The 10 Greatest Dylan Covers of All Time

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Kesha, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” (2011): Kesha doesn’t so much perform this breakup song as she does endure it.

Ministry, “Lay Lady Lay” (1996): It’s fair to go out on a limb and call this the least seductive “Lay Lady Lay” ever recorded.

William Shatner, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1968): Captain’s log, Stardate 1968: William Shatner creates the music equivalent of the Doomsday Machine.

Joe Cocker, “Catfish” (1976): Dylan should have written more Seventies baseball songs, right?

The Roots, “Masters of War” (2007): When the Roots were booked to play a Bob Dylan tribute show at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2006.

Sonic Youth, “I’m Not There” (2007): I’m Not There” is such a mysterious Bob Dylan song that nobody even knows the complete lyrics.

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The Dream Syndicate, “Blind Willie McTell” (1988): The psychedelic punks in the Dream Syndicate always had a tight connection with the Dylan songbook.

The Dead Weather, “New Pony” (2009): The cryptic Street-Legal track about a horse named Lucifer gets the sludgy blues treatment from Jack White’s heavy rock supergroup.

Jenny Lewis, “Standing in the Doorway” (2019): Lewis is such a great songwriter nobody would wish she’d stick to other people’s material.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids, “Going Going Gone” (1982): The British punks may have been keen on skewering sacred cows.

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