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10 Bob Dylan Covers Worth Hearing

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Posted on 14 Feb 12


In celebration of 50 years of Amnesty International, a blockbuster Bob Dylan cover album boasting an all-star cast has been released, featuring over 80 artists - from Ke$ha (don’t bother) to QOTSA - doing tracks from the folk legend's bulky back catalogue.


Here are my top 10 Dylan covers, some from the new album and some from the past.

10Mariachi El Bronx - 'Love Sick'

The LA punks' side project turned Dylan’s dark blues ballad into a sweltering four minutes of Mexican influenced madness.

9George Harrison – 'If Not For You'

The quiet Beatle and fellow band-mate of Dylan in The Travelling Wilburys made the song his own with this acoustic cover.


8The White Stripes – 'One More Cup Of Coffee'

Covered by Jack and Meg on their self-titled debut album.

7The Byrds – 'Mr Tambourine Man'

The Byrds' version went on to eclipse the original. Released in 1965, it went straight to Number One in the US charts.


6Sufjan Stevens – 'Ring Them Bells'

Sumptuously arranged in typical Sufjan fashion, adorned with horns, banjos and trumpets galore.

5Queens Of The Stone Age – 'Outlaw Blues'

Dylan’s fuzzy 12-bar blues track - from album 'Bringing It All Back Home' - had a Desert Session makeover. The results were blistering.


4Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – 'It Ain't Me Babe'

A country makeover from the legendary couple.

3PJ Harvey – 'Highway 61 Revisited'

An adventurous overhaul of the song from the ever-inventive Harvey.

2Rage Against The Machine - 'Maggie’s Farm'

RATM get their hands on Dylan’s rebel song, with incendiary results.

1The Jimi Hendrix Experience – 'All Along The Watchtower'

But of course. The most famous Dylan cover, better known even than the original. Dylan himself has been influenced by it -the version he plays live nowadays bears the fiery hallmarks of Hendrix's reading.


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