No My Chemical Romance’s “Desolation Row” is not included. That was an unfortunate inexcusable mistake.
Bob Dylan doest need introduction, if you dont know him you never listened to music, at least good music that is. His songs are anthem. His music is foundation of rock n roll and folk and other disputed genre even Lady Gaga. If you never discovered his music you probably slept in your history class or maybe you’re just every inch hopeless. Anyhow, if the good oldies are not your thing of fascination (poor audio recordings, rich composition is still good music) here are songs that are almost good as the original, if only they are the genius who made them. Also the artists covering the songs are not at all new and that speaks plain greatness that deserves tribute from the great.
Man In The Long Black Coat – Joan Osbourne
The vocals are just powerful but not forceful, easy on the ears but hard to process on your mind. If I thought of this song as something religious blame One of Us and her distinct vocals.
One More Cup of Coffee – The White Stripes
How can Jack White sound orgasmic and still ring misery in every note? Its perfectly a tribute when he audio copied the way Bob Dylan sung the chorus. This is completely fascinating to listen.
It Aint Me Babe – Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
One of personal Bob Dylan favorite I have to mention and the first family of country music singing it solidifies my trust in my music preference. Of course its more folkish country than it should be. Its amazing I ran out of appropriate words to describe it.
Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat – Beck
Whatever the title means. If you didnt bop your head to the rhythm there’s something wrong with you. I only wish the last five seconds of the song lasted another four minutes.
All Along the Watch Tower – Jimi Hendrix
Turn the lights off. Close your eyes. You’ll see what I mean, literally. Hendrix is the ultimate guitar god.
Masters of War – Pearl Jam
Did you shiver along with the vocals? Intentionally shake every words intensified the emotion that the song would like to convey.
Among the covers on this list, this song made me think of Bob Dylan the most, maybe because of the lyrics. This ballad is more powerful with the growling vocals to it and the sticky drumbeats that rides along smoothly to the thrilling guitars.
I cant find a video. Apologies.
If Not For You – George Harrison
Why would a Beatle cover other artists song? Because he is greater than them. George Harrison serenades us with charming vocals you wish he have done more love songs.
Maggie’s Farm – Rage Against the Machine
I didnt like RAtM but this song is an anthem of defiance and they killed and made me their fan.
My Back Pages – The Ramones
With the grandfather of punk covering it, what used to be a folk existential musing became as punk as Sheena. If you’re a fan of recent punk you must love the song.
Tomorrow Is A Long Time – Nick Drake
Just as soulful as every other Nick Drake song, the kind that seeps through and pinch your heart. Its pretty short for a Dylan song it will leave you listening to it again.
So folks is Bob Dylan the greatest musician ever or what?