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THE TOP 101 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY THE
I WON'T BACK DOWN
This was a hit single lifted off Petty's solo album 'Full Moon Fever'. The defiant track was written by him and Jeff Lynne. They co-produced it with Mike Campbell from Petty's backing band The Heartbreakers. The single peaked at #12 in America and 28 in Britain.
KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
This Dylan-penned anthem was featured in the 1973 film 'Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid'. The singer appeared in the motion picture. In America, the single made the Top 15, as it did in Britain and Australia. It remains one of Dylan's best known songs.
Orbison wrote this operatic rock ballad with his frequent collaborator Joe Melson. The single became the performer's 1st US and Canadian #1. In the U.K. and Australia, it reached the Top 10. The lyrics focus on a man concerned that if his partner happens to be asked back by her ex, that he will lose her. The tension builds up to just such an occurrence, but in the end, she chooses to stay with the main protagonist.
HERE COMES THE SUN
Harrison contributed 2 classic tracks for The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' LP. Both are included in this Top 10. "Here Comes The Sun" was penned in Eric Clapton's garden in Britain.
OH! PRETTY WOMAN
Orbison wrote this with Bill Dees about his wife Claudette. It is perfect pop. It has an immediately recognizable guitar riff. There's that primal growl and catchy lyrics. This remains 1 of the best known 60s songs, having topped charts in America, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Sadly, he lost his beloved Claudette just 2 years later in a motorcycle accident.
LIKE A ROLLING STONE
This single preceded the release of its parent album 'Highway 61 Revisited'. The critically lauded song peaked at #2 in the U.S.A. and also went Top 10 on the British, Canadian and Australian charts.
Even detractors of The Beatles had to admit that this was a special song. Harrison wrote it about his wife Pattie Boyd. The tender ballad was included on the group's 'Abbey Road' album. Issued as a double A-sided single with "Come Together", it topped the American, Canadian and Australian charts. In Britain, it peaked at #4.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
The title track of Dylan's 1964 LP further consolidated the singer-songwriter's folk credentials. It has been covered by a plethora of recording acts, including Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Joan Baez, The Byrds, Cher and Billy Joel. Dylan's original made #9 in the U.K. and remains an anthem.
WHILE MY GUITAR
Recorded while cracks within the band were emerging, Harrison's epic has a beautiful serenity. Eric Clapton performs a guitar solo. The track was included on 'The Beatles' (aka 'The White Album').
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
One of the most important rock recordings ever, this protest song established Dylan as a spokesperson for his generation. While his contemporaries were singing songs about teen themes such as girls, surfing and the like, Dylan addressed serious social issues. He inspired other singer/ songwriters and continues to do so today.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing and in celebration of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the 101 songs that matter most from the members of The Traveling Wilburys. As well as Harrison and Dylan, the group consisted of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The latter is mostly represented on the Top 101 as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra. Also included are songs that Harrison penned for The Beatles to record.
Each update will be added to the Traveling Wilburys playlist on Spotify.