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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73. "I'm Not There" (2007)

Recorded with the Band during the Basement Tapes sessions in 1967, "I'm Not There" was the stuff of bootleg lore for decades, finally seeing the light of day in 2007 on the soundtrack to the Dylan biopic that shares its name. The track's clipped opening shaves off the first few seconds to give the impression of walking in on a private moment. The lyrics heighten that sense by seeming to describe an abandonment in terms that only make sense to the singer himself. With desperate vocals from Dylan and amazing organ work by Garth Hudson, "I'm Not There" is the only song from the Basement Tapes sessions with the "thin, wild mercury" sound of Blonde on Blonde. The results are absolutely haunting.

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