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The Essential Songs Of The Essential Decade: 1968

The Essential Songs of 1968 gives us the best cover song ever recorded (Hendrix on Dylan), Glen Campbell continued to deftly deliver Jimmy Webb material, and the Byrds transition from jangle pop to a country band. Sam Moore and Dave Prater hated each other with such gusto that they refused to speak to each other for 13 years during their working relationship, but they could still create magic in the studio for 2 and a half minute intervals.

All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix 

Angel of the Morning – Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts

Another Place, Another Time – Jerry Lee Lewis

Back in the U.S.S.R. – The Beatles

Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations 

D-I-V-O-R-C-E – Tammy Wynette

Do You Know the Way to San Jose – Dionne Warwick

(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

Fist City – Loretta Lynn

Folsum Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

Going up the Country – Canned Heat

Hard to Handle – Otis Redding

Harper Valley P.T.A. – Jeannie C. Riley

Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon and Garfunkel

Hey Jude – Beatles 

The House that Jack Built – Aretha Franklin

Hush – Deep Purple

I Got a Line on You – Spirit

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

I've Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees 

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones

Mama Tried – Merle Haggard 

Mendocino – Sir Douglas Quartet

Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel 

One – Harry Nilsson

Only Daddy Who Will Walk the Line – Waylon Jennings

Pictures of Matchstick Men – Status Quo

Piece of My Heart Big – Brother & the Holding Company 

Revolution – Beatles 

Skip a Rope – Henson Cargill

Stand by Your Man – Tammy Wynette

Stray Cat Blues – Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

Sweet Thing – Van Morrison

Think – Aretha Franklin

This Guy’s in Love with You – Herb Alpert

Tighten Up – Archie Bell & the Drells 

Time Of The Season – Zombies 

Village Green – The Kinks

The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

The Weight – The Band

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles

White Light/White Heat – Velvet Underground

White Room – Cream 

Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell 

Wrap It Up – Sam and Dave

You Ain’t Going Nowhere – The Byrds

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