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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My Morning Jacket sings 5 Bob Dylan songs – Happy Birthday Jim James

I think that’s one of the coolest things about Bob Dylan — that nobody really knows what the fuck goes on with him. And that’s great. That’s awesome. That’s how it should be.
–> Jim James (to Matt Sullivan – 2011)

James Edward Olliges Jr. (born April 27, 1978), professionally known as Jim James or Yim Yames, is an American vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket. He has also released several solo albums.

You’re a Big Girl Now

Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me off my feet
And I’m back in the rain, oh
And you are on dry land
You made it there somehow
You’re a big girl now


From the album “Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan” (2012)

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Johnny Winter sings Bob Dylan

That’s the highway [Highway 61] I was sorta born on. It goes into Mississippi. And plus, I’m a groupie. I really am, just like anyone else. I like Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and The Beatles. A lot of their songs relate to me personally, even though I haven’t written them.

Wikipedia:

John Dawson “Johnny” Winter III (February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014) was an American singer and guitarist. Winter was known for his high-energy blues rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s. He also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

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Patti Smith sings 7 Bob Dylan songs – Happy birthday Patti Smith

I was influenced by Bob Dylan in so many ways as a young person
–> Patti Smith (2015)

Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Like a Rolling Stone

Montreux 2005

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November 27: Jimi Hendrix birthday – 5 Bob Dylan covers

Sometimes I do a Dylan song and it seems to fit me so right that I figure maybe I wrote it. Dylan didn’t always do it for me as a singer, not in the early days, but then I started listening to the lyrics. That sold me.
– Jimi Hendrix, Beat International 1969

I love Dylan. I only met him once, about three years ago, back at the Kettle of Fish on MacDougal Street. That was before I went to England. I think both of us were pretty drunk at the time, so he probably doesn’t remember it.
– Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stone Magazine

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years, but he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”.

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Bruce Springsteen Sings 8 Bob Dylan Songs – Happy Birthday Boss

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert in Cleveland, Ohio on September 2nd, 1995. – Photo by Kevin Mazur

PG: Recently here, Bruce Springsteen’s gone down very well. Do you like him?
Bob Dylan: Yeah, Bruce is a very, very talented guy.
PG: Did you know that Bruce has included This Land Is Your Land in his concert program?
Bob Dylan: Oh he has? That’s amazing! That’s good. Well maybe he’ll start doing Blowin’ In The Wind! Maybe he’ll do an album with Bob Dylan songs!
– Paul Gambaccini Interview (June 1981)

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is both a solo artist and the leader of the E Street Band. He received critical acclaim for his early 1970s albums and attained worldwide fame upon the release of Born to Run in 1975. During a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen has become known for his poetic and socially conscious lyrics and lengthy, energetic stage performances, earning the nickname “The Boss”. He has recorded both rock albums and folk-oriented works, and his lyrics often address the experiences and struggles of working-class Americans.

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