Rolling Stone Tries To Pick The Ten Best Dylan Songs, Proves It Is Impossible

    List are cool. I’ve even been known to write a few of them. When it becomes a contest, however; that’s when things start to go wrong. Rolling Stone has no such fear, and has compiled a list it is billing as the ten best Dylan songs. It is as follows:


    10 “Every Grain of Sand” (Shot Of Love, 1981)
    09 “Visions of Johanna” (Blonde On Blonde, 1966)
    08 “Mr. Tambourine Man” (Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)
    07 “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” (Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)
    06 “I Shall Be Released” (Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, 1971)
    05 “All Along the Watchtower” (John Wesley Harding, 1967)
    04 “Just Like a Woman” (Blonde On Blonde, 1966)
    03 “Tangled Up In Blue” (Blood On the Tracks, 1975)
    02 “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963)
    01 “Like A Rolling Stone” (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)


    There won’t be too many arguments that “Like A Rolling Stone” is Dylan’s “best” song, even if the whole enterprise of picking is pretty meaningless. The rest of the list is also pretty strong, given that they are all Dylan songs from his prime, but fans will note the absence of a true protest song like “Blowin’ In The Wind” or “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and what many consider to be one of his long masterworks, “Desolation Row.” Personally, I’m surprised there isn’t anything on the list that came out after 1981’s (pretty weak) “Every Grain of Sand.” And that’s of course saying nothing about “Quinn the Eskimo” being left off. Manfred Mann must be shaking his fist to the heavens. [Stereogum]