Zach’s Top 5 Favorite Bob Dylan Songs [MUSIC]
He not only has one of the most recognizable singing voices in the world, his music is purely amazing. His songs are full of poetry and deep meaning–with some calling him the greatest living poet alive today. Bob Dylan is undeniably a living legend. “The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In April 2012, President Obama named Dylan as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” according to Wikipedia. He is definitely one of my favorite musicians. And, today, I would like to share with you my Top 5 Favorite Bob Dylan Songs.
"If Not For You"
This song was released back in 1970 and makes my list for its poetic lyrics. "If not for you, winter would have no spring. Couldn't hear the robins sing. I I just wouldn't have a clue. Anyway, it wouldn't ring true. If not for you." Definitely a classic love song. This song was also covered by George Harrison. In the video version below, they are singing it together.
"Mr. Tambourine Man"
Making my list at number four, definitely one of his classics, here's Mr. Tambourine Man. According to Wikipedia, ""Mr. Tambourine Man" has been covered by many artists over the years, including at least 13 versions recorded in 1965 alone."
"The Times They Are A-Changin'"
"A self-conscious protest song, it is often viewed as a reflection of the generation gap and of the political divide marking American culture in the 1960s. Dylan, however, disputed this interpretation in 1964, saying "Those were the only words I could find to separate aliveness from deadness. It had nothing to do with age." A year later, Dylan would say: "I can't really say that adults don't understand young people any more than you can say big fishes don't understand little fishes. I didn't mean "The Times They Are a-Changin'" as a statement... It's a feeling," according to Wikipedia. However you interpret the song, it has great lyrics and the poetry in it is amazing.
"Blowin' in the Wind"
This one was close to being number one, but it made a very close number two rank. This song is undoubtably one of Dylan's best. Released in 1963, it gained recognition as a song of peace and one of anti-war. It's one of my favorites because of how poetic it is. "Yes, how many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry? Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died? The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind."
"All Along the Watchtower"
And, here it is, my all time favorite Bob Dylan song--All Along the Watchtower. The harmonica and Dylan's distinctive vocals are the best parts about this song. The song, written by Dylan, gained even more popularity after Jimi Hendrix released his version of the it. Interesting fact about the song, "Over the past 35 years, he [Dylan] has performed it in concert more than any of his other songs. Different versions appear on four of Dylan's live albums," according to Wikipedia.