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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Bob Dylan Covers

See what song managed to top the Band’s “I Shall Be Released” and Eddie Vedder’s “Masters of War”

Bob Dylan Performing Bitter End Best Covers

Bob Dylan performs at the Bitter End folk club in Greenwich Village in 1961 in New York City, New York.

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Very few artists in rock history have seen more of their songs covered than Bob Dylan. It began in 1963 when "Blowin' In The Wind" became a standard song recorded by everyone from Peter, Paul and Mary to Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder. During the next few years the Byrds, the Hollies, Sonny and Cher and too many others to count dove onto the Dylan bandwagon. Elvis Presley even got into the act when he laid down a version of "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" in 1966. To honor his 75th birthday, we asked our readers to select their favorite Bob Dylan covers. Here are the results. 

Bob Dylan Performing Bitter End Best Covers Jim Hendrix Watchtower

Jimi Hendrix covered Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," and it inspired the singer-songwriter to adapt his version to the cover.


Jimi Hendrix: “All Along the Watchtower”

The first time that Bob Dylan heard Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "All Along the Watchtower," he was blown away. "It overwhelmed me, really," he said in 1995. "He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn't think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day." Hendrix's version hit Number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the biggest hit of his career. "Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way," Dylan said in 1985. 

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