The # 1 Albums of 1968! — 45 Years Ago!
Conventional wisdom says after the Beatles enshrined the LP’s importance over the 45 single with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 that LPs became the ultimate format until the iPod brought back the single.
Conventional wisdom is silly, since albums such as Rubber Soul, The Kinks’ Face to Face, Elvis Presley and every jazz album ever made proved the importance of the LP before Sgt. Pepper’s.
Listed below are the 12 albums that hung to the #1 spot in 1968 in chronological order, based on the first week the album hit #1, with the (#) indicating the number of weeks it remained there.
12) Magical Mystery Tour — The Beatles (8): The film puzzled fans, but finally the US release bested the UK edition with the addition of “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
11) Blooming Hits — Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra (5): Orchestras were on their way out, but not without a fight. Besides, the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and eventually Metallica would invite them back!
10) The Graduate — Simon & Garfunkel/ Soundtrack (7) + (2): Interesting to see Simon & Garfunkel playing footsie with themselves as this soundtrack album battled their official album Bookends for the #1 slot.
8) The Beat of the Brass — Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (2): It’s called variety and it gave the charts the feeling that more than one generation was being marketed to.