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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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258 78
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192 28
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234 67
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219 79
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233 71
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189 45
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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248 91
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194 43
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218 32
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166 63
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171 54
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176 60
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198 87
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146 27
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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136 19
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156 44
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166 43
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147 43
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151 86
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169 100
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134 23
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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143 76
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110 21
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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138 89
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118 35
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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149 43
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130 70
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131 35
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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152 72
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147 60
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86 28
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87 17
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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120 73
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79 28
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94 30
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97 19
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93 24
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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69 7
Spirit on the Water is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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25 1
Buckets of Rain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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98 63
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105 39
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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64 7
Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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87 33
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98 94
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61 7
Life Is Hard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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106 75
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66 20
Everything Is Broken is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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60 23
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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57 7
Forgetful Heart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
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