Like A Rolling Stone has been named Bob Dylan's greatest song in an extensive new Rolling Stone magazine poll marking the folk-rock icon's upcoming 70th birthday.
The track has beaten out A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Tangled Up in Blue and Just Like A Woman in the 26-page special which features in the new issue of the music magazine.
Dylan experts like historian Douglas Brinkley, biographer Clinton Heylin, manager Jon Landau and musicians Jeff Tweedy and Roger MCGuinn were among the panel who voted for the top 70 tunes in order and Bono, David Crosby and Jackson Browne are among the famous fans who have written appreciations of their favourite Dylan tracks for the publication.
Honouring the top tune on the list, Bono writes, "I love to hear a song that changes everything. That's the reason I'm in a band... It's why every songwriter after him carries his baggage and why this lowly Irish bard would proudly carry his luggage." And he calls Dylan, "Our own Willy Shakespeare in a polka-dot shirt."
Dylan turns 70 on 24 May (11).
The top 10 Dylan tracks are:
1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
3. Tangled up in Blue
4. Just Like a Woman
5. All Along The Watchtower
6. I Shall Be Released
7. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
8. Mr. Tambourine Man
9. Visions of Johanna
10. Every Grain of Sand.
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