Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 60s – 4 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and Mojo)

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you

The original lists aren’t actually made up of songs only from the 1960s, but I’ve pulled out the songs recorded in the 1960s and ranked accordingly.

The Guardian

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

    1. Like a Rolling Stone – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded June 16, 1965
    2. Visions of Johanna – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    3. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    4. Desolation Row – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 04, 1965
    5. Positively 4th Street – Single only – recorded July 29, 1965
    6. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 16, 1966
    7. It Ain’t Me Babe – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    8. Girl From the North Country – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 23, 1963
    10. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    11. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) – Blonde On Blonde – recorded January 25, 1966
    12. Ballad Of A Thin Man – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    13. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    14. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded December 06, 1962
    15. I Threw It All Away – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 13, 1969
    16. Chimes of Freedom – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    17. I Want You – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    18. All Along the Watchtower – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967
    19. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded November 14, 1962
    20. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    21. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    22. The Times They Are a-Changin’ – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    23. One Too Many Mornings – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    24. Blowin’ in the Wind – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded July 09, 1962
    25. My Back Pages – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    26. This Wheel’s on Fire – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967

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November 20: Bob Dylan singing “Desolation Row” in Uncasville, Connecticut 2001

They’re selling postcards of the hanging, they’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors, the circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner, they’ve got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker, the other is in his pants

Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, Connecticut
20 November 2001

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums)

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live performances from the year 1974

Being on tour is like being in limbo. It’s like going from nowhere to nowhere.
~Bob Dylan to John Rockwell, Jan 1974

I’m not a huge fan of the 74 Tour, but it had its moments.

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date January 3, 1974
End date February 14, 1974
Legs 1
No. of shows 40

The Bob Dylan and the Band 1974 Tour – often referred to as Tour ’74 – was a two-month concert tour in early 1974 that featured Bob Dylan, in his first real tour in eight years, performing with The Band.
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Bob Dylan’s best songs – Desolation Row (recorded August 4, 1965)

When you asked how I was doing
Was that some kind of joke?
All these people that you mention
Yes, I know them, they’re quite lame
I had to rearrange their faces
And give them all another name
~Desolation Row

Bob, where is Desolation Row?
Bob Dylan: Where? Oh, that’s someplace in Mexico. It’s across the border. It’s noted for it’s coke factory. Coca-Cola machines are… sells -… sell a lotta Coca-Cola down there.
~San Francisco Press Conference – Dec 3, 1965

TOC

  1. Facts
  2. Quotes
  3. Lyrics
  4. Live versions
  5. Cover versions

Facts

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