From the article: Essential Bob Dylan Songs
Bob Dylan's catalog of music is quite extensive and versatile. It can be difficult to know where to start when you're just getting to know his work. So, in the interest of cutting to the chase, here what do you think? What are Bob Dylan's best songs? Cast your vote
Dylan's Best Songs
- 1. Desolaton Row 2. Red River Shore 3. Ballad of Donald White 4. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands 5. My Back Pages
- —Guest Tim
Blonde on Blonde's....
- Visions Of Johanna. Pure poetry. Difficult at first, to get a hold on to as there often appears to be no discernible melody (!), but the imagery is stunning...the ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face....indeed!
- —Guest DaveR
Blowin' in the Wind
- It was directly linked to the time period as it addressed the need for peace, both in war and among races. Dylan also revolutionized music taking folk music and protest songs to another level. In his song, Bob Dylan uses many rhetorical questions to cause people to reflect on the controversial issues taking place. During the 1960’s, as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement arose in America, the influential song “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan, impacted 20th century America by evoking change. Annotated Bibliography Brian Naylor. “Blowin’ in the Wind” broadcast. NPR 100. October 12. March 20, 2011. The NPR Broadcast gives a brief background on Dylan, and how he was inspired to write “Blowin’ in the Wind”. It also effectively describes some of the impacts that came about from the song, and other singers that made different versions of the song. It seems very effective as it states many fact and not as many opinions. Richie Unterberger. “Folk-Rock: An Overv
- —Guest Maribel M.
- the best is "can you feel my love" plus lay lady lay
- —Guest kim
Boots of Spanish Leather
- A love-lost classic for the ages. A story beautiful and haunting at the same time.
- —Guest - Frank
- The lyrical superiority of Another Side is amazing... If he wasn't out of it throughout the whole album these songs would have been greats. Too many favorites though, "Tangled Up In Blue" has always been a favorite, and "If You See Her, Say Hello."
- —Guest Ghostman
- I'm gonna have to give it to tangled up in blue Others have to be desolation row,idiot wind,don't think twice,blind Willie mctell,visions of Johanna,masters of war,lily rosemary and the jack of hearts,it ain't me babe,motor psycho nitemare,I what you,it's all over now baby blue,jokerman,mississipi. The version of Isis on biograph is also great
- —Guest Kevin
Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
- This poetic lovesong has to be my fave. Its 11 minutes of Dylan melting your heart with every word he sings. Blonde on Blonde is my fav album of his. Id say 2nd is Highway 61 3rd is Freewheelin and 4th is Bringing it all back Home . From Freewheelin my fav is Dont think Twice , From Bringing it all back Home its Its All Over Now Baby Blue .From Highway, Like a Rolling Stone Desolation Row and Ballad of A Thin Man From Blonde on Blonde EVERYTHING
- —Guest bobbby d
- yeah or desolation row but hey tomorrow it might be different again!!!
- —Guest willi
- I'd have to pick Positively 4th as my fave, but there are so many - a few I hadn't seen here - Tough Mama, Going Going Gone, Forever Young
- —Guest Andy Greider
- Positively 4th Street would be my first choice for newcomers to Bob. It is easy on the ear, accessible and good vocally and musically. A close second would have to be Like A Rolling Stone.
- —Guest eddie thomas
Like A Rolling Stone
- I'm surprised nobody's mentioned "Like a Rolling Stone" so far. This is THE pivotal song I would introduce anyone to Dylan with if they weren't already exposed to it. This song is indisputably the greatest rock song ever recorded. There are tons of Dylan songs that are critically acclaimed to be his best...most of the stuff on the greatest hits packages will cover those. I feel his 'recent' work is just as inspiring and good as those 60's-70's-80's classics though. Some of the best include "Things Have Changed," "Cold Irons Bound," "Mississippi," "Thunder On The Mt.," "Nettie Moore," "Beyond Here Lies Nothing," "Working Man's Blues #2," "High Water (for Charlie Patton)," "Tryin' To Get To Heaven," "Huck's Tune"...just to name a few.
Best Dylan Songs
- All of them! But one of my favorites is "Brownville Girl." What a story teller!
- —Guest David
Blood on the Tracks.... again
- Like others have said, most everything on Blood on the Tracks, also Planet Waves... The Wedding Song, Boots of Spanish Leather, Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, Positively 4th Street, One of us must know, Visions of Johanna, Love minus Zero etc. etc. Can never pick just one - or even ten. And if you asked me next week, it would be a different list.....
- —Guest Phil Chalk
This is really hard
- "Visions of Johanna," "Senor," "Black Diamond Bay," "Changing of the Guard," "Joey," "Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight," "Desolation Row," "Sara," "Only a Pawn in Their Game," "Hattie Carrl," "Memphis Blue," "Queen Jane," "When the Ship Come In," "Arthur McBride," "Moonlight," "Not Dark Yet," "Every Grain of Sand," "The Opening Song at Fort Collins," "Hard Rain Gonna Fall," "Idiot Wind" from the same concert, any song he sings with Joan Baez, "Tambourine Man," "License to Kill," "Durango," most songs of "Under the Red Sky"; they're great to kill time with your grandchildren. "She's Your Lover Now," "Positively 4th Street" - a song that was definitely aimed at a small group of people who dissed him.
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