The Number One Hits Of 1968

December 30, 1967 – January 19, 1968
The Beatles
Hello, Goodbye
The Beatles were known for their versatility in music styles, ranging from pop ballads to hard rock and Indian music.
Hello, Goodbye was inspired by a simple word association game showcasing the band’s ability to create memorable songs from everyday phrases.
January 20, 1968 – February 2, 1968
John Fred & His Playboy Band
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)
John Fred Gourrier, an American musician, was the frontman of this band, known for their unique blend of rock and R&B.
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) was a playful parody of The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and became the band’s biggest hit.
February 3, 1968 – February 9, 1968
The Lemon Pipers
Green Tambourine
The Lemon Pipers were an American bubblegum psychedelic pop band from Ohio, formed in 1966.
Green Tambourine was the band’s most successful single, featuring a memorable, upbeat melody with psychedelic undertones.
February 10, 1968 – March 15, 1968
Paul Mauriat
Love Is Blue
Paul Mauriat was a French orchestra leader, conductor, and composer known for his easy-listening music style.
Love Is Blue was an instrumental hit that showcased Paul Mauriat’s lush orchestral arrangements and became a worldwide success.
March 16, 1968 – April 12, 1968
Otis Redding
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding was a pioneering soul singer and songwriter who significantly influenced the genre with his powerful voice and emotive lyrics.
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay was released posthumously after Redding’s tragic death and became his biggest hit, showcasing his introspective songwriting.
April 13, 1968 – May 17, 1968
Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Goldsboro was an American pop and country singer-songwriter known for his emotive storytelling and distinctive vocal style.
Honey was a sentimental ballad that told the story of a man mourning the loss of his wife, resonating with listeners and becoming a major hit.
May 18, 1968 – June 3, 1968
Archie Bell & the Drells
Tighten Up
Archie Bell & the Drells was a Houston-based R&B vocal group that gained popularity in the late 1960s.
Tighten Up was a funk-infused dance track that became a signature hit for the group and helped define the era’s sound.
June 1, 1968 – June 21, 1968
Simon & Garfunkel
Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel were known for their intricate harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics, often inspired by the social and political issues of the time.
Mrs. Robinson was featured in the film The Graduate and became a cultural touchstone, addressing themes of disillusionment and the generation gap.
June 22, 1968 – July 19, 1968
Herb Alpert
This Guy’s in Love with You
Herb Alpert is an American trumpeter and bandleader, best known as the co-founder of A&M Records.
This Guy’s in Love with You is a romantic ballad featuring Alpert’s smooth trumpet playing and heartfelt vocals, making it a timeless classic.
July 20, 1968 – August 2, 1968
Hugh Masekela
Grazing in the Grass
Hugh Masekela was a South African trumpeter and composer known for his innovative fusion of jazz and South African styles.
Grazing in the Grass was an instrumental hit that showcased Masekela’s skill as a trumpeter and became an international success.
August 3, 1968 – August 16, 1968
The Doors
Hello, I Love You
The Doors were an American rock band fronted by Jim Morrison, known for their poetic lyrics and distinct sound.
Hello, I Love You was a catchy, upbeat song that displayed the band’s versatility and ability to create memorable hooks.
August 17, 1968 – September 20, 1968
Young Rascals
People Got to Be Free
The Young Rascals, later known as The Rascals, were an American rock band that gained fame for their soulful vocals and catchy melodies.
People Got to Be Free was an optimistic anthem calling for unity and freedom, reflecting the social consciousness of the era.
September 21, 1968 – September 27, 1968
Jeannie C. Riley
Harper Valley P.T.A.
Jeannie C. Riley is an American country singer and songwriter known for her sassy, story-driven songs.
Harper Valley P.T.A. was a humorous, socially critical song about a woman standing up to hypocrisy in her small town, becoming a crossover hit.
September 28, 1968 – November 29, 1968
The Beatles
Hey Jude
The Beatles continued to push musical boundaries, exploring new recording techniques and styles throughout their career.
Hey Jude was a heartfelt anthem that started as a ballad and transformed into an extended singalong, showcasing the band’s innovative songwriting.
November 30, 1968 – December 13, 1968
Diana Ross & the Supremes
Love Child
Diana Ross & the Supremes were one of the most successful female singing groups of the 1960s, known for their glamorous image and soulful harmonies.
Love Child tackled the topic of illegitimacy and social stigma, reflecting the group’s willingness to address serious issues in their music.
December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1969
Marvin Gaye
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye was a prominent Motown artist whose career spanned multiple decades and genres, from soul and R&B to funk and social commentary.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine was a powerful song about betrayal and suspicion, featuring Gaye’s emotive vocals and a memorable, driving bass line.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1968 include:
Archie Bell & the Drells, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Archie Bell & the Drells, Barbara Acklin, Bobby Goldsboro, Clarence Carter, The Delfonics, The Dells, Dionne Warwick, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Gary Pucket & the Union Gap, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Herb Alpert, Hugh Masekela, The Intruders, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, The Impressions, The Intruders, Marvin Gaye, The Monkees, 1910 Fruitgum Company, O. C. Smith, Otis Redding, The Rascals, Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Tammi Terrell, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett

(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

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