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Below is a list of the best selling Soul R&B songs from 1961, sorted by the most popular or best selling first. Place mouse on to see information about song. Click on song title to play song and to read details about the song including lyrics (if available) and to add to playlist. Click on to play song. . Click on label to list songs from that record label. Following on from the top 100 chart are listings of hundreds of other lesser-known Soul R&B songs from 1961, arranged in order of highest US R&B and/or UK chart position.

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# Artist   (click for discography and biography of artist) Title    (click song title to play it, read lyrics etc.) Year Label
1 recordlabel: Tamla 54046
chartposition: R&B #1 (7 weeks), US #1
weeksinr&bchart: 23
writtenby: Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman & Freddie Gorman
album: Please Mr. Postman
Marvelettes Please, Mr. Postman 1961 Tamla
2 recordlabel: Colpix 186
chartposition: R&B #1 (2 weeks), US #1, UK #1
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Marcels Blue Moon 1961 Colpix
3 recordlabel: Beltone 1002
chartposition: R&B #1 (10 weeks), US #1
weeksinr&bchart: 19
writtenby: Ritchie Adams & Malou Rene
Bobby Lewis Tossin' and Turnin 1961 Beltone
4 recordlabel: Beltone 1006
chartposition: R&B #1 (3 weeks), US #3
weeksinr&bchart: 20
writtenby: Eugene Pitt, Oscar Waltzer & Phil Belmonte
Jive Five My True Story 1961 Beltone
5 recordlabel: Minit 623
chartposition: R&B #1 (5 weeks), US #1, UK #29
weeksinr&bchart: 16
writtenby: Allen Toussaint
Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law 1961 Minit
6 recordlabel: ABC-Paramount 10244
chartposition: R&B #1 (5 weeks), US #1, UK #6
weeksinr&bchart: 15
writtenby: Percy Mayfield
album: Ray Charles Greatest Hits
mpcode: OY4jondX6tg
Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack 1961 ABCParamount
7 recordlabel: Atco 6194
chartposition: R&B #1 (4 weeks), US #4, UK #27
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Ben E. King Stand by Me 1961 Atco
8 recordlabel: Fury 1053
chartposition: R&B #1 (1 week), US #7
weeksinr&bchart: 19
writtenby: Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson & Morris Levy
Lee Dorsey Ya Ya 1961 Fury
9 recordlabel: Sue 749
chartposition: R&B #2 (2 weeks), US #14
weeksinr&bchart: 21
writtenby: Rose Marie McCoy & Sylvia McKinney
album: Dynamite!!!
Ike & Tina Turner It's Gonna Work Out Fine 1961 Sue
10 recordlabel: Duke 332
chartposition: RandB #1 (1 week), US #46
weeksinr&bchart: 16
writtenby: Don Robey (as Deadric Malone)
album: Two Steps from the Blues
Bobby Bland I Pity the Fool 1961 Duke
11 recordlabel: Art-Tone 825
chartposition: RandB #2 (2 weeks), US #64
weeksinr&bchart: 19
writtenby: Jimmy McCracklin
Jimmy McCracklin Just Got to Know 1961 ArtTone
12 recordlabel: Duke 340
chartposition: RandB #2 (1 week), US #71
weeksinr&bchart: 20
writtenby: Don Robey (as Deadric Malone)
album: Two Steps from the Blues
Bobby Bland Don't Cry No More 1961 Duke
13 recordlabel: Satellite 107
chartposition: R&B #2 (3 weeks), US #3
weeksinr&bchart: 15
writtenby: Mar-Keys
album: Last Night!!!
comments: [instrumental]
Mar-Keys Last Night 1961 Satellite
14 recordlabel: Instant 3229
chartposition: R&B #2 (1 week), US #2
weeksinr&bchart: 17
writtenby: Chris Kenner & Allen Toussaint
Chris Kenner I Like It Like That 1961 Instant
15 recordlabel: Parkway 818
chartposition: R&B #1 (2 weeks), UK #27, US #1
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Don Covay & John Berry
Chubby Checker Pony Time 1961 Parkway
16 recordlabel: Vee-Jay 386
chartposition: R&B #1 (1 week), US #6
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Johnny Otis
Gladys Knight & the Pips Every Beat of My Heart 1961 VeeJay
17 recordlabel: Impulse 200
chartposition: R&B #1 (1 week), US #8
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Rudy Toombs
album: Genius+Soul=Jazz
comments: [instrumental]
Ray Charles One Mint Julep 1961 Impulse
18 recordlabel: Mercury 71820
chartposition: R&B #2 (4 weeks), US #2, UK #30, US AC #1
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Brook Benton, Clyde Otis
album: The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits
Brook Benton The Boll Weevil Song 1961 Mercury
19 recordlabel: Nomar 103
chartposition: R&B #2 (weeks), US #19
weeksinr&bchart: 14
writtenby: Brown, Kirkland, Johnson
comments: [released 1960, charted 1961]
Maxine Brown All in My Mind 1961 Nomar
20 recordlabel: Duke 344
chartposition: R&B #2 (1 week), US #28
weeksinr&bchart: 15
writtenby: Don Robey (as Deadric Malone) & Joe Scott (as Joseph Scott)
Bobby Bland Turn On Your Love Light 1961 Duke
21 recordlabel: Mercury 71774
chartposition: R&B #2 (1 week), US #28
weeksinr&bchart: 13
writtenby: Clyde Otis & Willie Dixon
Brook Benton For My Baby 1961 Mercury
22 recordlabel: Argo 5380
chartposition: RandB #2 (1 week), US #47
weeksinr&bchart: 13
writtenby: Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
album: At Last!
Etta James At Last 1961 Argo
23 recordlabel: Imperial 5764
chartposition: R&B #2 (1 week), US #15
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) & Dave Bartholomew
album: Million Sellers by Fats
Fats Domino Let the Four Winds Blow 1961 Imperial
24 recordlabel: Scepter 1203
chartposition: R&B #2 (2 weeks), US #3
weeksinr&bchart: 9
writtenby: Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling
Shirelles Dedicated to the One I Love 1961 Scepter
25 recordlabel: Liberty 55308
chartposition: R&B #11, US #3
writtenby: Luther Dixon & Bob Elgin
Gene McDaniels A Hundred Pounds of Clay 1961 Liberty
26 recordlabel: Sar 117
chartposition: R&B #4, US #8
weeksinr&bchart: 22
writtenby: Sam Cooke
mpcode: Ti2V2mT259U
Sims Twins Soothe Me 1961 Sar
27 recordlabel: VeeJay 398
chartposition: RandB #3, US #58
weeksinr&bchart: 13
writtenby: Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City 1961 VeeJay
28 recordlabel: Scepter 1223
chartposition: R&B #2 (1 week), US #21
weeksinr&bchart: 9
writtenby: John Patton & Amiel Sommer
Shirelles Big John 1961 Scepter
29 recordlabel: Legrand 1008
chartposition: R&B #3 (1 week), US #1, UK #7
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Gene Barge, Frank Guida & Joseph Royster
mpcode: LXm-0zfguBg
Gary U.S. Bonds Quarter to Three 1961 Legrand
30 recordlabel: Scepter 1217
chartposition: R&B #2 (2 weeks), US #4
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Luther Dixon & Willie Denson
Shirelles Mama Said 1961 Scepter
31 recordlabel: Vee Jay 383
chartposition: R&B #3 (1 week), US #2
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Dee Clark
Dee Clark Raindrops 1961 Vee Jay
32 recordlabel: Federal 12401
chartposition: R&B #5, US #29
weeksinr&bchart: 19
writtenby: Freddie King, Sonny Thompson & Hound Dog Taylor
comments: [instrumental]
Freddy King Hide Away 1961 Federal
33 recordlabel: Atlantic 2114
chartposition: R&B #7, US #24, US AC #6
weeksinr&bchart: 19
writtenby: Virgil Stewart
Solomon Burke Just Out of Reach 1961 Atlantic
34 recordlabel: King 5510
chartposition: R&B #3 (1 week), US #26
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Al Kasha, Alonzo Tucker & Gordon Evans
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters The Switch-A-Roo 1961 King
35 recordlabel: Legrand 1009
chartposition: R&B #12, US #5
writtenby: Gary U.S. Bonds (as Gary Anderson) & Gene Barge
mpcode: 27ieQVZpX5Y
Gary U.S. Bonds School Is Out 1961 Legrand
36 recordlabel: Atlantic 2086
chartposition: R&B #5, US #10
weeksinr&bchart: 14
writtenby: Carla Thomas
Carla Thomas Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) 1961 Atlantic
37 recordlabel: Wand 106
chartposition: RandB #5, US #36
weeksinr&bchart: 14
writtenby: Luther Dixon and Chuck Jackson
album: I Don't Want to Cry!
Chuck Jackson I Don't Want to Cry 1961 Wand
38 recordlabel: Liberty 55343
chartposition: R&B #22, US #4, US AC #2
writtenby: Al Jacobs & Jimmie Crane
album: Hurt!!!!!!
Timi Yuro Hurt 1961 Liberty
39 recordlabel: Argo 5385
chartposition: R&B #4, US #30
weeksinr&bchart: 13
writtenby: Ned Wever, Milton Ager & Jean Schwartz
album: At Last!
Etta James Trust in Me 1961 Argo
40 recordlabel: Mercury 71774
chartposition: R&B #6, US #11
weeksinr&bchart: 14
writtenby: Joe Shapiro, Jimmy Williams [Jimmy T. Williams] & Clyde Otis
Brook Benton Think Twice 1961 Mercury
41 recordlabel: Motown 1003
chartposition: RandB #8, US #45
weeksinr&bchart: 15
writtenby: Mary Wells
album: Bye, Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance
Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby 1961 Motown
42 recordlabel: King 5430
chartposition: R&B #3 (1 week), US #23
weeksinr&bchart: 7
writtenby: Billy Myles & Hank Ballard
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters The Hoochi Coochi Coo 1961 King
43 recordlabel: ABC-Paramount 10266
chartposition: R&B #1, US #9
writtenby: A. Jones, F. James
album: Ray Charles Greatest Hits
Ray Charles Unchain My Heart 1961 ABCParamount
44 recordlabel: Hull 740
chartposition: R&B #4, US #2
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Sheppard, Bassett, Baskerville
Shep & the Limelites Daddy's Home 1961 Hull
45 recordlabel: Argo 5388
chartposition: R&B #11, US #12, UK #6
writtenby: Allan Roberts & Doris Fisher
Clarence Henry You Always Hurt the One You Love 1961 Argo
46 recordlabel: King 5466
chartposition: RandB #4, US #47
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: James Brown
album: Shout and Shimmy
James Brown I Don't Mind 1961 King
47 recordlabel: Colpix 612
chartposition: R&B #19, US #7
writtenby: Al Hoffman & John Klenner
Marcels Heartaches 1961 Colpix
48 recordlabel: Parkway 830
chartposition: R&B #11, US #7
writtenby: Woodcrest, Mured
album: For Teen Twisters Only
mpcode: cN8DDQ4yTlE
Chubby Checker The Fly 1961 Parkway
49 recordlabel: Laurie 3098
chartposition: R&B #7, US #12
weeksinr&bchart: 13
writtenby: Bert Russell (as Bert Berns)
Jarmels A Little Bit of Soap 1961 Laurie
50 recordlabel: Nomar 106
chartposition: R&B #3 (1 week), US #25
weeksinr&bchart: 6
writtenby: S. W. Taylor & Maxine Brown
Maxine Brown Funny 1961 Nomar
51 recordlabel: Legrand 1015
chartposition: R&B #5, US #9
writtenby: Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida)
Gary U.S. Bonds Dear Lady Twist 1961 Legrand
52 recordlabel: Epic 9434
chartposition: R&B #6, US #12
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Bill Cook
mpcode: y1mkSm00kXM
Roy Hamilton You Can Have Her 1961 Epic
53 recordlabel: Parkway 824
chartposition: R&B #26, US #8
writtenby: Kal Mann & Dave Appel
Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 1961 Parkway
54 recordlabel: Argo 5393
chartposition: RandB #6, US #39
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Stella Unger, Saul Bernie and James Price Johnson
album: The Second Time Around
Etta James Don't Cry, Baby 1961 Argo
55 recordlabel: Columbia 42157
chartposition: R&B #6
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Al Kasha, Alan Thomas & Curtis Williams
mpcode: khaqpNbP3Co
Aretha Franklin Operation Heartbreak 1961 Columbia
56 recordlabel: Scepter 1219
chartposition: RandB #5, US #48
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Luther Dixon
Tommy Hunt Human 1961 Scepter
57 recordlabel: Del-Fi 4158
chartposition: R&B #28, US #9
writtenby: Nick Curinga & Paul Politi
Little Caesar & the Romans Those Oldies but Goodies (Remind Me of You) 1961 DelFi
58 recordlabel: RCA Victor 47-7883
chartposition: R&B #20, US #17, UK #7
writtenby: Sam Cooke
album: The Best of Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke Cupid 1961 RCA Victor
59 recordlabel: King 5516
chartposition: RandB #5, US #87
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Mertis John
Little Willie John Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You) 1961 King
60 recordlabel: Scepter 1227
chartposition: R&B #3, US #8
writtenby: Mack David, Barney Williams, Bert Bacharach
Shirelles Baby It's You 1961 Scepter
61 recordlabel: Parkway 827
chartposition: R&B #7, US #2
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Kal Mann & Dave Appell
Dovells Bristol Stomp 1961 Parkway
62 recordlabel: Vee-Jay 405
chartposition: R&B #14, US #11, US AC #3
writtenby: Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
Jerry Butler Moon River 1961 VeeJay
63 recordlabel: Philles 100
chartposition: R&B #5, US #20
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Leroy Bates & Phil Spector
album: Twist Uptown
Crystals There's No Other (Like My Baby) 1961 Philles
64 recordlabel: Mercury 71876
chartposition: R&B #5, US #23, UK #35, US AC #5
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Harry Warren & Al Dubin
album: September in the Rain
mpcode: fk-jh3xocd0
Dinah Washington September in the Rain 1961 Mercury
65 recordlabel: Tri-Phi 1001
chartposition: R&B #5, US #27
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Harvey Fuqua & Gwen Gordy (as Gwen Gordy Fuqua)
Spinners That's What Girls Are Made For 1961 TriPhi
66 recordlabel: King 5524
chartposition: RandB #2 (1 week), US 49
weeksinr&bchart: 19
writtenby: Joe Tex and James Brown
album: Think!
mpcode: 7_NUQdU9mpQ
James Brown Baby, You're Right 1961 King
67 recordlabel: Federal 12432
chartposition: RandB #5
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Sonny Thompson
album: Freddy King Sings
mpcode: WjtxZuvZ7oE
Freddy King I'm Tore Down 1961 Federal
68 recordlabel: Tuff 1808
chartposition: R&B #10, US #12
writtenby: Abner Spector
Corsairs Smoky Places 1961 Tuff
69 recordlabel: Deluxe 6191
chartposition: RandB #9, US #41
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Bud Johnson and Elliot Green
Chanters No, No, No 1961 Deluxe
70 recordlabel: Beltone 1012
chartposition: R&B #8, US #9
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Bobby Lewis & Malou Rene
Bobby Lewis One Track Mind 1961 Beltone
71 recordlabel: Brunswick 55201
chartposition: R&B #25, US #9
writtenby: Hank Hunter & Al Kasha
Jackie Wilson My Empty Arms 1961 Brunswick
72 recordlabel: Argo 5378
chartposition: RandB #9, US #4, UK #3
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Robert Guidry and Paul Gayten
Clarence Frogman Henry But I Do 1961 Argo
73 recordlabel: Hi 2040
chartposition: R&B #3, US #17
writtenby: Ace Cannon
album: Tuff-Sax
Ace Cannon Tuff 1961 Hi
74 recordlabel: Federal 12428
chartposition: RandB #4, US #47
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Freddie King and Sonny Thompson
album: Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King
Freddy King San-Ho-Zay 1961 Federal
75 recordlabel: Federal 12415
chartposition: RandB #8, US #88
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Rudy Toombs, Elson Teat and Alan Moore
album: Freddy King Sings
Freddy King Lonesome Whistle Blues 1961 Federal
76 recordlabel: Carlton 555
chartposition: RandB #6, US #14
weeksinr&bchart: 12
writtenby: Richard Barrett
Chantels Look in My Eyes 1961 Carlton
77 recordlabel: Vee-Jay 375
chartposition: RandB #10, US #27
weeksinr&bchart: 11
writtenby: Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler
Jerry Butler Find Another Girl 1961 VeeJay
78 recordlabel: Liberty 55371
chartposition: R&B #5, US #5
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
Gene McDaniels Tower of Strength 1961 Liberty
79 recordlabel: ABC-Paramount 10241
chartposition: R&B #2, US #20
writtenby: Curtis Mayfield
album: The Impressions
Impressions Gypsy Woman 1961 ABCParamount
80 recordlabel: Duke 341
chartposition: RandB #7
weeksinr&bchart: 9
writtenby: Little Junior Parker
Little Junior Parker In the Dark 1961 Duke
81 recordlabel: Atco 6185
chartposition: R&B #15, US #10
weeksinr&bchart: 13
writtenby: Jerry Leiber & Phil Spector
album: Spanish Harlem
comments: [released 1960, charted 1961]
Ben E. King Spanish Harlem 1961 Atco
82 recordlabel: Fury 1054
chartposition: R&B #3, US #19
writtenby: Don Convay
Gladys Knight & the Pips Letter Full of Tears 1961 Fury
83 recordlabel: Vee-Jay 390
chartposition: R&B #8, US #25
weeksinr&bchart: 9
writtenby: Jerry Butler & Curtis Mayfield
Jerry Butler I'm a Telling You 1961 VeeJay
84 recordlabel: Atlantic 2105
chartposition: R&B #13, US #14
writtenby: Burt Bacharach & Bob Hilliard
Drifters Please Stay 1961 Atlantic
85 recordlabel: Atlantic 2117
chartposition: R&B #10, US #16
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Drifters Sweets for My Sweet 1961 Atlantic
86 recordlabel: King 5510
chartposition: RandB #10, US #92
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Michael Cowan and Hank Ballard
Hank Ballard & Midnighters The Float 1961 King
87 recordlabel: Columbia 41923
chartposition: R&B #7, US #76
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: J. Leslie McFarland
album: Aretha (with the Ray Bryant Combo)
Aretha Franklin Won't Be Long 1961 Columbia
88 recordlabel: Mercury 71903
chartposition: R&B #12, US #15
writtenby: Brook Benton, Oliver Hall & Marnie Ewald
Brook Benton Revenge 1961 Mercury
89 recordlabel: Kent 360
chartposition: R&B #7, US #119
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Mayfield, King, and Davis
B.B. King Peace of Mind 1961 Kent
90 recordlabel: Atlantic 2096
chartposition: RandB #6, US #32
weeksinr&bchart: 7
writtenby: Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Drifters Some Kind of Wonderful 1961 Atlantic
91 recordlabel: Mercury 71859
chartposition: R&B #14, US #20, US AC #6
album: The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits
comments: Adapted by Brook Benton
Brook Benton Frankie and Johnny 1961 Mercury
92 recordlabel: King 5442
chartposition: RandB #8, US #40
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Teddy Powell and Leonard Whitcup
album: Think!
James Brown Bewildered 1961 King
93 recordlabel: Caprice 110
chartposition: R&B #10, US #22
writtenby: Rudy Clark
James Ray If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody 1961 Caprice
94 recordlabel: Seven Arts 705
chartposition: RandB #10, US #93
weeksinr&bchart: 9
writtenby: Sally Nix and Henry Glover
comments: new version of 1948-hit [R]
Bull Moose Jackson I Love You, Yes I Do 1961 7 Arts
95 recordlabel: Gee 1064
chartposition: R&B #10, US #18
writtenby: Hoagy Carmichael & Frank Loesser
Cleftones Heart and Soul 1961 Gee
96 recordlabel: Imperial 5723
chartposition: R&B #7, US #22
weeksinr&bchart: 7
writtenby: Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino), Jack Jessup & Pee Wee Maddux
album: Million Sellers by Fats
Fats Domino What a Price 1961 Imperial
97 recordlabel: Motown 1011
chartposition: RandB #9, US #33
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Wm. Stevens, and B. Gordy Jr.
album: Bye, Bye Baby, I Don't Want to Take a Chance
Mary Wells I Don't Want to Take a Chance 1961 Motown
98 recordlabel: Imperial 5753
chartposition: R&B #18, US #23, UK #49
writtenby: Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew & Bobby Charles
Fats Domino It Keeps Rainin 1961 Imperial
99 recordlabel: King 5535
chartposition: RandB #9, US #49
weeksinr&bchart: 8
writtenby: Hank Ballard
Hank Ballard & Midnighters Nothin' But Good 1961 King
100 recordlabel: Wand 110
chartposition: RandB #13, US #59
weeksinr&bchart: 10
writtenby: Burt Bacharach and Hal David
album: I Don't Want to Cry!
Chuck Jackson I Wake Up Crying 1961 Wand

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