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1961 Historical Events

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35th President:
John F. Kennedy

Served from January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963 (3 years)
World Series Winner:
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)

Defeated the New York Yankees (AL) with a record of 4-3
Time Magazine's
Person of the Year:
John F. Kennedy

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For 1961 movies, 101 Dalmatians came out on top. It grossed over $153,000,000 to make it the most popular movie of 1961. Among 1961 TV shows, Gunsmoke was the most popular for the year.

Billboard Top Songs from 1961

All of the 1961 hits below topped the 1961 Billboard Top 100 charts. Can you remember the lyrics of any of these 1961 top songs?

1.Bobby LewisTossin' And Turnin'
2.Patsy ClineI Fall To Pieces
4.Roy OrbisonCryin'
5.Del ShannonRunaway
6.Jive FiveMy True Story
7.Chubby CheckerPony Time
9.Dee ClarkRaindrops
10.Joe DowellWooden Heart (Muss I Denn)
11.Lawrence WelkCalcutta
12.Bobby VeeTake Good Care Of My Baby
13.Roy OrbisonRunning Scared
14.ShirellesDedicated To The One I Love
15.Mar-KeysLast Night
16.ShirellesWill You Love Me Tomorrow
17.Ferrante and TeicherExodus
18.Connie FrancisWhere The Boys Are
19.Ray CharlesHit The Road Jack
20.Sue ThompsonSad Movies (Make Me Cry)
21.Ernie K-DoeMother-In-Law
22.DovellsBristol Stomp
23.Ricky NelsonTravelin' Man
24.MiraclesShop Around
25.Brook BentonThe Boll Weevil Song
26.Gene McdanielsA Hundred Pounds Of Clay
27.Dick and DeedeeThe Mountain's High
28.Marty RobbinsDon't Worry
29.Floyd CramerOn The Rebound
30.Steve LawrencePortrait Of My Love
31.GaryQuarter To Three
32.Barry MannWho Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
33.Neil SedakaCalendar Girl
34.Chris KennerI Like It Like That
35.Jorgen IngmannApache
36.Linda ScottDon't Bet Money Honey
37.Johnny TillotsonWithout You
38.Ferlin HuskyWings Of A Dove
39.Elvis PresleyLittle Sister
40.MarcelsBlue Moon
41.Shep and The LimelitesDaddy's Home
42.Troy ShondellThis Time
43.Clarence "Frog Man" HenryI Don't Know Why But I Do
44.KokomoAsia Minor
45.Faron YoungHello Walls
46.DionRunaround Sue
47.Arthur LymanYellow Bird
48.Timi YuroHurt
49.Ricky NelsonHello Mary Lou
50.CaprisThere's A Moon Out Tonight
51.Elvis PresleySurrender
52.Paris SistersI Love How You Love Me
53.Lee DorseyYa Ya
54.GarySchool Is Out
55.Bob MooreMexico
56.Ral DonnerYou Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)
57.Everly BrothersWalk Right Back
58.LettermenThe Way You Look Tonight
59.Pat BooneMoody River
60.Ray CharlesOne Mint Julep
61.Adam WadeTake Good Care Of Her
62.Carla ThomasGee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)
63.Ben E. KingStand By Me
64.Ben E. KingSpanish Harlem
65.Ike and Tina TurnerIt's Gonna Work Out Fine
66.EchoesBaby Blue
67.Buzz CliffordBaby Sittin' Boogie
68.Del ShannonHats Off To Larry
69.Caesar and The RomansThose Oldies But Goodies
70.Chubby CheckerThe Fly
71.Elvis Presley(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
72.Bert Kaempfert and His Orch.Wonderland By Night
73.Tony OrlandoBless You
74.Linda ScottI've Told Every Little Star
75.Bobby LewisOne Track Mind
76.Rosie and The OriginalsAngel Baby
77.Curtis LeePretty Little Angel Eyes
78.Brook BentonThink Twice
79.Lonnie DoneganDoes Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)
80.Connie FrancisBreakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart
81.ShirellesMama Said
82.Fats DominoLet The Four Winds Blow
83.Adam WadeThe Writing On The Wall
84.Matt MonroeMy Kind Of Girl
85.Paul AnkaTonight My Love, Tonight
86.Jimmy DeanBig Bad John
87.Bobby RydellGood Time Baby
88.Floyd CramerSan Antonio Rose
89.Bobby VeeRubber Ball
90.Ray PetersonMissing You
91.Brenda LeeDum Dum
92.Eddie HodgesI'm Gonna Knock On Your Door
93.Brenda LeeYou Can Depend On Me
94.Chubby CheckerLet's Twist Again
95.Dave BrubeckTake Five
96.Elvis PresleyAre You Lonesome Tonight
97.Don GibsonSea Of Heartbreak
98.Four PrepsMore Money For You And Me Medley
99.Bobby DarinYou Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
100.DriftersPlease Stay

Most Popular Names for People Who Graduated in 1961


  1. Mary
  2. Barbara
  3. Patricia
  4. Linda
  5. Carol


  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard

Class of 1961 Yearbook

Class of 1961 Reunion

Your 70 year reunion is only 8 years away!

Class of 1961: If are part of the 1961 graduating class, we hope you enjoy thinking about the historical events, remembering the lyrics to the best songs, and thinking back to some of your best high school friends. Be sure to visit® to find old friends from the class of 1961 and reconnect with fellow class of '61 graduates. They have tools to help you plan a class of 1961 reunion, see yearbook photos from 1961, and use the graduates list to get in touch with old friends.

If you did not graduate in the class of 1961, try the Class of 1960 or the Class of 1962.