For Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday last week, Variety selected 80 of the best or most undervalued interpretations of Dylan’s work ever recorded. Was this blanket sufficient? The answer is clear, if you appreciate the catalog of the man often revered as the greatest rock’n’roll songwriter: 80 is not enough, no more than eight would be.
That’s why, to cap off Dylan’s birthday week, we’ve come up with 50 other must-have tracks from among the thousands of tracks out there to tap into. This bonus-track addendum features even more classics from the Byrds, Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash, all of whom were featured on our previous’ 80s list… as well as covers that might surprise you of Beck, Cat Power , Alicia Keys, XTC, the Rolling Stones, the Specials, Townes Van Zandt, the Ramones and even David Lynch.
Join us on a journey through its final pages with contributions from Variety staff members Steven Gaydos, William Earl and Chris Willman and contributors Chris Morris and Jessica Hundley. As the birthday boy himself might tell, if you have to go, go now… or else you have to stay every 50 years!