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

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1984

Bob Dylan in Verona, May 1984. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs

Music crosses every boundary there is. I just wish there was more to (American) music now. To me, it’s at an all time low. All that promise from the ‘60s has been lost. Everyone is chasing after that sterile synthesizer sound – all those drum machines. The (human) heart doesn’t beat like those machines. It’s out of touch. The best music is people expressing themselves – and you don’t always find that on records anymore. The best singers I’ve heard in recent years are on the street on New York and New Orleans. There’s nothing self-conscious about them. But you don’t see them, cause they don’t fit on cable TV.
-Bob Dylan (Robert Hilburn Interview, West Berlin, June 13, 1984)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date May 28, 1984
End date July 8, 1984
Legs 1
No. of shows 27 in Europe

NBC Studios
Rockefeller Center
New York City, New York
22 March 1984

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica)
  • Justin Poskin (guitar)
  • Tony Marsico (bass)
  • Chalo Quintana (drums)

Jokerman

Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing


Minestadio del F.C. Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
28 June 1984

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Mick Taylor (guitar)
  • Ian McLagan (keyboards)
  • Greg Sutton (bass)
  • Colin Allen (drums)

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Well it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
Ifin’ you don’t know by now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It’ll never do some how



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October 27: Bob Dylan released Infidels in 1983

….I wanted to call my next album, whenever I made it, Surviving In A Ruthless World. I wanted to call it that. Before we even went into the studio, “The next album I do I’m gonna call Surviving in a Ruthless World”. But something was holding me back from it, because for some reason… somebody pointed out to me that the last bunch of albums that I made all started with the letter S. And I’d say, “Is that right?” There must be a story or something. I didn’t want to do another one beginning with S just f for superstitious reasons. I didn’t want to get bogged down in the letter S whatever the letter S stands for. And this Infidels came out, just came into my head one day, I guess. This was after we had that album done that it just came in my head that this is the right title for this album. I mean, I don’t know any more about it than anybody else really. I did it. I did the album, and I call it that, but what it means is for other people to interpret, you know, if it means something to them. Infidels is a word that’s in the dictionary and whoever it applies to… to everybody on the album, every character. Maybe it’s all about infidels.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder in March 1984)

Bob Dylan – Jokerman (official video):

 

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