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 - Beatles
  3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  4. Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
  5. Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells
  6. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
  7. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
  8. White Room - Cream
  9. Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
10. Revolution - Beatles
11. Touch Me - Doors
12. Time Of The Season - Zombies
13. Helter Skelter - Beatles
14. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
15. Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone
16. Piece Of My Heart - Big Brother & the Holding Company
17. Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells
18. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
19. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
20. The Weight - The Band
21. Cloud Nine - Temptations
22. Think - Aretha Franklin
23. Street Fighting Man - Rolling Stones
24. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
25. Hush - Deep Purple
26. Crossroads - Cream
27. Only The Strong Survive - Jerry Butler
28. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Beatles
29. I Got The Feelin' - James Brown
30. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin
31. Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
32. Birthday - Beatles
33. Hello I Love You - Doors
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 - Dells
41. La-La Means I Love You - Delfonics
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 - Rascals
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 - Spirit
50. Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
51. Lady Madonna - Beatles
52. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man - Bob Seger System
53. Son-Of-A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
54. Back In The U.S.S.R. - Beatles
55. The Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann
56. Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes
57. With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker
58. Israelites - Desmond Dekker & the Aces
59. Midnight Confessions - Grass Roots
60. People Got To Be Free - Rascals
61. I've Gotta Get A Message To You - Bee Gees
62. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud - James Brown
63. Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson
64. Cowboys To Girls - Intruders
65. Going Up The Country - Canned Heat
66. Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin
67. Hello It's Me - Nazz
68. These Eyes - Guess Who
69. Feelin' Alright - Traffic
70. Abraham, Martin And John - Dion
71. Never Give You Up - Jerry Butler
72. Cry Like A Baby - Box Tops
73. Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas
74. Happiness is a Warm Gun - Beatles
75. One - Three Dog Night
76. Mac Arthur Park - Richard Harris
77. Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
78. Do It Again - Beach Boys
79. Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
80. You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
81. Stoned Soul Picnic - 5th Dimension
82. Open My Eyes - Nazz
83. Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
84. Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet
85. Nothing But A Heartache - Flirtations
86. Ride My See Saw - Moody Blues
87. Living In The U.S.A. - Steve Miller Band
88. Hey Western Union Man - Jerry Butler
89. Susie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival
90. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
91. Dizzy - Tommy Roe
92. Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis
93. Elenore - Turtles
94. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss - B.B. King
95. Angel Of The Morning - Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts
96. The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin
97. I Thank You - Sam & Dave
98. Worst That Could Happen - Brooklyn Bridge
99. Sister Ray - Velvet Underground
100. Dear Prudence - Beatles
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Young Girl - Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
102. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express
103. I've Never Found A Girl - Eddie Floyd
104. Cyprus Avenue - Van Morrison
105. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun - Pink Floyd
106. Village Green Preservation Society - Kinks
107. I Walk On Guilded Splinters - Dr. John
108. Valleri - Monkees
109. Hawaii 5-0 - Ventures
110. Hold Me Tight - Johnny Nash
111. Love Makes A Woman - Barbara Acklin
112. I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
113. Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
114. Atlantis - Donovan
115. On The Road Again - Canned Heat
116. Girl Watcher - O'Kaysions
117. I Started A Joke - Bee Gees
118. Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masakela
119. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Supremes & Temptations
120. Stormy - Classics IV
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 - Spirit
Adam's choice -
* The Victim - Gosdin Brothers
Brett's choice -
* Glasshouse Green Splinter Red - The Kinsmen

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Last Updated: 2017-08-16