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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55. "If Not for You" (1970)

After the conceptual and critical disaster that was Self-Portrait (Rolling Stone review: "What is this shit?"), fans wondered if Dylan had lost it. They didn't wonder long – New Morning, released four months later, opened with this lovely little country-rock tune. "I wrote the song thinking about my wife," Dylan said, and its lyrics are about domesticity and gratitude. Hearing the cockiest songwriter alive showing a little humility for a change is a treat.

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