Randy Newman born 1943; on 11-28-70 Bob Dylan’s “New Morning” LP was No. 1 in England.
To coincide with his newest album “Tempest”, Japanese magazine Record Collectors Magazine recently ran an article called (approximately) “Bob Dylan’s 100 Best Songs”.
- Like A Rolling Stone (from “Highway 61 Revisited”)
- Just Like A Woman (from “Blonde on Blonde”)
- Subterranean Homesick Blues (from “Bringing It All Back Home”)
- Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright (from “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”)
- I Want You (from “Blonde on Blonde”)
- Tangled Up In Blue (from “Blood On The Tracks”)
- Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (from “Blonde on Blonde”)
- Blowin’ In The Wind (from “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”)
- All Along The Watchtower (from “John Wesley Harding”)
- I Shall Be Released (from “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2”)
So, three tracks from “Blonde on Blonde”? Some famous ones here; it seems to me that “All Along The Watchtower” is here because of the Jimi Hendrix version? It’s definitely not the strongest track on “John Wesley Harding”! Interesting, too – only one 70’s track!
Some of my favorite Dylan songs have a lower ranking than the Top 10: “Desolation Row” (#16), “Maggie’s Farm” (#23), “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” (#30), “Ballad of a Thin Man” (#31), “Positively 4th Street” (#32), “Tears of Rage” (co-written with Richard Manuel of The Band) (#37), “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” (#47), “This Wheel’s On Fire” (co-written with Rick Danko of The Band) (#53), “Can You Please Crawl Out You Window?” (#54), “Masters Of War” (#82), and “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (#98). And, of course, they missed a few good ones altogether.
I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for over 45 years, folks. I come and go, with this artist. Sometimes, I go for a few years and don’t listen to much, other years – I binge on his output. Bob’s been part of the circus for decades now. And he still walks the Earth!
I have never troubled my organizational skills to try and put together my list of his best songs, ‘cause I feel that it’s up to any individual listener to determine this. It’s neat that a Japanese magazine did a list, because that gives us an insight into how he’s perceived globally.
I saw him live once; I went to his museum exhibition at the Skirball Center in L.A.; I bought all of his SA-CD’s (even the albums I am less sure of); “The Basement Tapes” is one of my favorite all-time albums.