The Top 30 Bob Dylan Songs, Revisited

Written by May 23rd, 2011 at 6:23 pm

It seems like only yesterday that we launched our inaugural Top Songs List, featuring the greatest work of one of our all-time heroes, his Bobness. But that was several Dylan albums ago. Oh, these modern times.

Here now, for your reading pleasure, and in honor of Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, is a little piece of our back pages: The Top 30 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs of All Time. Click on each song entry to read the accompanying essay. Also, if you like lists, check out The Top 20 Jeff Tweedy Songs, The Top 20 Jay Farrar Songs, The Top 20 Ryan Adams Songs, and The Top 20 U2 Songs.


1. Blowin’ In The Wind

2. Like A Rolling Stone

3. The Times They Are A-Changin’

4. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

5. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

6. Desolation Row

7. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall

8. Masters Of War

9. Mr. Tambourine Man

10. Tangled Up In Blue

11. Subterranean Homesick Blues

12. Visions Of Johanna

13. Ballad Of A Thin Man

14. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

15. Just Like A Woman

16. Idiot Wind

17. Simple Twist Of Fate

18. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

19. Isis

20. I Want You

21. Hurricane

22. Bob Dylan’s Dream

23. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream

24. To Ramona

25. Mississippi

26. She’s Your Lover Now

27. When I Paint My Masterpiece

28. Angelina

29. Moonshiner

30. Dear Landlord

  • http://facebook Mike Morris

    Ring Them Bells, I Shall Be Released, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, Man In The Long Black Coat, All Along The Watchtower.

  • Andi Gisler

    If ‘Watchtower’ isn’t in the top 30 then I just don’t know what to say. And ‘Knocking on heaven’s door’? That would top MY list.

    On the other hand, ‘Blowin’ in the wind’ wouldn’t even make my Top 50….

  • Notbilly

    Love minus zero /No limit ?
    Knocking on heaven’s door…

  • Bob

    Blind Willie McTell.

  • Filip

    Changing of the Guards
    The Lonsome Death of Hattie Carroll
    Song to Woody
    With God On Our Side

    those would make my top 30 of Dylan songs.

  • Bob

    You leave out the following : “Everything Is Broken,” “To Make You Feel My Love,” “All Along The WatchTower,” “My Back Pages” and “You Ain’t Going Nowhere?” But, you include “Rainy Day Women…. and ….115th Dream?X!%##!?

  • Randy

    Naturally, with dozens of great songs, people’s favorites are bound to not make the list. You can’t please everybody. Then again, “All Along the Watchtower” should not have been overlooked, nor should “Highway 61 Revisited” have either. I love “The Man in Me”, but I can accept that it’s not in a Top 30.

  • Sam

    I think that this is a good list, but missing “All Along the Watchtower” and “Positively 4th Street” especially seems ludicrous. Plus, “Tangled Up in Blue” should be a top 5, “Idiot Wind” should be a top 10, and “Don’t Think Twice” should not be in the top 10. And personally, I’m fine with where “Desolation Row” is, but I do think it is Dylan’s best piece.

  • john

    Girl From North Country… how is it not on there? I’m so confused…
    Also, honorable mention should be Tomorrow is a Long Time, my personal favorite from Bob.

  • Marty

    Where’s?: Forever Young, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Queen Jane, Stuck Inside Mobile, Postively 4th Street, Lay, Lady, Lay, Watchtower.

    Desolation Row and Visions of Johanna need to be higher.

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