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Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1968 [Videos]

During this week 46 years ago, the first Boeing 747 rolled off the assembly line, actor Will Smith was born, TV show "Hawaii Five-0" premiered on CBS and the following songs were the most popular in America according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Slip Away," Clarence Carter


"Slip Away" was the first big hit for Carter, who holds a degree in music from Alabama State College. His only singles to chart higher on the pop charts were "Back Door Santa" and "Patches." He most recently released an album in 2011.

9. "Girl Watcher," the O'Kaysions


Remember when this was reworked as "I'm a Wheel Watcher" for the 1980s "Wheel of Fortune" promos?

8. "I Gotta Get a Message to You," the Bee Gees

Yep, the Bee Gees' first Billboard top 10 hit in America is about a guy waiting to be executed in the electric chair.

7. "1, 2, 3 Red Light," 1910 Fruitgum Company

One of the most, um, interesting ways to describe a woman putting the breaks on a sexual advance.

6. "The Fool on the Hill," Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote it, the Beatles recorded it first, but Mendes/Brasil '66 were the ones who charted high with it.

5. "Fire," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown


Um, is this real? You've got some explaining to do, 1968.

4. "Hush," Deep Purple

You're welcome for this odd video showing Hugh Hefner learn a chord from Deep Purple.

3. "People Got To Be Free," the Rascals

Peace and harmony, man.

2. "Harper Valley PTA," Jeannie C. Riley


I'm a sucker for country story songs, and this one's probably the best. Riley was the first woman to top the Hot 100 chart and U.S. country charts with the same track.

1. "Hey Jude," the Beatles

Paul McCartney's song designed to help John Lennon's son, Julian, through his parents' divorce was No. 1 for nine weeks, the longest for any Beatles single.