500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Bob Dylan, 'The Times They Are A-Changin'
Producer: Bob Johnston
Released: Jan. '64, Columbia
Did not chart
"I wanted to write a big song, some kind of theme song, with short, concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way," said Dylan. "This is definitely a song with a purpose." Inspired by Scottish and Irish folk ballads and released less than two months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, "The Times They Are A-Changin'" became an immediate Sixties anthem and was covered by artists ranging from the Byrds to Cher to Eddie Vedder. Said Dylan, "I knew exactly what I wanted to say and who I wanted to say it to."
Appears on: The Times They Are A-Changin' (Columbia)