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!

Top song Dylan!

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3Blowin' In the Wind

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...

Unlike most of today's songs, this song is about important issues with the world. This song is magical and the lyrics captured people's fears and thoughts in a time filled with war and injustice. Today's world is still filled with war and injustice and that's why this song will always remain relevant.

His best song in my opinion

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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!

Absolutely love this song

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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 !! - NicDuchaine

Just a truly beautiful songs. One of the finest ever by Dylan! I love it!

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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.

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. - Beatlesboy9

I don't think the is one song I don't like from Dylan, but I happen to love this one especially

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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!

Desolation Row is my favourite of all Bob"s songs. It's beautifully sung and when it starts I am in awe as how anyone could write something so perfect. This song should be number one but he is such a diverse songwriter that so many of the top songs are wonderful. Desolation Row is outstanding and my personal favourite.

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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

10Positively 4th Street

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

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11Subterranean 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.

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12A 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.

"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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13I Want You

just hear it, simply the best song of bob

14Visions 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?

Greatest song ever I've heard

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15Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again


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

16Don'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

This song was the climax of bob's folk era. it has simple and understandable methafors about love and not being loved back. not too short, not too long, simply perfect and beautiful lyrics and guitar.

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17I Shall Be Released
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. (? )

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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.

20Shelter From the Storm

33? Absolutely A Better Song Than That! - Beatlesboy9

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

Simply beautiful. A very touching song.

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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. Like a Rolling Stone
2. The Times They Are A-Changin'
3. Hurricane

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