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Rolling Stone Top 70 Dylan songs

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Dick Whitman, May 16, 2011.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The top 10:

    (1) Like a Rolling Stone
    (2) Hard Rain
    (3) Tangled up in Blue
    (4) Just Like a Woman
    (5) All Along the Watchtower
    (6) I Shall Be Released
    (7) It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
    (8) Mr. Tambourine Man
    (9) Visions of Johanna
    (10) Every Grain of Sand

    I am ecstatic that It's Alright, Ma and Visions of Johanna made the top 10.

    Personally, should have been higher:

    (12) Desolation Row (probably top five-six)
    (22) Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
    (26) Masters of War
    (27) The Times They Are A-Changin'
    (37) Maggie's Farm
    (45) It Ain't Me, Babe
    (53) When I Paint My Masterpiece (with a bullet - I would probably put it in the top five)
    (57) Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
    (NR) Changing of the Guard
    (NR) Gates of Eden
    (NR) Outlaw Blues/On the Road Again/Bob Dylan's 115th Dream (have always thought of these three as a single entity)
    (NR) Thunder on the Mountain
    (NR) Song to Woody
    (NR) New Pony

    Many more.

    Perhaps my biggest gripe is that The Byrds' version of "My Back Pages" isn't on the list of best Dylan covers.
  2. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    where was 'positively 4th street?' ??? ??? ???
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  4. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    'Visions of Johanna' is no. 1. All others are no. 2 or lower.
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I think my four favorites are "Visions," "It's Alright, Ma," "Gates of Eden," and "Desolation Row." I tend to like the foreboding, heavy imagery Dylan songs.
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    If Changing Of The Guard wasn't rated, that list is massive fail on jump.

    And I agree that When I Paint My Masterpiece ought to be a lot higher.

    I saw the top 10 over the weekend, but I haven't seen the whole list. Where is Idiot Wind?

    Stupid Jann Wenner and his biases.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    My favorites change, and different performances play into my preferences.
    The live version of 'Isis' from 'Biograph' is fantastic.
    I love 'Foot of Pride' these days. I always love 'Ballad of a Thin Man,' and 'Highway 61' is my favorite so I love all those tunes.
    I've been playing 'From a Buick 6' a ton the last few months.
  8. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    "Idiot Wind" - 33rd

    They do mention "Changing of the Guards" under a list of his most inscrutable lyrics (the shaving her head/Jupiter or Apollo line).
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    "Highway 61" is ruined for me. It was the ringer on my phone my wedding day, and in the morning all my groomsmen and ushers kept calling me about shit they could have figured out themselves. Every five minutes that stupid slide whistle breaking the silence.
  11. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Kinda sucks they don't have the full Top 70 posted online.

    The list of best Dylan covers can be found here:

    Agree that The Byrds' cover of "My Back Pages" should've been on the best covers list.
    Also absent from the list:
    Johnny Cash & Roseann Cash - It Ain't Me Babe
    Springsteen - Chimes of Freedom (if songs from bootlegs are allowed Springsteen's cover of "I Want You" would be No. 2 with a bullet - can't deny the greatness of Hendrix's "Watchtower", it changed the way Dylan played it)
    Warren Zevon - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
    The Band - I Shall Be Released, When I Paint My Masterpiece
  12. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    "Rainy Day Women" is one of my least favorite Dylan songs, but the Black Crowes do a cover of it on, I think, the "Hotel Illness" B-side that is absolutely ridiculous.
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