1961 in music

List of years in music (table)

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1961.

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Biggest hit singles

The following singles achieved the highest chart positions in 1961.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Ben E King Stand By Me 1961 United States UK 1 – Feb 1987, Ireland 1 – Feb 1987, DDD 1 of 1961, RYM 2 of 1961, Switzerland 3 – Mar 1987, US BB 4 – May 1961, Germany 4 – Mar 1987, US BB 7 of 1961, Netherlands 7 – Mar 1987, POP 7 of 1961, Norway 9 – Apr 1987, Scrobulate 14 of soul, Canada 16 – May 1961, Austria 17 – Apr 1987, RIAA 25, US CashBox 43 of 1961, Acclaimed 53, 95 in 2FM list, Italy 96 of 1962, Rolling Stone 121, Germany 235 of the 1980s, Party 269 of 1999, WXPN 746
2 Del Shannon Runaway 1961 United States UK 1 – Apr 1961, US BB 1 – Mar 1961, Canada 1 – Mar 1961, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Oct 1960, RYM 1 of 1961, Norway 4 – Jun 1961, DDD 7 of 1961, US CashBox 9 of 1961, Australia Goset 12 – Oct 1967, Australia 15 of 1961, US BB 5 of 1961, POP 17 of 1961, South Africa 18 of 1961, Acclaimed 66, Scrobulate 96 of oldies, Rolling Stone 466
3 Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 1961 United States UK 2 – Dec 1961, Canada 2 – Jul 1961, Norway 2 – Feb 1962, US BB 3 of 1961, Netherlands 3 – Jan 1976, POP 3 of 1961, South Africa 6 of 1962, US BB 8 – Jul 1961, Sweden (alt) 10 – Feb 1976, Austria 11 – Apr 1976, Germany 12 – Mar 1962, RYM 16 of 1961, Italy 17 of 1962, Party 23 of 1999, US CashBox 62 of 1961, DDD 67 of 1961, Scrobulate 95 of oldies, Germany 396 of the 1960s
4 Elvis Presley Surrender 1961 United States UK 1 – May 1961, US BB 1 – Feb 1961, Canada 1 – Mar 1961, Australia 1 for 2 weeks Sep 1960, Norway 2 – Apr 1961, Germany 6 – May 1961, South Africa 10 of 1961, US CashBox 32 of 1961, Global 33 (5 M sold) – 1961, RYM 33 of 1961
5 The Marcels Blue Moon 1961 United States UK 1 – Apr 1961, US BB 1 – Mar 1961, Canada 1 – Mar 1961, Norway 4 – May 1961, US CashBox 11 of 1961, South Africa 11 of 1961, Germany 13 – Jun 1961, US BB 14 of 1961, DDD 14 of 1961, POP 14 of 1961, RYM 26 of 1961, Acclaimed 1034

Top hits on record

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Other notable songs

Classical music

Premieres

Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Bennett, Richard Rodney Winter Music, for flute and piano 1961-01-08 United Kingdom London Drawing Room of the Arts Council (Park Lane Group) W. Bennett, Bradshaw
Britten, Benjamin Cello Sonata 1961-07-07 United Kingdom Aldeburgh (Festival) Rostropovich, Britten
Chávez, Carlos Soli II 1961-04-23 United States Washington, D.C., Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress (IA Festival) Philadelphia Wind Quintet
Davidovsky, Mario Choreographic Suite for El payaso 1961-04-29 United States Washington, D.C., Howard University (IA Festival) Mexico National SymphonyHerrera de la Fuente
Musgrave, Thea Trio for flute, oboe, and piano 1961-01-08 United Kingdom London Drawing Room of the Arts Council (Park Lane Group) Mabillon Trio
Penderecki, Krzysztof Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima 1961-09-22 Poland Warsaw (Autumn) Kraków PhilharmonicMarkowski 1
Piston, Walter Symphony No. 7 1961-02-10 United States Philadelphia Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy
Poulenc, Francis Gloria 1961-01-20 United States Boston Addison / Chorus Pro Musica, Boston SymphonyMunch
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 4 1961-12-30 Soviet Union Moscow Moscow PhilharmonicKondrashin
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Originale, music theatre with Kontakte 1961-10-26 West Germany Cologne (Theater am Dom) Caspari, Tudor, Caskel, Kobayashi, Paik, Helms, Bauermeister, Sommer, Ramsbott, Koch, Knobelsdorff, et al.

1 The Threnody was first performed in May 1961 by the Polish Radio Symphony conducted by Jan Krenz for a radio recording.

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