Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

The Top Ten

Like a Rolling Stone Like a Rolling Stone Cover Art

Very difficult to choose a favorite Bob Dylan song. Every song I've ever heard from me is a lyrical prowess. I also really like The Times They Are A-Changin' and Blowin' in the Wind, but the lyrics on this one makes me almost cry every time.

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!

One of the only songs I can really keep listening to and not get tired of. Amazing lyrics that you'll always want to sing along with. Dylan's legacy lives through his amazing songs.

Wow what a masterpiece. Pure genius. This song along with The times they are a-changin', All Along the Watchtower, and Tangled up in blue are all the best songs that stand out to me

The Times They Are A-Changin' The Times They Are A-Changin' Cover Art

Everyone loves least 50 of Bob Dylan's songs. But there always one song that actually made him different from other artists a song which made everyone fall for him. To pause and realise this is as unreal SOmething can get. That this guy knows the answers I seek. That he is bob dylan no more no less. And that song is different for everyone, and there lies the beauty of him. For me it was this song. One of the greatest lyrics and the vocals just fits perfect. As a younger self I used to sing this song in front of the mirror pretending to be him in his voice. This song changed me in a way I can't express but for better I know cause I feel.

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..

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.

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!

Blowin' in the Wind Blowin' in the Wind Cover Art

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.

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.

It takes almost ten minutes before I am prepared hear it. The only song that makes me emotional.

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

Tangled Up in Blue Tangled Up in Blue Cover Art

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.

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.

I must admit I felt a little uneasy... Voting for this above all the others, but I like it the best.

Mr. Tambourine Man Mr. Tambourine Man Cover Art

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

This song is so poetic and beautiful, written by an intelligent mastermind and artist. The melody is enchanting and the lyrics are beautiful and timeless. This song is the definition of good music, too bad that music has become a joke nowadays. I love this song, but to be honest, there really is no 'greatest' Bob Dylan song. All his songs are amazing and deserve to be remembered.

Mr. Tambourine man is the single greatest Dylan song. It is so imaginative and beautiful in every way. Dylan is the only one who can speak the way he does. His lyrics are so incredible and nobody stands a chance against him.

Blowin in the wind and the times they are a changing are equally good but the sheer versatility of the lyrics and the oceans of meaning in them makes this my favorite. Bob song!
And of course the harmonica is legendary!

Hurricane Hurricane Cover Art

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!

Incredible! Dylan tells a whole story regardless of weather the words ryme or not, and yet somehow they do! The violin and harmonica add individuality like nothing else.

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.

Profound, both vital and heartbreaking in equal measure. The lyrics and the cadence of the story-telling are simply magic in musical form.

Knockin' on Heaven's Door Knockin' on Heaven's Door Cover Art

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.

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!

This masterpiece has been covered by many but never delivered better than by its creator.

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

All Along the Watchtower All Along the Watchtower Cover Art

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!

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

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

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Cover Art

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 might be his darkest song, behind Desolation Row, and my personal favorite of his, along with Visions of Johanna (which I think should also be top ten)

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.

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.

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.

Desolation Row Desolation Row Cover Art

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 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.

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!

A very long song, yet incredibly dense with nothing short of lyrical mastery. Haunting, beautiful, and both nihilistic and somewhat hopeful, Desolation Row is not only a song, but a living place, a character, and a masterpiece.

The Contenders

Visions of Johanna Visions of Johanna Cover Art

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.

The surreal lyrics aside, it does what the very best Dylan songs do, it builds and builds, like a ratchet tightening around the listener's soul. If you like this one, try Marchin' To The City on Tell Tale Signs

Positively 4th Street Positively 4th Street Cover Art

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!

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

Love this song, vicious as Dylan tends to be, but great song.

Shelter from the Storm Shelter from the Storm Cover Art

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.

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

Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again Cover Art

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.

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.

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

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

Subterranean Homesick Blues Subterranean Homesick Blues Cover Art

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.

Amazing song. Shows Bob's true writing talent.

Know this song by heart and proud, baby

I Shall Be Released I Shall Be Released Cover Art

Great tune, but awful harmonica playing...

Good message

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Cover Art

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.

I Want You I Want You Cover Art

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

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

just hear it, simply the best song of bob

Lay Lady Lay Lay Lady Lay Cover Art

"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. (? )

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

Probably one of, if not THE, sexiest songs ever made.

Just Like a Woman Just Like a Woman Cover Art

"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

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

My favorite song from the Blonde on Blonde album!

Really this makes top ten for me

Ballad of a Thin Man Ballad of a Thin Man Cover Art

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

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.

Most mysterious song I ever heard

A very, very underrated song.

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

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.

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.

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.

Yeh... Damn so many "best" Dylan songs, each deserving a number one ranking

Idiot Wind Idiot Wind Cover Art

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.

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

Every Grain of Sand Every Grain of Sand Cover Art

Greatest song ever written.

Blind Willie McTell Blind Willie McTell Cover Art

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...

Probably the most beautiful and emotionally charged song I've ever heard.

It's incredible beautiful and moving.

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