List of number-one R&B singles of 1963 (U.S.)

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These are the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart number one hits of 1963:

See also: 1963 in music, List of number-one R&B hits (United States)

Gap in the chart[edit]

From November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965 there was no Billboard R&B singles charts. Some publications have used Cash Box magazine's stats in their place. No specific reason has ever been given as to why Billboard ceased producing R&B charts, but the prevailing wisdom was that the chart methodology used was being questioned, since more and more Caucasian acts were reaching number one on the R&B chart. According to researcher Joel Whitburn, "there was so much crossover of titles between the R&B and pop singles (Hot 100) charts that Billboard considered the charts to be too similar. This does not mean that R&B artists stopped turning out hits. After all, it was during this 14-month period that Motown established itself as an R&B institution."[1]

Issue Date Song Artist
January 5 "You Are My Sunshine" Ray Charles
January 12 "You Are My Sunshine" Ray Charles
January 19 "Two Lovers" Mary Wells
January 26 "Two Lovers" Mary Wells
February 2 "Two Lovers" Mary Wells
February 9 "Two Lovers" Mary Wells
February 16 "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" The Miracles
February 23 "Hey Paula" Paul & Paula
March 2 "Hey Paula" Paul & Paula
March 9 "That's the Way Love Is" Bobby "Blue" Bland
March 16 "That's the Way Love Is" Bobby "Blue" Bland
March 23 "Our Day Will Come" Ruby & the Romantics
March 30 "Our Day Will Come" Ruby & the Romantics
April 6 "He's So Fine" The Chiffons
April 13 "He's So Fine" The Chiffons
April 20 "He's So Fine" The Chiffons
April 27 "He's So Fine" The Chiffons
May 4 "Baby Workout" Jackie Wilson
May 11 "Baby Workout" Jackie Wilson
May 18 "Baby Workout" Jackie Wilson
May 25 "I Will Follow Him" Little Peggy March
June 1 "If You Wanna Be Happy" Jimmy Soul
June 8 "Another Saturday Night" Sam Cooke
June 15 "It's My Party" Lesley Gore
June 22 "It's My Party" Lesley Gore
June 29 "It's My Party" Lesley Gore
July 6 "Hello Stranger" Barbara Lewis
July 13 "Hello Stranger" Barbara Lewis
July 20 "Easier Said Than Done" The Essex
July 27 "Easier Said Than Done" The Essex
August 3 "Fingertips (Part 2)" Little Stevie Wonder
August 10 "Fingertips (Part 2) Little Stevie Wonder
August 17 "Fingertips (Part 2)" Little Stevie Wonder
August 24 "Fingertips (Part 2)" Little Stevie Wonder
August 31 "Fingertips (Part 2)" Little Stevie Wonder
September 7 "Fingertips (Part 2)" Little Stevie Wonder
September 14 "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" Martha & the Vandellas
September 21 "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" Martha & the Vandellas
September 28 "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" Martha & the Vandellas
October 5 "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" Martha & the Vandellas
October 12 "Cry Baby" Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters
October 19 "Part Time Love" Little Johnny Taylor
October 26 "Cry Baby" Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters
November 2 "Cry Baby" Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters
November 9 "It's All Right" The Impressions
November 16 "It's All Right" The Impressions
November 23 "Sugar Shack" Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
30 November NO CHART
7 December NO CHART
14 December NO CHART
21 December NO CHART
28 December NO CHART

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. xiii.