There are some artists whose songs will never be as good when performed by someone else. The Beatles and Leonard Cohen come immediately to mind. (Sorry to everyone who’s covered Hallelujah, your versions aren’t as good as Leonard’s.)
Bob Dylan is not one of those artists. His performances are always unique, but his songs are often as good (or better?) when performed by others.
Here are 10 of my favorite Dylan covers.
1. If Not for You – George Harrison
2. You Ain’t Goin Nowhere – The Byrds
3. The Ballad of Hollis Brown – Nina Simone
4. Blowin’ in the Wind – Sam Cooke
5. Goin to Acapulco – Jim James and Calexico
6. One More Cup of Coffee – The White Stripes
7. Wanted Man – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
8. Every Grain of Sand – Emmylou Harris
9. If You Gotta Go – The Flying Burrito Brothers
10. With God On Our Side – Buddy Miller