Best Bob Dylan Songs That Tell a Story

By Jason Boog Comment

The great storyteller and singer Bob Dylan turned 70 years old last month, generating a mountain of ‘Best Bob Dylan Songs’ lists.

However, this GalleyCat editor couldn’t find a single list focused on Dylan’s legacy as a storyteller. Below, we’ve collected our ten favorite Dylan songs that tell a story.

Add your picks in the comments section–many of our picks focus on a particular part of Dylan’s career, so we are happy to add more.

1. “Tangled Up in Blue

2. “Hurricane” (written with Jacques Levy)

3. “All Along the Watchtower

4. “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

5. “Simple Twist of Fate

6. “Isis” (written with Jacques Levy)

7. “Joey” (written with Jacques Levy)

8. “Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts

9. “Sara

10. “Ballad Of Hollis Brown

UPDATE: Our readers have added a long list of more suggestions. Enjoy!

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

Ballad Of A Thin Man

Lo And Behold!

Visions Of Johanna

Desolation Row

Only A Pawn In Their Game

The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest

SeƱor (Tales Of Yankee Power)

Black Diamond Bay (written with Jacques Levy)

Talkin’ World War III Blues

4th Time Around

Masters Of War

Lay, Lady, Lay

Brownsville Girl (written with Sam Shepard)