1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year of the 196th decade, the 20th century, the 2nd millennium and was starting on a Sunday.
- June 10 - Maxi Priest, past member of the UB40 group.
- June 14 - Boy George, past member of the Culture Club group.
- June 28 - Mark Goodier, became the voice of Now! in the UK adverts since Now That's What I Call Music! 21.
- August 12 - Roy Hay, past member of the Culture Club group.
- August 24 - Mark Bedford, member of the Madness group.