Dylan at 75

“Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.”
Mr. Tambourine Man

Of all the artists who have walked this earth, none have spoken to my core as profoundly as the Midwestern troubadour known as Bob Dylan. He is easily my favorite poet, able to paint masterpieces with words both down-home and surrealistic.

Dylan has always epitomized Caucasian cool, his nonchalant approach to fame seeming more and more quaint as the American pop cultural landscape has become overrun with “look at me” types. While he continues to churn out albums as a senior citizen, it is the young Dylan, wise beyond his years, hair growing in a million different directions, that will be venerated for decades to come.

May the bulb that illuminated his mind continue to shine a little light on us all.

Dylan at 75 Playlist

Dylan LeBlanc


Best singer-songwriter I’ve heard in a while. Soulful and musically masterful. A great lowkey album that’ll sound great on a front porch in summer as you sip on a cold beverage in the breeze. A kind California country vibe permeates his songs.

Sounds like: Ray LaMontagne

Listen to his latest album, Cautionary Tale.

Top 100 Albums of the ’00s

1. Kid A, Radiohead (2000)
Essential Track: “Everything in Its Right Place”


2. Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)
Essential Track: “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”


3. In Rainbows, Radiohead (2007)
Essential Track: “Reckoner”


4. Is This It, The Strokes (2001)
Essential Track: “Last Nite”


5. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Arctic Monkeys (2006)
Essential Track: “A Certain Romance”

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Top 90 Albums of the ’90s

1. OK Computer, Radiohead (1997)
Essential Track: “Paranoid Android”
2. Nevermind, Nirvana (1991)
Essential Track: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
3. The Bends, Radiohead (1995)
Essential Track: “Fake Plastic Trees”
4. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)
Essential Track: “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
5. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine (1991)
Essential Track: “When You Sleep”
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Top 80 Albums of the ’80s

1. Doolittle, Pixies (1989)
Essential Track: “Here Comes Your Man”
2. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths (1986)
Essential Track: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
3. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses (1989)
Essential Track: “I Am the Resurrection”
4. The Joshua Tree, U2 (1987)
Essential Track: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
5. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980)
Essential Track: “Once in a Lifetime”
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Top 70 Albums of the ’70s

1. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973)
Essential Track: “Time”
2. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (1971)
Essential Track: “Stairway to Heaven”
3. London Calling, The Clash (1979)
Essential Track: “Train in Vain”
4. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (1975)
Essential Track: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V”
5. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie (1972)
Essential Track: “Starman”
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Top 60 Albums of the ’60s

1. Revolver, The Beatles (1966)
Essential Track: “Tomorrow Never Knows”
2. Abbey Road, The Beatles (1969)
Essential Track: “Something”
3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (1967)
Essential Track: “A Day in the Life”
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground (1967)
Essential Track: “Venus in Furs”
5. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles (1968)
Essential Track: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
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