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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65. "Tough Mama" (1974)

One of Dylan's horniest jams was recorded in November 1973, with the Band cranking up a killer boogie-rock groove. The character list reads like something off the Workingman's Dead lyric sheet: There's Jack the Cowboy, the Lone Wolf and the title hottie, alternately known as Tough Mama, Dark Beauty, Sweet Goddess and Silver Angel. Yet the poetic derangement is all Dylan in lines like "Today on the countryside it was a-hotter than a crotch/I stood alone upon the ridge and all I did was watch." Maybe that's why, compared to the man's other great rockers, it's rarely been covered – after all, few can out-derange Dylan.

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