Bob Dylan, the living legend, is celebrating his milestone birthday today as he turns 80. Known as a master of folk music, Dylan has embraced every form of popular music and his influence spans all genres.
Dylan deliberately pursued a rock-based sound and as a fruitful result made him a cultural icon of the 1960s. Over the evolving decades, this music legend has always sought to push his musical boundaries, releasing a number of hit albums. Something else about Dylan that made him stand out was the effort he puts into drawing a beautiful body of work.
Aside from his lyrical writing and singing, another thing Dylan was famous for was Never Ending Tour. In 2016, this folk music master held 75 concerts during his tour, the lowest concerts Dylan had given in a year since the debut of the Never Ending Tour in 1988.
To celebrate the 80th birthday of the living legend, here is a list of Bob Dylan’s top 5 music albums:
1. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) – This was Dylan’s first classical album that marked him as a mature composer. In it, he successfully documented the Cuban Missile Crisis with songs such as “Masters of War”, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”. His love songs – “Girl from the North Country” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” are sure to melt your heart.
2. Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – This album is simply split into two halves, electrical and acoustic. Over 20 minutes of adrenaline rush of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” kicks off the electric side. However, the four acoustic tracks, including “Mr Tambourine Man” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” represent the best work of classic Dylan songs.
3. John Wesley Harding (1967) – Dylan released this album after a motorcycle accident, which was a spiritual celebration of the poor and oppressed. And it became one of Dylan’s most influential and remarkable works. Of the lot, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and “Drifter’s Escape” will take a gentle ride.
4. Desire (1975) – Desire basically unraveled Dylan’s ability to be a storyteller. “Hurricane”, “Isis” and “Stab” are the three main highlights of this album. Dylan conveyed multiple stories through this album, which may not be factually correct, but the audience took it on an emotional journey.
5. Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020) – Dylan’s 39th studio album was extremely stunning and critically acclaimed, proving that the singer-songwriter still has a lot to offer.
Loaded with references to the 20th-century cultural landscape, “Murder Most Foul” is the most talked-about item in this remarkable back catalog.
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