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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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209 71
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236 70
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Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

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219 61
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172 23
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229 83
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Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan

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219 67
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171 40
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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179 35
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155 47
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149 56
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179 27
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163 51
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130 24
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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The Best Stevie Wonder Songs of All Time

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181 77
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Desolation Row Bob Dylan

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143 74
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Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan

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156 88
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Hurricane Bob Dylan

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139 38
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Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan

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113 18
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126 59
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Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan

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124 41
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The Very Best Pop-Tart Flavors

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95 19
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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129 80
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Forever Young Bob Dylan

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127 64
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116 39
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114 31
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Maggie's Farm Bob Dylan

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105 18
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
If Not For You Bob Dylan

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108 31
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

The Best Amy Winehouse Songs

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141 64
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118 39
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81 25
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131 55
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Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan

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77 15
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
I Want You Bob Dylan

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113 60
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74 26
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30 Famous People Who Once Were in Marching Bands

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85 28
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94 77
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98 61
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65 20
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
My Back Pages Bob Dylan

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96 29
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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88 51
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Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan

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94 42
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The Best Bob Dylan Movies

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71 40
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72 17
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63 41
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She Belongs to Me Bob Dylan

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73 31
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64 40
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Chimes of Freedom Bob Dylan

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67 21
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Silvio Bob Dylan

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56 22
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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39 13
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs