US #1s of 1968

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Part eleven as determined by the friendly integer generator. Behind us: 1941, 1944, 1957, 1963, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Marvin Gaye, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 27
Otis Redding, "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" 20
Archie Bell & the Drells, "Tighten Up" 14
Simon and Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson" 12
Diana Ross & the Supremes, "Love Child" 8
The Lemon Pipers, "Green Tambourine" 5
Hugh Masekela, "Grazing in the Grass" 4
The Beatles, "Hey Jude" 3
John Fred & His Playboy Band, "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" 3
Paul Mauriat, "Love Is Blue" 3
Herb Alpert, "This Guy's in Love with You" 2
Jeannie C. Riley, "Harper Valley PTA" 1
The Doors, "Hello, I Love You" 0
The Rascals, "People Got to Be Free" 0
Bobby Goldsboro, "Honey" 0


^likes brown, yellow, puerto rican, and haitian girls (The Reverend), Friday, 9 January 2009 02:29 (twelve years ago) link

NOW MAKE IT MELLOW!

^likes brown, yellow, puerto rican, and haitian girls (The Reverend), Friday, 9 January 2009 02:29 (twelve years ago) link

I guess "Tighten Up" would be the first funk song to hit #1, wouldn't it?

^likes brown, yellow, puerto rican, and haitian girls (The Reverend), Friday, 9 January 2009 02:31 (twelve years ago) link

Wow. Gonna go with John Fred. But in lots of other years, Archie Bell, Paul Mauriat, Otis, Diana, Marvin, Jeanie C. Riley, the Doors, or maybe one or two of the others could easily have taken my vote.

xhuxk, Friday, 9 January 2009 02:37 (twelve years ago) link

Pretty sure the winner will be either Otis or Marvin, but I like Lemon Pipers even better. ;)

Geir Hongro, Friday, 9 January 2009 02:37 (twelve years ago) link

Perfect list.

Went with "Grazing in the Grass"

Transatlantic Dementia (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 9 January 2009 02:44 (twelve years ago) link

I've never heard of half of these songs.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 9 January 2009 02:46 (twelve years ago) link

NOW MAKE IT MELLOW!

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Transatlantic Dementia (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 9 January 2009 02:49 (twelve years ago) link

"Tighten Up" ahead of "Dock of the Bay" and "Hey Jude". Great list!

Euler, Friday, 9 January 2009 04:23 (twelve years ago) link

I usually vote for "Grapevine", but Otis pulled me in.

"Green Tambourine" is indeed awesome though. My third pick.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 9 January 2009 04:55 (twelve years ago) link

Mrs Robinson is tempting ... but gotta go with Marvin.

that's not my post, Friday, 9 January 2009 05:19 (twelve years ago) link

I love almost everything on this one, had to choose between Paul Mauriat and the guys who don't only sing, but they dance as good as they want. Went "Blue."

Joseph McCombs, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:02 (twelve years ago) link

"Tighten Up" is always the winner for me whenever it's a contestant.

WmC, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:04 (twelve years ago) link

tighten up vs. judy in disguise, with otis and marvin relegated to ex officio status and the doors, jeanie riley and "mrs. robinson" in a round-robin on the undercard.

judy in disguise wins on points.

tipsy mothra, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:11 (twelve years ago) link

great year. need to sleep on it.

ian, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:12 (twelve years ago) link

but every great year has a bobby goldsboro...

tipsy mothra, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:14 (twelve years ago) link

I love "Love Child" and the whole ghetto-chic trend of this period (Elvis, Donny Hathaway, etc.).

Josefa, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:14 (twelve years ago) link

...just slightly more than the Elizabethan Era-chic of the fabulous "Love Is Blue."

Josefa, Friday, 9 January 2009 06:20 (twelve years ago) link

"Harper Valley" - the country charts were much better that year, IMO.

u s steel, Friday, 9 January 2009 07:51 (twelve years ago) link

That's a great list, except for "Honey." Voted, of course, "Grapevine," but Otis and John Fred . . . damn.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 9 January 2009 07:58 (twelve years ago) link

Although Alpert's vocal on "This Guy" is otherwise a real winner. But I'm one of those people who gives points to Burt Bacharach for his singing, too. It's funny, I heard somewhere that the Brass album was halfway to flopping until dude sang it on a TV special they did, then straight to the moon, Alice.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 9 January 2009 08:00 (twelve years ago) link

And it wasn't in a documentary! Come on, if there can be a movie about the Flaming Lips, that guy deserves it. He knew Sam Cooke! And his success was indie as fuck!

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 9 January 2009 08:02 (twelve years ago) link

impossible to choose... "Love Child", just for the hell of it. (also: did Dave Marsh put this list together?)

Ioannis, Friday, 9 January 2009 12:07 (twelve years ago) link

Gotta go with "Green Tambourine" ... funny, the local oldies radio station was doing a biggest hits of 1968 retrospective last Saturday morning and I heard all of these. Had forgotten how terrible "Judy In The Sky" is.

zaxxon25, Friday, 9 January 2009 13:29 (twelve years ago) link

"Love Child," of course.

Matos W.K., Friday, 9 January 2009 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

Grapevine without hesitation.

chap, Friday, 9 January 2009 14:10 (twelve years ago) link

Dock Of The Bay, people.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 9 January 2009 14:32 (twelve years ago) link

every great year has a bobby goldsboro...

...whose "Honey" is still at least ten times as good as the Beatles' worst single ever.

xhuxk, Friday, 9 January 2009 14:40 (twelve years ago) link

out of these i'm probably happiest when "grazin" or "tighten up" comes on the radio...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 12 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

The thing is if I vote against "grapevine" it's only because I burned out on it. but I remember first getting floored by it back in high school, just freaking out: this is the greatest singer ever, greatest arrangement ever, etc etc. I felt that way about a number of Supremes songs at various points that year but not "Love Child." "green tambourine" is amazing too but at the end of the day "grapevine" is stronger than its big chillification/california raisination.

J0hn D., Monday, 12 January 2009 00:19 (twelve years ago) link

time to drag out the grapevine acappella I think

ecuador_with_a_c, Monday, 12 January 2009 09:19 (twelve years ago) link

Lots of great records here, but Marvin is the man and "Grapevine" may be his greatest single performance. So . . .

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Monday, 12 January 2009 11:46 (twelve years ago) link

which one of these is best to do karaoke to?

i have only ever done jeannie c. riley this way

Tracer Hand, Monday, 12 January 2009 12:50 (twelve years ago) link

"hello, i love you" could be pretty wild

Tracer Hand, Monday, 12 January 2009 12:55 (twelve years ago) link

Robert Smith pulled it off.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Monday, 12 January 2009 13:39 (twelve years ago) link

"Tighten Up", by a whisker over "Love Child".

mike t-diva, Monday, 12 January 2009 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

Dock of the Bay came on an oldies station this weekend and stole my vote from the Grazing/Grapevine knockdown. Something incredible about pairing the beauty of the music and mastery of Otis's voice (every line has its own choice, surprising but perfect inflection) with the hopelessness of the lyric.

dad a, Monday, 12 January 2009 14:05 (twelve years ago) link

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 12 January 2009 14:08 (twelve years ago) link

See the tree. how big it's grown

I voted Mrs Robinson.

billstevejim, Monday, 12 January 2009 17:08 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 13 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

wow! lots of closeted s&g fans here, apparently.

Ioannis, Tuesday, 13 January 2009 12:45 (twelve years ago) link

Was listening to "People Got to Be Free" (0 votes) the other day and noticed that you can take it either as a leftist anthem or a rightist one. Wondered how people took it when it came out at the height of the Vietnam War debate. Too bad the Rascals got nothing here; their string of singles 1967 to 69 is pretty astonishing to my ears.

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 January 2009 14:31 (twelve years ago) link

ten years pass...

Wow. I don't hear what y'all do in "Green Tambourine." The rest, though.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 April 2019 00:21 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Aw bump Tighten up a notch wontcha.

Van Halen dot Senate dot flashlight (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 29 April 2021 13:30 (one week ago) link


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