Bob Dylan | 1974
Dylan cut two versions of this blessing to a child of traits, actions, goals and hopes to take into adulthood. A ballad closes side one of his album Planet Waves and a country rocker, entitled ”Forever Young (Continued),” recorded with The Band, kicks off side two. Dylan, a father of four by 1974, and has said he wrote it for his son Jesse. The Pretenders; Chrissie Hynde, who covered the song in 1994, said, "It's got such a beautiful lyric…The song is genius." In 2009, will.i.am remixed it for a Pepsi ad. Illustrator Paul Rodgers also published a kid's book based on the lyrics.