The 111 Best Bob Dylan Songs

Happy 75th birthday, Bob! He’s probably one of the few artists I could post 1111 songs for….but who has the time?

Here are the 111 Best Songs by Bob Dylan:

1. Hurricane (Desire)

2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

3. My Back Pages (Another Side of Bob Dylan)

4. It Ain’t Me Babe (Another Side of Bob Dylan)

5. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bringing It All Back Home)

6. Lay, Lady, Lay (Nashville Skyline)

7. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid)

8. Masters of War (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

9. A Hard Rain’s A-Going Fall (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

10. With God On Our Side (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

11. Like a Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited)

12. Things Have Changed (Wonder Boys Soundtrack)

13. Tangled Up In Blue (Blood on the Tracks)

14. Wedding Song (Planet Waves)

15. Ballad of a Thin Man (Highway 61 Revisited)

16. Stuck Inside of Memphis with the Mobile Blues (Blonde on Blonde)

17. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Bob Dylan)

18. I Want You (Blonde on Blonde)

19. Desolation Row (Highway 61 Revisited)

20. Precious Angel (Slow Train Coming)

21. The Times They Are A-Changin’ (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

22. Tombstone Blues (Highway 61 Revisited)

23. You Ain’t Going Nowhere (Basement Tapes)

24. Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest (John Wesley Harding)

25. Bob Dylan’s Dream (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

26. Simple Twist of Fate (Blood on the Tracks)

27. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

28. Only A Pawn in Their Game (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

29. Absolutely Sweet Marie (Blonde on Blonde)

30.  Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bringing It All Back Home)

31. All Along the Watchtower (John Wesley Harding)

32. Love Sick (Time Out of Mind)

33. North Country Blues (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

34. You’re No Good (Bob Dylan)

35. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Blonde on Blonde)

36. Tonight, I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Nashville Skyline)

37. Blowin’ In The Wind (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

38. Girl From North Country (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan/Nashville Skyline)

39. Maggie’s Farm (Bringing It All Back Home)

40. Visions of Johanna (Blonde on Blonde)

41. Dignity (Greatest Hits 3)

42. Just Like A Woman (Blonde on Blonde)

43. One More Night (Nashville Skyline)

44. Most of the Time (Oh, Mercy)

45. He Was a Friend Of Mine (Bootleg Series Volume 1)

46. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts (Blood on the Tracks)

47. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream (Bringing It All Back Home)

48. Boots of Spanish Leather (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

49.  You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Blood on the Tracks)

50. Most Likely You’ll go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine (Biograph)

51. Going To Alcapulco (Basement Tapes)

52. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (Bringing It All Back Home)

53. Jokerman (Infidels)

54. Not Dark Yet (Time Out of Mind)

55. Political World (Oh, Mercy)

56. Highway 61 Revisited (Highway 61 Revisited)

57. Mississippi (Love and Theft)

58. Idiot Wind (Blood on the Tracks)

59. Quinn The Eskimo (Self Portrait)

60. One More Cup of Coffee (Desire)

61. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry (Highway 61 Revisited)

62. Going Going Gone (Planet Waves)

63. The Ballad of Hollis Brown (The Times They Are A-Changin’)

64. Shelter From The Storm (Blood on the Tracks)

65. Honest With Me (Love and Theft)

66. All I Really Want To Do (Another Side of Bob Dylan)

67. Changing of the Guards (Street Legal)

68. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky (Empire Burlesque)

69. Fixin’ To Die (Bob Dylan)

70. Forever Young (Planet Waves)

71. You’re a Big Girl Now (Blood on the Tracks)

72. If You Ever Go To Houston (Together Through Life)

73. Million Dollar Bash (Basement Tapes)

74. Highlands (Time Out of Mind)

75. On A Night Like This (Planet Waves)

76. Lily of the West (Dylan)

77. Tell Me That It Isn’t True (Nashville Skyline)

78. Just Like Tom Thumb Blues (Highway 61 Revisited)

79. She Belongs to Me (Bringing It All Back Home)

80. Highway 51 Blues (Bob Dylan)

81. I’ll Remember You (Empire Burlesque)

82. As I Went Out One Morning (John Wesley Harding)

83. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (John Wesley Harding)

84. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Bob Dylan)

85. Sweetheart Like You (Infidels)

86. Nobody ‘Cept You (Bootleg Series Volume 2)

87. Standing In The Doorway (Time Out of Mind)

88. Covenant Woman (Saved)

89. Mozambique (Desire)

90. To Ramona (Another Side of Bob Dylan)

91. If You See Her, Say Hello (Blood on the Tracks)

92. In Search of Little Sadie (Self Portrait)

93. Sara (Desire)

94. Blackjack Davey (Good As I Been To You)

95. Thunder On the Mountain (Modern Times)

96. Chimes of Freedom (Another Side of Bob Dylan)

97. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee (Love and Theft)

98. Emotionally Yours (Empire Burlesque)

99. Series of Dreams (Bootleg Series Volume 3)

100. Tears of Rage (Basement Tapes)

101. If Not for You (New Morning)

102. Talkin’ World War III Blues (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

103. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (Biograph)

104. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – (Bringing It All Back Home)

105. World Gone Wrong (World Gone Wrong)

106. From A Buick 6 (Highway 61 Revisited)

107. I Shall Be Free (Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

108. I Threw It All Away (Nashville Skyline)

109. Caribbean Wind (Biograph)

110. Buckets of Rain (Blood on the Tracks)

111. Ain’t Talkin’ (Modern Times)

The 11 Most Popular Record Store Day Ebay Flips 2015

You can’t read anything about Record Store Day anymore without reading some article whose author spends pages of digital content, complaining about the vinyl holiday. “It’s killing independent stores,” “it excludes indie labels,” and it’s only for unnecessary major label titles.”  You know what would be worse than Record Store Day?  NO RECORD STORE DAY.  A world where there is nothing promoting independent records stores, causing them to fade and dissolve into music history alongside the 8-track, mini-disc, and reel-to-reel.  But today, music stores are alive and well…in part, thanks to record store day.  Record stores having to deal with throngs of audiophiles twice a year (Black Friday) is a way better scenario than dealing with foreclosure.  .

Another complaint comes from independent labels themselves who have found their material excluded by the event coordinators.  Read here about Father/Daughter’s comp, which seemed like a rather cool release.  Sure there are some releases that get excluded…and there are some titles that seem unnecessary.  But even if we’re talking about 10% of the titles or even 25% of the released titles being unnecessary…that still leaves 300 great vital releases!  Isn’t it worth some crap to get some gold?  That said, I’m not even sure how we determine which titles are unnecessary.  I read bloggers claiming the Citizen Dick release was the most unnecessary title this year…it’s an unreleased Pearl Jam song from the 1991/Ten era version of the band!  I bought it and it’s the title I’ve listened to more than any other release.  If someone wants to buy them…then doesn’t that make them necessary?  (and the Citizen Dick record just missed this list…so the 12th most popular record flip is somehow unnecessary?  Okay…)

That said…it’s hard to determine prior to the holiday which albums will sell out in seconds and which ones will linger until August.  Some of the most talked about releases including Courtney Barnett, Brian Eno, and Run The Jewels were still available at stores late on Sunday afternoon.  While others (like Brand New) had people lining up the night before.  I mean seriously, how is Brand New’s reissue of a 12-year old album that is readily available on Spotify and itunes AND coming out in wide release next month the number one Ebay flip merely because it comes in a paper bag?  Every store I visiting had people waiting 12-24 hours for this record.

For this list, I determined the ranking based on list price versus Ebay sale…and what was the greatest increase in comparison to the price.  Stereogum lists Jurassic 5’s $100 Ebay sale as a big flip…but the list price was $90 to begin with.  That’s only a $10 increase.  Same with Phish’s Live 1995 6-disc set that listed at $160 but sold for $200.  The biggest flips versus price, I believe, truly shows what were the must-have vinyls of RSD 2015.

Here are the biggest Ebay Flips of Record Store Day 2015:

  1. Elvis Presley – My Happiness (List price $12 – Ebay price $245) 20.5x increase
  2. Brand New – Deja Entendu (List price $28 – Ebay price $384) 13.7x increase
  3. Interpol – Everything Is Wrong (List price $9 – Ebay price $99) 11x increase
  4. John Prine – September 78 (List price $25 – Ebay price $227) 10.1x increase
  5. David Bowie – Changes (List price $11 – Ebay price $99) 9x increase
  6. Bob Dylan – Basement Tapes (List price $30 – Ebay price $250) 8.3x increase
  7. Citizen Dick – Touch Me I’m Dick (List price $11 – Ebay price $69) 6.3x increase
  8. Ryan Adams – Come Pick Me Up (List price $9 – Ebay price $59) 5.9x increase
  9. U2 – Songs of Innocence (List price $36 – Ebay price $199) 5.5x increase
  10. Twenty One Pilots – The LC LP (List price $20 – Ebay price $99) 4.9x increase
  11. Foo Fighters – Songs From The Laundry Room (List price $20 – Ebay price $99) 4.9x increase

Honorable Mention:

Paul McCartney’s Sweet Trash sold for a ridiculous $895 but I didn’t include it since it’s signed by Sir Mac (which obviously alters the true value of the vinyl).

Here are some other fun lists:



The 11 Best Songs By Bob Dylan (1969-1971)

I think we need Bob Dylan now more than ever.  The US is on the brink of war and instead of centering our social debate around this event, we’re obsessed with an ex-Disney porn star who can’t carry a note.  Dylan has never been known for his vocal range and he’s always had a knack for thumbing his nose at the establishment.  But Dylan never wanted to be the voice of his generation, he became the voice out of the purity of his lyrics and emotions.  He questioned societal restraints and fought for the rights of the lower classes, the persecuted races, and the underprivileged.  He didn’t do it for fame and fortune, he did it because he believed in it. During the height of the Vietnam War, Dylan’s voice was a beacon of hope.  As if saying that change could come if we demanded more of ourselves.  Dylan never promised the answers but only opened the door by saying…”what if…”  Mylie Cyrus covered a Bob Dylan song a couple years back (You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go).  Though she did a competent version there’s something missing.  The human element.  It was too clinical.  Too perfect.  And that’s not what Dylan was about.  He wasn’t about a crazy stage show.  He wasn’t about elaborate costumes (except for may the Rolling Thunder Revue).  Dylan played for the music.  And his music has changed the world. The world is becoming a more radical place.  We need less drugged out teddy bears and a little more tambourine, man.

The 10th edition of the Bootleg Series is out now.  Another Self Portrait focuses on demos, outtakes, and unreleased material from three Dylan albums (Nahsville Skyline, New Morning, and Self Portrait) between 1969-1971.

Here are the 11 Best Bob Dylan Songs (1969-1971):

  1. Lay Lady Lay (Nashville Skyline)
  2. Early Mornin’ Rain (Self Portrait)
  3. Tell Me That It Isn’t True (Nashville Skyline)
  4. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Nashville Skyline)
  5. If Not For You (New Morning)
  6. I Threw It All Away (Nashville Skyline)
  7. Days of ’49 (Self Portrait)
  8. Girl From The North Country (Nashville Skyline)
  9. Alberta #1 (Self Portrait)
  10. New Morning (New Morning)
  11. The Man In Me (New Morning)

Buy Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series Volume 10, Another Self Portrait…now!


The 11 Best albums of 2009: 34-44 (Part 2)

With the end of decade sending everyone scrambling to make decade topping lists, let’s not forget all the good music that made this year one of the better musical years of the decade.
Don’t forget to vote in our annual “best of.”  Just send us your top 20 albums of the year…or as many as you can think of, if you can’t think of 20.  We take all albums…all genres…just be sure they were released in 2009.  To vote, just put your list in the comments section of the blog…or email us.
Here 11 Best Albums of 2009: 34-44 (Part 2):
34.  MobyWait for Me (Shot In The Back of the Head) – only $5.00
35.  Kid CudiMan on the Moon
36.  Au Revoir SimoneStill Night, Still Light – only $5.00 
37.  Rodrigo y Gabriela11:11  -only $5.00
38.  Julian PlentiJulian Plenti…is a Skyscraper
39.  CursiveMama, I’m Swollen (What Have I Done)
40.  Green Day21st Century Breakdown (East Jesus Nowhere)
41.  The EditorsIn This Light and On This Evening
42.  Great Lake SwimmersLost Channels
43.  Bob DylanTogether Through Life 
44.  Alice in ChainsBlack Gives Way To Blue