Watch the video below ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ video when you consider Allen Ginsberg’s comments – ‘Dylan had become a column of air, so to speak, at certain moments, where his total physical and mental focus was this single breath coming out of his body. He had found a way in public to be almost like a shaman, with all of his intelligence and consciousness focused on his breath”
This time last year I conducted a survey in the Expecting Rain (ER) Bob Dylan discussion forum about what participants felt were their 10 favourite Bob Dylan songs.
Readers were asked to post their 10 favourite Dylan songs of all time and each song listed would receive 1 vote. It was also stipulated that readers ‘should vote according to what is your favourite song and not what you think are considered (by the larger community etc) to be his best’.
58 submissions of 10 favourite songs were received with a total of 147 Bob Dylan songs voted.
Here is a list of favourite Bob Dylan songs which received 10 or more votes by the ER community:
25 votes Visions of Johanna (Album: Blonde on Blonde 1966)
22 votes Tangled Up in Blue (Blood on the Tracks 1975)
19 votes Mississippi (Love And Theft 2001)
18 votes Blind Willie McTell (The Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3)
18 votes Desolation Row (Highway 61 Revisited 1965)
16 votes Idiot Wind (Blood On The Tracks 1975)
14 votes Every Grain Of Sand (Shot Of Love 1981)
14 votes Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited 1965)
14 votes Mr. Tambourine Man (Bringing It All Back Home 1965)
11 votes Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1963)
11 votes It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding (Bringing It All Back Home 1965)
11 votes Not Dark Yet (Time Out Of Mind 1997)
11 votes Shelter From the Storm (Blood On The Tracks 1975)
10 votes A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1963)
10 votes Abandoned Love (Biograph 1985)
- Bob Dylan Goes Interactive (firstclassmusik.wordpress.com)
- An illuminating account of Bob Dylan in the post Motorcycle era at Woodstock – A memoir by John Brandt (observationblogger.wordpress.com)
- Bookends: Bob Dylan: Musician or Poet? (nytimes.com)