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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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273 83
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199 30
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240 70
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228 83
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239 76
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196 51
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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262 99
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202 47
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234 37
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175 73
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181 65
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182 71
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154 30
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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171 47
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183 46
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147 22
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201 100
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153 47
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146 28
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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158 98
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164 47
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129 38
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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174 114
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115 26
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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151 91
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134 38
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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143 103
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136 82
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90 30
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154 72
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110 25
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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157 86
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108 21
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85 9
Spirit on the Water is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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80 32
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91 27
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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97 31
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76 8
Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Bob Dylan

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123 85
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77 8
Life Is Hard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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91 35
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63 7
Tight Connection to My Heart (... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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69 9
Forgetful Heart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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72 21
Everything Is Broken is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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102 105
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100 75
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71 17
What Good Am I? is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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107 50
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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61 24
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs