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The Essential Bob Dylan is a compilation by Bob Dylan, released as a double-CD set in 2000, part of Columbia Records' "The Essential" series. The Essential Bob Dylanspans from 1963's "Blowin' In The Wind" (taken from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) to 1999's "Things Have Changed" (Dylan's Oscar-winning song from the motion picture,Wonder Boys).

The Essential Bob Dylan has proven to be a solid seller in Dylan's catalog, reaching #67 in the US, and peaking at #9 in the UK.

The British and Australian releases include all of the tracks from the US edition plus several more.

ContentsEdit

 [hide*1 Track listings

Track listings[edit]Edit

Standard track listing[edit]Edit

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Blowin' in the Wind"   2:45
2. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"   3:37
3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"   3:11
4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"   3:32
5. "Maggie's Farm"   3:51
6. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"   4:41
7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"   5:26
8. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"   2:17
9. "Like a Rolling Stone"   6:07
10. "Positively 4th Street"   3:52
11. "Just Like a Woman"   4:50
12. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"   4:34
13. "All Along the Watchtower"   2:30
14. "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) - Recorded 1967, as part of the "Basement Tapes" sessions w/ The Band"   2:17
15. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"   2:39
Total length: 56:09
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Lay, Lady, Lay"   3:16
2. "If Not for You"   2:39
3. "I Shall Be Released"   3:01
4. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"   2:43
5. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"   2:30
6. "Forever Young"   4:56
7. "Tangled Up in Blue"   5:40
8. "Shelter from the Storm"   5:01
9. "Hurricane"   8:32
10. "Gotta Serve Somebody"   5:23
11. "Jokerman"   6:14
12. "Silvio"   3:05
13. "Everything Is Broken"   3:13
14. "Not Dark Yet"   6:27
15. "Things Have Changed"   5:08
Total length: 65:18
Disc 3 (Limited Edition 3.0 Version, October 2009)
No. Title Length
1. "Thunder on the Mountain"   5:55
2. "Mississippi"   5:21
3. "Blind Willie McTell"   5:52
4. "Make You Feel My Love"   3:32
5. "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"   3:51
6. "Dark Eyes"   5:07
Total length: 26:06

British and Australian track listing[edit]Edit

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Blowin' in the Wind"   2:45
2. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"   3:37
3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"   3:11
4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"   3:32
5. "Maggie's Farm"   3:51
6. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"   4:41
7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"   5:26
8. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"   2:17
9. "Like a Rolling Stone"   6:07
10. "Positively 4th Street"   3:52
11. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"   3:32
12. "I Want You"   3:07
13. "Just Like a Woman"   4:50
14. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"   4:34
15. "All Along the Watchtower"   2:30
16. "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)"   2:17
17. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"   2:39
18. "Lay, Lady, Lay"   3:16
19. "If Not for You"   2:39
20. "I Shall Be Released"   3:01
21. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"   2:43
22. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"   2:30
Total length: 76:57
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Forever Young"   4:56
2. "Tangled Up in Blue"   5:40
3. "Shelter from the Storm"   5:01
4. "Hurricane"   8:32
5. "Changing of the Guards"   7:04
6. "Gotta Serve Somebody"   5:23
7. "Blind Willie McTell"   5:52
8. "Jokerman"   6:14
9. "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)"   5:22
10. "Silvio"   3:05
11. "Everything Is Broken"   3:13
12. "Dignity (Original version)"   5:58
13. "Not Dark Yet"   6:27
14. "Things Have Changed"   5:08
Total length: 77:55

Track listing (2010 version)[edit]Edit

Disc one
  1. "Blowin' in the Wind"
  2. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
  3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"
  4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"
  5. "Maggie's Farm"
  6. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
  7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"
  8. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
  9. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  10. "Positively 4th Street
  11. "I Want You"
  12. "Just Like a Woman"
  13. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  14. "All Along the Watchtower"
  15. "Lay, Lady, Lay"
  16. "If Not for You"
  17. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
  18. "I Shall Be Released"
  19. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
  20. "Tangled Up in Blue"
  21. "Forever Young"
Disc two
  1. "Shelter from the Storm"
  2. "Hurricane"
  3. "Gotta Serve Somebody"
  4. "Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar"
  5. "Jokerman"
  6. "Everything Is Broken"
  7. "Blind Willie McTell"
  8. "Not Dark Yet"
  9. "Make You Feel My Love"
  10. "Dignity" (alternate version)
  11. "Things Have Changed"
  12. "Mississippi"
  13. "Thunder on the Mountain"
  14. "When the Deal Goes Down"
  15. "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"

Charts[edit]Edit

Chart (2000) Peak

position

US Billboard200[1] 67
Chart (2001) Peak

position

Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[2] 37
French Compilations[3] 16
UK Albums Chart[4] 9
Chart (2002) Peak

position

Australian Top 50 Albums[5] 36
Chart (2004) Peak

position

Norwegian Top 40 Albums[6] 5
Chart (2005) Peak

position

Netherlands Top 100 Albums[7] 78
US Catalog Albums[1] 23
Chart (2006) Peak

position

Finnish Top 50 Albums[8] 30
Chart (2007) Peak

position

Swedish Top 60 Albums[9] 57
Chart (2008) Peak

position

Spanish Top 100 Albums[10] 90
Chart (2010) Peak

position

Greek Top 50 Albums[11] 49

Certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[12] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[13] Gold 25,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,314,000[16]

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

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