Happy 70th birthday Bob Dylan!
There's a whole lot of tributes to him around today (the most comprehensive in Rolling Stone, natch) and Bono's may be the best, saying: “I love to hear a song that changes everything. That's the reason I'm in a band: David Bowie's "Heroes," Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." But at the top of this dysfunctional family tree sits the king of spitting fire himself, the juggler of beauty and truth, our own Willy Shakespeare in a polka-dot shirt. It's why every songwriter after him carries his baggage and why this lowly Irish bard would proudly carry his luggage. Any day.”
Instead of carrying luggage, we thought it might be better to look at the best cover versions of his songs. After all, the man should be serenaded on his birthday, right?
10. Dixie Chicks, “Mississippi”
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9. Antony & The Johnsons, “Knockin' on Heaven's Door”
8. Jerry Garcia Band, “Tangled Up in Blue”
7. Chrissie Hynde, “I Shall Be Released”
6. Patti Labelle, “Forever Young”
5. U2, “Maggie's Farm”
4. Rolling Stones, “Like a Rolling Stone”
3. Nina Simone, “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”
2. Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, “It Ain't Me Babe”
1. Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower”