famous Flames Bewildered 2:23 King 45-5442
Feb 27 61 Bobby Vee More Than I Can Say 2:27 Liberty 55296
Feb 27 70 Frankie Avalon All Of Everything 2:30 Chancellor 1071
Feb 27 76 Aretha Franklin Won’t Be Long 2:55 Columbia 4-41923
Feb 27 86 Johnny and the Hurricanes Ja-Da 2:04 Big Top 45-3063
Feb 27 88 Mitch Miller with Orch. and Chorus Tunes Of Glory 2:41 Columbia 4-41941
Feb 27 98 Ernestine Anderson A Lover’s Question 2:15 Mercury 71772
Feb 27 99 Charlie McCoy Cherry Berry Wine 2:37 Cadence 1390
Feb 27 100 Fred Darian Battle Of Gettysburg 2:28 JAF 2020

HOT 100 DEBUTS March 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Mar 6 1 Del Shannon Runaway 2:20 Bigtop 45-3067
Mar 6 1 Marcels, The Blue Moon 2:15 Colpix 186
Mar 6 4 Floyd Cramer On The Rebound 2:05 RCA Victor 47-7840
Mar 6 8 Ray Charles One Mint Julep 3:02 Impulse 45-200
Mar 6 9 Steve Lawrence Portrait Of My Love 2:51 United Artists 291
Mar 6 12 Echoes, The Baby Blue 2:23 Seg-Way 103
Mar 6 15 Tokens, The Tonight I Fell In Love 1:43 Warwick 615
Mar 6 27 Jerry Butler Find Another Girl 2:49 Vee-Jay 375
Mar 6 29 Freddy King Hide Away 2:34 Federal 45-12401
Mar 6 31 Sam Cooke That’s It-I Quit-I’m Movin’ On 2:31 RCA Victor 47-7853
Mar 6 50 Frank Sinatra The Second Time Around 2:59 Reprise 20001
Mar 6 50 Herb Lance & The Classics Blue Moon 2:06 Promo 1010
Mar 6 65 Buddy Knox Ling-Ting-Tong 2:07 Liberty 55305
Mar 6 69 Larks, The It’s Unbelievable 2:15 Sheryl 334
Mar 6 70 Playmates, The Little Miss Stuck-Up 2:12 Roulette 4322
Mar 6 87 Sonny James Apache 2:47 RCA Victor 47-7858
Mar 6 88 Edith Piaf Milord 3:10 Capitol 4493
Mar 6 96 Enchanters, The I Lied To My Heart 2:37 Musitron 1072
Mar 13 3 Linda Scott I’ve Told Every Little Star 2:12 Canadian-American 123
Mar 13 7 Adam Wade Take Good Care Of Her 2:30 Coed 546
Mar 13 13 Paul Anka Tonight My Love, Tonight 2:10 ABC-Paramount 45-10194
Mar 13 20 McGuire Sisters, The Just For Old Time’s Sake 2:50 Coral 62249
Mar 13 20 Jackie Wilson Please Tell Me Why 1:59 Brunswick 55208
Mar 13 30 Etta James Trust In Me 3:10 Argo 5385
Mar 13 40 Jackie Wilson Your One And Only Love 2:37 Brunswick 55208
Mar 13 61 Marv Johnson Merry-Go-Round 2:34 United Artists 294
Mar 13 61 Little Willie John The Very Thought Of You 2:18 King 45-5458
Mar 13 66 Rosie Formerly with the Originals Lonely Blue Nights 2:58 Brunswick 55205
Mar 13 90 Donnie Brooks Memphis 2:00 Era 3042
Mar 13 91 Etta Jones Canadian Sunset 2:25 Prestige 45-191
Mar 13 92 Flamingos, The Kokomo 2:23 End 1085
Mar 13 94 Dick Lee Oh Mein Papa 2:30 Blue Bell 503
Mar 13 95 Otis Williams and His Charms Little Turtle Dove 2:15 King 45-5455
Mar 13 95 Dinah Washington Early Every Morning (Early Every Evening Too) 2:15 Mercury 71778
Mar 20 3 Gene McDaniels A Hundred Pounds Of Clay 2:22 Liberty 55308
Mar 20 32 Drifters, The Some Kind Of Wonderful 2:15 Atlantic 45-2096
Mar 20 32 Fats Domino Shu Rah 1:46 Imperial 5734
Mar 20 32 Fats Domino Fell In Love On Monday 1:55 Imperial 5734
Mar 20 37 Ferrante and Teicher (Love Theme From) One Eyed Jacks 3:01 United Artists 300
Mar 20 39 Duane Eddy Theme From Dixie 1:57 Jamie 1183
Mar 20 49 Kay Starr Foolin’ Around 2:19 Capitol 4542
Mar 20 55 Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (Theme From) My Three Sons 2:00 Dot 45-16198
Mar 20 62 Jim Reeves The Blizzard 3:24 RCA Victor 47-7855
Mar 20 72 Frankie Ford Seventeen 2:05 Imperial 5735
Mar 27 1 Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law 2:25 Minit 623
Mar 27 2 Shep and the Limelites Daddy’s Home 2:47 Hull 740
Mar 27 6 Brenda Lee You Can Depend On Me 3:28 Decca 31231
Mar 27 21 B. Bumble & the Stingers Bumble Boogie 2:09 Rendezvous 140
Mar 27 25 Maxine Brown Funny 2:18 Nomar 45-106
Mar 27 29 Janie Grant Triangle 2:20 Caprice 104
Mar 27 31 Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra Tenderly 3:13 Decca 31236
Mar 27 35 String-A-Longs, The Brass Buttons 2:00 Warwick 625
Mar 27 38 Chimes, The I’m In The Mood For Love 2:32 Tag 445
Mar 27 38 Paul Revere & The Raiders Like Long Hair 1:58 Gardena 116-1
Mar 27 49 Miracles, The Ain’t It, Baby 2:33 Tamla 54036
Mar 27 54 Johnny Horton Sleepy-Eyed John 2:31 Columbia 4-41963
Mar 27 74 Capris, The Where I Fell In Love 2:18 Old Town 1099
Mar 27 76 Olympics, The Little Pedro 2:17 Arvee 5023
Mar 27 85 Jimmy Jones I Told You So 2:03 Cub 9085
Mar 27 100 Texans, The Green Grass Of Texas 2:18 Infinity 1

HOT 100 DEBUTS April 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Apr 3 19 Al Caiola and His Orchestra Bonanza 2:16 United Artists 302
Apr 3 30 Jerry Lee Lewis and his Pumping Piano What’d I Say 2:25 Sun 356
Apr 3 33 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters The Continental Walk 3:37 King 45-5491
Apr 3 44 Frogmen, The Underwater 2:08 Candix 314
Apr 3 62 Platters, The Trees 2:28 Mercury 71791
Apr 3 68 Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra Welcome Home 3:12 Decca 31204
Apr 3 69 Andy Stewart A Scottish Soldier (Green Hills Of Tyrol) 3:05 Warwick 627
Apr 3 72 Conway Twitty The Next Kiss (Is The Last Goodbye) 2:04 MGM 12998
Apr 3 89 Joe Jones California Sun 2:21 Roulette 4344
Apr 3 90 Henry Mancini, His Orchestra And Chorus (Theme From) The Great Imposter 2:43 RCA Victor 47-7830
Apr 3 100 Ray Peterson Sweet Little Kathy 2:20 Dunes 45-2004
Apr 10 1 Roy Orbison Running Scared 2:10 Monument 45-438
Apr 10 12 Faron Young Hello Walls 2:22 Capitol 4533
Apr 10 23 Frank Gari Lullaby Of Love 2:10 Crusade 1021
Apr 10 32 Brothers Four, The Frogg 2:39 Columbia 4-41958
Apr 10 35 Roy Drusky Three Hearts In A Tangle 2:44 Decca 31193
Apr 10 36 Eddie Harris Exodus 2:01 Vee-Jay 378
Apr 10 37 LaVern Baker Saved 2:37 Atlantic 45-2099
Apr 10 41 Cannonball Adderley Orchestra African Waltz 2:08 Riverside 45457
Apr 10 46 Chuck Jackson (It Never Happens) In Real Life 2:44 Wand 108
Apr 10 49 Roomates, The Glory Of Love 2:00 Valmor 008
Apr 10 69 Merv Griffin with Sid Bass Orchestra The Charanga 1:53 Carlton 545
Apr 10 80 Rollers, The The Continental Walk 2:20 Liberty 55320
Apr 10 83 Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Come Along 1:40 Herald 559
Apr 10 84 Claude Gray I’ll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee (Then I’ll Go) 2:07 Mercury 71732
Apr 10 87 Audrey Arno and the Hazy Osterwald Sextet La Pachanga 2:36 Decca 31238
Apr 10 90 Patti Page A City Girl Stole My Country Boy 2:31 Mercury 71792
Apr 10 91 Strollers, The Come On Over 2:24 Carlton 546
Apr 10 91 Chuck Jackson Mr. Pride 2:22 Beltone 45-1005
Apr 10 97 Browns, The Featuring Jim Edward Brown Ground Hog 2:12 RCA Victor 47-7866
Apr 17 4 Shirelles, The Mama Said 2:10 Scepter 1217
Apr 17 7 Connie Francis Breakin’ In A Brand New Broken Heart 2:35 MGM 12995
Apr 17 10 Fleetwoods, The Tragedy 2:45 Dolton 40
Apr 17 14 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires Flaming Star (From the “Elvis By Request” EP) 2:27 RCA Victor LPC-128
Apr 17 19 Ral Donner & the Starfires Girl Of My Best Friend 2:15 Gone 5102
Apr 17 43 Chubby Checker Good, Good Lovin’ 2:25 Parkway 822
Apr 17 89 Bobby Freeman The Mess Around 2:25 Josie 45-887
Apr 17 90 Santo & Johnny Hop Scotch 1:55 Canadian-American 124
Apr 24 1 Bobby Lewis Tossin’ And Turnin’ 2:30 Beltone 45-1002
Apr 24 1 Ricky Nelson Travelin’ Man 2:21 Imperial 5741
Apr 24 20 Marathons, The Peanut Butter 2:01 Arvee 5027
Apr 24 23 Coasters, The Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) 2:51 Atco 45-6192
Apr 24 24 Joe Barry I’m A Fool To Care 2:17 Smash 1702
Apr 24 24 Chubby Checker Dance The Mess Around 2:11 Parkway 822
Apr 24 33 Johnny Maestro What A Surprise 2:53 Coed 549
Apr 24 37 Andy Williams The Bilbao Song 2:09 Cadence 1398
Apr 24 37 Les Paul and Mary Ford Jura (I Swear I Love You) 2:13 Columbia 4-41994
Apr 24 38 Starlets, The Better Tell Him No 2:30 PAM 1003
Apr 24 42 Dickie Goodman The Touchables In Brooklyn 2:01 Mark-X 8010
Apr 24 50 Gogi Grant The Wayward Wind 2:56 Era 3046
Apr 24 56 Paris Sisters Be My Boy 1:55 Gregmark 2
Apr 24 59 Piero Soffici That’s The Way With Love 2:45 Kip 224
Apr 24 60 Jeanette (Baby) Washington Nobody Cares (About Me) 2:06 Neptune 122
Apr 24 60 Limeliters, The A Dollar Down 2:36 RCA Victor 47-7859
Apr 24 69 Ventures, The Lullaby Of The Leaves 1:55 Dolton 41
Apr 24 71 Jerry Fuller Shy Away 2:05 Challenge 59104
Apr 24 88 Lale Anderson Ein Schiff Wird Kommen (A Ship Will Come) 2:57 King 45-5478
Apr 24 94 Oscar Black I’m A Fool To Care 2:16 Savoy 1600
Apr 24 98 Della Reese Won’cha Come Home, Bill Bailey 3:05 RCA Victor 47-7867

HOT 100 DEBUTS May 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
May 1 1 Pat Boone Moody River 2:38 Dot 45-16209
May 1 2 Dee Clark Raindrops 2:53 Vee-Jay 383
May 1 9 Little Caesar and the Romans Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) 3:24 Del-Fi 4158
May 1 9 Ricky Nelson Hello Mary Lou 2:17 Imperial 5741
May 1 11 Neil Sedaka Little Devil 2:37 RCA Victor 47-7874
May 1 21 Edsels, The Rama Lama Ding Dong 2:20 Twin 700
May 1 21 Bobby Rydell That Old Black Magic 2:23 Cameo 190
May 1 35 Donnie and The Dreamers Count Every Star 2:01 Whale 500
May 1 39 Tony Orlando Halfway To Paradise 2:36 Epic 5-9441
May 1 51 Freddy Cannon Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It 2:29 Swan 4071
May 1 58 Johnny Burnette Big Big World 2:18 Liberty 55318
May 1 80 Roy Hamilton You’re Gonna Need Magic 2:47 Epic 5-9443
May 1 82 Dion Kissin Game 2:36 Laurie 3090
May 1 89 Jimmy Witter A Cross Stands Alone 2:17 United Artists 301
May 8 4 Ben E. King Stand By Me 2:52 Atco 45-6194
May 8 50 Russell Byrd You’d Better Come Home 2:20 Wand 107
May 8 51 Timetones, The In My Heart 2:30 Times Square 421
May 8 56 Carla Thomas A Love Of My Own 2:34 Atlantic 45-2101
May 8 76 Louise Brown Son-In-Law 2:05 Witch 101
May 8 79 Blossoms, The Son-In-Law 2:05 Challenge 9109
May 8 84 Lenny Miles In Between Tears 2:13 Scepter 1218
May 8 89 Dinah Washington Our Love Is Here To Stay 2:43 Mercury 71812
May 8 90 Mina This World We Love In (Il Cielo In Una Stanza) 2:52 Time 1030
May 8 91 Jerry Wallace Life’s A Holiday 2:30 Challenge 9107
May 8 96 Harptones, The What Will I Tell My Heart 2:29 Companion 103
May 15 2 Brook Benton Featuring The Mike Stewart Singers The Boll Weevil Song 2:35 Mercury 71820
May 15 5 Elvis Presley I Feel So Bad 2:54 RCA Victor 47-7880
May 15 6 Pips Every Beat Of My Heart 2:00 Vee-Jay 386
May 15 12 Clarence Henry You Always Hurt The One You Love 2:25 Argo 5388
May 15 13 Regents, The Barbara-Ann 2:15 Gee 1065
May 15 23 Fats Domino It Keeps Rainin’ 2:43 Imperial 5753
May 15 45 Gladys Knight and the Pips Every Beat Of My Heart 2:06 Fury 1050
May 15 47 James Brown and the Famous Flames I Don’t Mind 2:41 King 45-5466
May 15 64 Dukays, The The Girl’s A Devil 2:30 Nat 4001
May 15 69 New Yorkers, The Miss Fine 2:25 Wall 547
May 15 71 Little Willie John (I’ve Got) Spring Fever 2:04 King 45-5503
May 15 84 Paul Peek Brother-In-Law (He’s a Moocher) 2:23 Fairlane 45-702
May 15 87 Anita Bryant I Can’t Do It By Myself 2:27 Carlton 547
May 15 93 Wanderers, The For Your Love 2:40 Cub 9089
May 15 97 Wyatt (Earp) McPherson Here’s My Confession 2:35 Savoy 1599
May 22 1 Gary U.S. Bonds Quarter To Three 2:29 Legrand 1008
May 22 12 Patsy Cline I Fall To Pieces 2:47 Decca 31205
May 22 18 Belmonts, The Tell Me Why 2:29 Sabrina 500
May 22 18 Cleftones, The Heart And Soul 1:52 Gee 1064
May 22 54 Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar Anna 1:52 Atco 45-6195
May 22 74 Teresa Brewer Milord 2:16 Coral 62265
May 22 81 Marcy Joe Ronnie 2:37 Robbee 110
May 22 85 Junior Parker Driving Wheel 2:34 Duke 335
May 22 88 Freddy King Lonesome Whistle Blues 2:45 Federal 45-12415
May 22 91 Pat Zill Pick Me Up On Your Way Down 2:11 Indigo 119
May 29 2 Chris Kenner I Like It Like That, Part 1 1:55 Instant 3229
May 29 4 Arthur Lyman Group Yellow Bird 2:41 Hi Fi 5024
May 29 5 Adam Wade The Writing On The Wall 2:27 Coed 550
May 29 10 Paul Anka Dance On Little Girl 2:19 ABC-Paramount 45-10220
May 29 18 Matt Monro My Kind Of Girl 2:52 Warwick 636
May 29 20 Castells, The Sacred 2:08 Era 3048
May 29 26 Velvets, The Tonight (Could Be The Night) 2:04 Monument 45-441
May 29 27 Everly Brothers, The Temptation 2:08 Warner Bros. 5220
May 29 34 Slim Harpo Rainin’ In My Heart 2:32 Excello 45-2194
May 29 51 Marty Robbins Jimmy Martinez 3:24 Columbia 4-42008
May 29 63 Bobby Vee with The Johnny Mann Singers How Many Tears 2:03 Liberty 55325
May 29 78 Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man 2:46 Vee-Jay 380
May 29 78 Marcels, The Summertime 2:17 Colpix 196
May 29 82 Frankie Avalon Who Else But You 2:23 Chancellor 1077
May 29 84 Duane Eddy Ring Of Fire 2:20 Jamie 1187
May 29 91 Jack Scott A Little Feeling (Called Love) 2:40 Capitol 4554

HOT 100 DEBUTS June 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Jun 5 5 Del Shannon Hats Off To Larry 2:00 Big Top 45-3075
Jun 5 8 Floyd Cramer San Antonio Rose 2:16 RCA Victor 47-7893
Jun 5 14 Drifters, The Please Stay 2:13 Atlantic 45-2105
Jun 5 17 Sam Cooke Cupid 2:30 RCA Victor 47-7883
Jun 5 25 Bill Black’s Combo Ole Buttermilk Sky 2:05 Hi 2036
Jun 5 26 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires Wild In The Country 1:50 RCA Victor 47-7880
Jun 5 29 Wanda Jackson Right Or Wrong 2:36 Capitol 4553
Jun 5 41 Everly Brothers, The Stick With Me Baby 1:55 Warner Bros. 5220
Jun 5 76 Teddy Vann The Lonely Crowd 2:05 Columbia 4-41996
Jun 5 78 Delacardos, The Hold Back The Tears 2:00 United Artists 310
Jun 5 100 Excels, The Can’t Help Lovin’ That Girl Of Mine 2:23 RSVP 111
Jun 12 19 Jackie Wilson I’m Comin’ On Back To You 2:19 Brunswick 55216
Jun 12 40 Bobby Darin Nature Boy 2:33 Atco 45-6196
Jun 12 42 String-A-Longs, The Should I 1:48 Warwick 654
Jun 12 50 Etta James Fool That I Am 2:55 Argo 5390
Jun 12 51 Bobby Parker Watch Your Step 2:45 V-Tone 223
Jun 12 58 Neil Scott Bobby 2:45 Portrait 102
Jun 12 58 Patti Page Mom And Dad’s Waltz 2:29 Mercury 71823
Jun 12 70 Johnny Crawford Daydreams 1:53 Del-Fi 4162
Jun 12 71 Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra Yellow Bird 2:13 Dot 45-16222
Jun 12 78 Frankie Calen Joanie 2:29 Spark 45-902
Jun 12 80 Jackie Wilson Lonely Life 2:26 Brunswick 55216
Jun 12 84 Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra Blue Tomorrow 2:21 Dot 45-16220
Jun 12 85 Ferrante & Teicher Theme From The Motion Picture Goodbye Again 3:21 United Artists 319
Jun 12 88 Echoes, The Sad Eyes (Don’t You Cry) 2:24 Seg-way 106
Jun 19 4 Brenda Lee Dum Dum 2:24 Decca 31272
Jun 19 8 Chubby Checker Let’s Twist Again 2:16 Parkway 824
Jun 19 12 Eddie Hodges I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door 2:03 Cadence 1397
Jun 19 13 Chordettes, The Never On Sunday 2:40 Cadence 1402
Jun 19 21 Don Gibson Sea Of Heartbreak 2:29 RCA Victor 47-7890
Jun 19 29 Philip Upchurch Combo You Can’t Sit Down Part 2 2:15 Boyd 1026
Jun 19 41 Chanters, The No, No, No 2:14 DeLuxe 45-6191
Jun 19 47 Ernie Fields The Charleston 2:10 Rendezvous 150
Jun 19 66 Ray Charles I’ve Got News For You 3:48 Impulse 45-202
Jun 19 84 Ray Charles I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town 3:38 Impulse 45-202
Jun 19 85 Adam Wade Point Of No Return 2:30 Coed 550
Jun 19 92 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters The Float 2:55 King 45-5510
Jun 19 94 Kay Starr I’ll Never Be Free 2:06 Capitol 4583
Jun 19 94 Olympics, The Dooley 2:07 Arvee 5031
Jun 26 1 Joe Dowell Wooden Heart 2:00 Smash 1708
Jun 26 6 Connie Francis Together 2:51 MGM 13019
Jun 26 25 Jan and Dean Heart And Soul 2:06 Challenge 9111
Jun 26 26 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters The Switch-A-Roo 2:47 King 45-5510
Jun 26 27 Spinners That’s What Girls Are Made For 3:04 Tri-Phi 1001
Jun 26 27 Fireballs, The Quite A Party 1:51 Warwick 644
Jun 26 34 Adrian Kimberly (The Graduation Song) Pomp And Circumstance 2:03 Calliope 6501
Jun 26 46 Patti Page You’ll Answer To Me 2:45 Mercury 71823
Jun 26 53 Ernie K-Doe Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta 2:39 Minit 627
Jun 26 55 Etta James Dream 2:23 Argo 5390
Jun 26 71 Nat King Cole Take A Fool’s Advice 2:21 Capitol 4582

HOT 100 DEBUTS July 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Jul 3 3 Mar-Keys Last Night 2:35 Stax 107
Jul 3 3 Jive Five, The with Joe Rene and Orchestra My True Story 2:30 Beltone 45-1006
Jul 3 7 Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes 2:42 Dunes 45-2007
Jul 3 9 Linda Scott Don’t Bet Money Honey 2:26 Canadian-American 127
Jul 3 12 Damita Jo I’ll Be There 2:47 Mercury 71840
Jul 3 20 Tex Ritter I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven 3:08 Capitol 4567
Jul 3 22 Diamonds, The One Summer Night 2:31 Mercury 71831
Jul 3 25 Bobby Rydell The Fish 2:11 Cameo 192
Jul 3 30 Frank Gari Princess 2:28 Crusade 1022
Jul 3 31 Gene McDaniels with The Johnny Mann Singers A Tear 2:05 Liberty 55344
Jul 3 45 Flamingos, The Time Was 2:35 End 1092
Jul 3 56 Brenda Lee Eventually 2:54 Decca 31272
Jul 3 60 Rick and The Keens Peanuts 2:03 Smash 1705
Jul 3 64 Frank Sinatra Granada 2:59 Reprise 20010
Jul 3 74 Joe Reisman Orchestra & Chorus The Guns Of Navarone 2:05 Landa 674
Jul 3 76 George Jones Tender Years 2:18 Mercury 71804
Jul 3 81 Ray Ellis and his Orchestra La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) 2:35 RCA Victor 47-7888
Jul 3 97 Miracles, The Broken Hearted 2:54 Tamla 54044
Jul 10 1 Highwaymen, The Michael 2:45 United Artists 258
Jul 10 4 Ral Donner You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It) 2:10 Gone 5108
Jul 10 19 Jose Jimenez The Astronaut (Parts 1 And 2) 8:15 Kapp 409
Jul 10 28 Regents, The Runaround 2:20 Gee 1071
Jul 10 41 Shirelles, The A Thing Of The Past 2:38 Sceptor 1220
Jul 10 42 Shep and the Limelites Ready For Your Love 2:46 Hull 742
Jul 10 51 Miracles, The Mighty Good Lovin’ 2:34 Tamla 54044
Jul 10 73 Jim Reeves What Would You Do 2:11 RCA Victor 47-7905
Jul 10 82 Frankie Miller (of 1961) Black Land Farmer 2:33 Starday 45-424
Jul 10 89 B. Bumble & The Stingers Boogie Woogie 2:11 Rendezvous 151-1
Jul 10 91 Phill Wilson Wishin’ On A Rainbow 2:10 Huron 45-22000
Jul 17 25 Halos, The Nag 2:50 7 Arts 709
Jul 17 33 Mary Wells I Don’t Want To Take A Chance 2:50 Motown 1011
Jul 17 40 Don Shirley Trio Water Boy 2:56 Cadence 1392
Jul 17 44 Linda Scott with Hutch Davie Orch. Starlight, Starbright 2:18 Canadian-American 127
Jul 17 54 Shirelles, The What A Sweet Thing That Was 2:29 Scepter 1220
Jul 17 68 Steve Lawrence with Don Costa and His Orchestra My Claire De Lune 2:43 United Artists 335
Jul 17 72 Connie Francis Too Many Rules 2:21 MGM 13019
Jul 17 79 Donnie & The Dreamers My Memories Of You 2:08 Whale 505
Jul 17 82 Paragons, The If 2:32 Tap 500
Jul 17 82 Claude King Big River, Big Man 2:26 Columbia 4-42043
Jul 17 87 Duane Eddy and the Rebels Drivin’ Home 2:24 Jamie 1195
Jul 17 93 Little Willie John Now You Know 2:18 King 45-5516
Jul 24 4 Timi Yuro Hurt 2:28 Liberty 55343
Jul 24 5 Gary (U.S.) Bonds School Is Out 2:27 Legrand 1009
Jul 24 10 Adam Wade As If I Didn’t Know 2:56 Coed 553
Jul 24 15 Fats Domino Let The Four Winds Blow 2:02 Imperial 5764
Jul 24 17 Ann-Margret I Just Don’t Understand 2:37 RCA Victor 47-7894
Jul 24 25 Jerry Butler I’m A Telling You 2:22 Vee-Jay 390
Jul 24 56 Clyde McPhatter I Never Knew 2:22 Mercury 71841
Jul 24 57 Johnny Maestro with the Coeds Mr. Happiness 2:17 Coed 552
Jul 24 59 McGuire Sisters, The Tears On My Pillow 2:52 Coral 62276
Jul 24 86 Al Martino Here In My Heart 3:01 Capitol 4593
Jul 24 96 Everly Brothers, The All I Have To Do Is Dream 2:17 Cadence 1348
Jul 31 2 Dick and DeeDee The Mountain’s High 2:09 Liberty 55350
Jul 31 10 Dreamlovers, The When We Get Married 2:25 Heritage 102
Jul 31 12 Jarmels, The A Little Bit Of Soap 2:17 Laurie 3098
Jul 31 14 Ike & Tina Turner It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 2:38 Sue 45-749
Jul 31 18 Ben E. King Amor 2:54 Atco 45-6203
Jul 31 25 Platters, The I’ll Never Smile Again 2:53 Mercury 71847
Jul 31 29 Ray Peterson Missing You 2:45 Dunes 45-2006
Jul 31 35 Freddy Cannon Transistor Sister 2:25 Swan 4078
Jul 31 48 Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra Now And Forever 2:46 Decca 31279
Jul 31 63 Joe Barry Teardrops In My Heart 2:20 Smash 1710
Jul 31 68 Karl Hammel Jr. Summer Souvenirs 2:14 Arliss 1007
Jul 31 75 Ronny Douglas Run, Run, Run 2:16 Everest 19413
Jul 31 89 3 Friends, The Dedicated (To The Songs I Love) 2:21 Imperial 5763
Jul 31 96 Butanes, The Don’t Forget I Love You 2:20 Enrica 1007
Jul 31 99 Van Dykes, The The Bells Are Ringing 2:40 DeLuxe 45-6193

HOT 100 DEBUTS August 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Aug 7 1 Bobby Vee with The Johnny Mann Singers Take Good Care Of My Baby 2:27 Liberty 55354
Aug 7 5 Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night) 2:28 Dot 45-15911
Aug 7 7 Barry Mann Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) 2:46 ABC-Paramount 10237
Aug 7 7 Johnny Tillotson Without You 2:05 Cadence 1404
Aug 7 20 Brian Hyland Let Me Belong To You 3:04 ABC-Paramount 45-10236
Aug 7 25 Roy Orbison Candy Man 2:43 Monument 45-447
Aug 7 39 Etta James Don’t Cry, Baby 2:20 Argo 5393
Aug 7 42 Gene Pitney Every Breath I Take 2:40 Musicor 1011
Aug 7 47 Freddy King San-Ho-Zay 2:40 Federal 45-12428
Aug 7 54 Little Caesar and the Romans Hully Gully Again 2:35 Del-Fi 4164
Aug 7 57 Clarence Henry Lonely Street 2:08 Argo 5395
Aug 7 71 Bobby Bland Don’t Cry No More 2:30 Duke 340
Aug 7 77 Shirley & Lee Well-A, Well-A 1:47 Warwick 664
Aug 7 90 Billy Bland My Heart’s On Fire 2:13 Old Town 1105
Aug 7 97 Mickey & Sylvia Love Drops 2:27 Willow 45-23000
Aug 14 2 Roy Orbison Crying 2:45 Monument 45-447
Aug 14 7 Bob Moore and his Orch. Mexico 2:37 Monument 45-446
Aug 14 15 Tony Orlando Bless You 2:15 Epic 5-9452
Aug 14 17 Four Preps, The More Money For You And Me (Medley) 4:45 Capitol 4599
Aug 14 31 Blue Jays, The Lover’s Island 2:17 Milestone 2008
Aug 14 49 Rays, The Magic Moon (Clair De Lune) 2:50 XYZ 45-607
Aug 14 51 Velaires, The Roll Over Beethoven 2:39 Jamie 1198
Aug 14 54 Sensations, The Featuring Yvonne Music, Music, Music 2:45 Argo 5391
Aug 14 66 Rondels, The Back Beat No. 1 2:09 Amy 825
Aug 14 76 Four Sportsmen, The Pitter-Patter 2:15 Sunnybrook 4
Aug 14 80 Preludes Five, The Starlight 2:28 Pik 231
Aug 14 94 Steve Lawrence In Time 3:06 United Artists 335
Aug 14 96 Coasters, The Girls, Girls, Girls (Part II) 1:51 Atco 45-6204
Aug 21 5 Elvis Presley Little Sister 2:30 RCA Victor 47-7908
Aug 21 19 Pat Boone Big Cold Wind 2:11 Dot 45-16244
Aug 21 20 Brook Benton Frankie And Johnny 2:27 Mercury 71859
Aug 21 35 Ray Stevens Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving    
      Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills 2:22 Mercury 71843
Aug 21 37 Jackie Wilson Years From Now 2:33 Brunswick 55219
Aug 21 49 James Brown and the Famous Flames Baby, You’re Right 2:55 King 45-5524
Aug 21 49 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters Nothing But Good 2:38 King 45-5535
Aug 21 52 Mickey & Sylvia Baby You’re So Fine 2:08 Willow 45-23000
Aug 21 54 Ly-Dells, The Wizard Of Love 2:09 Master 251
Aug 21 59 Chuck Jackson I Wake Up Crying 2:15 Wand 110
Aug 21 66 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters Keep On Dancing 2:34 King 45-5535
Aug 21 77 Andy Stewart & The White Heather Group Donald Where’s Your Troosers? 3:16 Warwick 665
Aug 21 85 Wink Martindale Black Land Farmer 1:53 Dot 45-16243
Aug 28 4 Elvis Presley (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame 2:06 RCA Victor 47-7908
Aug 28 9 Bobby Lewis with Joe Rene Orchestra One Track Mind 2:05 Beltone 45-1012
Aug 28 11 Bobby Edwards with the Four Young Men You’re The Reason 2:35 Crest 45-1075
Aug 28 14 Chantels, The Look In My Eyes 2:23 Carlton 555
Aug 28 35 Paul Anka Kissin’ On The Phone 2:34 ABC-Paramount 45-10239
Aug 28 50 Duane Eddy My Blue Heaven 2:28 Jamie 1200
Aug 28 59 Neil Sedaka Sweet Little You 2:05 RCA Victor 47-7922
Aug 28 75 Janie Grant with Hutch Davie Orch. Romeo 1:55 Caprice 109
Aug 28 83 Jack Scott My Dream Come True 2:50 Capitol 4597
Aug 28 83 Ventures, The (Theme From) Silver City 1:58 Dolton 44
Aug 28 87 Joe South You’re The Reason 2:36 Fairlane 45-21006
Aug 28 92 Mary Ann Fisher I Can’t Take It 2:10 Seg-way 1001

HOT 100 DEBUTS September 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Sep 4 1 Marvelettes, The Please Mr. Postman 2:30 Tamla 54046
Sep 4 5 Sue Thompson Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) 3:10 Hickory 45-1153
Sep 4 5 Paris Sisters, The I Love How You Love Me 2:08 Gregmark 6
Sep 4 5 Bobby Darin You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby 2:10 Atco 45-6206
Sep 4 8 Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills Let’s Get Together 1:28 Buena Vista 385
Sep 4 13 Lettermen, The The Way You Look Tonight 2:18 Capitol 4586
Sep 4 25 Flares, The Foot Stomping – Part 1 2:15 Felsted 45-8624
Sep 4 48 Tommy Hunt Human 2:32 Scepter 1219
Sep 4 57 Belmonts, The Don’t Get Around Much Anymore 2:00 Sabrina 501
Sep 4 57 Nino & The Ebb Tides Juke Box Saturday Night 2:34 Madison 166
Sep 4 60 Cleftones, The For Sentimental Reasons 2:33 Gee 1067
Sep 4 71 Jimmie Rodgers A Little Dog Cried 2:22 Roulette 4384
Sep 4 72 Bobbettes, The I Don’t Like It Like That Part 1 1:50 Gone 5112
Sep 11 1 Ray Charles and his Orchestra Hit The Road Jack 2:00 ABC-Paramount 45-10244
Sep 11 2 Dovells, The Bristol Stomp 2:18 Parkway 827
Sep 11 7 Lee Dorsey Ya Ya 2:27 Fury 1053
Sep 11 16 Drifters, The Sweets For My Sweet 2:32 Atlantic 45-2117
Sep 11 25 Dave Brubeck Quartet Take Five 2:53 Columbia 4-41479
Sep 11 25 Duals, The Stick Shift 2:25 Sue 745
Sep 11 30 Fleetwoods, The (He’s) The Great Impostor 2:08 Dolton 45
Sep 11 51 Marty Robbins It’s Your World 2:44 Columbia 4-42065
Sep 11 70 Paul Anka Cinderella 2:15 ABC-Paramount 45-10239
Sep 11 89 Caslons, The Anniversary Of Love 1:50 Seeco 45-6078
Sep 11 91 Rusty Draper Signed, Sealed And Delivered 2:30 Mercury 71854
Sep 11 95 Gloria Lynne Impossible 2:54 Everest 19418
Sep 11 98 Bull Moose Jackson I Love You Yes I Do 2:18 7 Arts 705
Sep 18 6 Troy Shondell This Time 2:35 Liberty 55353
Sep 18 9 G-Clefs, The I Understand (Just How You Feel) 2:40 Terrace 45-7500
Sep 18 24 Solomon Burke Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) 2:46 Atlantic 45-2114
Sep 18 28 Del Shannon So Long Baby 2:03 Big Top 45-3083
Sep 18 58 Jimmy Reed Bright Lights Big City 2:47 Vee-Jay 398
Sep 18 61 Adam Wade Tonight I Won’t Be There 2:45 Coed 556
Sep 18 61 Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra Berlin Melody 2:26 Dot 45-16262
Sep 18 73 Nat King Cole Let True Love Begin 2:33 Capitol 4623
Sep 18 80 Danny and The Juniors Back To The Hop 2:07 Swan 4082
Sep 18 80 Kathy Young with the Innocents Magic Is The Night 2:34 Indigo 125
Sep 18 80 Richard Hayman and his Orchestra Night Train 2:21 Mercury 71869
Sep 18 87 Little Willie John Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) 2:44 King 45-5516
Sep 18 92 Capris, The Girl In My Dreams 2:29 Old Town 1107
Sep 18 95 Tina Robin Dear Mr. D.J. Play It Again 2:34 Mercury 71852
Sep 18 99 Otis Williams and His Charms Panic 2:40 King 45-5527
Sep 25 1 Dion Runaround Sue 2:40 Laurie 3110
Sep 25 7 Chubby Checker The Fly 2:27 Parkway 830
Sep 25 14 Connie Francis (He’s My) Dreamboat 2:40 MGM 13039
Sep 25 20 Everly Brothers, The Don’t Blame Me 2:23 Warner Bros. 5501
Sep 25 29 Stereos, The I Really Love You 2:16 Cub 9095
Sep 25 39 Ral Donner Please Don’t Go 2:13 Gone 5114
Sep 25 41 Bill Black’s Combo Movin’ 2:01 Hi 45-2038
Sep 25 42 Connie Francis Hollywood 2:15 MGM 13039
Sep 25 56 Sam Cooke Feel It 1:55 RCA Victor 47-7927
Sep 25 56 Lennon Sisters, The Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) 2:40 Dot 45-16255
Sep 25 63 Floyd Cramer Your Last Goodbye 2:23 RCA Victor 47-7907
Sep 25 87 Lawrence Welk His Orchestra and Chorus Riders In The Sky 1:53 Dot 45-16237
Sep 25 90 Frankie Avalon True True Love 2:22 Chancellor 1087
Sep 25 90 Chordettes, The Faraway Star 2:18 Cadence 1402
Sep 25 92 Bill Black’s Combo Honky Train 2:00 Hi 45-2038
Sep 25 93 Sam Cooke It’s All Right 2:35 RCA Victor 47-7927
Sep 25 96 Fred Darian Johnny Willow 2:38 JAF 2023

HOT 100 DEBUTS October 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Oct 2 1 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John 2:57 Columbia 4-42175
Oct 2 3 Brenda Lee Fool #1 2:22 Decca 31309
Oct 2 5 Gene McDaniels with The Johnny Mann Singers Tower Of Strength 2:14 Liberty 55371
Oct 2 11 Rick Nelson A Wonder Like You 2:34 Imperial 5770
Oct 2 16 Rick Nelson Everlovin’ 2:00 Imperial 5770
Oct 2 21 Shirelles, The Big John 2:21 Scepter 1223
Oct 2 22 Fats Domino What A Party 1:51 Imperial 5779
Oct 2 31 Brenda Lee Anybody But Me 2:22 Decca 31309
Oct 2 45 Brook Benton It’s Just A House Without You 2:32 Mercury 71859
Oct 2 58 Shep & the Limelites Three Steps From The Altar 2:15 Hull 747
Oct 2 79 Jackie Wilson You Don’t Know What It Means 3:19 Brunswick 55219
Oct 2 82 Everly Brothers, The Muskrat 2:14 Warner Bros. 5501
Oct 2 91 Patti Page Featuring The Mike Stewart Singers Broken Heart And A Pillow Filled With Tears 2:00 Mercury 71870
Oct 2 93 Deane Hawley Pocketful Of Rainbows 2:34 Liberty 55359
Oct 2 94 Adam Wade Linda 2:22 Coed 556
Oct 2 95 Floyd Cramer Hang On 1:45 RCA Victor 47-7907
Oct 9 7 Marcels, The Heartaches 2:29 Colpix 612
Oct 9 11 Henry Mancini, His Orchestra and Chorus Moon River 2:41 RCA Victor 47-7916
Oct 9 11 Jerry Butler Moon River 2:45 Vee-Jay 405
Oct 9 37 Aretha Franklin Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody 2:22 Columbia 4-42157
Oct 9 60 Mar-Keys Morning After 2:14 Stax 112
Oct 9 72 Timi Yuro I Apologize 2:50 Liberty 55343
Oct 9 73 Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra Come September 2:27 Dot 45-16262
Oct 9 81 Ben E. King Here Comes The Night 2:25 Atco 45-6207
Oct 9 85 Bobby Rydell The Door To Paradise 2:43 Cameo 201
Oct 9 89 Parkays, The Late Date 2:20 ABC-Paramount 45-10242
Oct 9 90 Velvets, The Featuring Virgil Johnson Laugh 2:20 Monument 45-448
Oct 9 94 Jerry Fuller Guilty Of Loving You 2:11 Challenge 9114
Oct 9 98 Castells, The Make Believe Wedding 2:18 Era 3057
Oct 9 98 Hank Levine And Orchestra Image – Part 1 2:21 ABC-Paramount 45-10256
Oct 16 14 Angels, The Till 2:25 Caprice 107
Oct 16 3 James Darren Goodbye Cruel World 2:19 Colpix 609
Oct 16 8 Ferrante & Teicher Tonight 2:59 United Artists 373
Oct 16 18 Johnny Burnette with The Johnny Mann Singers God, Country And My Baby 2:10 Liberty 55379
Oct 16 20 Impressions, The Gypsy Woman 2:20 ABC-Paramount 45-10241
Oct 16 21 Bobby Rydell I Wanna Thank You 2:25 Cameo 201
Oct 16 23 Dinah Washington September In The Rain 2:05 Mercury 71876
Oct 16 27 Wanda Jackson In The Middle Of A Heartache 2:34 Capitol 4635
Oct 16 46 Curtis Lee Under The Moon Of Love 2:49 Dunes 45-2008
Oct 16 50 Joe Dowell The Bridge Of Love 1:56 Smash 1717
Oct 16 58 Frank Sinatra I’ll Be Seeing You 2:50 Reprise 20023
Oct 16 66 Ben E. King Young Boy Blues 2:17 Atco 45-6207
Oct 16 71 Freddy Cannon For Me And My Gal 2:27 Swan 4083
Oct 16 83 Fats Domino Rockin’ Bicycle 2:03 Imperial 5779
Oct 16 89 Faron Young Backtrack 2:03 Capitol 4616
Oct 16 92 Matt Monro Why Not Now 2:25 Warwick 669
Oct 23 9 Patsy Cline Crazy 2:41 Decca 31317
Oct 23 28 Gary (U.S.) Bonds School Is In 2:08 Legrand 1012
Oct 23 42 Sims Twins Soothe Me 2:13 Sar 117
Oct 23 52 Miracles, The Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues 2:57 Tamla 54048
Oct 23 54 Ventures, The Blue Moon 2:12 Dolton 47
Oct 23 58 Jackie Wilson The Way I Am 2:10 Brunswick 55220
Oct 23 65 Jackie Wilson My Heart Belongs To Only You 2:45 Brunswick 55220
Oct 23 67 Steve Lawrence Somewhere Along The Way 2:46 United Artists 364
Oct 23 89 Johnny Mathis Wasn’t The Summer Short? 2:53 Columbia 42156
Oct 23 99 Patsy Cline Who Can I Count On 2:12 Decca 31317
Oct 30 13 Gene Pitney Town Without Pity 2:53 Musicor 1009
Oct 30 5 Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By 2:20 Mercury 71834
Oct 30 7 Sandy Nelson Let There Be Drums 2:14 Imperial 5775
Oct 30 12 Linda Scott with Hutch Davie Orch. I Don’t Know Why 2:20 Canadian-American 129
Oct 30 53 Gene Thomas Sometime 2:21 United Artists 338
Oct 30 62 Glen Campbell Turn Around, Look At Me 2:35 Crest 45-1087
Oct 30 64 Andy Williams Danny Boy 2:53 Columbia 4-42199
Oct 30 64 Clarence Henry On Bended Knees 1:50 Argo 5401
Oct 30 84 Pentagons, The I Wonder (If Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me) 2:25 Jamie 1201

HOT 100 DEBUTS November 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Nov 6 24 Kenny Dino Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night 2:05 Musicor 1013
Nov 6 32 John D. Loudermilk Language Of Love 1:45 RCA Victor 47-7938
Nov 6 42 Highwaymen, The The Gypsy Rover 2:54 United Artists 370
Nov 6 42 Timi Yuro Smile 2:43 Liberty 55375
Nov 6 44 Eddie Fisher Tonight 2:44 7 Arts 719
Nov 6 54 Etta James It’s Too Soon To Know 2:45 Argo 5402
Nov 6 69 Ernie K-Doe I Cried My Last Tear 2:10 Minit 634
Nov 6 82 Andy Williams Fly By Night 2:34 Columbia 4-42199
Nov 6 86 Jack Scott Steps 1 And 2 2:42 Capitol 4637
Nov 6 89 Jim Reeves Losing Your Love 2:15 RCA Victor 47-7950
Nov 6 99 McGuire Sisters, The Just Because 2:15 Coral 62288
Nov 13 1 Chubby Checker The Twist 2:32 Parkway 811
Nov 13 3 Barbara George I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More) 2:22 A.F.O. 45-302
Nov 13 6 Neil Sedaka Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen 2:40 RCA Victor 47-7957
Nov 13 22 Jimmy Elledge Funny How Time Slips Away 2:47 RCA Victor 47-7946
Nov 13 35 Pat Boone Johnny Will 2:25 Dot 45-16284
Nov 13 61 Showmen, The It Will Stand 2:20 Minit 632
Nov 13 1 Tokens, The The Lion Sleeps Tonight 2:35 RCA Victor 47-7954
Nov 13 2 Bobby Vee with The Johnny Mann Singers Run To Him 2:07 Liberty 55388
Nov 13 29 Chantels, The Well, I Told You 2:27 Carlton 564
Nov 13 43 Si Zentner and His Orchestra Up A Lazy River 2:01 Liberty 55374
Nov 13 50 Linda Scott with Hutch Davie Orch. It’s All Because 2:33 Canadian-American 129
Nov 13 71 Claude King The Comancheros 2:07 Columbia 4-42196
Nov 13 71 Ernie K-Doe A Certain Girl 2:47 Minit 634
Nov 13 74 Jive Five, The with Joe Rene Orchestra Never, Never 2:20 Beltone 45-1014
Nov 13 84 Johnny Cash Tennessee Flat-Top Box 2:58 Columbia 4-42147
Nov 13 97 Ann-Margret It Do Me So Good 2:14 RCA Victor 47-7952
Nov 20 1 Joey Dee & the Starliters Peppermint Twist – Part 1 2:00 Roulette 4401
Nov 20 7 Lettermen, The When I Fall In Love 2:25 Capitol 4658
Nov 20 10 Connie Francis When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart) 2:40 MGM 13051
Nov 20 15 Brook Benton Revenge 2:37 Mercury 71903
Nov 20 20 Crystals, The There’s No Other (Like My Baby) 2:24 Philles 100
Nov 20 22 James Ray with the Hutch Davie Orch. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody 2:00 Caprice 110
Nov 20 77 Bobby Lewis with Joe Rene Orchestra What A Walk 2:05 Beltone 45-1015
Nov 20 89 Valadiers, The Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) 2:45 Miracle 6
Nov 20 91 Spinners Love (I’m So Glad) I Found You 2:24 Tri-Phi 1004
Nov 20 92 Perry Como You’re Following Me 2:05 RCA Victor 47-7962
Nov 27 9 Ray Charles and his Orchestra Unchain My Heart 2:52 ABC-Paramount 45-10266
Nov 27 13 Highwaymen, The Cotton Fields 2:11 United Artists 370
Nov 27 38 Ike & Tina Turner Poor Fool 2:35 Sue 45-753
Nov 27 38 Del Shannon Hey! Little Girl 2:25 Big Top 45-3091
Nov 27 53 Bobby Vee with The Johnny Mann Singers Walkin’ With My Angel 2:20 Liberty 55388
Nov 27 60 Dick Dale and the The Del-Tones Let’s Go Trippin’ 2:10 Deltone 45-5017
Nov 27 45 Vic Dana Little Altar Boy 3:17 Dolton 48
Nov 27 82 Tony Orlando Happy Times (Are Here To Stay) 2:26 Epic 5-9476
Nov 27 83 Jack Eubanks & The Sound of the South Searching 2:32 Monument 45-451
Nov 27 83 Brian Hyland I’ll Never Stop Wanting You 2:32 ABC-Paramount 45-10262

HOT 100 DEBUTS December 1961

Debut Peak Artist Title Time Label
Dec 4 2 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires Can’t Help Falling In Love 2:58 RCA Victor 47-7968
Dec 4 2 Dion The Wanderer 2:40 Laurie 3115
Dec 4 3 Sue Thompson Norman 2:15 Hickory 45-1159
Dec 4 21 Phil McLean Small Sad Sam 2:20 Versatile 107
Dec 4 23 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires Rock-A-Hula Baby (“Twist” Special) 1:58 RCA Victor 47-7968
Dec 4 28 Bobby Bland Turn On Your Love Light 2:30 Duke 344
Dec 4 35 Johnny Tillotson Dreamy Eyes 2:19 Cadence 1409
Dec 4 74 Dave Brubeck Quartet Unsquare Dance 2:01 Columbia 4-42228
Dec 4 85 Anthony Newley Pop Goes The Weasel 2:27 London 45-9501
Dec 4 36 Dion The Majestic 2:26 Laurie 3115
Dec 4 54 Danny Peppermint and the Jumping Jacks The Peppermint Twist 1:59 Carlton 565
Dec 4 59 Don Gibson Lonesome Number One 2:18 RCA Victor 47-7959
Dec 4 67 Fats Domino I Hear You Knocking 1:54 Imperial 5796
Dec 4 92 Jim Reeves (How Can I Write On Paper) What I Feel In My Heart 2:23 RCA Victor 47-7950
Dec 4 93 Timi Yuro She Really Loves You 2:40 Liberty 55375
Dec 4 100 Helen Shapiro Walkin’ Back To Happiness 2:30 Capitol 4662
Dec 11 9 Gary (U.S.) Bonds Dear Lady Twist 2:24 Legrand 1015
Dec 11 15 Bobby Darin Irresistible You 2:30 Atco 45-6214
Dec 11 19 Gladys Knight & The Pips Letter Full Of Tears 2:45 Fury 1054
Dec 11 30 Fats Domino Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 2:21 Imperial 5796
Dec 11 45 Frank Slay & His Orchestra Flying Circle 2:14 Swan 4085
Dec 11 48 Roger Williams Maria 2:45 Kapp 437
Dec 11 64 Jimmy McCracklin Just Got To Know 2:56 Art-Tone 825
Dec 11 72 Ray Charles and his Orchestra But On The Other Hand Baby 3:11 ABC-Paramount 45-10266
Dec 11 88 Johnny Mathis Maria 3:45 Columbia 4-41684
Dec 11 12 Bing Crosby White Christmas 3:01 Decca 23778
Dec 11 21 Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker Jingle Bell Rock 2:29 Cameo 205
Dec 11 22 Harry Simeone Chorale, The The Little Drummer Boy 3:03 20th Fox 45-121
Dec 11 26 Connie Francis Baby’s First Christmas 2:26 MGM 13051
Dec 11 41 Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock 2:12 Decca 9-30513
Dec 11 50 Brenda Lee Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree 2:07 Decca 30776
Dec 11 68 Chubby Checker Twistin’ U.S.A. 2:35 Parkway 811
Dec 18 8 Shirelles, The Baby It’s You 2:40 Scepter 1227
Dec 18 9 Burl Ives A Little Bitty Tear 2:02 Decca 31330
Dec 18 26 Bill Black’s Combo Twist-Her 2:02 Hi 45-2042
Dec 18 27 Lee Dorsey Do-Re-Mi 1:59 Fury 1056
Dec 18 30 Bobby Darin Multiplication 2:18 Atco 45-6214
Dec 18 34 Frank Sinatra and his Orchestra Pocketful Of Miracles 2:37 Reprise 20040
Dec 18 48 James Brown and the Famous Flames Lost Someone 3:05 King 45-5573
Dec 18 57 Ray Peterson I Could Have Loved You So Well 2:03 Dunes 45-2009
Dec 18 92 Sleepy King Pushin’ Your Luck 2:13 Joy 257
Dec 18 39 David Seville and the Chipmunks The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) 2:17 Liberty 55250
Dec 18 47 David Seville and the Chipmunks Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 2:32 Liberty 55289
Dec 18 72 Drifters, The Room Full Of Tears 2:52 Atlantic 45-2127
Dec 18 95 Etta James Seven Day Fool 3:00 Argo 5402
Dec 18 100 Gloria Lynne You Don’t Have To Be A Tower Of Strength 2:14 Everest 19428
Dec 25 12 Corsairs Featuring Jay “Bird” Uzzell Smoky Places 3:00 Tuff 1808
Dec 25 17 Ace Cannon Tuff 2:18 Hi 45-2040
Dec 25 18 Ral Donner She’s Everything (I Wanted You To Be) 2:28 Gone 5121
Dec 25 42 Patti Page Go On Home 2:29 Mercury 71906
Dec 25 75 Belmonts, The with Pete Bennett Orch. I Need Some One 2:33 Sabina 502
Dec 25 77 Troy Shondell Tears From An Angel 2:24 Liberty 55398
Dec 25 81 Marty Robbins I Told The Brook 2:54 Columbia 4-42246
Dec 25 73 David Seville and the Chipmunks Alvin’s Harmonica 2:39 Liberty 55250
Dec 25 76 Charles Brown Please Come Home For Christmas 2:50 King 45-5405
Dec 25 97 Johnny Preston Free Me 2:30 Mercury 71908
Dec 25 99 Dickie Goodman Santa & The Touchables 2:07 Rori 701
Dec 25 100 Jimmie Beaumont Ev’rybody’s Cryin’ 2:35 May 112