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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs of the 1980s

June 17, 2015

The 1980s are widely seen as the absolute low point of Bob Dylan's career, a time when he drifted from gospel music to half-assed albums like Knocked Out Loaded and even forgotten movies like Hearts of Fire. But he did release seven solo albums and...


Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Post-1960s Bob Dylan Songs

February 11, 2015

People who haven't paid that much attention to Bob Dylan's career often see him as a creature from the 1960s, the folk singer that plugged in and released "Like a Rolling Stone" before settling into a comfortable existence as an oldies act. His many...


Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Protest Songs of All Time

December 3, 2014

The Ferguson grand jury's recent decision not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown kicked off a storm of protest all across America. Because of this, we figured it was a good time to poll our readers and determine...


20 Obscure But Awesome Willie Nelson Tracks

August 13, 2014

"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" was Willie Nelson's first Number One as a singer. Patsy Cline's version of Nelson's "Crazy" is on the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. And "On the Road Again" ranks as the quintessential traveling sing-along,...


Fall's Hottest Tours and Concerts

September 4, 2012

Summertime is traditionally when the biggest tours hit the road, but apparently a lot of major artists missed the memo this year. Tons of top-level acts are hitting the road this fall – including the Who, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen,...


Bob Dylan's Greatest Songs of the 1980s

August 15, 2012

The 1980s are often seen as the absolute nadir of Bob Dylan's career. The man himself has even been very critical of the work he did during the Reagan decade. "I can still play those songs," he told Rolling Stone in 2004. "But I probably can't listen...


500 Greatest Albums of All Time

May 31, 2012

The RS 500 was assembled by the editors of Rolling Stone, based on the results of two extensive polls. In 2003, Rolling Stone asked a panel of 271 artists, producers, industry executives and journalists to pick the greatest albums of all time. In 2009,...


500 Greatest Songs

April 7, 2011

By Jay-Z A great song doesn't attempt to be anything — it just is. When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It...


100 Greatest Singers

December 2, 2010

There's something a bout a voice that's personal, not unlike the particular odor or shape of a given human body. Summoned through belly, hammered into form by the throat, given propulsion by bellows of lungs, teased into final form by tongue and lips,...


20 Best Reissues of 2014

December 18, 2014

Reissues are now, more and more, like airplane flights: an à la carte experience. Historical releases this year by Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came in multiple iterations, with the level of bells, whistles and deep...


40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

August 15, 2014

The movies started flirting with what would be called "rock & roll" from the very beginning, slapping Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" onto a scene in the juvenile-delinquent drama The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and co-opting Elvis...


President Obama Riffs on Rock Stars

September 21, 2012

Though Mitt Romney has made a pilgrimage to the home of that great Michigander, Kid Rock, and has expressed his appreciation for the alternative stylings of the Killers (and their frontman Brandon Flowers, a fellow Mormon frontman), it's safe to say that...


Fall Music Preview 2012: The 24 Albums You Need to Hear

August 20, 2012

The next four months will see supersized sonic experiences from some of rock's greatest: The first two of Green Day's three new albums will drop, as will Bob Dylan's apocalyptic 35th studio record, No Doubt's first release in over 10 years and Mumford...


The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs

August 13, 2012

Funny thing about rock memoirs: They tend to have the same plot. Our heroes always begin with big dreams about making it as rock stars. There's the sleazy bars, the cheap motels, the shady managers. Then they get a taste of the big time: hit records,...


The 10 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

May 11, 2011

The next issue of Rolling Stone – on stands and in the digital archive on May 13th – celebrates Bob Dylan's 70th birthday (happening on May 24th) by ranking his 70 greatest songs. Bono, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jim James and many other...


25 Boldest Career Moves in Music

March 18, 2011

From the very beginning of rock & roll musicians have made shocking career moves – from marrying their cousins to shaving their heads in front of hundreds of flashing cameras. Here's a look at the 25 boldest ones of all time. By Andy Green...


100 Greatest Artists

December 2, 2010

In 2004 — 50 years after Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studios and cut "That's All Right" — Rolling Stone celebrated rock & roll's first half-century in grand style, assembling a panel of 55 top musicians, writers and industry executives...