Bob Dylan’s Best Albums
Compiled by Madeline Cramer
“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.
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(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )
Blood on the Tracks
While initially receiving mixed reviews, Dylan’s fourteenth album is now considered by critics to be one of his best, and although he denies it being autobiographical, fans and critics often attribute the emotional and romantic turmoil represented within its lyrics to his separation from his wife Sara (the woman for whom Dylan admittedly wrote the song “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”). It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, and the track “Tangled Up in Blue” proved to be one of its biggest hits. While he maintains his signature lyrical depth and musical innovation, at the end of the day, this album’s prestige seems to come from the fact that it’s simply relatable!
For example, listen to “Tangled Up in Blue’s” representation of heartbreak here: