Playlist: Bob Dylan overlooked songs by decade – 2000 to 2010

Well, to me, it’s a great song that seldom (or never) is on the “best-of” lists of the artist, and it could have/should have been. They are sometimes alternative recordings or “out of print” releases.

I am talking about great songs that are often overlooked. We are talking about personal favorites that you wouldn’t rate among the artists top 20 (maybe), but deserve more praise and recognition than they get.

These are songs which takes its programming from non-single album tracks, B-sides, and other obscure songs.

While we were dissecting the Bob Dylan classics, other good songs fades into the background, and crucially, these tracks will help Dylan fans to discover “the whole story”.  As a Bob Dylan music fan, I have a responsibility to help introduce fellow Dylanologists to my own musical discoveries, particularly when they draw attention to forgotten brilliance. Bob Dylan has a vast catalog  that contain some “hidden” songs that his biggest fans know by heart  just as much. For every one of his songs that turned into classics, there are other essentials scattered through his production.

But let’s face it: there’s no such thing as a “buried treasure” in the Bob Dylan catalogue.  How can there be?
This is the most over-analyzed artist in the music history.  Most of what he has recorded are readily available in the form of an official CD/LP/Stream and more material are becoming available each year. So, these are songs that the hardened Dylan fan knows but are often overlooked by casual listeners. These are tracks that people at large might not know very well.

So what are these lists all about (there will be six of them)?
They are a collection of 10 tracks per decade, as chosen by me (Hallgeir), which you may not hear enough. Lists of fantastic stuff by an artist that has made a lot of great “unknown” stuff, but material that doesn’t get heavy rotation on the radio or the streaming services.

So with that in mind, and in celebration of the eternal hunt for lesser known genus, here are ten great overlooked songs recorded, but not necessarily written, by Bob Dylan from 2000-2010s. There will follow a post for all of his decades as a recording artist. The songs are included in the decade they were released.

Check out the 1960s list
Check out the 1970s list
Check out the 1980s list
Check out the 1990s list

Overlooked songs 2000-2010
–  Po’ Boy (Love and theft, 2001)
–  Lonesome Day Blues (Love and Theft, 2001)
–  Cross the green mountain (Gods and Generals OST, 2003)
–  Nettie Moore (Modern Times, 2006)
–  Ain’t talkin (Modern Times, 2006)
–  Dreamin’ of You (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, 2008)
–  Huck’s Tune (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, 2008)
–  32-20 blues  (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, 2008)
–  I Feel A Change Coming On (Together through Life, 2009)
–  My Wife’s Home town  (Together through Life, 2009)

Bob Dylan – Ain’t Talking’ Live Nov 20 – 2006 New York City Center (video start 0.58):

– Hallgeir

12 thoughts on “Playlist: Bob Dylan overlooked songs by decade – 2000 to 2010”

  1. I’m glad you picked 2 songs from Together Through Life. I play this album more than any of his recent ones.

  2. Red River Shore (way high among my faves), Marchin’ To The City, Can’t Escape From You, Life Is Hard (do you see a theme to these?). Maybe even The Christmas Blues. … I echo the above sentiments: Great ideas on a delightful website. Has Bob ever acknowledged you guys and what you do?

    1. Hehe, thank you, but no, I don’t think Dylan knows that we exist (or care if we do) and that’s ok. We just love his music.
      …great choices by the way.


    1. Well, if you read the post you’ll see that’s exactly what I’m writing. What I mean by overlooked is a song that is seldom or never played on the radio, almost never on a “best of” list and is unknown to the general public. Dylan-aficionados knows about everything and doesn’t overlook anything 🙂

  3. Really great selection Hallgeir, and those from previous decades –

    Thank you for this, and all that you do,

    Peter Davies
    Wales, UK

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