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Bob Dylan: 30 best songs from the 1980s (Poll results)




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Back in April 2014 we challenged our readers:


to put together a top 10 list, or at least 10 songs (if you only provide a top 5 list, they will count as well). Songs 1-5 will receive 2 points each & 6-10 will receive 1 point.

Here was my list:

  1. Blind Willie McTell (1983) – electric version
  2. Every Grain Of Sand (1981)
  3. Brownsville Girl (1984/86)
  4. Jokerman (1983)
  5. Most Of The Time (1989)
  6. Caribbean Wind (1981) – Studio 55 version (aka – rattlesnake version)
  7. Dignity (1989) – Touched By An Angel version
  8. Series Of Dreams (1989)
  9. Shooting Star (1989)
  10. Man In The Long Black Coat (1989)

Hallgeir’s list:

  1. Blind Willie McTell
  2. Every Grain Of Sand
  3. Brownsville Girl
  4.  Jokerman
  5. Caribbean Wind
  6. The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar
  7. Most Of The Time
  8. Series Of Dreams
  9. Pressing On
  10. Shooting Star

 

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48 people voted, most of them with a top 10 list.… this is a another GREAT list.

Here are the results of the JV/alldylan community jury:

1

Blind Willie McTell (1983)

70 points

2

Jokerman (1983)

65 points

3

Every Grain Of Sand (1981)

59 points

4

Brownsville Girl (1984/86)

40 points

5

Most Of The Time (1989)

38 points

6

Caribbean Wind (1981)

37 points

7

Series Of Dreams (1989)

28 points

8

Ring Them Bells (1989)

27 points

9

Pressing On (1980)

25 points

10

Man In The Long Black Coat (1989)

24 points

11

Angelina (1981)

20 points

12

The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar (1981)

19 points

13

I and I (1983)

18 points

14

Foot Of Pride (1983)

15 points

14

Shooting Star (1989)

15 points

16

Dignity (1989)

14 points

17

Dark Eyes (1985)

13 points

18

In The Summertime (1981)

11 points

19

When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (1985)

10 points

20

Sweetheart Like You (1983)

9 points

21

Solid Rock (1980)

8 points

22

Born In Time (1989)

7 points

22

Heart Of Mine (1981)

7 points

22

What Good Am I? (1989)

7 points

25

Everything Is Broken (1989)

6 points

25

In The Garden (1980)

6 points

25

Tweeter and the Monkey Man (1988)

6 points

28

Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight (1983)

5 points

28

What Can I Do For You (1980)

5 points

28

What Was It You Wanted (1989)

5 points

7 songs @ 4 points: Band Of The Hand, Covenant Woman, Emotionally Yours, License To Kill, Political World, Property of Jesus & Shot Of Love

24 songs @3 or less points.

Spotify Playlist:

Blind Willie McTell (electric):

Every Grain Of Sand:

-Egil

‘Cross the Green Mountain by Bob Dylan an analysis

‘Cross the Green Mountain by Bob Dylan

”Memories linger, sad yet sweet/And I think of the souls in heaven who we’ll meet”

‘Cross the Green Mountain was written for the soundtrack of Gods and Generals, a Civil War TV series, in this very well constructed ballad Dylan puts himself in the mind of a Civil War soldier (a dying man). I’m not sure that it was written specifically for the movie or if Dylan had written it earlier and found use for it now, it’s hard to say.  The mood is strikingly brought forward by his band, rolling along like in so many of his long and significant tunes. It is a major work of art, it deserved a better fate than to be tucked away on the bootleg series or on a TV-soundtrack!

I do not pretend to have the complete meaning to the song or found all the references Bob Dylan has used, so please enlighten me in the comments section. When I get enough new information I will update the post.

Check also out:
Analysis of Dylan’s Scarlet Town

Analysis of Pay in Blood

Analysis of Tin Angel

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The Best songs: Angie by The Rolling Stones

The Best songs: Angie by The Rolling Stones

One of the band’s softest and most tenderhearted ballads (and their only ballad to go Number One), “Angie” was written by Richards while he was being treated for heroin addiction at a clinic in Switzerland. “Once I came out of the usual trauma,” he recalled, “I didn’t feel like I had to shit the bed or climb the walls or feel manic anymore. I just went, ‘Angie, Angie.’ ” Completed during the Goats Head Soup sessions in Jamaica, it became a gently strummed benediction with a processional piano by Nicky Hopkins and strings arranged by Nicky Harrison.
– Rolling Stone Magazine

The Rolling Stones performing “Angie” at the Los Angeles Forum, California, USA on Sunday 13th July 1975, part of the legendary Tour of the Americas (TOTA). The track is from the album Goats Head Soup (1973). Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and produced by the Glimmer Twins, the song went straight to number one in the US charts when it was released.

La Forum 1975 version:

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John Lennon or Paul McCartney, who’s the better songwriter? McCartney’s 20 best Beatles songs

John Lennon or Paul McCartney, who’s the better songwriter? McCartney’s 20 best Beatles songs

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make

Ok, so it is about the songs, is it? Not John’s cockiness and dry wit, not Paul’s technical skill, not the fact that death is the best career step a musician can have. (John Lennon would have laughed and agreed, so shut the fuck up. ) The fact is that John Lennon’s death put a blanket over Paul McCartney’s reputation and legacy (especially his work in The Beatles) and he will not be taken seriously until they meet in rock’n roll heaven.  It is only about the songs? yeah right…

Yes, I am saying that Paul suffered in critical regard because he didn’t get murdered. But…

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The Best Songs: Where have all the average people gone by Roger Miller


My father used to play this great record by Roger Miller, “Roger Miller” from 1969. There was one particular song that has always stuck with me. Lately I have been listening to the lyrics  more thorough and it has become one of my favourite country songs of all time.

It’s a relatively obscure record, but a great one, so start hunting collectors!

Where Have All the Average People Gone.

The late Dennis Linde wrote “Where Have All the Average People Gone.” Roger Miller recorded it and the song only reached No. 14 on the country chart in 1969, but the lyrics and social commentary still seems relevant. The song is about stereotypes and putting people into categories  based on prejudices.

“Funny I don’t fit,
Where have all the average people gone?”

Roger Miller – Where have all the average people gone (audio):

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