6. Bob Dylan, 'Tempest'
Bob Dylan's album before this one was the utterly inexplicable Christmas in the Heart, which found the stubbornly unsentimental artist trying on shmaltzy old holiday chestnuts for size. He could have gone electronic next and it would have sounded comparatively reasonable. But Tempest restored the crafty old changeling to form, and fans were once again sated. The jaunty train song "Duquesne Whistle," in particular, seems to have earned its spot among the singer's very best material.