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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76. "Gates of Eden" (1965)

"This is called 'a sacrilegious lullaby in D minor,'" Dylan joked to his audience on Halloween 1964 at New York's Philharmonic Hall. Written in the early summer and recorded in one take the following winter, the acoustic B side to "Like a Rolling Stone" features some of his spookiest imagery ever – the savage soldier, the motorcycle-black Madonna, the gray-flannel dwarf – all destined for the Gates of Eden, which turns out to be no paradise at all, but a place of deafening silence, with no kings, trials or sins. It's an anthem against the notion of heavenly redemption: "Lotta people wait until they're at the end of the line," Dylan said years later. "You don't have to wait that long. Salvation begins right now, today."

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