Love him or hate him, but Bob Dylan will go down in history as one of the most influential songwriters of all time. His certain way with words- and his ability to persuade people with those words- has earned him countless awards, hit records, and in many cases, a meal ticket for other artists over the years.
Consider all of the Bob Dylan cover songs that were actually more popular than Dylan’s original recordings? You’ve got “Mr. Tambourine Man” (a Number One hit on the Billboard Hot 100), “It Ain’t Me Babe” by the Turtles, and “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix. Many people have heard of dozens of Bob Dylan songs, but they probably don’t know these songs were written by Dylan!
So, it’s no surprise that Bob Dylan’s songs make many appearances here on the Laptop Sessions acoustic cover songs music video blog. Bob Dylan songs are so open to interpretation. It’s probably due to the fact that no one sings or plays quite like Dylan does. And, even Bob Dylan himself never plays the same some the same way twice! If you listen to one of his concerts on his never-ending concert tour, you may hear a song done in its original form, then hear an acoustic folk version, followed by a rock version the next year, and then a blues version the year after.
Some have criticized some of the more popular Bob Dylan cover songs like Peter, Paul, and Mary’s somber “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” because it doesn’t have the same biting sentiment that Dylan’s original version has. But, Peter, Paul, and Mary took the idea of the song and sang about it from a different point of view. Not all people react to a breakup with anger- some go into sadness. I think doing a different take on a Bob Dylan song is kind-of built-in to the process!
The singers, musicians, and songwriters here at the Laptop Sessions video blog are proud to bring you their takes on various Bob Dylan songs among the hundreds of other bands they cover. The Bob Dylan catalog is so huge (dozens and dozens of albums) that I don’t think we’ll ever run out of material. And because his original songs are so open to interpretation, we’ll always look back to the Bob Dylan catalog for more opportunities to make these cover song videos our own. We hope you enjoy them and will always stop by for more!
Click here to see all of the Bob Dylan cover songs here on the Laptop Sessions music video blog and make sure to read all of our informative blog posts that go along with each cover video!