50 Years - 5 Songs - 50 Weeks: 1968

 

By Jack Sharkey, December 22, 2017

 

1968

In year forty-nine of our fifty year (and fifty week) retrospective, timeless classics mix with social conscience. Showing that pretty much all music is folk music, the charts in 1968 were filled with songs that were stark reflections of the turmoil of the times. .

 

Hey Jude - Beatles In a year of incredible hits, Hey Jude spent nine weeks at Number One on the US charts. Considering the unedited track ran in excess of seven minutes, this was unheard of in the pre-FM radio days.    

 

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding Detroit had Motown and Hitsville USA, but Memphis had Stax and Soulsville USA. Redding's life was tragically cut short in a plance crash before his biggest (and most iconic) hit was even released.     

 

People Got To Be Free - The Rascals Taken from keyboard player/singer Felix Cavaliere's own personal experiences, People Got To Be Free became a de-facto anthem of equality and promise in one of the most tumultuous years in US history.        

 

Love Child - The Supremes Two decades before Madonna made a name for herself by using controversial subjects to further her career, the Supremes forced mainstream America to confront realities and subjects they simply weren't prepared to confront.   

 

Sunshine of Your Love - Cream A song about acid and sex that Atlantic Records president Ahment Ertegun called "psychedlic hogwash" is arguably the most iconic release of the 60s Generation.        

 

 

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