Thursday, July 17, 2008

Top 100 Hits of 1968

Oh, what a night, late December back in sixty…oops, no we’re not talking about that year or that song. It’s 1968 again! Life was better then. Well, not really. We had a war going on. Gas was cheaper, but so were wages. We worry about terrorists today; back then we worried about communists. Today, we worry about global warming, back then we worried about nuclear war.

But, we did have Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In to watch on TV, and could listen to The Beatles and The Doors on the radio. And if you were listening to the radio back then, this is what you probably were listening to.

Once again, I got the list from This time, to make the page load easier, I am showing the links for the videos, and not embedding the videos.

1. Hey Jude - The Beatles

The Beatles had three songs in the top 100 this year. This one went to number 1.

2. Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

3. Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat

One of the many instrumentals in the top 100 this year.

4. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

5. People Got To Be Free - The Rascals

A song about racial tolerance. Why can’t we all just get along?

Here’s the band playing on TV:

6. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Eric Clapton was in Cream.

7. This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert

From a rock song, we turn to a more mellow song from Herb Albert.

8. Stoned Soul Picnic - Fifth Dimension

9. Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel

Like now, 1968 was an election year.

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon.
Going to the candidate's debate.
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Every way you look at this you lose.

It does seem that way at times, doesn’t it?

From the Concert in Central Park (1981):

10. Tighten Up - Archie Bell and The Drells

I’ve covered this song before in my blog.

11. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Hugo Montenegro

From the movie with the same name.

12. Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith

13. Mony, Mony - Tommy James and The Shondells

Tommy James had other hits, including Crimson and Clover (1969) and Draggin' The Line (1971).

You can also hear this song on

14. Hello, I Love You - The Doors

The Doors had other hits, including Touch Me (1968), Light My Fire (1967), and Riders on the Storm (1971).

15. Young Girl - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

Gary Puckett had four songs in the top 100 this year.

16. Cry Like A Baby - Box Tops

17. Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley

This song was made into a movie and a TV show.

18. Grazing In the Grass - Hugh Masekela

Friends of Distinction also sang this song:

19. Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots

They also sang Let's Live For Today (1967).

20. Dance to the Music - Sly and The Family Stone

21. The Horse - Cliff Nobles and Co.

Another instrumental.

Teens dancing to the song on “Teen Time”:

22. I Wish It Would Rain - Temptations

23. La-La Means I Love You - Delfonics

24. Turn Around, Look At Me - Vogues

This song was also sung by the Bee Gees and Elvis.

25. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred and His Playboy Band

26. Spooky - Classics IV

Here’s a clip of someone else performing the song:

27. Love Child - Diana Ross and The Supremes

28. Angel of the Morning - Merrilee Rush

This song was also covered by Juice Newton.

29. The Ballad of Bonnie And Clyde - Georgie Fame

30. Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin

It is common, to think of the past as better than the present. Nowadays, we can say that the nineties were the days.

31. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

They also sang Magic Carpet Ride (1968).

32. Cowboys to Girls - Intruders

A short version of the song from TV:

33. Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company

34. Lady Willpower - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

35. A Beautiful Morning – The Rascals

36. The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66

If you want to hear more of their music, and see more mini-skirts, here is a link.

Here’s a short clip of the song from TV:

37. Hold Me Tight - Johnny Nash

He also sang I Can See Clearly Now (1973).

38. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express

This clip shows the band, but the clip is not that good.

And here’s a Finnish version of the song:

39. Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown

This guy reminds me of Alice Cooper.

Some clips and interviews with Arthur and his mates at the Windsor National Jazz and Blues festival in August 1967:

40. Love Is All Around - Troggs

After that acid trip of the previous song, a more mellow sound.

41. Playboy - Gene & Debbe

They also sang Go With Me.

42. (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warwick

Theatrical trailer for the 1967 film:

43. Classical Gas - Mason Williams

44. Slip Away - Clarence Carter

Yes, we have had songs about cheating on your spouse for a long time.

By John~C

45. Girl Watcher - O'Kaysions

46. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin

47. Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers

48. 1, 2, 3, Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Company

And here’s a clip of the group on TV:

49. Reach Out Of the Darkness - Friend and Lover

50. Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones

51. MacArthur Park - Richard Harris

Donna Summer had a hit with this song in the seventies.

52. Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano

The Doors also played this song:

53. I Love You - People

54. Take Time to Know Her - Percy Sledge

55. Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo

56. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer

The Who also sang this song:

57. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Donnie & Marie sang the song in the seventies:

58. I Got The Feelin' - James Brown and The Famous Flames

Here’s a live version:

59. I've Gotta Get a Message to You - Bee Gees

Al Q

60. Lady Madonna - The Beatles

61. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan

62. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf

63. Bottle of Wine - Fireballs

64. Stay in My Corner - Dells

Here’s a live version from 1975:

65. Soul Serenade - Willie Mitchell

66. Delilah - Tom Jones

I’ve talked about Tom Jones before.

67. Nobody But Me - Human Beinz

And here’s some teens dancing to the song on “Teen Time”:

68. I Thank You - Sam and Dave

69. The Fool on the Hill - Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66

Of course, The Beatles also sang this:

70. Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon and The Animals

A sky pilot is a military chaplain. However, since the Vietnam war was going on at the time of this song, it seems appropriate to see scenes of pilots from that war.

71. Indian Lake - The Cowsills

A more happier song than the previous one.

The Cowsills also sang the song “Hair”:

72. I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

They wrote some of the songs that The Monkees sang.

73. Over You - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

Live at the Epcot Center:

74. Goin' Out Of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You - The Lettermen

75. Shoo-Bee-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - Stevie Wonder

76. The Unicorn - The Irish Rovers

And some song clips of the band:

77. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On - Vanilla Fudge

78. Revolution - The Beatles

And here’s the slow version:

79. Woman, Woman - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

80. Elenore - The Turtles

81. Sweet Inspiration - Sweet Inspirations

And here’s the group singing their song later on:

82. The Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann

Another clip:

83. Baby, Now That I've Found You - Foundations

84. White Room - Cream

85. If You Can Want - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

86. Cab Driver - The Mills Brothers

(Cab Driver starts at 2:29.)

87. Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers

88. Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick

89. Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon and Garfunkel

From the Concert in Central Park (1981):

90. Think - Aretha Franklin

The clip from The Blues Brothers:

91. You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

They also sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”:

92. Here Comes The Judge - Shorty Long

“Here Comes the Judge” was a common theme on Laugh-In :

93. I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin

Dionne Warwick had a hit with the same song a year earlier:

94. Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud Part 1 - James Brown & the Famous Flames

95. Sealed With A Kiss - Gary Lewis and The Playboys

Brian Hyland had a hit with the same song in 1962:

96. Piece of My Heart - Big Brother and The Holding Company

14 year old Jennifer Espinoza sang the song in 2007:

97. Suzie Q. - Creedence Clearwater Revival

98. Bend Me Shape Me - American Breed

99. Hey, Western Union Man - Jerry Butler

There was no email in the sixties. But there were telegrams.

100. Never Give You Up - Jerry Butler

There is another song with the same title, that we all know.

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