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Weekend Rock Question: What Is Bob Dylan's Best Album?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

Columbia
September 7, 2012 3:00 PM ET

This week Bob Dylan releases Tempest. It's the 35th album he's made during his 50-year recording career. That's a remarkable achievement, and it makes picking his single best album a huge challenge – but we think you guys are up for it.

What's your single favorite Bob Dylan album? Don't be afraid to be idiosyncratic here. There's a huge Street Legal cult out there. Let your voices be heard. Some people swear by Desire, while the religious faithful (as well as some nonbelievers) worship  Slow Train Coming. The folk purists say it never got better than The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, while the politically minded love The Times They Are-A Changin'. Simply put, there's a Dylan album for almost everybody (though we don't wanna meet the guy who thinks Knocked Out Loaded speaks for him). 

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag. 

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