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
[Newest]This song tops the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. And the reason is obvious. This song has definitely changed the world and it just revolutionised the music industry back then. The melody and lyrics are amazing and this masterpiece is unforgettable!

2The 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.


[Newest]This song always leaves me speechless. It is simple, yet powerful, and that is an element that Dylan always incorporates in his music. The message here is very important and has touched the lives of many people. Long live the King! -The real one, not a British man who is born into power..

3Blowin' 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...
[Newest]His best song in my opinion

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!
[Newest]In my opinion best song ever

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

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 !!


[Newest]Mr. Tambourine man is the single greatest Dylan song. It is so imaginative and beautiful in every way. Dylan is the only one who can speak the way he does. His lyrics are so incredible and nobody stands a chance against him.

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.
Amazing story. I love this song till I die.
I love it! Its one of my all time favourite songs!
[Newest]This song deserves first spot. The best of the story songs along with Hurricane and Shelter from the storm. I still think Tangled Up In Blue should be #1 and I don't see why it isn't.


8Positively 4th Street
The best "f you" song ever written.
Dylan just sounds so mad and bitter in this song... beautiful
Magic song, Great Bob

9Desolation 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...
[Newest]Epic. The most epic song ever written!

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

The Contenders

11I Want You
just hear it, simply the best song of bob

12Subterranean 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


[Newest]Know this song by heart and proud, baby

13Visions 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.


Visionary ballad bout visions, deepest and most powerful mind-blowing song ever. How the hell can the human mind create anything so beautiful?
[Newest]One of the best songs written by anyone, ever. Top 3 Dylan song. No debate.

14A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
I've met a young child beside a dead pone
"And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
Reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it..."


"I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'"

15Don'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.

16Lay Lady Lay
"lay lady lay" was the first song that made me pay attention to dylan's music. however I was disappointed when I discovered only 2 more great songs from his so many albums: "knocking on heaven's door", "it's all over now baby blue". concerning why he is loved that much I think it's because of lyrics he wrote, rather than the music he composed. maybe I'm wrong. (? )
Probably one of, if not THE, sexiest songs ever made.
great soft sound, best of Bob


17It'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.

18Shelter 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.

19Masters of War
In high school I was disqualified from the school talent show for playing this. But I went out to the parking lot and played it in front of about forty people after the show. Its the only real protest song of the last fifty years.
Can someone tell me what this song is doing at #24?
Listen to this song, it's the 1 simple melody for 4.30 minutes which makes this song so unique, it deserves to be in the TOP 5.

20It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
This song has been extremely Important to me, it inspired my poem 'The social classes'. It explores the way people choose to live their life and his reaction to their choices. He distances himself from those who won't break away from the machine that is society which tries to confine peoples thoughts and behaviour.


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
[Newest]Yeh... Damn so many "best" Dylan songs, each deserving a number one ranking


21Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

22Blind 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...

23Forever Young
When I have the opportunity to be a father, I can understand the meaning of this masterpiece! Make me Cry!
Sing it to everyone you Love!


24Things Have Changed
I have followed Dylan since the 60's. So many good songs. I think this is one of his best.

25Changing of the Guards
Oh come on this is below gotta serve somebody

26Ballad of a Thin Man
Why are highway 61 revisited songs rated so low in this list?
People you do realize that this is probably Dylan's best album and not only because of like a rolling stone, there are many great songs on this album, ever wondered why rolling stone put this album at number 3 in their 500 greatest albums of all time
Most mysterious song I ever heard
This is one big song

27Chimes of Freedom

28One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)


30One More Cup of Coffee
It deserves higher point
Retro sadness... Best of all!
It definitely deserves a higher rank, jesus it was my wedding song...
[Newest]How can the hell can it be on 32?

31Not Dark Yet
"It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there."

32Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)

33It Ain't Me, Babe
This song has humour and a lot of emotion in it. Simple, yet fantastic. And not to mention, Bob's unique voice does make it quite memorable!
61?! Is this a joke?

34Idiot Wind

35Simple Twist of Fate
Easy to listen to

36Just Like a Woman
How this so low!
I love this so much!
Really this makes top ten for me

37Man In the Long Black Coat

38Abandoned Love
His most heartfelt song change and loss.
"My body's tellin me - I love you still...

... Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it"


39My Back Pages
Most underrated Bob Dylan Song, my favourite Song of him

40Workingman's Blues #2

41Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Everybody must get stoned!

42If You See Her, Say Hello

43Make You Feel My Love
You gotta be kidding. How is this not even top 10. What a song!
Really good love 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.

44Brownsville Girl

45Everything Is Broken

46Scarlet Town

47Gotta Serve Somebody
I think this was a great song. He really cut to the heart of things

48Every Grain of Sand

49Boots 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!

50Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Deserves more attention; another brilliant, unique work


51Maggie's Farm

52Queen Jane Approximately

53To Ramona

54The 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

55Series of Dreams
So surreal, but we've all had dreams like this?
Best bob dylan song...

56The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol
0.1 % of total votes? Number 55? My goodness. I know Dylan has a lot of great numbers but this really does rank high up on one of his best songs. The lyrics pierce you like anything describing an actual murder that was committed. Dylan's take on a segregated America and describing through the death of a maid is breathless.
"You who philosophies disgrace and criticizes all fears"

57Pledging My Time

58I'll Be Your Baby Tonight


60I'm Not There

61Lily, 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.

62No 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

63Highway 61 Revisited
I believe the song's title is Highway 61 with Revisited added to it as the album title


64Precious Angel

65Most of the Time
Said to be only a filler song, it fills my Mind. Go listen.
One of the best love songs...

66You're No Good

67Let Me Die In My Footsteps

68When the Ship Comes In


70Sugar Baby

71Ballad of Hollis Brown

72I Shall Be Released

73Thunder On the Mountain


75Girl of the North Country
Really romantic song. One of my favourite song ever that should be in first 10!

76You're a Big Girl Now
You can feel the heartache


77'Cross the Green Mountain

78Spirit On the Water

79Oh Sister
I added this song months and months ago and I am so glad to see it moving up in the rankings. (Shadows in the Night)

80Mixed-Up Confusion

81All I Really Want to Do
Love how he laughs in this one.

82On the Road Again

83With God On Our Side
From his epic album "Times they are a changin", Dylan critiques the hegemony of American Capital and the mindless hate, cynicism and hypocrisy fueled by their capitalist ideology in a beautiful yet satirical manner.
Amazing lyrics, definitely one of the most powerful Dylan's song.
Superb song, beautiful melody and wonderful lyrics

84Billy 4

85I Threw It All Away

86Shooting 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.

Another of my many loves


88Hard Times
This song is so sad... It makes me cry every tim I hear it. Th lyrics too are beautiful. It is pure poetry.

89Neighborhood Bully
Bob came back to his birth faith, and in an awesome rocker praised the great nation of Israel

90Tombstone Blues

91Wagon Wheel

92Trying to Get to Heaven


94Only a Pawn In Their Game
Seriously guys? 91? I won't say that this should be in the top ten but geez, I find this to be the second best song on my favourite dylan album

95Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

96Summer Days

97Tomorrow Is a Long Time
A very simple, to the point, heartbreaker of a song.
"If today were not a crooked highway..."
Always seemed to me to be one of those songs that completely embodied his persona at the time


Beautifull song. It deserves at least one vote...

98Pay In Blood

99The Mighty Quinn

100One Too Many Mornings

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