“Tangled Up In Blue” might make my top 100 list if I bothered to compile one.
Dylan’s earlier work (e.g. “Like A Rolling Stone”) may have carried a lot of cultural import in its moment, but that’s not what makes a song great. A great song transcends its context and communicates something ineffable to those outside as well as inside the writer’s peer group, place, and time.
I don’t think “Like A Rolling Stone” is a complete success in doing so, and musically it’s just not all that charming either (despite Al Kooper’s worthy contributions on the organ).
Rollings Stones “Gimme Shelter” should be in the top five. And Kurt Cobain in the top ten? Really?
Bad decisions make good stories.
I didn’t go thru the entire 500 but I did see a lot of great songs and a fair number I never heard.
Pretty much stopped following ‘mainstream’ music between the late 1950s and the public’s discovery of folk music in the 1960s.
I don’t even recognize many of the current crop of performers if they’re not folk or CW.
I’ve never been a serious R&R fan: found some great, some good, lots of garbage.
Guess I’m showing my age.
Always been into classical, jazz. R&B, Middle Eastern, French chansons, Irish & Scottish music and ‘niche’ things like Klezmer & Gypsy.
While many songs are great because they capture perfectly the spirit of the times – Dylan’s The times they are a-changin’ – some are great because they transcend the zeitgeist by capturing that aspect of the current ethos which is universal and eternal.
All too much popular music seems to focus on trivia – teenage angst, puppy-love (and the scourge of acne?).
Woody Guthrie’s ballads of the Great Depression and labor battles speak to truths that are always with us, beyond the specific examples which inspired them.
Poverty, racism and injustice are eternal, as are courage, brotherhood and hard work.
Similarly, many songs of wartime speak of loss and separation that are part of the human condition.
It is worth remembering that the Founding Fathers were all traitors.
I think it is a good choice. I remember hearing it for the first time and being blown away by it…, and “Positively 4th Street” as well. And still am…, if either came on the radio right now…, I would quite typing…, and just listen to it. Matter of fact…, it already happened once this morning with “Like a Rolling Stone !!!!
every time RS does one of these polls (100 best guitarists, 100 best albums, etc.)because music is such a subjective conversation.
“Like a Rolling Stone?” Not even close. But it kinda figures, though..it is, after all, where they got the name for their rag.