THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
103-Bob Dylan-Blowin’ in the Wind.
1963-Has never charted in the UK,
Best Bit-At 2.21.This was the first song to make Bob Dylan financially secure.He had released the song as a single himself but without any success,but after letting the Folk trio Peter,Paul and Mary record a version which reached Number 2 on Billboard,things were to change forever.Peter Yarrow recalled that when he told Dylan he would make more than $5000(equivalent to $41,000 in 2019) from the publishing rights,Dylan was speechless!
‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ was written and performed by Bob Dylan(see also best songs 792 and 358) in 1962 and appeared on his second studio Album,’The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.’The inspiration for the song may have come from Dylan’s idol,the Folk singer Woodie Guthrie whose autobiography,’Bound for Glory’ includes Guthrie comparing his political sensibility to newspapers blowing in the winds of New York City’s streets and alleys.The melody of Blowin’ in the Wind is not totally a Dylan original,he has stated it was adapted from an old African/American slave song,’No More Auction Block/We Shall Overcome.’
‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ is a protest song,it tells us peace and freedom are achievable as is the ending of war,the answer to all these questions are right in front of us,yet we do not see it.
‘How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died.’
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This is the 3rd highest placed Bob Dylan song on this countdown.