Billboard Week Ending 12/18/1961

1.
Vinyl Record
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
2.
Cover: The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
3.
Cover: Bobby Vee - Run To Him
Bobby Vee – Run To Him
4.
Cover: Chubby Checker - The Twist
Chubby Checker – The Twist
5.
Artist: Leroy Van Dyke
Leroy Van Dyke – Walk On By

6.
Vinyl Record
James Darren – Goodbye Cruel World
7.
Vinyl Record
Sandy Nelson – Let There Be Drums
8.
Artist: Neil Sedaka
Neil Sedaka – Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen
9.
Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John
Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John
10.
Vinyl Record
Joey Dee & the Starliters – Peppermint Twist – Part I
11.
Vinyl Record
Ferrante & Teicher – Tonight
12.
Artist: Henry Mancini And His Orchestra
Henry Mancini And His Orchestra – Moon River

13.
Vinyl Record
Linda Scott – I Don’t Know Why
14.
Vinyl Record
The Lettermen – When I Fall In Love
15.
Vinyl Record
Jerry Butler – Moon River
16.
Artist: Connie Francis
Connie Francis – When The Boy In Your Arms (Is The Boy In Your Heart)
17.
Vinyl Record
Ray Charles and his Orchestra – Unchain My Heart
18.
Cover: Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires - Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires – Can’t Help Falling In Love
19.
Cover: Brenda Lee - Fool #1
Brenda Lee – Fool #1
20.
Artist: Dion
Dion – Runaround Sue

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Top 20 on Billboard

This Billboard top 20 list is from Billboard Hot 100, a chart first compiled in August 1958. The Hot 100 is frequently used as the standard measure when ranking popular songs in the United States. If not otherwise stated, Billboard Hot 100 is also used on this website when referring to U.S. chart positions.

Before the week ending November 29, 1969, A- and B-sides of singles charted separately. But staring in 1969, both sides of a record that received significant airplay were listed together.

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