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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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276 85
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233 85
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245 70
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205 32
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269 99
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242 79
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241 38
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205 49
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197 55
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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183 67
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179 76
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158 32
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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187 72
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186 47
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148 24
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171 48
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206 102
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167 48
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166 100
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121 27
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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155 48
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149 29
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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181 117
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131 39
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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135 39
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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159 92
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140 86
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146 106
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97 28
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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91 31
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163 74
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112 27
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Bob Dylan

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159 89
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110 22
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82 33
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128 86
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87 10
Spirit on the Water is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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98 32
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79 9
Life Is Hard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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77 9
Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Bob Dylan

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92 36
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76 34
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Bob Dylan

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109 59
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65 8
Tight Connection to My Heart (... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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73 22
Everything Is Broken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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103 75
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70 10
Forgetful Heart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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78 30
Queen Jane Approximately is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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103 108
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