Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

The Top Ten

1 Like a Rolling Stone

Very inspirational. Great lyrics.

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 and Tangled Up In Blue are bee-yoo-tiful. - Britgirl

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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.

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

This should be no. 1.

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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.

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

For me, it was between three choices. I love Desolation Row, and Like a Rolling Stone changed music forever, but Tangled Up in Blue has some of his best lyrics. In five minutes he tells arguably his best story, just because it's true. - abcat

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5 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!

It's like a journey

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6 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

It's like the poem by Frost
Stopping by the woods in a snowy winter evening...

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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.

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 best of all ever

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8 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!

I may be pissed out of my face, but I challenge anyone to listen to this song and tell me Dylan isn't the best songwriter of all time! Truly genius.. and for anyone that disagrees I understand I was once like you so know just listen to the song.

And you are very welcome x

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9 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

Going by lyrics alone, nothing comes close to this masterpiece

I totally agree; I much prefer it to the original Hendrix version.

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10 Positively 4th Street

The best "f you" song ever written.

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

Magic song, Great Bob

Best Dylan song before Like a Rolling Stone

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The Contenders

11 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

Touches my heart every time I listen to it...can't belueve its on shows dylans deepest emotions...his live for his children and his attempt to tell.them the real outside world..should be in top.5

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12 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.

Allusive erotic and haunting.. dylans best lyrics.. creates a mystic atmosphere..

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13 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

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

14 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

15 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.

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.

One of the songs that leaves no question as to whether or not Bob Dylan is the definitive song writer of our time.

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

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16 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

Johnnys in the basement mixing up the medicine - ZACHFORDE

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18 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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19 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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20 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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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. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Blowin' in the Wind
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'

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