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01/18/2011

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I must congratulate you on this list - it is really very good. I try so often to list what I think are 'objectively' the greatest Dylan songs, but as you mention in your introduction it is very difficult to stop your personal favourites and feelings about certain songs from boosting them higher than they should be. I think you haven't let that happen at all and in consequence you have produced a really very good list.

Naturally we all have our own ideas of what constitutes a top ten Dylan songs list, so I have to say mine would be every so slightly different. I think you are very brave putting Subterranean Homesick Blues as his 2nd greatest song. It might be a top 10, for the reasons you state, but I think there are songs he has written that exceed it in every way. I think Ballad of a Thin Man should always be in a top 10 Dylan list, it is better than Desolation Row IMO. How about A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall? That should take the place of Don't Think Twice It's Allright. Mine would probably look like this:

1. Like A Rolling Stone
2. Visions of Johanna
3. Its Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
4. A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
6. Ballad of A Thin Man
7. Just Like a Woman
8. Tanged Up In Blue
9. Mr Tambourine Man
10. Times They Are a Changing


things do not change;we change.sell your clothes and keep your thoughts

thank you for having a good discussion on this topic

Soon thereafter the first man prayed for a house, clothes and more food. The next day, like magic, all of these things were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.

I'd put Maggie's Farm up there. The most enjoyable and raucous F#@k you ever put to melody ! He basically tells the folk community where to shove it, if they can't handle his artistic explorations.

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