"I was so much older then/I'm younger than that now." We'll be celebrating Bob Dylan's 71st birthday with a series of posts this week. As mercurial as Dylan has always been, there is one thing we do know: for as long as Dylan has been writing songs, he has been writing to, for and about New York City. Today, we'll start by delving into our favorite Dylan covers.
Take any so-called great song of the last 50 years, and we guarantee Bob Dylan has written a better one. It's a painful truth that every songwriter from John Lennon to Will.I.Am has had to face at some point. Popular music now lives in his shadow. Between that and the fact that more traditional singers have long been able to take the words out of Dylan's raspy voice and turn them into hit singles, musicians just keep coming back to the Dylan well again and again. There are well over 400 covers of "Blowin' In The Wind" alone!
So we've compiled some of our favorite Dylan covers ever—but we decided to skip over the big ones everyone likely already knows: Jimi Hendrix "All Along The Watchtower," Johnny Cash "It Ain't Over Me Babe," Julie Driscoll "This Wheel's On Fire," The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man," Stevie Wonder "Blowin' In The Wind," and Manfred Mann "The Mighty Quinn." They're without a doubt all iconic covers, but we're respectfully passing over them in favor of personal favorites and less-well-known ones. Click through for our 12 favorite Dylan covers, along with a list of songs just bubbling under. And if you have other favorites, let us know in the comments below.