The Best of Bob Dylan

Here are 20 of my favorite Dylan songs, no particular order:

  1. Lay Lady Lay- I imagine a young bohemian bedding a woman in a motel of questionable quality named “The Mermaid”
  2. Like A Rolling Stone- Just damn good
  3. Sweetheart Like You- Knopfler + Dylan=Great
  4. Most Of The Time- Thank High Fidelity for this one. Awesome
  5. John Wesley Harding- I love how he sings on this one
  6. Jokerman- Ever doubt yourself?
  7. Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest- “Don’t go mistaking paradise for that home across the road”
  8. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go- What a love he must have had to be able to write this!
  9. Shelter From The Storm- I think every man needs this every now and then. Every human, really
  10. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere- I love this song. Some of his best songwriting
  11. 4th Time Around- The picking on this is great, and the story it tells is very human
  12. Queen Jane Approximately- Just good.
  13. Boots Of Spanish Leather– Kill. Me. Now
  14. Don’t Think Twice- How many hearts has this man broken? And how many people have cried from this during/after a breakup?
  15. Tangled Up In Blue- So sad! So hopeful! So epic!
  16. Simple Twist Of Fate- So sad and human
  17. Idiot Wind- I think this is one of Dylan’s most cutting songs, very funny in an insulting way
  18. Buckets Of Rain- “You do what you must do, and you do it well”
  19. Corrina, Corrina- I just want to sit in on a hot porch and listen to this on vinyl
  20. Girl From The North Country- Cold. Sad. Good.

I’m obviously leaving a lot of songs out. Many, probably because I don’t have the album yet. I need to give Dylan more real estate in my iTunes top played.


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One Response to The Best of Bob Dylan

  1. Dhiraj says:

    excellent Choice. ‘sweetheart like you’ is bang on. The elderly statesman of music has collided with forms ranging from folk to glam rock and many in between and has left them richer, altered forever. In every endeavour he opened new gates and redefined what can be treated as art. Dylan the unquestionable ‘poet laureate’ of the rock started with folk and transcended the form by owning it. He lent poetic nuances to the protest movement that was shrieking around him in early sixties. He was the reluctant hero who was seen as the voice of his times. Since then he has been conducting a ceaseless and successful campaign to break one rock archetype after another.

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