Greatest Bob Dylan Albums

The Top Ten

1 Highway 61 Revisited

Great, classic songs. Ballad of a Thin Man and Desolation Row stand out. The lyrics are brilliant on this one.


And Like a Rolling Stone! Duh ^^

Not a single bad song off the album. BOB & BOTT have some lessers songs but every song on this album has great singing and great lryics. plus, it has too of the best songs of all time, like a rolling stone and desulation row. - RecklessGreed

2 Blood on the Tracks

This is absolutely stunning. I will never grow tired of this genius. It's not just the quality of the album, it's also so damn epic because his critics were starting to label him washed up and a has-been after a slow start to the 70s, then he comes out and produces this. Also, part of the anger and bitterness in this album, which is so perfect in its sadness, comes from the breakdown in his marriage at the time. His Blood was truley on the tracks.

This is not just by far the best Dylan album, but the greatest and most artistic album ever recorded. A truly a masterpiece of a genius.

For me, also, the album that started my Dylan phase. That first side of the album with Tangled, Simple Twist, and Idiot Wind was brilliant.

The album that started my love of Dylan's music. So many amazing lyrics. Any of his early albums or infidels get votes from me in a top ten

3 Blonde on Blonde

Visions of Johanna, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, Rainy Day Women #12&35. His two best songs are Like a Rolling Stone and Desolation Row, but his best complete album, is Blonde on Blonde

I think Dylan is one of the most excellent people involved in music ever, and Blonde on Blonde is his masterpiece. No other album he's can touch this one, and it remains one of my personal favorite albums of all time to this day.

This album is very solid - Sabbath


4 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

One of my favourite albums ever

Perfect from start to finish

Dylan at his best

5 Bringing it All Back Home

This is Dylan at his best. nobody can touch this album and it is disgusting that it is this low. This album alone had Mr. Tambourine Man, Maggie's Farm, Subterranean Homesick Blues, It's all Over Now Baby Blue, and it's alright ma I'm only dyin. Best album!

The finest example of 'straight from the heart' song writing and the last of his before he turned to the booze. Every track on this album is good.

"Highway 61" is my favourite but this is only slightly behind, so I thought I would give this the vote to help it a bit.

I would put up Side Two of Bringing It All Back Home against the entire Beatles collection.

6 Desire

Underrated album - AliciaMae

With "Isis", "One More Cup of Coffee", "Mozambique", "Black Diamond Bay", it is like the revealing of the pain and emptiness in the heart of a world weary, well traveled existentialist. After 3 years in the Peace Corps in Africa, to return to America in 1977 with my mother's death, this Album hit home.

Here comes the story of hurricane

My favorite full album. Lots of thought went into it

7 Time Out of Mind
8 The Times They Are A-Changin'

"the lonesome death of Hattie Carroll" is his best topical song

Totally underrated. This is a masterpiece!

9 John Wesley Harding

There must just be a lack of votes on this list. No way some of these albums should be as low as they are and Infidels, Modern Times, and The Bootleg Vol. 4 are a bit too high. Good albums but not Dylan's best.

In my view his best album (and I have every one). I can return to it again and again, and it still has such mystery, such beauty, such subtlety.

I love the sound, the first 5 songs are awesome

10 Infidels

Nice album. It's a shame he didn't put 'blind willie mctell' in it.

Love this one... “Jokerman” “Sweetheart Like You,” And “License To Kill” are all top 100 - pos_van

The Contenders

11 Oh Mercy

The Last Dylan's absolutely MASTERPIECE (Time out of mind is very good, but don't have the same greats songs).

Dylan has been around forever, and let’s face the fact he’s not always gonna make great albums. However, that doesn’t excuse the atrocity of his last few albums, namely Knocked Out Loaded And Down In The Groove. But when he finally decided to sit down and actually write the songs, things went in a very quick upswing. The album offers some great tunes, from “Political World,” to “Everuthing Is Broken,” the heartbreaking “Most Of The Time,” To the hopeful closer “Shooting Star,” it’s no wonder it ranks among most peoples fifteen greatest Dylan records of all time.

12 Nashville Skyline

His crooner voice is actually a VERY good one in my opinion. - higgsboson2142

13 Street Legal

My favourite Bob Dylan album

The most underrated of Dylan's albums. A work of dazzling emotional complexity.

Always loved this one. I don't understand why it isn't more highly regarded.

14 The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, the "Royal Albert Hall" Concert

Worth it for the magnificent lead up to Like A Rolling Stone. Telling all the stuck-in-the-mud folkies where to get off. "Play it ' LOUD" he instructs the band.

15 Love and Theft
16 Biograph
17 Another Side of Bob Dylan

A true and early masterpiece! Why isn't this one rated much higher? That's a shame! Putting it behind all of his other albums appears like a bad joke. It belongs in every serious Top 10 Bob Dylan album list!

Top 10

18 Slow Train Coming

Fantastic groove, some great guitar, not every bodies ideology but I still think it's lasted well

19 Modern Times

The best production I've ever heard on a record. Feels like I'm right there in the bar listening to Dylan and his band play in the corner. I can almost hear the low voices talking around me and glasses clanking, and smell the smokey haze of cigarettes. The subtle playing provides the perfect foundation for some of my favorite songs of Dylan's.

Far, far better than the ultra bland Time Out Of Mind if you only consider the "comeback" records. These tunes have staying power even if they are borrowed and the band is great, if understated. I think his evolving voice fits perfectly with this material.

20 The Basement Tapes
21 Planet Waves

Every. Single. Song. On. This. Album. Is. Great. - Hoobu_Streetman

22 Tempest
23 Bob Dylan Live at Budokan

Great album! He sings well, great band. Especially One more cup of coffee, and Shelter from the storm, best versions of all. I don't care what the critics have said about this album, Vegas or not, still a great album!

24 Greatest Hits Volume II
25 World Gone Wrong

Awesome, wonderful interpretations of some real gems. Love this album.

26 Christmas in the Heart
27 Hard Rain
28 Bob Dylan

The debut album is great. Should be at the Top 5. Surprised isn't on the list

29 Knocked Out Loaded
30 Shadows in the Night
31 Self Portrait

Not his best album by any stress, but a good half of the songs on Self Portrait are very good, which is more than what can be said about some of the albums of above - Hoobu_Streetman

32 Triplicate - Bob Dylan
33 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - Bob Dylan
34 New Morning

Very goods and various songs, like every time, and a personnal mention for "If dogs run free" (listen background vocal! )

35 Dylan
36 Bootleg Series: Volumes 1 - 3
37 MTV Unplugged
38 Empire Burlesque

Wow, so underrated, how can Tempest, Bob Dylan, MTV Unpluggged, etc be above this - Hoobu_Streetman

39 The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert
40 Under the Red Sky
41 Saved
42 Shot of Love
43 Together Through Life
44 Good as I Been to You
45 Down in the Groove
46 Fallen Angels
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1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. Blood on the Tracks
3. Blonde on Blonde
1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. Blonde on Blonde
3. Blood on the Tracks
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