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Released: May 27, 1963

Rating: 4.768 (average of 19 ratings)

Genre: folk rock

Quotable: “Rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as…Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan…recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Blowin’ in the Wind [2:49]
  2. Girl from the North Country [3:23]
  3. Masters of War [4:38]
  4. Down the Highway [3:32]
  5. Bob Dylan’s Blues [2:28]
  6. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall [6:53]
  7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [3:40]
  8. Bob Dylan’s Dream [5:02]
  9. Oxford Town [1:50]
  10. Talking World War III Blues [6:27]
  11. Corrina, Corrina (traditional) [2:44]
  12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (Dylan/Thomas) [2:00]
  13. I Shall Be Free [4:47]

Songs written by Bob Dylan unless noted otherwise.


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 22
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2


  • Blowin’ in the Wind (1/64) --


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
“It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while there certainly were a number of gifted songwriters, nobody had transcended the scene as Dylan did with this record. There are a couple (very good) covers, with Corrina Corrina and Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance, but they pale with the originals here. At the time, the social protests received the most attention, and deservedly so, since Blowin' in the Wind, Masters of War, and A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall weren't just specific in their targets; they were gracefully executed and even melodic. Although they've proven resilient throughout the years, if that's all Freewheelin' had to offer, it wouldn't have had its seismic impact, but this also revealed a songwriter who could turn out whimsy (Don't Think Twice, It's All Right), gorgeous love songs (Girl from the North Country), and cheerfully absurdist humor (Bob Dylan's Blues, Bob Dylan's Dream) with equal skill. This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.