Results – Favourite Bob Dylan Songs as voted by ‘Expecting Rain’ Bob Dylan Discussion Community

Watch the  video below ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ video when you consider Allen Ginsberg’s comments – ‘Dylan had become a column of air, so to speak, at certain moments, where his total physical and mental focus was this single breath coming out of his body. He had found a way in public to be almost like a shaman, with all of his intelligence and consciousness focused on his breath”


This time last year I conducted a survey in the Expecting Rain (ER) Bob Dylan discussion forum  about what participants felt were their 10 favourite Bob Dylan songs.

Readers were asked to post their 10 favourite Dylan songs of all time and each song listed would receive 1 vote. It was also stipulated that readers ‘should vote according to their favourite song and not what they think are considered (by the larger community etc) to be his best’.

58 submissions of 10 favourite songs were received with a total of 147 Bob Dylan songs voted.

Here is a list of favourite Bob Dylan songs which received 10 or more votes by the ER community:

25 votes Visions of Johanna (Album: Blonde on Blonde 1966)

22 votes Tangled Up in Blue (Blood on the Tracks 1975)

19 votes Mississippi (Love And Theft 2001)

18 votes Blind Willie McTell (The Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3)

18 votes Desolation Row (Highway 61 Revisited 1965)

16 votes  Idiot Wind (Blood On The Tracks 1975)

14 votes Every Grain Of Sand (Shot Of Love 1981)

14 votes Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited 1965)

14 votes Mr. Tambourine Man (Bringing It All Back Home 1965)

11 votes Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1963)

11 votes It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding (Bringing It All Back Home 1965)

11 votes Not Dark Yet (Time Out Of Mind 1997)

11 votes Shelter From the Storm (Blood On The Tracks 1975)

10 votes A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 1963)

10 votes Abandoned Love (Biograph 1985)

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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26 comments on “Results – Favourite Bob Dylan Songs as voted by ‘Expecting Rain’ Bob Dylan Discussion Community
  1. Looks like I have a lot of Bob Dylan catching up to do.

  2. Every action we take does matter, and living our truth is so important. As a collective, the more we can work together and help each other, the better this world will be. We are all connected. What we do to another, we do to ourself. My goal is to make as many positive impacts that I can, and I plan to live at least to 120.

    • Another statement of yours which I found profound: ‘What we do to another, we do to our-self’. I certainly need to be more conscious of this!
      Your words are inspirational and indeed I hope you live at least to 120 and that we are still able to send messages to each other on wordpress haha

      • Haha! 😂 Thank you. I’ve thought about this topic a lot because many people don’t understand the power of their decisions.

      • Yes even the small things can have great consequences. We must take responsibility because we are always held accountable even by our subconscious.

      • I think the more we focus on the positives in the world, the more we draw positive experiences to us. The same happens internally. The more we encourage the strengths inside of ourselves and celebrate our successes, the more we bring in. Your brains filters what you expect. If you expect sadness, despair, evil, and destruction, you will see more of those things. The same is the true of the reverse.

      • Wonderfully worded Sonya! I agree. It can be too easy to lament over our misfortunes or bad breaks and envy other people’s success:
        ‘Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today’. -J Peterson
        We should all aspire to draw upon our strengths and by living to our full potential. What is our full potential? It’s not ‘happiness’ rather that which we can find the greatest meaning.

      • I love that quote! 👍🏻 I think our greatest potential has to do with how much we contribute to others.

      • Yes in ‘altruism we can find the greatest meaning and hence realise our true potential. Sonya, to be honest with you you have given me much food for thought. So I thank you dearly.

      • Thanks, Matt! 🙌🏻 Thank you for the stimulating conversation. You share thought-provoking ideas and insights.

      • Diddo!!!!!
        Have a wonderful afternoon. I imagine we are roughly in the same time zone. We are at GMT -5 here in Bogota.

      • 😊 I knew what you meant.

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