Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Post-1960s Bob Dylan Songs

See what tune managed to top 'Hurricane,' 'Not Dark Yet' and 'Shelter From the Storm'

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2. 'Hurricane'

If you want to learn the complex history of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's trial and imprisonment for a 1966 triple murder he swore he didn't commit, there are far better sources than Dylan's 1975 song. Co-written with playwright Jacques Levy, the tune was an unabashed work of advocacy on behalf of the boxer. Key details are flubbed, and the narrative is trimmed to make Carter seem like an absolute saint. Although he was almost certainly innocent, the truth is far more complex. But it doesn't really matter. "Hurricane" is extremely powerful, and although it took another decade, Carter was eventually freed from prison.

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