Woodstock galvanizes the Boomer-hippie counterculture with three days of peace, music and good vibes while NASA astronauts walk on the moon, Doomsday Folk and Cartoon Bubblegum-Pop both top the charts in the Summer, and Black artists score the top two songs of the year for the first time. Anxiety and paranoia simmer through the year, though, and the Altamont Festival disaster sets the stage for the ‘70s.

#1 Song of the Year   

  • Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Artists of the Year   

  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  2. Diana Ross & The Supremes
  3. The Beatles

Artist with Most Charting Songs   

  • James Brown (8)

Average #1 Artist Age   

  • 29.6 years

#1 Songs   

  1. Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine (December ’68, 7 wks)
  2. Tommy James & Shondells – Crimson and Clover (February, 2 wks)
  3. Sly & Family Stone – Everyday People (February, 4 wks)
  4. Tommy Roe – Dizzy (March, 4 wks)
  5. 5th Dimension – Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (April, 6 wks)
  6. Beatles – Get Back (May, 5 wks)
  7. Henry Mancini – Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (June, 2 wks)
  8. Zager & Evans – In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) (July, 6 wks)
  9. Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women (August, 4 wks)
  10. Archies – Sugar Sugar (September, 4 wks)
  11. Temptations – I Can’t Get Next to You (October, 2 wks)
  12. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds (November, 1 wks)
  13. 5th Dimension – Wedding Bell Blues (November, 3 wks)
  14. Beatles – Come Together (November, 1 wks)
  15. Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (December, 2 wks)
  16. Peter, Paul & Mary – Leaving on a Jet Plane (December, 1 wks)
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