Picking favorite Dylan songs is like picking a favorite child. Each is intricate and well laid out. Even if he thinks otherwise. His arrangements change from year to year. He’s completely evolving at every moment. In 1965, at the Newport Folk Festival, he unintentionally did the most punk thing ever. Even more punk than Ian or Sid. Yes. He said, “Fuck You” to traditional folk music and picked up an electric guitar. And people started listening with their other ear. End of the era of protest song. And Bob started something new and interesting and more profound. Music could be more than just lyrics and melody. More than a chorus here and verse here.
It’s still just as inspiring now to hear music by Dylan. Words can’t explain it. Even Bob couldn’t. Actually, I bet he could. And he has.
I think the true testament is the fact that I can listen to Like A Rolling Stone over and over and over again and I don’t get sick of it. It’s not like Stairway To Heaven. Sorry Jimmy. I can’t take it. I remember pulling out of Jessie H’s driveway sometime in college and really hearing Like A Rolling Stone. I had heard this song since I was a sperm, but at that moment I had heard it for the first time. And I still ask myself the same rhetorical question he begged 43 years ago. Don’t you?
PS. Thank you, Sir Dylan.
- All I Really Want To Do (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
- Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (Blonde On Blonde)
- Shelter From The Storm (Blood On The Tracks)
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
- Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisted)
- The Mighty Quinn [Quinn the Eskimo] (Self Portrait)
- Love Minus Zero / No Limit (Bringing It All Back Home)
- The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest (John Wesley Harding)
- When The Deal Goes Down (Modern Times)
- Girl From North Country w/ Johnny Cash (Nashville Skyline)