List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1961

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These are the Billboard magazine Hot 100 number one hits of 1961.

Key
The yellow background indicates the #1 song on Billboard's 1961 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles.
Issue Date Song Artist(s) Reference
January 2 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires
January 9 "Wonderland by Night" Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra
January 16
January 23
January 30 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" The Shirelles
February 6
February 13 "Calcutta" Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
February 20
February 27 "Pony Time" Chubby Checker
March 6
March 13
March 20 "Surrender" Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires
March 27
April 3 "Blue Moon" The Marcels
April 10
April 17
April 24 "Runaway" Del Shannon
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22 "Mother-in-Law" Ernie K-Doe
May 29 "Travelin' Man" Ricky Nelson
June 5 "Running Scared" Roy Orbison
June 12 "Travelin' Man" Ricky Nelson
June 19 "Moody River" Pat Boone
June 26 "Quarter to Three" U.S. Bonds
July 3
July 10 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28 "Wooden Heart" Joe Dowell
September 4 "Michael" The Highwaymen
September 11
September 18 "Take Good Care of My Baby" Bobby Vee
September 25
October 2
October 9 "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles and His Orchestra
October 16
October 23 "Runaround Sue" Dion
October 30
November 6 "Big Bad John" Jimmy Dean
November 13
November 20
November 27
December 4
December 11 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
December 18 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" The Tokens
December 25

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