Bob Dylan has performed all over the world, won countless awards and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, he can add turning 70 to his list of accomplishments. In honor of the folk legend’s birthday May 24, the Black & White compiled a list of some of Dylan’s greatest hits, in no particular order.
1. “Masters of War”
“Masters of War” was released on the 1963 album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which protested the Cold War arms buildup of the early 1960s. With this song, and many other of Dylan’s protest songs, he turned the protests of the 1960s into poetry and song.
2. “The Times They are A-Changin”
Referred to as the anthem of the 1960s, this song is part of the first collection from Dylan to offer only original pieces and dealt with the issues of the ’60s. Even so, “The Times They are A-Changin” still has resonance today and remains one of Dylan’s greatest songs.
3. “Like a Rolling Stone”
Written in 1965, this song differs from some of the other songs on this list. Instead of directly protesting an issue, “Like a Rolling Stone” has more mysterious meanings. Dylan’s intricate music-stylings and vocals cohesively form a unique six-minute song.
4. “Blowin’ in the Wind”
It was rumored that Dylan wrote this song, ranked 14th on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” in 10 minutes one afternoon. With the ambiguous lyrics “The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind,” the song is left up to interpretation. However, Dylan’s anti-war message is prominent and flows through the song.
5. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”
Dylan wrote this song, released in 1963 on the album “The Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan,” about moving on from a failed relationship. Despite its back-story, the song applies to many other situations and showcases Dylan’s talent. The title alone provides a life lesson: “don’t think twice, it’s alright.”