It is not easy to pick the best song of any year. It may depend on several factors, taste, kind of music, singers or band…This list is just about 5 epic songs that were released in 1968, only 50 years ago.

Let’s go, we will play them in alphabetical order.

Born to be wild

Get your motor runnin’, Head out on the highway, Lookin’ for adventure, And whatever comes our way…This song first performed by the bad Steppenwolf was written by Mars Bonfire. Many people described it as the first heavy metal song… at least it was the one to first use of this term in rock music. It is the most successful single of the band and was part of the soundtrack for the movie Easy Rider.

Heard it through the Grapevine          

This song was also previous to 1968 but the Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album In the Groove and it was released in October 1968. It was one of the biggest hits for the label Motown. The lyrics tell the story in the first person of the singer’s feelings of betrayal and disbelief when he hears of his girlfriend’s infidelity only indirectly “through the “grapevine

Hey Jude

This song was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon-McCartney… Their names ring a bell, don’t they? Released in August 1968 as the first single from the Beatles record, it is more than seven minutes in length, and at that time, the longest single ever to top the British charts. Did you know the original title was Hey Jules? It was intended to comfort Julian Lennon from the street of his parent’s separation, but McCartney changed the name to Jude as it sounded a bit better.

Suzie Q

Actually, this song was recorded in 1957 but the Creedence Clearwater Revival released a cover on their debut album in 1968 and it is their only hit not written by John Fogerty. The album version clocks in at 8:37. The single is split into parts one and two on its A and B sides, respectively.


This song performed by Aretha Franklin was released as single in 1968 from her “Aretha now” album. It is a feminist anthem and reached top places on all the lists. You can watch one of the best versions in this clip… Great songs in this movie, don’t you think?

We are not going to make you choose just one. Hope you have enjoyed them all.