100 Greatest Songs From 1968

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye
2. Hey Jude
3. All Along The Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix
4. Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
5. Proud Mary
Creedence Clearwater Revival
6. Mony Mony
Tommy James & the Shondells
7. Jumpin' Jack Flash
Rolling Stones
8. Born To Be Wild
9. White Room
10. Sympathy For The Devil
Rolling Stones
11. Revolution
12. Touch Me
13. Time Of The Season
14. Helter Skelter
15. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Iron Butterfly
16. Everyday People
Sly & the Family Stone
17. Piece Of My Heart
Big Brother & the Holding Company
18. Crimson And Clover
Tommy James & the Shondells
19. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
20. Magic Carpet Ride
21. The Weight
The Band
22. Cloud Nine
23. Think
Aretha Franklin
24. Street Fighting Man
Rolling Stones
25. Summertime Blues
Blue Cheer
26. Hush
Deep Purple
27. Only The Strong Survive
Jerry Butler
28. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
39. I Got The Feelin'
James Brown
30. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
Aretha Franklin
31. Build Me Up Buttercup
32. Birthday
33. Hello I Love You
34. Games People Play
Joe South
35. Pressure Drop
Toots and the Maytals
36. Journey To The Center Of The Mind
Amboy Dukes
37. Slip Away
Clarence Carter
38. Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel
39. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
40. Stay In My Corner
41. Born On The Bayou
Creedence Clearwater Revival
42. For Once In My Life
Stevie Wonder
43. Wichita Lineman
Glen Campbell
44. Crystal Blue Persuasion
Tommy James & the Shondells
45. A Beautiful Morning
46. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Jimi Hendrix
47. Who's Making Love
Johnny Taylor
48. Magic Bus
The Who
49. I Got A Line On You
50. Stand By Your Man
Tammy Wynette

51. Lady Madonna
52. Crossroads
53. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Bob Seger System
54. Son-Of-A Preacher Man
Dusty Springfield
55. Back In The U.S.S.R.
56. The Mighty Quinn
Manfred Mann
57. Love Child
Diana Ross & the Supremes
58. With A Little Help From My Friends
Joe Cocker
59. Israelites
Desmond Dekker & the Aces
60. Midnight Confessions
Grass Roots
61. People Got To Be Free
62. I've Gotta Get A Message To You
Bee Gees
63. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud
James Brown
64. Everybody's Talkin'
65. Cowboys To Girls
66. Going Up The Country
Canned Heat
67. Ain't No Way
Aretha Franklin
68. Hello It's Me
69. These Eyes
Guess Who
70. Feelin' Alright
71. Abraham, Martin And John
72. Never Give You Up
Jerry Butler
73. Cry Like A Baby
Box Tops
74. Hooked On A Feeling
B.J. Thomas
75. Happiness is a Warm Gun
76. One
Three Dog Night
77. Mac Arthur Park
Richard Harris
78. Fire
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
79. Do It Again
Beach Boys
80. Those Were The Days
Mary Hopkin
81. You're All I Need To Get By
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
82. Stoned Soul Picnic
5th Dimension
83. Open My Eyes
84. Polk Salad Annie
Tony Joe White
85. Mendocino
Sir Douglas Quintet
86. Nothing But A Heartache
87. Ride My See Saw
Moody Blues
88. Living In The U.S.A.
Steve Miller Band
89. Hey Western Union Man
Jerry Butler
90. Susie Q
Creedence Clearwater Revival
91. Hurdy Gurdy Man
92. Dizzy
Tommy Roe
93. Can I Change My Mind
Tyrone Davis
94. Elenore
95. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
B.B. King
96. Angel Of The Morning
Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts
97. The House That Jack Built
Aretha Franklin
98. I Thank You
Sam & Dave
99. Worst That Could Happen
Brooklyn Bridge
100. Sister Ray
Velvet Underground
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Dear Prudence
102. Young Girl
Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
103. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Ohio Express
104. I've Never Found A Girl
Eddie Floyd
105. Cyprus Avenue
Van Morrison
106. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Pink Floyd
107. Village Green Preservation Society
108. I Walk On Guilded Splinters
Dr. John
109. Valleri
110. Hawaii 5-0
111. Hold Me Tight
Johnny Nash
112. Love Makes A Woman
Barbara Acklin
113. I Say A Little Prayer
Aretha Franklin
114. Soulful Strut
Young-Holt Unlimited
115. Atlantis
116. On The Road Again
Canned Heat
117. Girl Watcher
118. I Started A Joke
Bee Gees
119. Grazing In The Grass
Hugh Masakela
120. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Supremes & Temptations
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1968
An unheralded great record from 1968
Bruce's choice:
* Man's Temptation
Mike Bloomfield / Al Kooper
Lew's choice:
* Mechanical World
Adam's choice:
* The Victim
Gosdin Brothers
Brett's choice:
* Glasshouse Green Splinter Red
The Kinsmen
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Last Updated: 2023-07-26