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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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306 48
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257 72
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Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

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186 25
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229 64
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217 77
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230 70
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182 44
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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242 89
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Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan

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186 42
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210 31
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161 62
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165 54
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173 59
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145 26
It Ain't Me Babe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
SkinnyMoo added It Ain't Me Babe Bob Dylan

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193 87
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Desolation Row Bob Dylan

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133 19
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152 43
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162 42
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Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan

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149 84
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Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan

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166 97
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Hurricane Bob Dylan

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132 22
If Not For You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
If Not For You Bob Dylan

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142 42
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140 74
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137 88
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Forever Young Bob Dylan

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147 41
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105 21
Simple Twist of Fate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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129 67
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Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan

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114 35
All Along the Watchtower is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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127 34
Maggie's Farm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Maggie's Farm Bob Dylan

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149 72
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86 28
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142 60
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Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan

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84 16
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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78 27
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118 73
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96 19
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92 30
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92 23
Silvio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Silvio Bob Dylan

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61 6
Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Shooting Star Bob Dylan

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66 7
Spirit on the Water is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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87 32
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60 6
Life Is Hard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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95 62
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Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan

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103 39
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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97 93
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104 73
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65 20
Everything Is Broken is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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60 23
One More Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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22 1
Buckets of Rain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
Buckets of Rain Bob Dylan

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68 29
My Back Pages is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bob Dylan Songs
My Back Pages Bob Dylan