10 Great Bob Dylan Songs Rolling Stone Left Off Its List

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Craig Hlavaty
Yesterday was Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, and to honor the milestone, Rolling Stone releaseda list of the best 70 songs from his now 50-year-old catalog. With contributors like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Crosby, and Tom Morello, they came up with a stellar list, a primer for anyone who has never walked with Dylan before.

As a nearly life-long fan of Dylan's, CHL of course has our own jewels from the Dylan canon that we hold dearly. Sadly, CHL is young enough that the first modern Dylan record we bought with our own cash was 1997's Time Out of Mind. We remember thinking, "Dude, when did he turn into the Crypt Keeper. This rules!"

For years before, the Dylan we knew came from documentary footage from Don't Look Back, or stray clips on VH1, MTV or PBS. We would learn of his varous incarnations as time went on. The Rolling Thunder Revue, the work with the Dead in the '80s, his slick Eagles period, the wilderness-daddy days at Woodstock, all these eras came slowly into focus.

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Personally, our favorite Dylan is the current aged one, the who one sings of a lifetime of sickness, love and death to a delicate Western swing beat. The voice is not from 1962, it's not clean, it's wicked and worn, like a pair of thrift-store cowboy boots.

It's heartbreaking because he is now singing from experience. He's seen friends, lovers, and heroes die. The Dylan from the '60s was brash and angry, and didn't have his balls kicked in by the world yet. Dylan in the late '90s and forward is looking back in humility, inching close to death.

The people most responsible for turning on new people to Dylan are filmmakers, by far, maybe even more than cool uncles and parents. Would we have gotten copies of New Morning or Oh Mercy without the meddling of the Coen brothers or John Cusack? Probably not so quickly, but we would have eventually on our own.

We hope.


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Sub-Dylan
Sub-Dylan

Tomorrow's a Long Time is a top-tier song

Kelly Mooney
Kelly Mooney

One of my very favorite Dylan songs in a long list of Dylan songs.

Jfr22
Jfr22

Anyone who picks "To make you feel my Love" is not qualified to be writing/blogging or talking about Dylan songs.

RichardBobJerryLennonStawberry
RichardBobJerryLennonStawberry

(alternate 10 - if this were all, there would be no other hall etc.)Forgetful heart. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry. Corinna Corinna,Yea, Heavy (and a bottle of bread)Black Jack DavyShenanendoah (sic)Boogie Woogie Country GirlCopper KettleMost Likely You GoNew Pony

Sgc
Sgc

Several of your selections resonate with me personally.  My wife and I used "To Make You Feel My Love" for our wedding dance this past October. 

And I was haunted by "I'm Not There" when the movie came out.  I believe that song takes prodigious amounts of whiskey for the lyrics to make sense, but once you've imbibed them it's freaking genius.

Sremmert
Sremmert

So, WHERE is the list of 10 Dylan songs that Rolling Stone left off it's list?

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

 I don't use YouTube embedding on my blogs because it's distracting and Rdio has most of what I need.

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