Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 70s – 6 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and more..)

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wondrin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red

Four of the original lists aren’t actually made up of songs only from the 1970s, but I’ve pulled out the songs recorded in the 1970s and ranked accordingly.

The Guardian

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

    1. Idiot Wind – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    2. Tangled Up in Blue – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    3. I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II (1971)
    4. Hurricane – Desire (1976)
    5. Simple Twist of Fate – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    6. Isis – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    7. Slow Train – Slow Train Coming (1979)
    8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
    9. If Not For You – New Morning (1970)
    10. Forever Young – Planet Waves (1974)
    11. Went to See the Gypsy – New Morning (1970)
    12. Changing of the Guards – Street-Legal (1978)

Idiot Wind

Tangled Up In Blue

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The Allman Brothers Band Best Songs – 7 different lists (Billboard, Guitar World, Stereogum and more)

The original six-piece band, with Duane and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe created inspired, utterly unique magic. From their remarkable self-titled debut album in 1969, the band succeeded in reinventing blues-based music in a way that was both visionary and true to the original material.
— Alan Paul (One Way Out – 2015)

The Allman Brothers Band’s 25 All-Time Greatest Songs

Guitar World – July 2017

1. Whipping Post (Live) (1971 – At Fillmore East)
2. Blue Sky (1972 – Eat a Peach)
3. Midnight Rider (1970 – Idlewild South)
4. Dreams (1969 – The Allman Brothers Band)
5. It’s Not My Cross to Bear (1969 – The Allman Brothers Band)
6. Melissa (1972 – Eat a Peach)
7. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Live) (1971 – At Fillmore East)
8. Jessica (1973 – Brothers and Sisters)
9. Revival (1970 – Idlewild South)
10. Ramblin’ Man (1973 – Brothers and Sisters)
11. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (1972 – Eat a Peach)
12. Les Brers in A Minor (1972 – Eat a Peach)
13. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ (1970 – Idlewild South)
14. Statesboro Blues (Live) (1971 – At Fillmore East)
15. Mountain Jam (Live) (1972 – Eat a Peach)
16. Nobody Knows (1991 – Shades of Two Worlds)
17. Little Martha (1972 – Eat a Peach)
18. One Way Out (1972 – Eat a Peach)
19. Come and Go Blues (1973 – Brothers and Sisters)
20. Black Hearted Woman (1969 – The Allman Brothers Band)
21. Seven Turns (1990 – Seven Turns)
22. You Don’t Love Me (Live) (1971 – At Fillmore East)
23. No One to Run With (1994 – An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set)
24. Hot ‘Lanta (1971 – At Fillmore East)
25. Stormy Monday (1971 – At Fillmore East)

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Nick Cave Best Songs – 5 different lists (Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian and more)

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I’m yearning
To be done with all this measuring of proof.
-> Nick Cave (The Mercy Seat)

The 50 Greatest Songs of Nick Cave

MOJO Magazine – June 2020

1 The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
2 Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
3 From Her to Eternity (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
4 Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
5 The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
6 Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
7 (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
8 Mutiny in Heaven (Mutiny EP, 1983) – The Birthday Party
9 Straight to You (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
10 Ghosteen (Ghosteen, 2019)
11 Jubilee Street (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
12 We Call Upon the Author (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
13 People Ain’t No Good (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
14 Skeleton Tree (Skeleton Tree, 2016)
15 Deanne (Tender Prey, 1988)
16 Bright Horses (Ghosteen, 2019)
17 The Weeping Song (The Good Son, 1990)
18 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
19 Saint Huck (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
20 Push the Sky Away (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
21 The Carny (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
22 City of Refugee (Tender Prey, 1988)
23 Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
24 More News from Nowhere (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
25 No Pussy Blues (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
26 Jesus Alone (Skeleton Tree, 2016)
27 Do You Love Me? (Part 2) (Let Love In, 1994)
28 Leviathan (Ghosteen, 2019)
29 Breathless (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
30 Stranger Than Kindness (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
31 There She Goes, My Beautiful World (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
32 Where the Wild Roses Grow (The Abbey Road Sessions, 2012) – Kylie Minogue
33 Higgs Boson Blues (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
34 God Is in the House (The Abattoir Blues Tour, 2007)
35 The Good Son (The Good Son, 1990)
36 Hollywood (Ghosteen, 2019)
37 Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow (No More Shall We Part, 2001)
38 Sad Waters (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
39 Easy Money (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
40 Helpless (The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young, 1989)
41 Release the Bats (Non-album single, 1981) – The Birthday Party
42 Palaces of Montezuma (Grinderman 2, 2010) – Grinderman
43 Sonny’s Burning (The Bad Seed EP, 1982) – The Birthday Party
44 Mermaids (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
45 Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
46 Rock of Gibraltar (Nocturama, 2003)
47 She’s Not There (True Blood: Music from the HBO Series: Vol.3, 2011)
48 Nature Boy (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
49 End Crawl (Lawless OST, 2012)
50 Scum (Flexidisc, 1986)
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Happy Birthday Stephen Stills – Here are 10 Great Stephen Stills Songs

I detest talking about myself. There is a reason why people pick up an instrument and put it between themselves and the rest of the world.
–> Stephen Stills

Stephen Arthur Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. As both a solo act and member of two successful bands, Stills has combined record sales of over 35 million albums. He was ranked number 28 in Rolling Stones 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and number 47 in the 2011 list. Stills became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Neil Young, “Stephen is a genius.”

Here are 10 GREAT songs written by Stephen Stills.

For What It’s Worth

Buffalo Springfield.
Recorded on December 5, 1966, released as a single on Atco Records on December 23, 1966.

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Bob Dylan’s best songs – Caribbean Wind (4 versions with lyrics)

“I couldn’t quite grasp what [‘Caribbean Wind’] was about, after I finished it. Sometimes you write something to be very inspired, and you won’t quite finish it for one reason or another. Then you’ll go back and try and pick it up, and the inspiration is just gone. Either you get it all, and you can leave a few little pieces to fill in, or you’re trying always to finish it off. Then it’s a struggle. The inspiration’s gone and you can’t remember why you started it in the first place. Frustration sets in.”
– Bob Dylan (to Cameron Crowe)

He spoke of one song he was particularly proud of, that he’d written “a while back”, that successfully functioned on the level of complexity of his mid-sixties material, taking the listener outside of time (I don’t know that he actually used these phrases; I’m just recalling my impression of what he told me). He said the song was called “Caribbean Wind,” and that he’d try to play it if I’d phone his assistant some afternoon before a show and remind him of my request.
– Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1973-86)

We have 4 versions of this brilliant song, the best one is the live versions he played on November 12, 1980.

Pedal Steel version

Rundown Studios
Santa Monica, California
23 September 1980

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & piano)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar)

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