Weekend Rock Question: What Is Bob Dylan's Worst Song?

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June 28, 2013 3:30 PM ET
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It goes without saying that Bob Dylan is one of the greatest songwriters to ever live. The amount of brilliant work he's produced over the last 50 years is just staggering. People spend their whole lives trying to create one-third as many great songs as he wrote between 1965 and 1967, or pretty much any other era of his career.

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That said, there have been some stinkers. Even his earliest albums have songs like "Ballad in Plain D" that don't quite hit the mark, and by the 1980s, he was churning out embarrassing schlock like "Ugliest Girl in the World" and "Trust Yourself." Things hit a low point on 1990's Under the Red Sky with "Wiggle Wiggle," but feel free to vehemently disagree with us. Maybe you hate "Visions of Johanna" or you think "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35" nearly ruins Blonde on Blonde. This is 100 percent subjective. 

So we have a question for you: what is Bob Dylan's single worst song? It can be anything he recorded in his entire career, but it has to be an original song. Covers like "Let's Stick Together" and "Sally Sue Brown" don't count. We will count unreleased originals, like the dreadful "Julius and Ethel" from the 1983 Infidels sessions. Vote for whatever you want, but please only vote once and only for a single song. 

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingtone or on Twitter using the #weekend rock hashtag. 

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