Let’s kick things off on Recliner Notes by recognizing Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday with a year-long celebration of his music. I have compiled a list of 80 of my favorite Dylan songs; each will get their own post exploring what makes them significant to me. I’ll write about the songs in alphabetical order (with a few exceptions). You will find no rankings here. I’m not trying to start a fight. This is not college football. Want to listen to the songs right now? All 80 are here in this Spotify playlist:
I’ll share this playlist at the bottom of every post for easy access. You will notice that the playlist doesn’t add up to 80. My math isn’t wrong; Spotify does not have two of the songs included in my list. Each post will have links to the songs in YouTube as well if you don’t have a Spotify account. Some of the song posts will have links to unreleased studio or live versions of the songs to help reflect on Dylan’s process.
To reiterate, these songs are my favorites. Some are his most well known songs , and others are very obscure. In fact, you may hate some of these songs. Many I didn’t care for or appreciate when I first heard them. Also, you won’t find some of Dylan’s most well known songs. Work such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” don’t hold any mystery for me anymore.
Want to comment on the post? Sure, go ahead. No fights, though. Again, this is not college football. Also, follow Recliner Notes on Facebook and Twitter. At some point, I’ll launch a podcast to continue the conversation and bring others on to let me know when I’m right or wrong. Stay tuned!