Kick-Ass Bob Dylan Covers That Aren’t The 2 or 3 Everyone Knows

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Lists, Music
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“Who’s Bob Dylan?” the uninformed yutes ask (No, really, they may ask. A ton of folks didn’t even know who Paul McCartney was on this year’s Grammy Awards telecast). The answer: maybe the greatest American songwriter. No bigs. Many will argue, though, that his greatness as a lyricist is equaled by his his shittyness as a vocalist. I don’t know if I fully subscribe to that theory, but his singing voice—a cross between a hoarse Tom Waits and a raspy old granny crying for help after falling from her Rascal—does leave a little to be desired.

And he's commonly mistaken for a Gallifreyan Time Lord

Regardless, his is some of the most covered music in history. Hell, Bob Dylan was being covered long before he was even Bob Dylan. Most older folks first heard “Blowing in the Wind” performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and The Byrds made a hit out of “Mr. Tambourine Man”. The prolific songwriter’s own success only brought more popular covers like Manfred Mann’s “Mighty Quinn” and Johnny & June Carter Cash’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe.” Everyone from The Ramones to Jimi Hendrix have put their spin on his works. The latter’s “All Along the Watchtower,” one the best cover songs of all time, was an incredible interpretation that Dylan’s played in Hendrix’s style ever since. There are currently more than 2,200 renditions of Mr. Zimmerman’s songs available on iTunes. It’s ridiculous. I thought I’d share a handful, in no particular order, that I think are worthy of a slot in your music library…

  1. philrollett says:

    Some cool covers that I’ve not heard before, nice post

  2. rwhyan says:

    Great post. I had no idea his songs were covered this much. It’s a shame the kind of music ppl listen to these days. Hardly any of the music being made anymore takes real talent and when a band comes around that’s actually legit like The Black Keys, no one gives them the time of day.

    • Shawn Talley says:

      Thanks, man. I’ve actually heard The Black Keys a good bit lately on the radio–well, satellite radio–but I agree with what you’re saying. After seeing this ( come out of the irrelevant Grammy awards last night (the same “outcry” happened with Arcade Fire’s win last year) and the subsequent “Who is Paul McCartney?” smack I included in my post, it’s enough to make you pull your hair out. If folks dig on pop or hip-hop or country music, that’s fine, but it’s infuriating when they stay inside just one genre and don’t stray, especially when there’s so much good music of all kinds available just a couple of mouse clicks away.

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