Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

The Top Ten

1 Like a Rolling Stone Like a Rolling Stone

Very inspirational. Great lyrics.

Out of the World! Spell of a Genius!

strucks like a thunderbolt

Very catchy, it's something I could listen to over and over again!

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2 The Times They Are A-Changin' The 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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3 Blowin' in the Wind Blowin' in the Wind

this song will be heard till the end of time.

The man who was forgotten among the modern youth who is fond of listening and reading obscene and promiscuous amorous poetry and songs which arose no feelings but two minutes love and eternal hate, the man who was forgotten has now won the nobel prize of literature yes for literature. Well you might say ending up that Nobel is not a criteria of judging anyone yet this time and many a times this honor goes to real people.

Well the Man is Poet first and Singer later, We can call him poet-cum singer, yes got an idea... He is Bob Dylan a 75 years old man... Whose song gave new images and poetical expressions all around the world. You may not feel the same way but I've got new blood listening his old rhymes of 1963.

best thoughts, good disposition for a conscience work lifetime, soul to soul transmission of known

For the sea warrior

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4 Hurricane Hurricane

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!

Love the violin in this song. Nice protest song against Racism. - BrianScott01

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5 Tangled Up in Blue Tangled 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

Like a rolling stone is better, but this needs to be higher than knocking on heavens door

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6 Mr. Tambourine Man Mr. 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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7 Knockin' on Heaven's Door Knockin' 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.

With many others knocking on heaven's doors with bob. This song is the best

This is the best song that was ever sung by bob dylan. Should definitely be #1

The most simple striped down piece of perfection ever written

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8 All Along the Watchtower All 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

How can anyone really judge which Dylan song is #1 when they're nearly all masterpieces (works of a true genius). There's just no one that compares or even comes close. He got that Nobel Prize for a reason, and I say it's about time! Thank you, Mr. Dylan for so much pleasurable and amazing entertainment!

There must be some way out of here

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9 Desolation Row Desolation 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!

Remember being 12 years old listening to this my friends were all into Led Zeppelin
I thought they were stupid

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10 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

The best, most meaningful lyrics he ever wrote, in my opinion. The picture he paints, through his words, of the post-apocalyptic world is haunting and a warning for the entire humanity of what will come if they don't eschew the path of violence.

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

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The Newcomers

? It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) It'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

This song is one of the most important influences on my world view, aside from things that happened to me directly. I also admire Dylan's braveness for addressing the greatest taboo in our society. The closing line is so powerful it sends chills running up and down my spine.

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? It's All Over Now, Baby Blue It'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.

The song that got me hooked on Dylan...perfection

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The Contenders

11 Visions of Johanna Visions 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

Haunting imagery, hallucinatory visions. The minimalist backing gives the song a hushed quality that makes it sound even more compelling. Dylan's free-form consciousness is at full flight here, and the song is a brilliant masterpiece. Very possibly Dylan's single finest piece of songwriting.

The greatest lyrics of all time, by the greatest artist of all time. All that needs to be said.

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12 Positively 4th Street Positively 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.

I dedicated "Death on two Legs" and this song to the same person... Imagine his reaction. Great song!

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13 Shelter from the Storm Shelter from the Storm

33? Absolutely A Better Song Than That! - Beatlesboy9

I heard this song in a store and at a very low time; it offered me comfort and hope. It turned me into a Dylan fan.

Imagine a place that's always safe and warm. Come in, she said I'll give you shelter from the storm.

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

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14 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

Great (albeit incomprehensible) lyrics, great instrumentation, and an overall nice groove. In my opinion this is Bob Dylan's best song, and I always light up whenever it gets to this track on the album.


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

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15 I Want You I Want You

just hear it, simply the best song of bob

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

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

The first time I listened to this song I was watching Dogfight and I loved it. Now every time I listen to this track I think of River Phoenix and the summer I met God.

"I gave her my heart, but she wanted my soul"...I LOVE this line.

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18 Subterranean Homesick Blues Subterranean 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.

This should be top 5 in my opinion.

Amazing song. Shows Bob's true writing talent.

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19 Lay Lady Lay Lay 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.

Just the same I vote for this tone number one. By far one of the greatest and sexiest songs ever

Worst song ever

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20 Just Like a Woman Just Like a Woman

Really this makes top ten for me

"Just like a woman but she breaks just like a little girl". That's beautiful

"When we meet again, introduced as friends
Please don't let it on that you knew me when
I was so hungry - and it was your World... L - Billyv

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1. Shelter from the Storm
2. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
3. Visions of Johanna
1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Desolation Row
3. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
1. Desolation Row
2. Like a Rolling Stone
3. Mr. Tambourine Man

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