As Facebook has pointed out to me, today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. Hot damn the guy is old, and people are still paying top dollar to see his wrinkled bones perform, just so they can say “I saw Dylan!” The world is a sick place. Here is a list of my favorite Zimmerman tracks, off the top of the dome (so don’t hold this against me, I would prolly come up with a completely different list two weeks from now). Truth be told, I was always more of a Neil Young fan, but us Minny Joos gots to look out for one another. Happy B-day Bobby!
(Note: YouTube is pretty hardcore about shutting down videos featuring the studio versions of Dylan songs. I tried to include as many as I could, but I had to get creative with some selections).
10. Like A Rolling Stone: The general consensus is that this is the best Dylan song there is. Heck, Rolling Stone magazine calls it the best song ever written (wonder why…). Good song no doubt, but quite played out.
9. Lovesick: I prolly never would have heard this song if it weren’t for the White Stripes’ badass cover of it. Proves that even in his later years, the guy could still write a decent tune.
8. The Times They Are a-Changin’: Have you ever seen the opening to the film version of The Watchmen? NOW YOU HAVE!!
7. Hurricane: My brother used to play this song endlessly on car rides to school. Needless to say, I still think it’s a good track.
6. Tangled Up In Blue: My Uncle Kevin Odegard played on this song, so it gets to be on my list.
5. Subterranean Homesick Blues: Cue cards mother fucker.
4. 4th Time Around: Believed to be a response to the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” which was itself musically trying to mimic Dylan. When I was in high school, my brother and I put it on a mix of songs we thought were cool to listen to while smoking marijuana. This one was his choice and it still boggles my mind to this day!
3. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue: Inspired the Joyce Carol Oates short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been.” Good story, great song.
2. Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands: When people rank Dylan albums, it usually comes down to Blonde On Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited. More often than not, Blonde On Blonde wins out, and I think it’s mostly due to this song. I would say that this is prolly his best song…
1. Ballad Of A Thin Man: But this is a list of my FAVORITE Dylan songs, and this is my number one. Catchy, wordy, funny, sometimes scary! He also gives a shout out to F. Scott Fitzgerald, another famous Minnesotan (but sadly not a Joo).