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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 38
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221 58
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Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

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195 63
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203 52
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204 60
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152 32
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix

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206 79
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Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan

8
153 22
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9
159 33
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10
167 24
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138 53
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12
140 44
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13
146 49
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14
119 21
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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166 74
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Desolation Row Bob Dylan

16
147 80
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Hurricane Bob Dylan

17
128 72
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Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan

18
129 34
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Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan

19
117 55
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Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan

20
103 17
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111 35
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The Best Baseball Films & Documentaries on Netflix

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115 38
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98 14
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
If Not For You Bob Dylan

24
87 16
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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117 74
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Forever Young Bob Dylan

26
117 63
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27
106 28
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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110 34
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The Best Amy Winehouse Songs

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77 23
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131 62
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31
97 30
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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70 13
I Want You is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
I Want You Bob Dylan

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120 53
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Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan

34
104 58
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35
66 22
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Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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80 26
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71 25
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85 75
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63 15
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Silvio Bob Dylan

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90 58
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82 47
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Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan

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88 39
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The Best Bob Dylan Movies

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89 29
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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68 16
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59 39
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She Belongs to Me Bob Dylan

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57 20
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
My Back Pages Bob Dylan

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65 38
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54 19
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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58 40
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Chimes of Freedom Bob Dylan

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52 13
What Good Am I? is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
What Good Am I? Bob Dylan