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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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278 87
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234 86
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271 99
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248 72
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207 33
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244 80
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243 39
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199 56
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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208 51
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186 67
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180 78
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159 33
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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192 72
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186 48
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150 24
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209 102
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172 49
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168 48
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122 27
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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167 100
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155 49
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151 29
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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184 118
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132 40
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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135 40
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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160 92
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141 86
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147 106
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98 28
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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92 31
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165 74
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112 28
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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111 22
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160 90
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84 33
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89 10
Spirit on the Water is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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128 87
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98 33
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77 10
Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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92 37
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79 11
Life Is Hard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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111 59
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77 35
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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103 76
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73 24
Everything Is Broken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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79 31
Queen Jane Approximately is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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64 25
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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113 83
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109 52
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs