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Bob Dylan is often acclaimed as the greatest songwriter ever; it's no surprise that he's in the top two on Ranker's list of greatest songwriters. These are the best Bob Dylan songs ever, ranked in order of musical importance. Dylan wrote so many great songs that Top 10 lists don't do him any justices, so this long, crowdsourced ranking is the perfect format for a proper examination of his songwriting output. Even a Top 100 best Dylan songs list is going to leave someone's fave out. 

Dylan started as a 'folk' musician but he branched out into many genres over the course of his fifty+ year career, giving us protest songs like "Blowin' in the Wind", surrealistic trips like "Mr. Tambourine Man", pure rock in "All Along the Watchtower", even spiritual songs like "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". This ranking allows you to compare classic-era tracks from his thin wild mercury burning 60s period alongside 70s classics from Blood On The Tracks and Desire next to the religious years and other 80s output which actually does have its moments before the later-period comebacks of Oh Mercy, Love And Theft, and Time Out Of Mind. He is truly an inspiring man (no surprise there's an extensive collection of Bob Dylan quotes) who spoke to and for generations through his songs.

President Obama recently awarded Mr. Dylan the Medal of Freedom as yet another a cap on a diverse career that included music, poetry, books (Tarantula = bad; Chronicles = amazing), and even an assortment of movies starring Bob Dylan (watch at your own peril). With his prolific work and distinctive voice, it's no wonder he ranks so high on the list of the best musicians of all time.
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203 54
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Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

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188 49
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193 66
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Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan

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190 56
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141 18
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134 29
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132 38
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133 30
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150 28
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140 36
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146 23
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159 58
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Desolation Row Bob Dylan

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136 63
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122 56
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Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan

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109 18
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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108 39
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Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan

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111 58
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Forever Young Bob Dylan

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110 49
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79 12
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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126 48
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101 31
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110 32
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Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan

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92 23
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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98 25
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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82 12
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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98 36
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73 20
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67 10
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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85 16
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113 45
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Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan

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101 49
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92 30
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62 18
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85 27
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80 61
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87 46
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79 37
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Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan

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83 18
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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58 29
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She Belongs to Me Bob Dylan

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64 30
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70 23
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65 22
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52 14
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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23 1
Life Is Hard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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56 31
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Chimes of Freedom Bob Dylan

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51 15
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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22 1
Thunder on the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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12 0
Buckets of Rain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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