Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 80s – 6 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and more..)

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet floods every newborn seed

Four of the original lists aren’t actually made up of songs only from the 1980s, but I’ve pulled out the songs recorded in the 1980s and ranked accordingly.

The Guardian

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 50 greatest songs – ranked!” – April 2020

    1. Blind Willie McTell – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    2. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar – Biograph (1985)
    3. Most Of The Time – Oh Mercy (1989)
    4. Brownsville Girl – Knocked Out Loaded (1986)
    5. Jokerman – Infidels (1983)

Blind Willie McTell

The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar

Rolling Stone Magazine

From the list “100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs” – April 2016

    1. Every Grain Of Sand – Shot of Love (1981)
    2. Blind Willie McTell – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    3. Jokerman – Infidels (1983)
    4. Sweetheart Like You – Infidels (1983)
    5. Someone’s Got A Hold Of My Heart – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    6. Series of Dreams – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    7. Most Of The Time – Oh Mercy (1989)
    8. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar – Biograph (1985)

Every Grain Of Sand

Jokerman

MOJO Magazine

From the list “100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs” – September 2005

    1. Blind Willie McTell – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    2. Every Grain Of Sand – Shot of Love (1981)
    3. Man in the Long Black Coat – Oh Mercy (1989)
    4. Brownsville Girl – Knocked Out Loaded (1986)
    5. Jokerman – Infidels (1983)
    6. Most Of The Time – Oh Mercy (1989)

Man in the Long Black Coat

Brownsville Girl (alt. version)

UNCUT Magazine

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 40 best songs” – June 2002

    1. Every Grain Of Sand – Shot of Love (1981)
    2. Most Of The Time – Oh Mercy (1989)

Spectrum Culture

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 20 Best Songs of the ’80s” – September 2020

    • Heart of Mine – Shot of Love (1981)
    • The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar – Biograph (1985)
    • Every Grain Of Sand – Shot of Love (1981)
    • Caribbean Wind – Biograph (1985)
    • Jokerman – Infidels (1983)
    • I and I – Infidels (1983)
    • Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight – Infidels (1983)
    • Blind Willie McTell – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    • Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart/Tight Connection to My Heart – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)/Empire Burlesque (1985)
    • When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    • Dark Eyes – Empire Burlesque (1985)
    • Death is Not the End – Down in the Groove (1988)
    • Silvio – Down in the Groove (1988)
    • Everything is Broken – Oh Mercy (1989)
    • Ring Them Bells – Oh Mercy (1989)
    • Most Of The Time – Oh Mercy (1989)
    • What Good am I? – Oh Mercy (1989)
    • Shooting Star- Oh Mercy (1989)
    • Dignity – The Best of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2 (2000)
    • Series of Dreams – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)/Empire Burlesque (1985)

Series of Dreams

Dark Eyes
Live 1995 with Patti Smith

Classic Rock History

From the list “Best Bob Dylan Songs Of The 1980’s” – 2016

    1. Every Grain Of Sand – Shot of Love (1981)
    2. Dark Eyes – Empire Burlesque (1985)
    3. Sweetheart Like You – Infidels (1983)
    4. Most Of The Time – Oh Mercy (1989)
    5. Pressing On – Saved (1980)
    6. Tight Connection To My Heart – Empire Burlesque (1985)
    7. When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)
    8. License to Kill – Infidels (1983)
    9. Silvio – Down in the Groove (1988)
    10. Foot of Pride – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 (1991)

2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 80s – 6 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and more..)

  1. A lot of great stuff in the ’80s, an underrated decade for Bob’s output. Not sure how Silvio got on any of these lists, but they are definitely fun to look through.

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