100 Greatest Songs From 1968

record cover art for I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye and Hey Jude by the Beatles
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.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine single cover Hey Jude - Beatles single cover All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix single cover Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding single cover Mony Mony single cover Jumpin' Jack Flash single cover Born To Be Wild single cover White Room single cover
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 Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Mony Mony Tommy James & the Shondells
7 Jumpin' Jack Flash Rolling Stones
8 Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
9 White Room Cream
10 Sympathy For The Devil Rolling Stones
11 Revolution Beatles
12 Touch Me Doors
13 Time Of The Season Zombies
14 Helter Skelter Beatles
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 Beatles
20 Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
21 The Weight The Band
22 Cloud Nine Temptations
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 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 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 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 Crossroads Cream
53 Ramblin' Gamblin' Man Bob Seger System
54 Son-Of-A Preacher Man Dusty Springfield
55 Back In The U.S.S.R. Beatles
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 Rascals
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' Nilsson
65 Cowboys To Girls Intruders
66 Going Up The Country Canned Heat
67 Ain't No Way Aretha Franklin
68 Hello It's Me Nazz
69 These Eyes Guess Who
70 Feelin' Alright Traffic
71 Abraham, Martin And John Dion
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 Beatles
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 Nazz
84 Polk Salad Annie Tony Joe White
85 Mendocino Sir Douglas Quintet
86 Nothing But A Heartache Flirtations
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 Donovan
92 Dizzy Tommy Roe
93 Can I Change My Mind Tyrone Davis
94 Elenore Turtles
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 Beatles
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 Kinks
108 I Walk On Guilded Splinters Dr. John
109 Valleri Monkees
110 Hawaii 5-0 Ventures
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 Donovan
116 On The Road Again Canned Heat
117 Girl Watcher O'Kaysions
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
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1968
* 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