Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

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1Like a Rolling Stone

Very inspirational. Great lyrics.

Out of the World! Spell of a Genius!

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!

According to my research (which was only somewhat trustworthy) this is the most popular song in English speaking culture

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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.

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. - joshthomas

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!

One of the great timeless classic songs

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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...

For the sea warrior

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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!

Great violin sound

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5Mr. 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 !! - NicDuchaine

This song is perfect for some kind of cartoon

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6Knockin' 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

This masterpiece has been covered by many but never delivered better than by its creator.

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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.

Amazing story. I love this song till I die.

Amongst several top notch songs which may easily run up to 100 or so, Tangled up in blues defines Bob Dylan's music for me. The lyrics, his voice and the way the guitars sound simply elevate this song into all time best class. The next best would be Changing of guards

Strong love song

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8Desolation Row

Easily the most haunting thing he's ever written(It's alright ma comes close) it's equally unnerving yet totally peaceful. Having all these existing characters that are familiar while giving them a whole new level of depth & have them all connect to this eternal make believe, yet totally believable place. Desolation row is a character in itself. I could hear this damn thing forever & the words never, ever lose their potency. Dylan was all about lyrics, and these are the most ambitious, odd, beautiful & uniquely put together lyrics he ever put to paper, meaning it's the most ambitious, odd, beautiful & uniquely put together lyrics anyone has ever put to paper. Only Dylan could have done something if this magnitude. Honestly, who else could captivate you for 11 minutes with nothing but a guitar, and 2 other musician's? Big shout out to Charlie McCoy who played a beautiful Spanish style lead guitar on this one.

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!

Probably my favourite song of all time. Great set of lyrics and the melody isn't half bad either

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9All 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

Going by lyrics alone, nothing comes close to this masterpiece

There must be some way out of here

10Positively 4th Street

The best "f you" song ever written.

Dylan just sounds so mad and bitter in this song... beautiful

This song and Like a rolling Stone are his best. This song really taps into a deep part of my brain.

You got a lot of nerve to put this song on #10. it's top 5 for sure

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11A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

When Dylan opens the verse with "where have been my blue eyed son oh where have you been my darling young one? " It sends me into meltdown.

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..." - Billyv

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12Visions 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. - queen11

Visionary ballad bout visions, deepest and most powerful mind-blowing song ever. How the hell can the human mind create anything so beautiful?

These visions of johanna are now all that remain

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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.

Amazing song. Shows Bob's true writing talent.

This should be top 5 in my opinion.

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14I Want You

just hear it, simply the best song of bob

If you truly love someone, you understand this song even more

15Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

The first time I listened to this song I was watching Mad Men and I immediately loved this song. Beautiful melody, lyrics and message. Should be at least at top 5.

This is considered The greatest rock song ever written by the artists themselves

You don't have to think twice to understand that this is one of the best songs ever

Such a soothing song

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16Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again


Deep inside my heart, I know I can't escape

I memorized the lyrics! I'm so proud. This is Dylan's best, guys. This or MAYBE Visions of Johanna, Like A Rollong Stone, Tangled Up In Blue. - backflip

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18Lay 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.

Why wait any longer for the one song you love, when she's standing in front of you

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19It'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. - liamh1381

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

Yeh... Damn so many "best" Dylan songs, each deserving a number one ranking - Billyv

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20Shelter From the Storm

33? Absolutely A Better Song Than That! - Beatlesboy9

When I heard this song everything up to that point had been left unresolved

This is way too far down! A really nice relaxing song!

Simply beautiful. A very touching song.

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Top Remixes (31)

1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Desolation Row
3. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Blowin' In the Wind
3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
1. Desolation Row
2. Like a Rolling Stone
3. Mr. Tambourine Man

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