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My favorite (and in my opinion, most talented), songwriter of all time is Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan emerged as a singer/songwriter for the American folk rock scene of the 1960’s. He was influential in defining the counter-cultural beat nick and folk music of Greenwich Village, and was known to many, as the “voice of a generation.” With songs such as “The Times They are a-Changin” and Blowin’ in the Wind,” Dylan gave voice to the anti-war and Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.
Dylan is notoriously famous for abandoning his folk rock roots, going electric with the song “Like a Rolling Stone” back in 1965. Fun fact – “Like a Rolling Stone” topped the list at #1 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (yes, it’s THAT good).
There are few artists that even come close to the genius of Bob Dylan’s lyrics. My personal favorite song is “Mr. Tambourine Man,” which contains my favorite piece of lyrical poetry I’ve ever heard:
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow
All you have to do is burn some incense, play this song, close your eyes, and get lost in the lyrics. Trust me, it’s the best therapy money CAN’T buy.
See below for my Bob Dylan playlist, which contains all of his hits, plus my personal faves. I’ve also included some present-day artists who are inspired by the sounds of Dylan, in case you’re interested in hearing more of the folk-rock sounds, with a modern twist. Happy listening!
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