"Like a Rolling Stone" is a song by American songwriter Bob Dylan. One of his best-known and most influential compositions, the song's origins lie in an extended piece of verse which Dylan had written in June 1965 following his tour of England. Subsequently transforming his sprawling verse into a confrontational song, Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone" a few weeks later, but Columbia, unhappy with the single's length and sound, held up its release for a full month. It is considered an extremely influential track in early rock and roll, and acclaimed as one of the greatest compositions ever in that genre. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine called it the greatest song ever on their "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.
The track was released as a single in July 1965, and also appeared on Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited. At over six minutes in length, many radio stations were initially reluctant to play it, yet it managed to reach number 2 in the USA, and was a Top 10 hit in countries including Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. While some Dylan fans criticised the single for its rock sound, the record made a huge impact on many teenagers.
The song dramatically affected the music world and popular culture, as well as Dylan's image and iconic status. It has been covered by numerous artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Bob Marley & The Wailers.