Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

The Top Ten
1 Like a Rolling Stone

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!

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.

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.

2 The Times They Are A-Changin'

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..

3 Blowin' in the Wind

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.

4 Tangled Up in Blue

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.

5 Hurricane

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.

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

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.

7 Knockin' on Heaven's Door

It just shows the brilliance of Dylan. With any other writer, this would be an easy number one. But here it sits at seven, and it's hard to argue against the six songs ahead of it. I'm proud to have graduated from the same high school as him (Hibbing, Minn.,), although thankfully not in the same year...

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!

8 All Along the Watchtower

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

9 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 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.

10 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.

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.

12 Positively 4th Street

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!

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

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.

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.

I love this song so much. It's just amazing.

14 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.

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.

15 I Want You
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.

Amazing song. Shows Bob's true writing talent.

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

It's so hard to pick a favourite Dylan song. While this isn't the first one I listened to it's the first one that made me realise he was something special and because of that it holds a place in my heart as the top one.
"I'm a-thinkin' and a-wond'rin' wallkin' way down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I am told
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don't think twice, it's all right"

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.

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.

18 I Shall Be Released

Great tune, but awful harmonica playing...

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. (? )

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

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

20 Just Like a Woman

"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

I know there's a lot to choose from, but this isn't top ten?

My favorite song from the Blonde on Blonde album!

21 Ballad of a Thin Man

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.

Mr Jones! Amazing song one of his best

22 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.

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.

23 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.

24 Every Grain of Sand

Greatest song ever written.

25 Blind Willie McTell

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.

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