Bob Dylan is an icon of popular music. With a career spanning six decades, it’s unsurprising that almost everyone of note lists The Bard is a formative influence. He’s such a huge figure that many have even performed or recorded their own versions of tracks from the folk legend’s bulky back catalogue. We thought we’d delve into the archives to find the best.
Here are my top 10 Dylan covers, some from the new albums and some from the past.
10 Mariachi El Bronx – ‘Love Sick’
The LA punks’ side project turned Dylan’s dark blues ballad into a sweltering four minutes of Mexican influenced madness.
The quiet Beatle and fellow band-mate of Dylan in The Travelling Wilburys made the song his own with this acoustic cover.
8 The White Stripes – ‘One More Cup Of Coffee’
Covered by Jack and Meg on their self-titled debut album.
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The Byrds’ version went on to eclipse the original. Released in 1965, it went straight to Number One in the US charts.
6 Sufjan Stevens – ‘Ring Them Bells’
Sumptuously arranged in typical Sufjan fashion, adorned with horns, banjos and trumpets galore.
Dylan’s fuzzy 12-bar blues track – from album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ – had a Desert Session makeover. The results were blistering.
4 Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’
A country makeover from the legendary couple.
An adventurous overhaul of the song from the ever-inventive Harvey.
RATM get their hands on Dylan’s rebel song, with incendiary results.
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.