Monday, March 12, 2007

Random Top Ten

Random Top Ten!!

Top Ten Bob Dylan Songs

10. "Bye and Bye" - A slow, sly shuffle of a song featuring some great organ fills and some very corny jokes ("I'm sitting on my watch/So I can be on time.")

9. "Moonlight" - A delicate, old-fashioned courting ballad. ("Won't you/Meet me/Out in the moonlight alone?")

8. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" - There's a demo version on the No Direction Home soundtrack, a version Dylan cut for the record company to help sell the song to artists, that's just gorgeous in its simplicity.

7. "Not Dark Yet" - An aching look at the end of life.

6. "Just Like a Woman" - One of Dylan's most-covered gems. I'm fond of his 1975 live version, faster and more rocking than the traditional acoustic version.

5. "Visions of Johanna" - Another song that's withstood many interpretations, many by Dylan himself.

4. "Tangled Up in Blue"
3. "A Simple Twist of Fate"
It was the one-two punch of these stellar acoustic songs on Blood on the Tracks that really made me fall in love with Dylan in the first place.

2. "Like a Rolling Stone" - The tipping point, and perhaps the most important song in rock and roll history.

1. "Sugar Baby" - This Love and Theft closing track is completely haunting in its stately, slow funereal cadences and in the way Dylan invests the lyrics with such weariness and resignation. A master class in singing.

Until Whenever

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