1968 in music

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The Doors in 1968.

Events[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Albums released[edit]

In the US, 6,540 pop singles and 4,057 albums were released.[1]

January[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 Elvis Presley Compilation
Sing Me Back Home Merle Haggard -
15 The Notorious Byrd Brothers The Byrds -
21 Boogie with Canned Heat Canned Heat -
The Graduate Simon & Garfunkel (incidental music by Dave Grusin) Soundtrack
22 Gris-Gris Dr. John -
Heavy Iron Butterfly -
Spirit Spirit -
30 White Light/White Heat The Velvet Underground -
- Did She Mention My Name? Gordon Lightfoot -
From Sea to Shining Sea Johnny Cash -
Horizontal Bee Gees -
Lady Soul Aretha Franklin -
Movin' with Nancy Nancy Sinatra -
Now and Them Them -
Steppenwolf Steppenwolf -
Vincebus Eruptum Blue Cheer -

February[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
19 Once Upon a Dream The Rascals -
21 Child Is Father to the Man Blood, Sweat & Tears -
23 The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding Compilation
24 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac -
- The Beat Goes On Vanilla Fudge -
Francis A. & Edward K. Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington -
We're Only in It for the Money The Mothers of Invention -

March[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Eli and the Thirteenth Confession Laura Nyro -
6 The United States of America The United States of America -
- The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter The Incredible String Band -
A Long Time Comin' Electric Flag -
The Move The Move -
Nefertiti Miles Davis -
Safe at Home The International Submarine Band -
Birthday The Association -
Scott 2 Scott Walker -
Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell -

April[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Bookends Simon & Garfunkel -
Wow/Grape Jam Moby Grape double LP
6 Sher-oo! Cilla Black -
8 The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde Merle Haggard -
19 Odessey and Oracle The Zombies -
22 The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees The Monkees -
27 Dance to the Music Sly & the Family Stone -
29 The Temptations Wish It Would Rain The Temptations -
- Journey to the Center of the Mind Amboy Dukes -
Simon Says 1910 Fruitgum Company -
Ring Out Joy Ed Summerlin -
The Twain Shall Meet Eric Burdon & The Animals -

May[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
4 Just Because I'm a Woman Dolly Parton -
13 Lumpy Gravy Frank Zappa -
24 Ogden's Nut Gone Flake Small Faces -
- At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Live
The Beat of the Brass Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass -
La La Means I Love You The Delfonics -
The Papas & The Mamas The Mamas & the Papas -
Quicksilver Messenger Service Quicksilver Messenger Service -
Speedway Elvis Presley Soundtrack
The Tom Jones Fever Zone Tom Jones Parrot album
A Tramp Shining Richard Harris -

June[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
14 Aretha Now Aretha Franklin -
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Iron Butterfly -
The Inflated Tear Rahsaan Roland Kirk -
21 Bare Wires John Mayall's Bluesbreakers -
24 Friends The Beach Boys -
Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits The Rascals Compilation
29 A Saucerful of Secrets Pink Floyd -
- 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve Chicken Shack
Feliciano! Jose Feliciano -
The Immortal Otis Redding Otis Redding Compilation
It's All About Spooky Tooth -
Old Golden Throat Johnny Cash -
Os Mutantes Os Mutantes -
The Pentangle Pentangle -
Randy Newman Randy Newman -
Renaissance Vanilla Fudge -
Silver Apples Silver Apples -
Together Country Joe and the Fish -

July[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
5 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival -
My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... Tyrannosaurus Rex -
11 Waiting for the Sun The Doors -
18 Anthem of the Sun Grateful Dead -
22 Super Session Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills -
26 In Search of the Lost Chord The Moody Blues -
30 Last Time Around Buffalo Springfield -
- Delilah Tom Jones -
Hair West End cast -
Music from Big Pink The Band -
Music in a Doll's House Family -
Only the Greatest Waylon Jennings -
Shades of Deep Purple Deep Purple US
Tape from California Phil Ochs -
Wheels of Fire Cream

August[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
10 Undead Ten Years After -
12 Cheap Thrills Big Brother and the Holding Company -
19 Best of The Beach Boys Vol. 3 The Beach Boys Compilation
Stack-O-Tracks The Beach Boys Compilation
21 Tell Mama Etta James -
23 Mr. Wonderful Fleetwood Mac -
26 Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl" Diana Ross & the Supremes performance of Funny Girl Broadway musical
In the Groove Marvin Gaye later re-released as I Heard It Through the Grapevine
30 Sweetheart of the Rodeo The Byrds -
- Donovan in Concert Donovan Live
Every One of Us Eric Burdon & The Animals -
Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits Frank Sinatra Compilation
Live at the Apollo, Volume II James Brown Live
Outsideinside Blue Cheer -
Truth The Jeff Beck Group -
Turn Around, Look at Me The Vogues -
You're All I Need Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell -

September[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
27 Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo Status Quo -
- Children of the Future Steve Miller Band -
Crown of Creation Jefferson Airplane -
Shine On Brightly Procol Harum -
Idea The Bee Gees -
Life Sly & the Family Stone -
Magic Bus: The Who on Tour The Who Compilation
Miles in the Sky Miles Davis -
The Transformed Man William Shatner -

October[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
3 Mama Tried Merle Haggard -
5 Electric Mud Muddy Waters -
12 Aretha In Paris Aretha Franklin Live
14 Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages Tyrannosaurus Rex -
16 Three Dog Night Three Dog Night -
19 Dream a Little Dream Cass Elliot -
25 Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience -
This Was Jethro Tull -
- 1, 2, 3, Red Light 1910 Fruitgum Company -
Bradley's Barn The Beau Brummels -
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark Dillard & Clark -
The Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan -
Nazz Nazz -
Sailor Steve Miller Band -
The Second Steppenwolf -
Traffic Traffic -
The Tumbler John Martyn -

November[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
1 Living the Blues Canned Heat double LP; studio + live
Wonderwall Music George Harrison Soundtrack
8 Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations Diana Ross & the Supremes & The Temptations Duets
12 Neil Young Neil Young re-released January 1969
13 Love Child Diana Ross & the Supremes -
20 Eivets Rednow Stevie Wonder released under pseudonym Eivets Rednow
22 The Beatles The Beatles commonly referred to as The White Album
Dusty... Definitely Dusty Springfield -
Elvis Elvis Presley Soundtrack to 1968 TV special
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society The Kinks -
29 Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins John Lennon and Yoko Ono -
- Ars Longa Vita Brevis The Nice -
Astral Weeks Van Morrison -
Back Here on Earth Gordon Lightfoot -
Blues from Laurel Canyon John Mayall -
The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band -
Help Yourself Tom Jones -
Song Cycle Van Dyke Parks -
Time Out! Time In For Them Them -
Tons of Sobs Free -
Wee Tam and the Big Huge The Incredible String Band -

December[edit]

Day Album Artist Notes
2 Cruising with Ruben & the Jets The Mothers of Invention -
6 Beggars Banquet The Rolling Stones -
James Taylor James Taylor -
8 For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder -
11 Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears -
The Book of Taliesyn Deep Purple US
23 The Natch'l Blues Taj Mahal -
- Any Day Now Joan Baez -
The Circle Game Tom Rush -
Cycles Frank Sinatra -
The Family That Plays Together Spirit -
Head The Monkees Soundtrack
Love Is Eric Burdon & The Animals -
The Soft Machine The Soft Machine -
Sweet Child Pentangle -

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1968.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 The Beatles Hey Jude 1968 United Kingdom UK 1 – September 1968, US BB 1 – September 1968, US CashBox 1 of 1968, Canada 1 – August 1968, Netherlands 1 – September 1968, Switzerland 1 – September 1968, Norway 1 – September 1968, Australia 1 of 1968, Germany 1 – Jan 1969, Éire 1 – September 1968, Australia 1 for 15 weeks February 1969, Australia Goset 1 – October 1968, Europe 1 of the 1960s, RYM 1 of 1968, DDD 2 of 1968, OzNet 2, Virgin 3, Global 7 (10 M sold) – 1968, Rolling Stone 8, WXPN 9, TheQ 20, US BB 23 of 1968, POP 23 of 1968, Italy 30 of 1968, Scrobulate 32 of classic rock, Acclaimed 32, Germany 52 of the 1960s, Belgium 55 of all time, Poland 84 of all time
2 Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World 1968 United States UK 1 – February 1968, US BB 1 of 1988, Australia 1 for 1 weeks Jan 1989, POP 1 of 1988, Netherlands 2 – Mar 1968, Norway 6 – May 1968, Germany 6 – Jun 1968, Switzerland 7 – Jun 1968, Scrobulate 7 of jazz, Australia 8 of 1988, RYM 9 of 1967, South Africa 11 of 1968, Poland 22 – April 1988, Australia Goset 29 – Jun 1968, TOTP 31, Party 31 of 2007, US BB 32 – Mar 1988, WXPN 34, Poland 50 of all time, Europe 58 of the 1960s, OzNet 67, Italy 72 of 1976, RIAA 84, Germany 400 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 502
3 Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 1968 United States US BB 1 – February 1968, US BB 1 of 1968, POP 1 of 1968, Canada 2 – Jan 1968, Norway 2 – April 1968, RYM 2 of 1968, UK 3 – February 1968, France 3 – Jun 1970, US CashBox 4 of 1968, DDD 4 of 1968, Scrobulate 5 of soul, Netherlands 6 – February 1968, Switzerland 7 – April 1968, Acclaimed 7, Australia Goset 12 – April 1968, Germany 15 – May 1968, RIAA 22, Rolling Stone 28, OzNet 29, Europe 41 of the 1960s, 49 in 2FM list, WXPN 89
4 The Rolling Stones Jumpin' Jack Flash 1968 United Kingdom UK 1 – May 1968, Canada 1 – May 1968, Germany 1 – July 1968, Australia Goset 1 – Jun 1968, Netherlands 2 – Jun 1968, Switzerland 2 – May 1968, US BB 3 – Jun 1968, Norway 3 – Jun 1968, RYM 4 of 1968, DDD 6 of 1968, US BB 16 of 1968, POP 16 of 1968, Acclaimed 25, US CashBox 26 of 1968, Europe 56 of the 1960s, Virgin 73, Italy 84 of 1968, Rolling Stone 124, Germany 151 of the 1960s, WXPN 181, Belgium 189 of all time, OzNet 372
5 The Beatles Lady Madonna 1968 United Kingdom UK 1 – Mar 1968, Canada 1 – Mar 1968, Switzerland 1 – Mar 1968, Australia 1 for 3 weeks August 1968, Australia Goset 1 – April 1968, Norway 2 – Mar 1968, Germany 2 – April 1968, Netherlands 3 – Mar 1968, US BB 4 – Mar 1968, US BB 11 of 1968, Poland 11 – November 2006, POP 11 of 1968, Australia 16 of 1968, RYM 17 of 1968, US CashBox 27 of 1968, Scrobulate 41 of oldies, Italy 49 of 1968, DDD 51 of 1968, OzNet 76, Germany 219 of the 1960s

Other hit singles(US,UK)[edit]

See also: Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1968 (USA)

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theater[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

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Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

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