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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72. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (1966)

The closest thing Dylan ever recorded to a party anthem had the working title of "A Long Haired Mule and a Porkepine." Dylan ended up giving it a name rooted in one of his sideways biblical allusions (to a line from Proverbs, "a continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike"), underscoring the joke in the lyrics that "they'll stone you" for sins; producer Bob Johnston's idea to record the song "Salvation Army-style" added to the religious undercurrent. One of the half-dozen songs cut in the marathon 13-hour session that completed Blonde on Blonde, it became a Number Two hit.

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