Best cover versions of Bob Dylan songs ever. Part 2

Compiled by Tony Attwood

This continues the list of cover versions sent in by readers to our Facebook site.  They are not in any order other than the order in which they were submitted.


    Part 1: Laura Marling, Old Crowe, Dixie Chicks, Tom Jones, The Helio Sequence, The O-Jays, Mikael Wiehe and Ebba Forsberg, Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint, George Harrison,  Sinéad Lohan

    Part 2: Judy Rodman, Spirit, Eric Clapton, Solomon Burke, The Daily Flash, Jason and the Scorchers, George Harrison, The Tallest Man on Earth, Nice, Charlie Parr

    Part 3Nina Simone, Michael Moravek, Jerry, Phil and Bob, The Nice, Bettina Jonic, Sheila Atim, Walter Trout, Stan Denski, Old Crow Medicine Show,  Ramblin’ Jack Eliot 

    Part 4: Pearls before Swine, Howard Fishman, Sinead O’Connor, Mandolin Orange, Them, Lindsay Taylor, String Swing, Falco, Jimi Hendrix, Youssou N’Dour.

and please do keep sending in new ideas, either to the Facebook site or in the comments below.  I will keep adding new articles of ten at a time until I run out of suggestions, and at the end will record all the articles together in an index so we can always go back and find the lists.

My random comments are not meant to suggest that I don’t like the versions I haven’t commented on – it’s quite overwhelming to run through all ten one after the after, and it is for me truly enjoyable to listen to all these different choices.


11: “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” by Judy Rodman  suggested by Steve Perry.

12: “Like a Rolling Stone” by Spirit from the Spirit of 76 album suggested by Davy Allan.  (I’m going to jump in and say that if I’d been thinking properly I would have included this in my initial list that kicked off this series – Tony).

13:  “Don’t Think Twice” by Eric Clapton, suggested by Rabbi Don Cashman.

14:  “Maggie’s Farm” by Solomon Burke, suggested by Ingemar Almeros Almeros.

15: Queen Jane Approximately by The Daily Flash suggested by Bill Shute.

16: Absolutely Sweet Marie by Jason and the Scorchers, suggested by Dave Miatt.

17: Absolutely Sweet Marie by George Harrison, suggested by Imam Alfa Abdulkareem.

18: Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues by The Tallest Man on Earth, suggested by Curtis Lovejoy.

19: She Belongs To Me by Nice, suggested by Ken Willis (who added the note that many would hate this, but I for one enjoyed being reminded of Keith Emerson).

20: Moonshiner by Charlie Parr, suggested by Edward Thomas.  (This took me by surprise, and I had to think for a moment about where the song came from not least because we’ve never reviewed it – and I thought we’d worked through all of Bootleg 1-3.  I’ll get that sorted.)

What is on the site

1: Over 500 reviews of Dylan songs.  There is an index to these in alphabetical order on the home page and an index to the songs in the order they were written in the Chronology Pages.

2: The Chronology.  We’ve taken all the songs we can find recordings of and put them in the order they were written (as far as possible) not in the order they appeared on albums.  The chronology is more or less complete and is now linked to all the reviews on the site.  We have also recently started to produce overviews of Dylan’s work year by year.     The index to the chronologies is here.

3: Bob Dylan’s themes.  We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions.  There is an index here.

4:   The Discussion Group    We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook.  Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link 

5:  Bob Dylan’s creativity.   We’re fascinated in taking the study of Dylan’s creative approach further.  The index is in Dylan’s Creativity.

6: You might also like: A classification of Bob Dylan’s songs and partial Index to Dylan’s Best Opening Lines

And please do note   The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.


  1. On Self-Portrait, Dylan covers ‘Moonshiner’ under ‘Copper Kettle’, its more usual title …and a fine song it is too.

  2. Re. #20 “Moonshiner“, it’s not as obscure as you’d think. Try Harold Allen, or The Floorbirds.

  3. I shall be released by Pearls before swine
    Down in the flood by Howard Fishman(best Dylan cover ever)

  4. Mandolin Orange – Boots of Spanish Leather

    This song always called for a duet, but since it was written about Suze, I’m guessing Joanie wasn’t interested.

    Except for the cough in the middle (which I edited out in my downloaded version), this is perfect.

  5. Yes ! Robert,that is a beautiful version.
    Do you know the one on the Fire on Babylon single?With clarinets!
    I shall be released by Pearls is on These things too
    DITF by H Fishman on the basement tapes live at Joe’s Pub

  6. Can’t believe no one mentioned Them- It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. I’ve never liked any Dylan cover better than the original but man this one comes seriously close and it’s such a haunting song on its own thanks to Van the Man’s incredible voice.

  7. I don’t think we can call Moonshiner a Dylan song – it is a traditional folk song that Dylan arranged – at least that is my understanding, and indeed that’s what the official Dylan site says. For the moment I am restricting this to other people’s versions of songs Dylan wrote.

  8. My mistake – ‘Moonshiner’ and ‘Copper Kettle’ are two distinct folksongs….best to listen to both before commenting (lol)!

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