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Dylan Albums Ranked

Obviously Dylan has more than 7 albums, but nobody wants to read 40-odd descriptions of which ronly about 40% would be positive. This is, for me, the absolute cream of the crop selection.
7 Bon Dylan
Time Out Of Mind


The last truly incredible Dylan release we've seen, this quasi-comeback album saw him returning to his roots, but still offering something new, as producer Daniel Lanois coaxed some brilliant hard blues tracks out of the ageing folk master. It's not quite up there with his best, but this is Dylan we're talking about; this is still a great album.
6Bob Dylan
Desire


Continuing his excellent comeback during the mid 1970s, Desire sees Dylan introducing some new elements into his music, with Emmylou Harris providing backing vocals which are a mixed bag, and some Middle Eastern influences coming to the fore. The album is strong throughout, but is perhaps a little too self indulgent to reach the top 5.
5 Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan


His first truly great album, Freewheelin' features some now-classic Dylan pieces and some of his unsung greats. It also features one of his top 5 songs ever, A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall. The consistently mellow vibe lends this release a more low-key feel than the albums which would follow, but that's by no means a bad thing.
4Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home


Probably the most underrated Dylan album, side one saw his first foray into electric sounds, with some astonishingly strong lyrics and fun instrumentation. Side two, however, is probably the best side of Dylan songs ever, featuring probably my favourite lyrical performance of all time in the sublime 'It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding.)' Haunting and brilliant.
3Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited


The unequivocally most loved Dylan album, this saw him refining his new electric style and ditching the protest songs he was famed for, all in glorious fashion. It features two of his top tracks (the opener and the closer) and is one of his most consistent albums to date.
2Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde


It's definitely critically acclaimed, but within the context of Dylan's albums this seems a lot like an unsung hero. Chock full of incredible tracks, it features some of Dylan's warmest instrumentation and most oblique lyrics, and some of his absolute best songs.
1Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks


One of the top few albums ever, this has the best instrumentation of any Dylan album, and also some of his most affecting lyrics. It's worth this top spot for Simple Twist of Fate alone. Bonus points for the New York Sessions bootleg being amazing, too.
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