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100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

From "Just Like a Woman" to "John Wesley Harding," we count down the American icon's key masterpieces

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78. "Absolutely Sweet Marie" (1966)

"To live outside the law you must be honest," Dylan sang, dropping one of his most quoted lines on Blonde on Blonde's spriest pop tune. "Absolutely Sweet Marie" is a cryptic love letter that rides a bubblegum electric keyboard and sparkling blues-rock guitar. Dylan waited more than 20 years to play it live, but the song stands high among Dylan covers; garage-punk progenitors the Flamin' Groovies and alt-country forebears Jason and the Scorchers have both testified to its rock & roll soul. Looking back at it on its 25th anniversary in 1991, Dylan patted himself on the back: "It's matured well," he said. "It's like old wine."

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