Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1961 is a typically eclectic collection of the year's top ten pop singles, which range from Ferrante & Teicher's smoothly symphonic "Exodus" to the folk-pop of the Highwaymen's "Michael." Bobby Vee's "Run to Him," Pat Boone's "Moody River," and Joe Dowell's "Wooden Heart" prove that sweetly bland vocal pop was the year's dominant musical trend, but the Shirelles' "Dedicated to the One I Love," Brook Benton's "The Boll Weevil Song," and Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar's instrumental classic "Apache" add some flavor and variety to the collection. Cute, fluffy singles like Dick & Deedee's "Mountain High" and Linda Scott's "I've Told Every Little Star" complete the list of 1961's favorite pop songs, making it one of the most saccharine years for singles in pop music history.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares