Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

The Top Ten Bob Dylan Songs

In light of new, previously unreleased recordings from the music icon, we look at some of his greatest works

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: July 4th, 2014 in Culture » Music » News

The Top Ten Bob Dylan Songs

Young or old, you can’t help but have grown up listening to the meaningful lyrics of Bob Dylan. His work, which often feels more like poetry than it does music, is iconic in both it’s style and meaning.

With a stash of Dylan songs just having been discovered, we at ShalomLife decided to list the ten best Dylan songs we know before his newly found works take audiences by storm.

10.


Every Grain Of Sand (1981)

Although Every Grain Of Sand is filled with religious imagery, as Dylan became a devout Christian later on in his life, this song has been appreciated by audiences of every faith. Listeners finish the song with haunting imagery, a gentle yet compelling guitar, and the feeling that they’re part of something bigger.

9.


Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

Like much of Dylan’s work, Mr. Tambourine Man is a soft melody played predominantly on guitar, and harmonica, of course. The lyrics have been a source of debate since the song’s first release, as some people believe it’s about being high on psychedelic drugs, while others believe it’s a song about the audiences expectations of artists. While the lyrics may be up for debate, we can all agree the song, and it’s artistic influences, are beautiful.

8.


Visions Of Johanna (1966)

Unlike the previous two songs on our list, Visions Of Johanna is a more upbeat and fast paced number whose lyrics, much like us all, try to resolve the difference between the carnal and the spiritual. The song is about the earthly desires of Gill and the unattainable wants and influences of Johanna, who’s never really there but always with him. Perhaps more poetry than music, with its subtle lyrics, Visions Of Johanna is a definite Dylan classic.

7.


Lay Lady Lay (1969)

While Dylan may have become famous thanks to his high pitched and nasal voice, Lay Lady Lay is different in that his voice keeps a distinctly low tone through the whole piece. The song, which is about a man trying to convince his lover to stay the night, is captivating like the rest of Dylan’s work, although perhaps even more so as it’s different from his other works.

6.


Tangled Up In Blue (1975)

An artist to try new things, Dylan’s 1975 hit Tangled Up In Blue clearly reflects his interest in Cubism and art movements of the time. A song that plays with time, mixing the past, present and future into one timeline, it’s fast paced, uplifting, and a joy to listen to. Although the lyrics are open to interpretation and can be a bit difficult to untangle, it would seem the song is of a love that ended and he’s determined to get back, or revisit.

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