Hey have you heard about Bob Dylan? He’s an upstart folk singer The Airspace has covered a couple of times in the past week. Oh, he’s also a genius and arguably the most important figure in American pop music.
The White House is, too, praising Dylan’s artistic contributions to America today, having just awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It is the highest civilian honor in the United States, recognizing “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” This year’s recipients include author Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, John Paul Stevens, and former astronaut and Senator John Glenn.
On Dylan, Obama said, “There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music,” praising his unique voice—changing “not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel.” Below we have embedded 71 of his best songs in an Airspace curated Spotify playlist, capturing his career from “The Time They Are a-Changin’” all the way up to his 21st century songs from Modern Times, and video coverage from ABC News.