Mike Pender champions Bob Dylan; Peter Higginbotham proposes Cliff Richard; Danny Sullivan supports Tom Paxton; Rob Hodgson suggests John Mayall; and Toby Wood recommends Louis Armstrong
I was surprised that Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall was not in your list of the best songs about the climate crisis (28 October). Although Dylan’s poetic tour de force channelled the fears of a generation living with the threat of nuclear war, the lyrics’ apocalyptic imagery vividly captures today’s concerns about environmental calamity. The song was actually adopted by the UN as its unofficial anthem for Cop15 in 2009.
• I was sorry that Cliff Richard’s 1971 Silvery Rain didn’t make the cut. Its atmospheric – almost Hitchcockian – production, especially the post-apocalyptic fade, still gives me the shivers.
Ilkley, West Yorkshire