List of number-one R&B singles of 1961 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1961:

See also: 1961 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Issue Date Song Artist
January 2 "He Will Break Your Heart (He Don't Love You, Like I Love You)" Jerry Butler
January 9 "He Will Break Your Heart (He Don't Love You, Like I Love You)" Jerry Butler
January 16 "Shop Around" The Miracles
January 23 "Shop Around" The Miracles
January 30 "Shop Around" The Miracles
February 6 "Shop Around" The Miracles
February 13 "Shop Around" The Miracles
February 20 "Shop Around" The Miracles
February 27 "Shop Around" The Miracles
March 6 "Shop Around" The Miracles
March 13 "Pony Time" Chubby Checker
March 20 "Pony Time" Chubby Checker
March 27 "I Pity the Fool" Bobby "Blue" Bland
April 3 "Blue Moon" The Marcels
April 10 Blue Moon The Marcels
April 17 One Mint Julep Ray Charles
April 24 "Mother-in-Law" Ernie K-Doe
May 1 "Mother-in-Law" Ernie K-Doe
May 8 "Mother-in-Law" Ernie K-Doe
May 15 "Mother-in-Law" Ernie K-Doe
May 22 "Mother-in-Law" Ernie K-Doe
May 29 "Stand By Me" Ben E. King
June 5 "Stand By Me" Ben E. King
June 12 "Stand By Me" Ben E. King
June 19 "Stand By Me" Ben E. King
June 26 "Every Beat of My Heart" The Pips
July 3 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
July 10 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
July 17 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
July 24 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
July 31 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
August 7 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
August 14 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
August 21 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
August 28 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
September 4 "Tossin' and Turnin'" Bobby Lewis
September 11 "My True Story" The Jive Five
September 18 "My True Story" The Jive Five
September 25 "My True Story" The Jive Five
October 2 "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles
October 9 "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles
October 16 "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles
October 23 "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles
October 30 "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles
November 6 "Ya Ya" Lee Dorsey
November 13 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
November 20 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
November 27 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
December 4 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
December 11 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
December 18 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes
December 25 "Please Mr. Postman" The Marvelettes