Rolling Stone Readers Pick Their 10 Favorite Bob Dylan SongsFrom 'Forever Young' to 'Like a Rolling Stone,' the Dylan tunes you like the most
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10. 'Forever Young'
Dylan recorded this folksy prayer twice with the Band – as a sparkling ballad version that closed side one of Planet Waves, and a stomping country-rock take that kicked off side two. Lyrics such as "May you have a strong foundation/When the winds of changes shift" are as universal and uplifting as Dylan has ever written; they also work as a blessing for a generation coming out of a post-Sixties cultural hangover. (Are those the same winds he once suggested the answer is blowin' in?) Dylan said he wrote it for his son Jesse; others see it as a nod to Neil Young, who scored a Number One hit in 1972 with "Heart of Gold."