The Dead Weather, "New Pony"
Jack White struck up a friendship with Bob Dylan after inviting the latter to sing the White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit," which Dylan and his band had been covering at soundchecks, at a 2004 show in Detroit. Needless to say, the admiration that Dylan expressed was mutual. White's recorded fascination with Bob Dylan runs as far back as his 1999 cover of Desire's "One More Cup of Coffee," but the Dead Weather's "New Pony" remains his best take on the scraggly-voiced poet's oeuvre. Dylan's magnetism is, of course, unique, but the gravitas that Alison Mosshart's vocals lend to "New Pony" is evident from her wailing intro. White's squelched backing vocals and muscular percussion also give the Street Legal song jittery new life.