In Honor Of Bob Dylan’s 70th Birthday, A List Of Bob Dylan’s 70 Greatest Songs

by (@unclegrambo)

Today is the 70th birthday of a true American legend, one Robert Allen Zimmerman. Or, as he’s more widely known, Bob Dylan. In order to celebrate this momentous occasion for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who came in at #5 on our list of 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time, we’ve compiled a list (which, I should add, is the opinion of me and only me!) of Bob Dylan’s 70 Greatest Songs (the format of which, I should also add, was inspired by The Awl’s recurring “Listicles Without Commentary” feature).

So, what makes me equipped to rank the Dylan catalog? Well, I suppose the biggest reason is that I’ve been a fan of his for well over thirty years now. I used to spend a lot of time as a youth listening to Dylan’s Sixties era output with my father, whether it was while we were outside doing yardwork or blasting him on the car stereo while we were on road trips. Although a great deal of the subject matter was way above my head at the time, I remember pouring over his lyrics in an incredibly studious fashion well before I even finished elementary school. And as I grew older and spent more time exploring Dylan’s body of work during my college years (particularly his 1970s output) and beyond, I came to recognize all of the reasons that he’s touted as such a singular talent, one whose proflic output and cultural influence is likely never to be reproduced.

So, I’d love to hear from you guys. Did I get these right? Am I way off-base? Feel free to debate me on my choices in the comments section and I will reveal my justifications there. For now, though, it’s on with the show!

70) “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” (from the 1966 album, Blonde On Blonde)
69) “If Not For You” (from the 1970 album, New Morning)
68) “One Too Many Mornings” (from the 1964 album, The Times They Are A-Changin’)
67) “Highway 61 Revisited” (from the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited)
66) “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol” (from the 1964 album, The Times They Are A-Changin’)
65) “Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (from the 1966 album, Blonde On Blonde)
64) “Standing In The Doorway” (from the 1997 album, Time Out Of Mind)
63) “Every Grain Of Sand” (from the 1981 album, Shot Of Love)
62) “This Wheel’s On Fire” (from the 1975 album, The Basement Tapes)
61) “Most Of The Time” (from the 1989 album, Oh Mercy)

60) “Chimes of Freedom” (from the 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan)
59) “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” (from the 1969 album, Nashville Skyline)
58) “Things Have Changed” (from the 2000 soundtrack album, Wonder Boys)
57) “Series Of Dreams” (from the 1991 album, The Bootleg Series Vol. III)
56) “All I Really Want To Do” (from the 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan)
55) “Fourth Time Around” (from the 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde)
54) “Tombstone Blues” (from the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited)
53) “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (from the 1963 album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
52) “Ring Them Bells” (from the 1989 album, Oh Mercy)
51) “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” (from the 1967 album, John Wesley Harding)
50) “You’re A Big Girl Now” (from the 1975 album, Blood On The Tracks)
49) “Watching the River Flow” (1972)
48) “Slow Train” (from the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming)
47) “Highlands” (from the 1997 album, Time Out Of Mind)

46) “Ballad of a Thin Man” (from the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited)
45) “Foot Of Pride” (from the 1991 album, The Bootleg Series 1-3)
44) “Forever Young” (from the 1974 album, Planet Waves)
43) “My Back Pages” (from the 1964 album, Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
42) “If Not For You” (from the 1970 album, New Morning)
41) “I And I” (from the 1983 album, Infidels)
40) “Love Sick” (from the 1997 album, Time Out Of Mind)
39) “Every Grain Of Sand” (from the 1981 album, Shot Of Love)
38) “Jokerman” (from the 1983 album, Infidels)
37) “Gotta Serve Somebody” (from the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming)
36) “I Shall Be Released” (from the 1991 album, The Bootleg Series 1-3)
35) “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” (from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home)

34) “Dignity” (from the 1994 album, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. III)
33) “Oh, Sister” (from the 1976 album, Desire)
32) “Simple Twist Of Fate” (from the 1975 album, Blood On The Tracks)
31) “She Belongs To Me” (from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home)
30) “Not Dark Yet” (from the 1997 album, Time Out Of Mind)
29) “It Ain’t Me Babe” (from the 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan)
28) “Changing Of The Guards” (from the 1978 album, Street-Legal)
27) “Desolation Row” (from the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited)
26) “I Want You” (from the 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde)
25) “Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)” (from the 1975 album, The Basement Tapes)
24) “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (from the 1962 album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)

23) “Mr. Tambourine Man” (from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home)
22) “Lay Lady Lay” (from the 1969 album, Nashville Skyline)
21) “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” (from the 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde)
20) “Isis” (from the 1975 album, Desire)
19) “Positively 4th Street” (1966)

18) “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home)
17) “Shelter From The Storm” (from the 1975 album, Blood On The Tracks)
16) “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” (from the 1973 album, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid)
15) “Mississippi” (from the 2001 album, Love & Theft)
14) “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” (from the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited)
13) “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (from the 1964 album, The Times They Are A-Changin’)
12) “Idiot Wind” (from the 1975 album, Blood On The Tracks)
11) “The Man In Me” (from the 1970 album, New Morning)
10) “Just Like A Woman” (from the 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde)
9) “All Along The Watchtower” (from the 1967 album, John Wesley Harding)
8) “Maggie’s Farm” (from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home)
7) “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home)
6) “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″ (from the 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde)
5) “Blowin’ In The Wind” (from the 1963 album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
4) “Visions of Johanna” (from the 1966 album, Blonde On Blonde)
3) “Like A Rolling Stone” (from the 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited)
2) “Hurricane” (from the 1976 album, Desire)

1) “Tangled Up In Blue” (from the 1975 album, Blood On The Tracks)