Readers' Poll: The 10 Worst Bob Dylan SongsPicks include 'Joey,' 'If Dogs Run Free' and 'Gotta Serve Somebody'
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Last week, we asked our readers to vote for their least favorite Bob Dylan song, and many of you were furious we'd dare to even ask such a question. In fact, "none" got twice as many votes as any actual song in Dylan's vast catalog. This reaction wasn't shocking. Dylan has a fiercely devoted cult that cherishes every song he's ever released. They feel that there are no bad ones, merely songs that are less rewarding than others. Also, the lesser songs are often fascinating. Hearing one of the greatest songwriters of all time reach for something and not quite grab it can be refreshing.
Keep in mind that Dylan himself talked down much of his Eighties work in his 2004 memoir Chronicles: Volume One. "I can play those songs, but I probably can't listen to those records," Dylan told Rolling Stone in 2004. "I was just being swept along with the current when I was making those records. I don't think my talent was under control." Click through to see your 10 least favorite Dylan songs. (Not all of these songs are on YouTube by Dylan, so we used a few cover versions.)
By Andy Greene