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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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Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

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199 66
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208 56
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209 63
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215 80
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Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan

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158 36
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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157 23
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165 34
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172 24
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143 54
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146 45
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152 50
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122 22
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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173 76
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Desolation Row Bob Dylan

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151 83
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Hurricane Bob Dylan

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134 74
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Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan

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132 36
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Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan

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121 57
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Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan

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106 18
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119 39
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The Best Cruise Ships for Families

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114 37
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90 18
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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121 64
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99 16
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
If Not For You Bob Dylan

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118 77
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Forever Young Bob Dylan

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109 29
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Maggie's Farm Bob Dylan

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102 30
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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115 37
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135 63
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78 24
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127 54
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Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan

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73 14
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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107 59
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83 27
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15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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67 24
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89 75
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85 48
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Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan

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93 59
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92 29
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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65 17
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Silvio Bob Dylan

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71 16
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The Best Bob Dylan Movies

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90 40
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71 27
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59 20
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
My Back Pages Bob Dylan

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66 39
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59 40
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She Belongs to Me Bob Dylan

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54 20
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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60 40
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Chimes of Freedom Bob Dylan

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20 1
Tight Connection to My Heart (... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs