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Bob Dylan

His voice isn’t lined with velvet, but Bob Dylan’s vast lyrical scope (poetic, personal, political, spiritual) places him amongst history’s most regarded songwriters. In particular, his early 1960s hits “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became celebrated folk anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements.

Dylan did the unthinkable and took the stage at 1964’s Newport Folk Festival backed by an electric band—angering even his most faithful fans. But the backlash was short-lived as he initiated a “Never Ending Tour” (which continues to this very day), amassing over 100 million albums sold, plus multiple Grammy, Academy, and Golden Globe Awards.

Naturally, he was a shoe-in for the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. He also secured a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 and made history in 2016, becoming the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for literature—honoring the lasting legacy of his contributions to music and culture for over five decades.

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