Today: Bob Dylan is 73 years old – top 25 Bob Dylan songs

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan’s early songs, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his first base in the culture of folk music behind, Dylan’s six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone” radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His recordings employing electric instruments attracted denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

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Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered to be his songwriting. (wikipedia)

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Since it is his birthday and all, We have forced ourselves to pick 25 songs to celebrate Bob Dylan. We give you Egil and Hallgeir’s 25 favorite Dylan songs:

Egil, 25 best Bob Dylan songs:

  1. Visions Of Johanna
  2. Like A Rolling Stone
  3. Tangled Up in Blue
  4. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  6. Blind Willie McTell (electric version)
  7. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
  8. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  9. Desolation Row
  10. Idiot Wind (New York version)
  11. Every Grain Of Sand
  12. Mr. Tambourine Man
  13. Positively 4th Street
  14. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  15. Mississippi
  16. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  17. She’s Your Lover Now
  18. Brownsville Girl
  19. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  20. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  21. Isis
  22. Changing of The Guards
  23. Just Like A Woman
  24. Queen Jane Approximately
  25. Not Dark Yet

Hallgeir,  25 best Bob Dylan songs:

1. Blind Willie McTell
2. Like a Rolling Stone
3. Tangled Up In Blue
4. Ballad Of A Thin Man
5. Every Grain Of Sand
6. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
7. It’s All Right Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
8. Visions Of Johanna
9. Brownsville Girl
10. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
11. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
12. I Shall Be Released
13. Simple Twist Of Fate
14. Knocking On Heaven’s Door
15. Just Like A Woman
16. Masters Of War
17. Mississippi
18. Idiot Wind
19. Isis
20. Cross The Green Mountain
21. High Water (for Charley Patton) (the live 2003 version on bootleg s. vol. 8)
22. Highway 51 Blues
23. Oh, Sister (Hard Rain version)
24. Shelter From The Storm (Hard Rain version)
25. You’re A Big Girl Now

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Egil’s list on Spotify (Positively 4th Street is not on Spotify):

Hallgeir’s list on Spotify:


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– Hallgeir


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