To want to agree worldwide on the "best song of all time" is certainly doomed to failure. But the fact is that Bob Dylan wrote one of the most influential pop songs with "Like A Rolling Stone". Artists like Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, Cher, Michael Bolton, David Bowie and of course the Rolling Stones covered it, a music journalist dedicated a whole book to the title. The six-minute hymn about a young woman from a good home with resentment towards homeless people, who ends up on the street herself, not only questioned all the rules for radio-compatible songs by its length, but also by its concern and malice.
With "Highway 61 Revisited", Dylan's transformation from a folk to a rock musician is considered complete. Like the road between North Minnesota and the Mississippi Delta, the album produced in 1965 combines folk (Desolation Row), blues (It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry) and rock (Tombstone Blues, From a Buick 6, Highway 61 Revisited). "Highway 61 Revisited" is proof that rock 'n roll doesn't have to be academic and harmless to be educated, poetic and complex.