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