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He's superb , or was years ago. But there's a lot more ...............

Tom Russell

Dave Alvin

Billy Joe Shaver 

erm.............Bob Dylan was still alive last time i checked  :)

Bruce Springsteen

Steve Earle

Paul Westerberg

Ron Sexsmith

Kris didn’t begin to gain traction as a songwriter until he was thirty-five-years-old. By the time he was that age Dylan had recorded Bob Dylan, Freewheelin, Another Side….,Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 and Blonde On Blonde. These albums contained songs like Don’t Think Twice, Girl From The North Country, With God On Our Side, It Ain’t Me Babe, Mr Tambourine Man, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, Like A Rolling Stone and Just Like A Woman. And he's continued to be a prolific songwriter throughout his lifetime.

Kris was a better actor, and more of a renaissance man, but a better songwriter? Ridiculous.

  1. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
    Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Live 1975)

    2. Abandoned Love
    Golden Unplugged Album (Biograph)

    3. Ain't Talkin'
    Modern Times (Tell Tale Signs)

    4. All Along the Watchtower
    John Wesley Harding (Before the Flood)

    5. Ballad of a Thin Man
    Highway 61 Revisited (Live 1966)

    6. Blind Willie McTell
    Bootleg Series, Vol 1 (Outfidel Intakes)

    7. Blowin' in the Wind
    Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

    8. Crash On the Levee (Down in the Flood)
    Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Genuine Basement Tapes)

    9. Desolation Row
    Highway 61 Revisited (No Direction Home soundtrack)

    10. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
    Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

11. Every Grain of Sand
Shot of Love (Bootleg Series)

12. Forever Young
Planet Waves (Biograph; The Last Waltz)

13. Gates of Eden
Bringing it All Back Home

14. Girl from the North Country
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline)

15. Groom's Still Waiting At the Altar
Shot of Love

16. High Water (For Charley Patton)
"Love and Theft"

17. I Shall Be Released
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (Bootleg Series)

18. I Want You
Blonde on Blonde

19. Idiot Wind
Bootleg Series (Blood on the Tracks; Hard Rain)

20. Isis (with Jacques Levy)
Desire (Biograph)

21. It Ain't Me, Babe
Another Side of Bob Dylan

22. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
Highway 61 Revisited

23. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Bringing it all Back Home

24. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Bringing it all Back Home

25. Jokerman
Infidels (Late Night With David Letterman rehearsal and performance)

26. Just Like a Woman
Blonde on Blonde (Live 1966)

27. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Highway 61 Revisited (Live 1966)

28. Lay, Lady, Lay
Nashville Skyline

29. Like a Rolling Stone
Highway 61 Revisited (Bootleg Series; Live 1966; Self Portrait)

30. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Bringing it all Back Home

31. Maggie's Farm

Bringing it all Back Home

32. Mama, You Been On My Mind
Bootleg Series, Vol. 1

33. Man in the Long Black Coat
Oh, Mercy

34. Masters of War
Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

35. Mississippi
"Love and Theft" (all three versions on Tell Tale Signs)

36. Most of the Time
Oh, Mercy

37. Mr. Tambourine Man
Bringing it all Back Home

38. My Back Pages
Another Side of Bob Dylan

39. Not Dark Yet
Time Out of Mind

40. Obviously Five Believers
Blonde on Blonde

41. Odds and Ends
The Basement Tapes (The Genuine Basement Tapes)

42. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)

43. One Too Many Mornings
The Times They Are-A Changin' (Live, 1966; Dylan-Cash Sessions)

44. Percy's Song

45. Positively Fourth Street
Greatest Hits

46. Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)
Self-Portrait (Biograph; Genuine Basement Tapes)

47. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
Blonde on Blonde

48. Sara
Desire (Live 1975)

49. She Belongs to Me
Bringing It All Back Home (Self Portrait)

50. Shelter From the Storm
Blood on the Tracks (Hard Rain)

51. Simple Twist of Fate
Blood on the Tracks (Live 1975)

52. Standing in the Doorway
Time Out of Mind

53. Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bringing it all Back Home (Bootleg Series)

54. Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Blonde on Blonde

55. Sweetheart Like You
Infidels (Outfidel Intakes; Rough Cuts)

56. Tangled Up in Blue
Bootleg Series (Blood on the Tracks; Real Live)

57. Tears of Rage (with Richard Manuel)
The Basement Tapes (Genuine Basement Tapes)

58. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
The Times They Are-A-Changin' (Live 1975)

59. The Times They-Are A-Changin'
The Times They Are A-Changin'

60. Things Have Changed
The Essential Bob Dylan

61. This Wheel's on Fire
Basement Tapes (Genuine Basement Tapes)

62. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
Nashville Skyline (Live 1975)

63. Tryin' to Get to Heaven
Time Out of Mind

64. Up to Me

65. Visions of Johanna
Blonde on Blonde (Biograph)

66. When I Paint My Masterpiece
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

67.Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)
Street Legal

68. Where Teardrops Fall
Oh, Mercy

69. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Basement Tapes; Genuine Basement Tapes)

70. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Blood on the Tracks

List compiled by David Yaffe

Enjoying this little spat fellas and i'm a massive fan of both artists. 

Kris has written some all time classic songs , no doubt about that , but he did get sidetracked with films etc . Most of those songs listed are decades old though , Dylan has written great ones all the way through. He wins.

Much respect to Kris though , he recorded some of my very favourite songs. You listed 20 songs Lost Hills but still missed maybe my favourite "I May Smoke To Much" " once my future was as shiny as the seat of my pants are today, then old Mother Luck and all her daughters started duckin me ............" wonderful !

Oh , and "Josie" as well !

Ha, ha. Keep dukin' it out, guys. Thanks, Joe, for putting 'Abandoned Love' way up there on your list. My favorite at the moment. Dylan's the better writer but Kris has maybe the best line ever, no. 4  on Lost's list.



Perfectly Good Guitar

Crossing Muddy Waters

Memphis In The Meantime

Tennessee Plates

Drive South

Icy Blue Heart

Buffalo River Home

Feels Like Rain

Cry Love

Lincoln Town

Damn This Town

Have A Little Faith In Me


and on and on . . .

You left out "Lipstick Sunset"  :)

But you did say on and on.......

Saw Hiatt last night. What a great songwriter.

Pink Bedroom

Radio Girl

Could list a hundred folks,Shaver, Clark, Hyatt,but still come back to John Prine. Plus, he's taller than Dylan.

Shaver never seems to get mentioned much but by Christ , that guy was good !

Waylon's "Honky Tonk Heroes" is one of the Greatest ever made.



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