Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

The Top Ten

1 Like a Rolling Stone

Very inspirational. Great lyrics.

Great song, but I love so many of his and I have memorized so many lyrics. I listen to many of his songs over and over.

Out of the World! Spell of a Genius!

strucks like a thunderbolt

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2 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!

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..

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3 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.

This song is just Awesome..! A perfect one to listen to in the monsoon time...

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

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4 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.

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

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

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5 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

I'm ready to go anywhere,I'm ready for to fade
Driven deep beneath the wave
Let me forget about today until tomorrow

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

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6 Hurricane

When you aren't a fan of "folk rock", Hurricane emerges as Bob Dylan's best song of all time.


The best Lyrics in the history of music

The first time I heard this, it blew me away. One of his best protest songs.

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7 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.

His greatest song

Most beautiful song of Dylan in my opinion. Simple but yet so complex! Sends chills down my spine very time I listen to it. Thing of beauty!

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

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8 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!

Going by lyrics alone, nothing comes close to this masterpiece

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9 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!

No one has ever come close to writing anything as epic, except when he surpassed it with Visions of Johanna, Lily Rosemary and the Jack of hearts and Tweeter and the monkey man

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10 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

A 21-year-old white boy from Minnesota wrote this. Think about it. Think about the number of people that age who are this intelligent. And here is Dylan, writing about his son, his "darlin' young one," roaming a dying Earth. The way that Dylan's fictional child describes all he sees, hears, meets, and all the places he's gone is deep and profound. This is probably his darkest song, behind Desolation Row, and my personal favorite of his. - AlexZoraj

It amazes me how someone wrote a song about a child of his he hasn't even had yet roaming a post-apocalyptic world, at age 21. Most people are barely learning to get by at 21. Dylan is out making masterpieces.

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.

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The Contenders

11 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.

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.

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?

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12 Positively 4th Street

One of my all time favorites. I've lived it.

The best "f you" song ever written.

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

Magic song, Great Bob

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13 Shelter from the Storm

Perhaps the greatest opening line set up for
the true meaning of shelter and warmth ever written:
'Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
"Come in," she said, "I'll give you shelter from the storm"
Always loved this timeless song.

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.

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

Don't care if you like it or not but I can relate to it on a very personal level

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 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.

Love the song and the name - InsertNameHere

This should be top 5 in my opinion.

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16 I Shall Be Released

Great tune, but awful harmonica playing... - ClereforSede

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

It may not be the best, but it's certainly better than #17. An absolutely beautiful love (? ) song.

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.

One of my favourite songs by Bob Dylan, if not my absolute favourite. Would have expected it to be rated way higher in this top.

He was no older than 21 when he composed this masterpiece. If that convinces you of his genius.

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18 I Want You

just hear it, simply the best song of bob

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

I love this song, it should be in the top three

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19 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

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

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20 Just Like a Woman

My favorite song from the Blonde on Blonde album!

Five best easily - pos_van

Really this makes top ten for me

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

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21 Ballad of a Thin Man

Such a great song. "You know something is happening, but you don't know what it is". A commentary on the movement of the time and how clueless the masses were.

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

A very, very underrated song.

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

Best Dylan tune

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.

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

'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

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23 Every Grain of Sand

Greatest song ever written.

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24 Idiot Wind

This has been my favourite Dylan song since I first heard it over 30 years ago. The anger and sorrow are transcendent. Most honest and moving break up song ever. He even apologised!

Some of the finest lyrics ever written, great music, pure Dylan singing. This song really deserves a better place.

Dylan has written some amazing tunes, but nothing comes close to this. - BrianScott01

In my view the greatest song of all time never mind just Bobs.

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25 Blind 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...

I love this song,I listen to it every time I feel low.

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26 Boots of Spanish Leather

I never seem to get enough of this song. I can listen to it 100 times in a row.

Hard to choose the greatest Dylan song. Each selection above and below is a masterpiece. But this is mine.

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.

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27 Masters 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.

Describes war in one song. Perfect on every level.

If someone today has the guts to write this, than I trust him and respect him. everything else is just funny

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28 Not Dark Yet

Should be way higher.

"I was born here and I'll die here, against my will. I know it looks like I'm movin', but I'm standing still." - ColinH

"It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there."

"Behind every beautiful thing, there's been some kind of pain"

Life after 50 and we are all lucky to see it.

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29 Highway 61 Revisited

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

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30 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Number 30? This masterpiece deserves to be ranked at the top of the list. Without a doubt one of the greatest songs ever written!

Can't believe that this wasn't even on the list, a great relaxing song that inspired Roger Waters to write Pink Floyd's 'Echoes', enough said!

WHAT? Oh my god this is a crime.

Great song top 20

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31 Things Have Changed

Great rhythm

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

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32 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Just brilliant

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.

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33 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Everybody must get stoned!

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34 Only a Pawn in Their Game

This song is just as relevant today as it was when it came out. - DysenteryGary

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

Wow this list is off this song is at least top 15

Dylan played this song immedatly after martin luther king gave his "i have a dream speech. it's my personal favorite dylan song - RecklessGreed

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35 Jokerman

Can't describe in words.. the song is so amazing

Great song... love the rock section of his backing band (Mick Taylor, Mark Knopfler) And his hero reggae rhythm section (Sly and Robbie) - pos_van

Great song, amazing lyrics!

I always feel like god wrote this

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36 Sara

Are you kidding?! 78th and nobody has voted it yet but me this is absolutely ridiculous I am listening to it right now and it is easily top ten one of this great mans best songs it's so catchy and just amazing vote it up people

Should be higher - possibly his greatest love song.

One of the greatest love songs ever.

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


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39 Abandoned Love

Great song, recorded but left off of Blood On The Tracks or Desire, which helps show how good that album is and what a fantastic period of creativity Dylan was in at the time - Billyv

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" - Billyv

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40 One Too Many Mornings

I really love this song especially when he sang it with Johnny Cash.
Musical heaven

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43 If You See Her, Say Hello

A song of beauty.


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44 One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)


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45 Chimes of Freedom

Can we change the positions of "Chimes Of Freedom" and "Tangled Up In Blue" please, thank you. 44 is a joke, what an awesome song.

Still so much up-to-date, great text..

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46 One 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...

How can the hell can it be on 32?

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47 Mississippi

What a tender, beautiful song. Probably the best of his more recent ballads, along with Make You Feel My Love.

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48 I Shall Be Free

Hilarious! - ClereforSede

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49 Lily, 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.


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50 You're No Good

Short, clear, this song should be in the top ten due to his high quality. First track on the first album, "Bob Dylan". Just amazing. Listen!

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2. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
3. Visions of Johanna
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2. Desolation Row
3. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
1. Like a Rolling Stone
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