10. Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
Rock and Roll as we know it would look a lot different were it not for Bob Dylan. Originally immersed in the American folk scene, his decision to combine rock instrumentation with his biting lyrics led to something much deeper than just the three chord rave-ups. With each passing album, Dylan seemed to be on a hot streak, but his first step up to the plate felt a bit shaky.
As opposed to the scathing indictments of American society, Dylan's first outing is a straightforward folk affair, with Dylan accompanied mainly by his acoustic guitar. Given the man's fantastic tunes, it's a bit disconcerting that most of these tunes are covers rather than originals, like his run through the traditional "House of the Rising Sun" and the blues song "See That My Grave is Kept Clean."
This is the album where Dylan wears all of his folk influences on his sleeve, even to the point of having one original being written to his hero Woody Guthrie. At the same time, songs like "Talkin New York" show the wit of Dylan's later work peeking through. It may have been just another folk record at the time, but no one could have predicted this humble singer would go on to shape the entire music world as we knew it.