Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

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The Top Ten

Like a Rolling Stone
Very inspirational. Great lyrics.
Out of the World! Spell of a Genius!
strucks like a thunderbolt
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2Blowin' In the Wind
this song will be heard till the end of time.
best thoughts, good disposition for a conscience work lifetime, soul to soul transmission of known
This song is just Awesome..! A perfect one to listen to in the monsoon time...
It takes almost ten minutes before I am prepared hear it. The only song that makes me emotional.
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The first time I heard this, it blew me away. One of his best protest songs.
Pure magic! What a song, it has a real story, a message, fantastic arrangement and at over 8 minutes... WOW! A golden period of Bob Dylan.
This truly is one of his greatest songs. It just gets me getting up and dancing, probably my favourite. If you haven't listened to this, you must ASAP!
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4The Times They Are A-Changin'
simply amazing and beautiful, with a powerful message that still seems as strong now as it did when the song was first released. definetly the best bob dylan song.
Nice lyrics, nice meaning. Absolutely wonderful song. I also like "Blind Willie McTell. " That and this gave me kind of goosebumps, because they had such nice music, melody, lyrics and meaning. Great Work!
A song that really describes the change of times that took place in the 1960s with the Civil Rights Movement, Women Activists, Vietnam, and counter-culture movement. Bob Dylan really captivated the times.


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5Knockin' On Heaven's Door
This songs' the one which is played around campfires all over the world for over 30 years now... Not "like a rolling stone"! Simply a masterpiece.
This is the best song that was ever sung by bob dylan. Should definitely be #1
With many others knocking on heaven's doors with bob. This song is the best
Absolute masterpiece! This should be the number 1 of bob dylan
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6Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man is the undoubtedly greatest song by Bob Dylan. Not only does it have a perfect harmony but there is something enigmatic about the lyrics. Each and every sentence of this masterpiece could mean a thousand different things. Hardly any other song matches its lyrical diversity. Its meaning changes according to your mood. Listen to it when you are sad or hapoy or confused or just stoned, you will always discover something new in it. A timeless classic. Deserves the top spot
The lyrics remind me of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel, but that's just me. The Byrds' version is a must hear, and the first Dylan song to crack the top ten in the US
Mr Tambourine Man one of the best Bob Dylan song.
It MUST bee in the TOP TEN !!


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7Tangled Up In Blue
I must admit I felt a little uneasy... Voting for this above all the others, but I like it the best.
I love it! Its one of my all time favourite songs!
Amazing story. I love this song till I die.
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8Desolation Row
Desolation Row is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It is 11 minutes and 20 seconds long of beauty. Bob Dylan's raspy voice truly does this song of depression complete justice. It is a beautiful piece of music.
11 minutes of pure bliss.. Simply one of the greatest songs ever recorded on an album featuring Like a Rolling Stone. Highway 61 revisited is the greatest album ever and this is its best song. Dylan is the greatest musical genius and poet!
I heard Sheakspear born again at the U.S. and he is called Dylan...
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9Positively 4th Street
The best "f you" song ever written.
Dylan just sounds so mad and bitter in this song... beautiful
Magic song, Great Bob
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10All Along the Watchtower
People underestimate Dylan's original All Along The Watchtower, because it's overshadowed by Jimi Hendrix's (amazing) cover. Great song.
I love it. You all will probably hate me for saying this but I like Dylan's version better than hendrix's
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The Contenders

11I Want You
just hear it, simply the best song of bob
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12A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
I've met a young child beside a dead pone
"I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'"
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13Subterranean Homesick Blues
It was the BBC Documentary about 7 ages of rock that I heard this song for the first time. I got really caught the time and It remained in my mind and will forever!
This song shows the true genius of Bob Dylan. There is nothing else like it.
Love the song and the name


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14Lay Lady Lay
great soft sound, best of Bob


Probably one of, if not THE, sexiest songs ever made.
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15It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
My dad would play this song on guitar almost all the time. I grew up with it and its still my favorite song.
Like all great songs, open to interpretation and meaningful in any way you look at it. This is one of my all time favourite songs
Absolutely fantastic. Sung in his own unique style. A man without an equal.
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16Visions of Johanna
This isn't necessarily my favorite Dylan song, however it literally puts me into a trance whenever I hear it. It is lyrical perfection. Time stands still. Dylan sings about a problem many of us men once had... A vision of a woman that is so incredibly amazing that he just can't get her out of his head, no matter how hard he tries.
It's kind of strange. I found out the the average great song was released in 1966, has three words in its tittle, and its artist has two words in his name. This is the only song I found that fits under that definition.


Pure poetry. The gem of Blonde on Blonde.
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17Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
This song is changed my perspective of music totaly


BEST SONG EVER! IT SHOULD BE #3 RIGHT AFTER LIKE A ROLLING STONE AND BLOWIN IN THE WIND! Its got everything, a message, a story, a catchy chorus and its simply amazing.
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18It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Greatest lyrical masterpiece of all of music. Though not as musically powerful as Like a Rolling Stone or Visions of Johanna, this protest of all of society's hypocrisy has a deserved place among the greater of American poetry.
'That it is not he or she or them or it that you belong to' that line alone deserves a place in the top ten
Such a great song, it deserves a spot in the top 10
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19Forever Young
When I have the opportunity to be a father, I can understand the meaning of this masterpiece! Make me Cry!
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20Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
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21Shelter From the Storm
33?!? Absolutely A Better Song Than That!


This is way too far down! A really nice relaxing song!
Simply beautiful. A very touching song.
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22Chimes of Freedom Listen to sample

23Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat) Listen to sample

24Jokerman Listen to sample

25Masters of War Listen to sample

26Idiot Wind Listen to sample

27Simple Twist of Fate
Easy to listen to
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28Abandoned Love Listen to sample

29My Back Pages
Most underrated Bob Dylan Song, my favourite Song of him
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30Man In the Long Black Coat Listen to sample

31It Ain't Me, Babe
61?! Is this a joke?
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32One More Cup of Coffee
Retro sadness... Best of all!
It deserves higher point
It definitely deserves a higher rank, jesus it was my wedding song...
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33Blind Willie McTell
Probably the most beautiful and emotionally charged song I've ever heard.
This song really gives me chills because Dylan sings it so well. Great job with this one.
Many greatly love this song, and perhaps may never find their way to this poll...
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34One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) Listen to sample

35Make You Feel My Love
You gotta be kidding. How is this not even top 10. What a song!
This song is just, beautiful. It and Mr Tambourine Man are my favorites, but since mr Tambourine Man is already in the top ten, I figured I'd vote for this, since it belongs there too.
Really good love song
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36Everything Is Broken Listen to sample

37Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Everybody must get stoned!
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38Gotta Serve Somebody
I think this was a great song. He really cut to the heart of things
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39Every Grain of Sand Listen to sample

40Changing of the Guards
Oh come on this is below gotta serve somebody
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41Love Minus Zero/No Limit Listen to sample

42Maggie's Farm Listen to sample

43Boots of Spanish Leather
A very relatable song for so many people. Girl leaves boy. One of the saddest yet best songs I've ever heard.
Always have loved this song, underrated in my opinion.
This must be his most underrated song. It is great!
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44Queen Jane Approximately Listen to sample

45The Man In Me
This song deserves to be at least in 10th position. It brings me up a true smile every time I listen to it
A classic straight out of The Big Lebowski
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46Series of Dreams
So surreal, but we've all had dreams like this?
Best bob dylan song...
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47To Ramona Listen to sample

48I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Listen to sample

49Senor Listen to sample

50I'm Not There Listen to sample

51The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol Listen to sample

52Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
Who the hell put this song at number 52, this is a classic, a masterpiece of art, this is unquestionably Bob Dylan's best ever, the greatest story telling song ever, please get your head out of your butt hole.
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53No More Auction Block
Great song from the early 60s - quite rare but worth a listen. Also, if you see her say hello should be listed. Dylan has so many unique and wonderful songs that don't rate a mention. Abandoned love, Billy, Tomorrow is a long time - just to name a few
Just looked it up and love it - so deep and bittersweet
What a rare gem. Also try Lay down your weary tune

54Just Like a Woman
How this so low!
I love this so much!
Really this makes top ten for me
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55Precious Angel Listen to sample

56Brownsville Girl Listen to sample

57Most of the Time
Said to be only a filler song, it fills my Mind. Go listen.
One of the best love songs...
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58Ballad of a Thin Man
Most mysterious song I ever heard
This is one big song
Mr Jones! Amazing song one of his best
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59Highway 61 Revisited Listen to sample

60You're No Good Listen to sample

61Let Me Die In My Footsteps Listen to sample

62When the Ship Comes In Listen to sample

63Mississippi Listen to sample

64Sugar Baby Listen to sample

65Ballad of Hollis Brown Listen to sample

66I Shall Be Released Listen to sample

67Things Have Changed
I have followed Dylan since the 60's. So many good songs. I think this is one of his best.
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68Thunder On the Mountain

69Girl of the North Country
Really romantic song. One of my favourite song ever that should be in first 10!
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70Mixed-Up Confusion Listen to sample

71All I Really Want to Do
Love how he laughs in this one.

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72On the Road Again Listen to sample

73With God On Our Side
Superb song, beautiful melody and wonderful lyrics
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74Not Dark Yet
"It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there."
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75Billy 4 Listen to sample

76I Threw It All Away Listen to sample

77Shooting Star
Truly beautiful song from the guitar melodies to the harmonica solos. The lyrics are also so deep and get me every time. This song instantly makes me reflect on my entire life.
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78Isis Listen to sample

79Hard Times
This song is so sad... It makes me cry every tim I hear it. Th lyrics too are beautiful. It is pure poetry.
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80Neighborhood Bully
Bob came back to his birth faith, and in an awesome rocker praised the great nation of Israel
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81Tombstone Blues Listen to sample

82Sara Listen to sample

83You're a Big Girl Now Listen to sample

84'Cross the Green Mountain Listen to sample

85Wagon Wheel

86Trying to Get to Heaven Listen to sample

87Unbelievable Listen to sample

88Only a Pawn In Their Game Listen to sample

89Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
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90Summer Days Listen to sample

91Tomorrow Is a Long Time
A very simple, to the point, heartbreaker of a song.
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92If You See Her, Say Hello Listen to sample

93Scarlet Town Listen to sample

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This list was created 7 years, 14 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 14 times and has been blogged about 1 times.

Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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