Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 60s – 4 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and Mojo)

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you

The original lists aren’t actually made up of songs only from the 1960s, but I’ve pulled out the songs recorded in the 1960s and ranked accordingly.

The Guardian

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 50 greatest songs – ranked!” – April 2020

    1. Like a Rolling Stone – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded June 16, 1965
    2. Visions of Johanna – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    3. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    4. Desolation Row – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 04, 1965
    5. Positively 4th Street – Single only – recorded July 29, 1965
    6. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 16, 1966
    7. It Ain’t Me Babe – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    8. Girl From the North Country – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 23, 1963
    10. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    11. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) – Blonde On Blonde – recorded January 25, 1966
    12. Ballad Of A Thin Man – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    13. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    14. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded December 06, 1962
    15. I Threw It All Away – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 13, 1969
    16. Chimes of Freedom – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    17. I Want You – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    18. All Along the Watchtower – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967
    19. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded November 14, 1962
    20. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    21. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    22. The Times They Are a-Changin’ – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    23. One Too Many Mornings – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    24. Blowin’ in the Wind – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded July 09, 1962
    25. My Back Pages – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    26. This Wheel’s on Fire – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967

Like a Rolling Stone

Visions of Johanna

Rolling Stone Magazine

From the list “100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs” – 2016

    1. Like a Rolling Stone – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded June 16, 1965
    2. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded December 06, 1962
    3. Just Like a Woman – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 08, 1966
    4. All Along the Watchtower – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967
    5. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    6. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    7. Visions of Johanna – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    8. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    9. Desolation Row – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 04, 1965
    10. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    11. Highway 61 Revisited – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    12. Positively 4th Street – Single only – recorded July 29, 1965
    13. This Wheel’s on Fire – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    14. Ballad Of A Thin Man – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    15. Blowin’ in the Wind – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded July 09, 1962
    16. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded November 14, 1962
    17. Lay Lady Lay – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 14, 1969
    18. Masters of War – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    19. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 16, 1966
    20. The Times They Are a-Changin’ – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    21. Girl From the North Country – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    22. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Single only – recorded November 30, 1965
    23. Chimes of Freedom – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    24. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 23, 1963
    25. With God on Our Side – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded August 07, 1963
    26. Maggie’s Farm – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    27. My Back Pages – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    28. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – John Wesley Harding – recorded October 17, 1967
    29. I’ll Keep It with Mine – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 – recorded January 27, 1966
    30. I Threw It All Away – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 13, 1969
    31. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 17, 1966
    32. It Ain’t Me Babe – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    33. Spanish Harlem Incident – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    34. Tears of Rage – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    35. 4th Time Around – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    36. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    37. Percy’s Song – Biograph – recorded October 23, 1963
    38. Million Dollar Bash – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    39. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded July 29, 1965
    40. Queen Jane Approximately – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    41. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    42. One Too Many Mornings – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    43. To Ramona – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    44. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 09, 1966
    45. Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35 – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    46. I’m Not There – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    47. All I Really Want to Do – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    48. Gates of Eden – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    49. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 17, 1969
    50. Absolutely Sweet Marie – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 07, 1966
    51. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) – Blonde On Blonde – recorded January 25, 1966
    52. She’s Your Lover Now – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 – recorded January 21, 1966
    53. Tombstone Blues – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded July 29, 1965
    54. Farewell, Angelina – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 – recorded January 13, 1965
    55. Corrina, Corrina – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded October 26, 1962
    56. John Wesley Harding – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Just Like a Woman

Mojo Magazine

From the list “100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs” – 2005

    1. Like a Rolling Stone – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded June 16, 1965
    2. Positively 4th Street – Single only – recorded July 29, 1965
    3. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 16, 1966
    4. Desolation Row – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 04, 1965
    5. It Ain’t Me Babe – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    6. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    7. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    8. Just Like a Woman – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 08, 1966
    9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 23, 1963
    10. Highway 61 Revisited – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    11. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    12. Masters of War – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    13. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    14. Ballad Of A Thin Man – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    15. Visions of Johanna – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    16. The Times They Are a-Changin’ – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    17. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded December 06, 1962
    18. All Along the Watchtower – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967
    19. I Want You – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    20. Girl From the North Country – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    21. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 29, 1967
    22. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    23. Blowin’ in the Wind – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded July 09, 1962
    24. Dear Landlord – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 29, 1967
    25. I’ll Keep It with Mine – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 – recorded January 27, 1966
    26. All I Really Want to Do – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    27. Million Dollar Bash – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    28. Lay Down Your Weary Tune – Biograph – recorded October 24, 1963
    29. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded November 14, 1962
    30. Only a Pawn in Their Game – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded August 07, 1963
    31. I Pity the Poor Immigrant – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967
    32. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    33. She Belongs to Me – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    34. To Ramona – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    35. I Threw It All Away – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 13, 1969
    36. Tears of Rage – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    37. Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35 – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    38. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 17, 1966
    39. Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn) – Biograph – recorded May-October 1967
    40. Song to Woody – Bob Dylan – recorded November 20, 1961
    41. Lay Lady Lay – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 14, 1969
    42. Drifter’s Escape – John Wesley Harding – recorded October 17, 1967
    43. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) – Blonde On Blonde – recorded January 25, 1966
    44. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    45. Gates of Eden – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    46. Queen Jane Approximately – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    47. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 17, 1969
    48. Oxford Town – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded December 06, 1962
    49. Talkin’ World War III Blues – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    50. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – John Wesley Harding – recorded October 17, 1967
    51. With God on Our Side – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded August 07, 1963
    52. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II – recorded April 12, 1963
    53. Corrina, Corrina – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded October 26, 1962
    54. 4th Time Around – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    55. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded July 29, 1965
    56. Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues – The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 – recorded April 25, 1962
    57. Spanish Harlem Incident – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    58. Ballad of Hollis Brown – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded August 07, 1963
    59. Chimes of Freedom – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    60. Tombstone Blues – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded July 29, 1965
    61. Goin’ To Acapulco – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    62. My Back Pages – Another Side of Bob Dylan – recorded June 09, 1964
    63. This Wheel’s on Fire – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967

Positively 4th Street

Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Uncut Magazine

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 40 best songs” – June 2002

    1. Like a Rolling Stone – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded June 16, 1965
    2. Visions of Johanna – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 14, 1966
    3. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded December 06, 1962
    4. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    5. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    6. Desolation Row – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 04, 1965
    7. I Want You – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 10, 1966
    8. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 16, 1966
    9. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    10. Positively 4th Street – Single only – recorded July 29, 1965
    11. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – Blonde On Blonde – recorded February 17, 1966
    12. She Belongs to Me – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    13. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    14. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 23, 1963
    15. Blowin’ in the Wind – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded July 09, 1962
    16. Ballad Of A Thin Man – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    17. Just Like a Woman – Blonde On Blonde – recorded March 08, 1966
    18. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded November 14, 1962
    19. The Times They Are a-Changin’ – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded October 24, 1963
    20. Masters of War – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    21. Love Minus Zero/No Limit – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 14, 1965
    22. Gates of Eden – Bringing It All Back Home – recorded January 15, 1965
    23. With God on Our Side – The Times They Are a-Changin’ – recorded August 07, 1963
    24. All Along the Watchtower – John Wesley Harding – recorded November 06, 1967
    25. Lay Lady Lay – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 14, 1969
    26. Girl From the North Country – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – recorded April 24, 1963
    27. I Threw It All Away – Nashville Skyline – recorded February 13, 1969
    28. Clothes Line Saga – The Basement Tapes – recorded May-October 1967
    29. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Highway 61 Revisited – recorded August 02, 1965
    30. Tell Me, Momma – The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert – May 16, 1966

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

Subterranean Homesick Blues

3 thoughts on “Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 60s – 4 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and Mojo)

  1. For many many years my favourite song of all time was Positively 4th Street. It is now Red River Shore,,, greetings from Sydney, Australia

  2. rolling stone was the only list to give adequate respect to the song Dylan says is about him: “All Along the Watchtower.” Listen

  3. My Back Pages has always been my favorite song, but its hard when you listen to songs from Blood on the Tracks album. Two others would be Jokerman and In the Garden, a song about Dylan’s Hero.

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