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Happy Birthday Bob Dylan! From The World, In 11 Languages

To celebrate Bob's 80th birthday, a sampling of his songs sung from every corner of the planet.

During Dylan's tour of China in 2011
During Dylan's tour of China in 2011

For his diehard fans, there's really no limit to Bob Dylan's reach, in time or space.

Having delivered yet another soul-stirring album at the age of 79, what's left to say for his 80th birthday? This self-described "song-and-dance man" is a category of his own in cultural history (Better to put him next to William Shakespeare than Bruce Springsteen, more a Wolfgang Mozart than a Paul McCartney.) Across a lifetime, his myth and music have circled the planet many times over, from his emergence in the 1960s as the 20-something would-be voice of his generation, through to his never-ending tour that has touched down in 1,000 cities in at least 54 different countries.

That leaves us with the only possible real limit to his reach: language. It was inevitable that his songs — from classics like "Blowin" in the Wind" and "Like a Rolling Stone" to more hidden gems like "Farewell Angelina" and "Simple Twist of Fate" — would end up translated and sung in other languages. So to wish Bob a very "happy birthday" in our own Worldcrunch way, here's a multilingual sampling of Dylan International. Enjoy!

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