Modern Times became Dylan's third successive album to top The Village Voice ' s Pazz & Jop critics' poll, following Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft .  The album also topped Rolling Stone ' s list of the 50 best albums of 2006,  and was later ranked number eight on the magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 2000s.  At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007, Dylan won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Modern Times and the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song "Someday Baby".  By the end of 2007, Modern Times had sold over million units worldwide.
Dylan's topical songs enhanced his early reputation, and he came to be seen as more than just a songwriter. Janet Maslin wrote of Freewheelin ' : "These were the songs that established [Dylan] as the voice of his generation—someone who implicitly understood how concerned young Americans felt about nuclear disarmament and the growing Civil Rights Movement : his mixture of moral authority and nonconformity was perhaps the most timely of his attributes."  [a 3] Freewheelin ' also included love songs and surreal talking blues. Humor was an important part of Dylan's persona,  and the range of material on the album impressed listeners, including the Beatles . George Harrison said of the album, "We just played it, just wore it out. The content of the song lyrics and just the attitude—it was incredibly original and wonderful."