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

See what song managed to top "Blind Willie McTell," "Most of the Time" and "Dark Eyes"

10. "Series of Dreams"

Time and time again throughout the 1980s, Bob Dylan would record an absolutely brilliant song and then make the baffling decision to leave it off his album. "Series of Dreams" is a wonderful example of this frustrating tendency. The gorgeously trippy tune was cut for 1989's Oh Mercy, but Dylan wasn't happy with it and the more producer Daniel Lanois pushed the harder Dylan resisted, flatly stating it was too long and he didn't want to cut any of it. Just two years later, it was resurrected when a remixed version wrapped up The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991. They made a video for it and by 1993 Dylan was even playing it live. An alternate take surfaced in 2008 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006.