I’m sure all of you Bob Dylan fans have a list of your favorite Dylan albums. I personally discovered several websites that ranked all his albums from best (in their opinion) to worst.
I’m not that dedicated, but I do have my own personal top ten favorites. Here they are ranked from #10 to #1 (more or less).
10. Oh Mercy (a bright spot in an otherwise less-than-stellar period from about 1983 to 1990)
9. Another Side of Bob Dylan/The Times They Are A-Changin’ (I picked both because hey, this is my list and I can do what I want)
8. Time Out of Mind (produced by Daniel Lanois, this one has a very unique vibe that I really like)
6. Saved (the second of Bob Dylan’s Christian albums and also the second to feature the famed Muscle Shoals sound)
5. Blood on the Tracks
4. Blonde on Blonde/Highway 61 Revisited/Bringing It All Back Home (again, I cheated a little because I like all three of these and they are pretty much around the same time period)
3. The Freewheeling Bob Dylan (it may not be his first album, but it’s the one that put his name on the map)
2. Slow Train Coming (the first and best of his Christian albums)
1. John Wesley Harding (maybe the first Americana album ever?)
I’m sure some of you who are more seasoned Dylan fans may take umbrage to my selections and rankings. Some of you reading this may think Bob Dylan is the worst artist ever. That’s because art– any kind of art– is subjective. What some people consider a masterpiece may be what others might call garbage or noise.
But I like what I like (as I’m sure you like what you like). I realize that ol’ Bob is not the greatest singer I’ve ever heard, but I like his masterful way of penning lyrics that can be challenging, confronting, convicting, and at the same time, poetic and, for me at least, cinematic.