THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
7-Bob Dylan-Like a Rolling Stone.
1965-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 4.26. For radio DJ’s on a long shift this song was a God send. It was unheard of for a track of more than three minutes to be played on air until this came along. It meant that presenters had time to go and powder their nose without having to rush back.
The lyrics to ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ were not originally written as a song but as a approximately ten page short story which Dylan would eventually edit when the idea for a song came to mind.
Dylan (see also best songs 792-358-103 and 36) was already a world renowned ‘Folk’, Pop star, but was not satisfied with the path his career was taking, and if it wasn’t for this song, and the adding of Electric Guitar to his sound he may well have retired from making music.
There are many rumours about whom the song is written about, but in all probability it was written about quite a few characters and acquaintances Dylan knew and knew of.
The songs title is taken from the proverb, ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss,’ Dylan got the idea from the 1949 Hank Williams song ‘Lost Highway’ which contains the line ‘I’m a rolling stone, all alone and lost.’
Paul McCartney remembered going around to John Lennon’s house to hear the song, he has said, ‘It seemed to go on and on forever. It was just beautiful, he showed all of us that it was possible to go a little further.’
‘You’ve gone to the finest schools, alright Miss Lonely, but you know you only used to get juiced in it.’
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This is the highest placed Bob Dylan song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMBob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (Audio)Music video by Bob Dylan performing Like a Rolling Stone (Audio). (C) 2017 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment…