Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 27, 1967 on Columbia Records, original catalogue number KCS 9463. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967. It peaked at No. 10 on the pop album chart in the United States, and went to No. 3 on the album chart in the United Kingdom. Certified five times platinum by the RIAA, it is his best-selling album in the U.S.[3]

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
A profile photograph of Dylan with a deep blue background
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
RecordedJuly 9, 1962– March 10, 1966
GenreFolk rock, folk
ProducerJohn H. Hammond, Tom Wilson, Bob Johnston
Bob Dylan chronology
Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
John Wesley Harding
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]


Greatest Hits presented Dylan's first appearance on records after his praised Blonde on Blonde double-LP of May 1966 and his motorcycle accident of that summer. With no activity by Dylan since the end of his recent world tour, and no new recordings on the immediate horizon (the sessions that would in part be later released as the Basement Tapes were still months away), Columbia needed new product to continue to capitalize on Dylan's commercial appeal. Hence the appearance of this package, the label's first Dylan compilation and its first LP release with a $5.98 list price, one dollar more than that of standard releases.[citation needed]

Greatest Hits serves as Dylan's de facto singles collection for the 1960s. With the exception of "The Times They Are a-Changin'," "It Ain't Me Babe," and "Mr. Tambourine Man," all tracks on this album were released as 45 RPM singles in the United States during that decade. It is worth noting that in 1963 "Blowin' in the Wind" became a #2 hit single for Peter, Paul and Mary, and that in 1965 "Times" made it to #9 as a single release in the United Kingdom. That same year of 1965 a truncated rock and roll version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" had been a number one hit for The Byrds in the summer, and the Turtles took a folk-rock version of "It Ain't Me Babe" to #8. The remaining six tracks all made the Billboard Top 40 in 1965 and 1966. "Positively 4th Street" was the only single of the collection not either later released on or taken off a long-playing album, having been recorded during the sessions for Highway 61 Revisited.

When this album was remastered for its 1999 issue on compact disc 30 years later, a slightly longer alternate mix of "Positively 4th Street" was substituted for the original single version. In 2003, this album was released along with Dylan's two other greatest hits compilations in one four-disc boxed set, as Greatest Hits Volumes I–III.

An audiophile version of the album was released in August 2012, mastered by Steve Hoffman for the Audio Fidelity label as a 24-kt gold-plated CD. This disc is a limited edition of 5,000 individually numbered copies.[4] Like the 1999 remaster, this CD contains a longer version of "Positively 4th Street."


The cover photograph used on the cover of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits was taken by Rowland Scherman at Dylan's November 28, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C. Bob Cato was the designer of the album cover, which won the 1967 Grammy award for "Best Album Cover, Photography." The original album package also included Milton Glaser's now-familiar "psychedelic" poster[5] depicting Dylan. A similar image taken at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 was selected for Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, a compilation Dylan had much more control over.[citation needed] John Berg, Senior Art Director at Columbia Records, recognized that a backlit image such as Scherman's would work because of Dylan's distinctive profile and hairstyle.[citation needed] It was his design, as well as Scherman's photo, that won the Grammy.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bob Dylan and all releases Columbia Records. Chart positions from Billboard Hot 100. In most cases the LP featured album versions in place of singles if such were not identical to single mixes.

Side one
1."Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"Columbia 43592 released March 22, 1966; chart peak #24:40
2."Blowin' in the Wind"Columbia 42856 released August 13, 1963; did not chart2:51
3."The Times They Are a-Changin'"The Times They Are A-Changin', 19643:16
4."It Ain't Me Babe"Another Side of Bob Dylan, 19643:38
5."Like a Rolling Stone"Columbia 43346 released June 28, 1965; chart peak #26:12
Side two
1."Mr. Tambourine Man"Bringing It All Back Home, 19655:31
2."Subterranean Homesick Blues"Columbia 43242 released March 8, 1965; chart peak #392:22
3."I Want You"Columbia 43683 released June 10, 1966; chart peak #203:09
4."Positively 4th Street"Columbia 43389 released September 7, 1965; chart peak #74:12
5."Just Like a Woman"Columbia 43792 released August 18, 1966; chart peak #334:53

Export editionsEdit

Great Britain and IrelandEdit

The UK release of the album had a slightly different track listing. "Positively 4th Street" was omitted, but "She Belongs to Me," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" were added.[6] In the UK, this album was followed up by Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits 2, which repeated the Blonde on Blonde songs from the first Greatest Hits and also added "Absolutely Sweet Marie," "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," "Gates of Eden," "Chimes of Freedom," and several others.[7] This album was different from the album called Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II in the US, which was released in 1971 and called More Bob Dylan Greatest Hits in the UK.

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits 2


Subtitled "Nobody sings Dylan like Dylan", this version was compiled in 1966. Only half of the 12 songs are also on the U.S. release. Songs from Blonde on Blonde are missing altogether.


Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard 200[8] 10
UK Top 75[9] 6


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[11] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "RollingStoneAlbumGuide's music". Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  3. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum database retrieved 4 June 2012
  4. ^ Steve Hoffman Music Forums discussion thread[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Dylan Reproduction". Milton Glaser Works. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  6. ^ Strong, M.C. & Peel, J. (2002). The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-84195-312-0.
  7. ^ Humphries, P. (1995). Bob Dylan. p. 145. ISBN 0-7119-4868-2.
  8. ^ "Bob Dylan – Chart history". Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Official Chart History". Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved November 13, 2019. Enter Greatest Hits in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 13, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 13, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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