TOP 10 Songs of 1968

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10. Otis Redding – Hard To Handle
09. James Brown – Say It Loud
08. Simon & Garfunkel – America
07. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Piece Of My Heart
06. The Maytals – Pressure Drop
05. Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
04. Steppenwolf – The Pusher
03. Van Morrison – Cyprus Avenue
02. The Band – The Weight
01. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

In North America, Europe and Oceania, the decade was particularly revolutionary in terms of popular music as it saw the formation and evolution of rock music. At the beginning of the decade, pop and rock and roll trends of the 1950s continued, yet, the rock and roll of the 50s started to merge into a more international, eclectic variant known as rock music. By the mid part of the decade, 1950s rock and roll in its purest form started to be overtaken by pop rock, beat, psychedelic rock, blues rock and folk rock, which had grown in popularity. The country and folk-influenced style associated to the latter-half of rock music in the 1960s spawned a generation of popular singer-songwriters who wrote and performed their own work. Towards the latter half of the decade, genres such as Baroque pop, sunshine pop, bubblegum pop, progressive rock and heavy metal started to grow popular, with the latter two finding greater success in the following decade. The 1960s additionally saw the rise in popularity of funk and soul music; rhythm and blues in general remained popular throughout the decade, and this style was commonly associated to girl groups of the time, whose fusion of R&B and gospel with rock and roll enjoyed success until the mid-part of the decade. Aside from the popularity of rock and R&B music in the 1960s, Latin American as well as Jamaican and Cuban music achieved a degree of popularity throughout the decade, with genres such as bossa nova, the cha-cha-cha, ska, and calypso being popular. From a classical point of view, the 60s were also an important decade as they saw the development of experimental, jazz and contemporary classical music, notably minimalism and free improvisation.

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  1. My top 10
    10. Touch Me- The Doors
    9. While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles
    8. The Weight-The Band
    7. Eric Burdon & The Animals-When I Was Young
    6. Somebody To Love-The Jefferson Airplane
    5. All Along The Watchtower-The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    4. White Room-The Cream
    3. Simpathy For the Devil-The Rolling Stones
    2. Hey Jude-The Beatles
    1. Piece Of My Heart-Big Brother & The Holding Company ( Janis Joplin )

  2. Your list must be from a British perspective…..I don't recall at least half of those songs getting any air play here in the states.

  3. Hahaaaa! what's a terrible list!!! and what about "Hey Jude" and "While my guitar gently weeps" of The Beatles???… place these songs on #1 and #2

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