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Top Bob Dylan Songs

Top 10 songs of arguably the best singer-songwriter of all time.
10Bob Dylan
Hey Mr Tambourine Man

Oft-imitated but never bettered, this is one of Dylan's more poignant tracks, featuring the tragic story of the titular character. And it beats all of the covers to this day.
9I Want You

One of his stronger efforts musically, I Want You features the surreal lyrics that permeated all of the magnificent Blonde on Blonde, but featured a surprisingly human, simple chorus to go along with them.
8Simple Twist Of Fate

Gorgeous musically, and suitably understated lyrically, this is one of Dylan's best 'straight storytelling' efforts, as it paints a vivid picture of the twist of fate in question.
7It Ain't Me Babe

One of his more poignant songs, this is a mellow, touching number, but the lyrics are so economical and succinct in terms of poetically delivering their message, that it's hard not to fall in love with it.
6It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

Best lyrics ever? Best lyrics ever. Reading like T.S Eliot's The Waste Land set to appropriately bleak accompaniment, Dylan secures another victory over anybody else that ever tries to write lyrics by proving that he is, pretty much, unbeatable. That final chorus! *swoons*
5A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall

Subtly brilliant, this is my personal favourite Dylan track. Gentle both musically and vocally, Dylan weaves together numerous different stories in each verse that could be, and were originally designed to be, their own song each, such is their poetry.
4Tangled Up In Blue

Sure, it's the exact same chord progression for almost six minutes, but with lyrics this good, who really cares? A wide-ranging tale for all of America to appreciate, this is probably the ultimate road trip song.
3Like A Rolling Stone

From that most iconic of all opening snare hits, to the enthusiastic, slapdash harmonica solo which closes it out, this is a tour de force in lyricism and how to write great choruses.
2Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Joyous not only lyrically but, rarely for Dylan, incredibly appealing musically, too. The surreal tale it tells is complemented wonderfully by the warm guitar and bass fills, and the chorus is among his, and music's, best.
1Desolation Row

Probably the most evocative song of all time, both lyrically and musically. The sublime lyrics weave a fairytale like story of basically every pop culture reference in history into a vivid picture of the titular location. Nigh-on perfect.
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