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Biggest 1961 One Hit Wonders
ranked most popular 1961 songs
1.Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Curtis Lee
2.Angel Baby
Rosie & The Originals
3.This Time
Troy Shondell
4.Baby Blue
The Echoes
5.Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)
Little Caesar And The Romans
6.Wheels
The String-A-Longs
7.Let's Get Together
Hayley Mills
8.Baby Sittin' Boogie
Buzz Clifford
9.Wizard Of Love
The Ly-Dells
10.A Little Bit Of Soap
The Jarmels
11.Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
Barry Mann
12.Asia Minor
Kokomo
13.Rama Lama Ding Dong
The Edsels
14.Mexico
Bob Moore And His Orchestra
15.Good Goodbye (So So Long)
The Bob Knight Four

1961 Pop Top 100 Songs
the top songs of 1961 in order

1961 Number One Song Calendar
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Tunecaster has one hit wonder pages for every year from 1960 through 2000, including 1961. One Hit Wonders are songs which are the most popular by an artist. There are different views on what qualifies a song for a One Hit Wonder. A One Hit Wonder could be an artist that had only one song in the top 10, top 20, or even top 40. On these pages, strictly speaking, an artist is a One Hit Wonder if the artist had exactly one song make the pop or rock top 20. No artist can be considered a One Hit Wonder who made the top 20 twice. This strict definition may create some strange results where a supergoup like Metallica makes the Pop Top 20 charts once, despite a long list of rock number one songs. Superstar side projects with temporary or transient names may be technical One Hit Wonders.
Additionally, a One Hit Wonder listed on this 1961 page may be a song that is significantly more popular than other songs by the same artist, even though it did not make the top 20.

     

1961 One Hit Wonders Page

One Hit Wonders from 1961 at Tunecaster

Here are the US 1961 one hit wonders. All the one hit wonder songs by the artists you remember, and maybe some one hit wonders you forgot. Find a one hit wonder.
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  1. Angel Baby

     
    Jan 1961
     
     
    Rosie & The Originals
     
     
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    Rosie Hamlin wrote Angel Baby when she was 14, and the song became famous when she was 15. She was not listed as the writer on the record. Although Angel Baby was the only top 20 hit for Rosie & The Originals, Rosie followed-up with Lonely Blue Nights, which received minor radio airplay.
     
     
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    Jan 1961
     
     
    Thelma Carpenter
     
     
    Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight by Thelma Carpenter listen
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    Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight was an answer song to 1960 number one song Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley. Vaughn Deleath originally popularized Are You Lonesome Tonight in 1924. Thelma Carpenter was a popular singer during the big band era, and sang with many top groups. She also was an actress.
     
     
  3. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky

     
    Mar 1961
     
     
    The Ramrods
     
     
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    This instrumental version of (Ghost) Riders In The Sky was a top 20 near miss and by far the most popular song by The Ramrods.
     
     
  4. Wheels

     
    Mar 1961
     
       
     
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    Number 7 hit instrumental song Wheels was a top 20 one hit wonder for The String-A-Longs. The group followed-up with other instrumentals that received moderate airplay. Wheels was written by Richard Stephens and Jimmy Torres.
     
     
  5. Baby Sittin' Boogie

     
    Mar 1961
     
     
    Buzz Clifford
     
     
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    Baby Sittin' Boogie was the only top 20 hit for Buzz Clifford. He received some airplay for other songs too, like Three Little Fishes.
     
     
  6. Asia Minor

     
    Apr 1961
     
     
    Kokomo
     
     
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    Instrumental song Asia Minor was based on Piano Concerto in A Minor by Edvard Grieg. Kokomo was actually Jimmy Wisner, hiding his identity from other classically trained musicians. Kokomo was a top 20 one hit wonder, but Jimmy Wisner received some airplay with other songs as Jimmy Wisner Trio also. The 1970s group Kokomo was unrelated.
     
     
  7. Baby Blue

     
    May 1961
     
     
    The Echoes
     
     
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    Vocal group The Echoes made the top 20 once, with the song Baby Blue. The group had other popular songs out, like the follow-up, Sad Eyes (Don't You Cry), but no more top 20s.
     
     
  8. Good Goodbye (So So Long)

     
    May 1961
     
     
    The Bob Knight Four
     
     
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    Good Goodbye (So So Long) was the only top 20 hit for The Bob Knight Four. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs too, like Two Friends.
     
     
  9. In My Heart

     
    Jun 1961
     
     
    The Timetones
     
     
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    In My Heart was also released as Here In My Heart. The Timetones received moderate radio airplay with In My Heart, and slight airplay with I've Got A Feeling.
     
     
  10. Peanut Butter

     
    Jun 1961
     
     
    The Marathons
     
     
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    The Marathons was actually The Vibrations. The record company wanted a group that sounded like The Olympics, so they secretly borrowed The Vibrations. When the record company for The Vibrations found out, it took the song and released it as by Vibrations Recorded As Marathons. The Vibrations, under its correct name, was a top instrumental surf band with many songs like The Watusi. Peanut Butter was written by: Bill Barnum, Martin Cooper, Cliff Goldsmith, Fred Smith.
     
     
  11. Rama Lama Ding Dong

     
    Jun 1961
     
     
    The Edsels
     
     
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    Rama Lama Ding Dong was the only top 20 hit for The Edsels. The group received minor airplay for other songs, like Bone Shaker Joe.
     
     
  12. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

     
    Jul 1961
     
       
     
    Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) by Little Caesar And The Romans listen
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    Those Oldies But Goodies was the only top 20 tune for doo-wop group Little Caesar And The Romans. Fellow group Nino And The Ebb Tides held back to back chart positions with this same song in July, 1961. Little Caesar And The Romans followed up with other songs including Memories Of Those Oldies But Goodies, which included tributes to many classic songs.
     
     
  13. You Can't Sit Down

     
    Jul 1961
     
     
    Philip Upchurch Combo
     
     
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    You Can't Sit Down was an instrumental top 20 one hit wonder. The 45 RPM single had parts one and two on its sides. Part two was more famous. This was the most popular song by Philip Upchurch Combo, later known as Phil Upchurch. He received slight radio airplay with other songs, like Softly, and played guitar on many records for decades to come.
     
     
  14. Pretty Little Angel Eyes

     
    Aug 1961
     
       
     
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    Pretty Little Angel Eyes was the only top 20 hit for Curtis Lee. He had other songs that received radio airplay including Under The Moon Of Love. Pretty Little Angel Eyes was written by Tommy Boyce and Curtis Lee.
     
     
  15. Wizard Of Love

     
    Sep 1961
     
     
    The Ly-Dells
     
     
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    Although Wizard Of Love was the only top 20 hit for The Ly-Dells, the group received minor radio airplay with other songs like Genie Of The Lamp.
     
     
  16. A Little Bit Of Soap

     
    Sep 1961
     
     
    The Jarmels
     
     
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    A Little Bit Of Soap was the only top 20 hit for The Jarmels. The group received some airplay with other songs too, like Little Lonely One, a regional east coast song.
     
     
  17.  
    Sep 1961
     
     
    The Dreamlovers
     
     
    When We Get Married by The Dreamlovers listen
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    This was the only top 20 hit for The Dreamlovers, who became a classic doowop group with other songs like For The First Time and If I Should Lose You. The Dreamlovers sang backup for Chubby Checker.
     
     
  18. Lover's Island

     
    Sep 1961
     
     
    The Blue Jays
     
     
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    Lover's Island was the only top 20 hit for The Blue Jays. The group received minor radio airplay with other songs like Tears Are Falling too. In the 1950s, there was another group with the same name.
     
     
  19. I Just Don't Understand

     
    Sep 1961
     
     
    Ann-Margret
     
     
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    I Just Don't Understand was the most popular song by actress and performer Ann-Margret, just making the top 20. She had a few other songs that received radio airplay too, like It Do Me So Good.
     
     
  20. Nag

     
    Sep 1961
     
     
    The Halos
     
     
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    Nag was the greatest hit and a top 20 near miss for The Halos. The group received slight radio airplay with other songs, including Come Softly To Me.
     
     
  21. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

     
    Sep 1961
     
     
    Barry Mann
     
     
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    Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) was the only top 20 hit for Barry Mann. He had a string of songs that received minor airplay, including The Princess And The Punk in 1976.
     
     
  22. Mexico

     
    Oct 1961
     
     
    Bob Moore And His Orchestra
     
     
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    Although instrumental song Mexico was a top 20 one hit wonder for Bob Moore, he received some airplay in 1963 with another regional instrumental, Kentucky. Mexico was written by Boudleaux Bryant.
     
     
  23. I Really Love You

     
    Oct 1961
     
     
    The Stereos
     
     
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    I Really Love You was originally released in monophonic sound. This was the only top 20 song for The Stereos, which received no measurable radio airplay with any other song.
     
     
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    Oct 1961
     
     
    Hayley Mills
     
     
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    Let's Get Together was the only top 20 song for Hayley Mills, who had a near miss a few months later with Johnny Jingo. Let's Get Together was from the movie The Parent Trap.
     
     
  25. This Time

     
    Nov 1961
     
     
    Troy Shondell
     
     
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    Although This Time was the only top 20 hit for Troy Shondell, some other songs by him received minor radio airplay like Tears From An Angel. Singer Tommy James named his backup band The Shondells after Troy Shondell.
     
     
  26. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night

     
    Dec 1961
     
     
    Kenny Dino
     
     
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    Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night was performed in 1990 by Led Zeppelin member Robert Plant. His version of the song reached number 8 on the rock chart. Kenny Dino was actually Kenny Doino. He received slight airplay with other songs too, like Betty Jean.
     


     






 
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