Best Grateful Dead Songs


The Top Ten

1 St. Stephen

Sorry I think this is like the tenth best, not the best ever - GuyInANateGrinder

This song is the best song ever

Not the best but top 10

St Stephen performed live (not the album version) really is the Grateful Dead's greatest song of all! It's so bumpy, alive and jumping. And it's a hoot to play live with friends too. The version that's included on "Live Dead" which leads into "The Eleven" (which I'd consider perhaps another one of their greatest songs of all! That jam is so complex and fiery!) is the best version available of the amazing St. Stephen. There are some Dick's Picks that include St. Stephen into The Eleven, but for the casual fan or the curious, you just can't beat St. Stephen/The Eleven from "Live Dead". I hope that those of you who've never heard this brilliant song, choose to check it out on YouTube!

2 Casey Jones
3 Friend of the Devil

Reminds me of Robert Johnson - Doom

4 Truckin'

"What a song man, what a song, perfect. You will never get tired of listening it."

5 China Cat Sunflower

Never got into them, but love this song

6 Touch of Grey

It came into concerts around '82, and didn't make it to a record til '89, I think. Perfect song for a perfect time in the band's long strange trip

How is this song last?

This song had a powerful meaning to it - Sabbath

Best one - Solacress

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7 Ripple

There is no question best lyrics and melody

Read the lyrics and listen to the most beautiful Dead tune ever!

8 Scarlet Begonias
9 Sugar Magnolia

What can be said?

10 Box of Rain

A box of rain will ease the pain, and love will see you through. Becca 💙

The Contenders

11 Playing In the Band
12 Terrapin Station

A powerful masterpiece that in its best versions leaves goosebumps. One of the greatest songs by one of the greatest bands ever. This song can transcend time and at times be a symbolic image of the mightiest images possibly portrayed by this genius of a band.

One of the most beautiful tunes ever written, with sounds that send chills down your spine just thinking about them. One of a kind and powerful

A very powerful song.

13 Eyes of the World

Always one of my favorites!

14 Uncle John's Band
15 Standing On the Moon
16 U.S. Blues
17 Cosmic Charlie
18 Franklin's Tower
19 Shakedown Street
20 That's It for the Other One

It's pretty much progressive.

21 Alligator
22 Morning Dew
23 Dark Star
24 Black Muddy River
25 The Golden Road
26 Brokedown Palace

Second only to Ripple in its beauty!

27 Fire On the Mountain
28 Alabama Getaway

This song should be #1 for real, I mean, is not even on the "The Best of" album, what a joke haha

This song should be number 1 amazing guitar solos - mneilan

29 Wharf Rat

Always a favorite of mine!

30 Estimated Prophet

It has a different feel than most of the Dead songs. It has an unusual time pattern that adds to the cool mood.

Should be number 1 on all lists

Best dead tune ever

Best song ever

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31 Born Crossed Eyed
32 The Other One
33 It Must Have Been the Roses
34 The Music Never Stopped
35 Mountains of the Moon
36 Hell in a Bucket
37 Dire Wolf
38 Sugaree
39 Looks Like Rain
40 I Will Take You Home
41 Bertha
42 Unbroken Chain

As I type this, I'm looking at a ranking of 56. This is one of my favorite songs by ANY band. The lyrics, written by a guy in prison seeking redemption; the musical mood changes; the odd time signature. The complexity is a big reason it wasn't intended to be played live, even by one of the all-time great live bands.

43 Row Jimmy

Provably the most underrated on this list - GuyInANateGrinder

44 Rosemary
45 Throwing Stones
46 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
47 Loser
48 Me and My Uncle
49 Mississippi Half Step

Have seen the Dead many times and Half-Step is my favorite opening number. I mean, I always love it, but like Cold Rain & Snow it's a perfect opening number.

50 Stella Blue
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Eyes of the World
2. St. Stephen
3. Morning Dew
1. That's It for the Other One
2. Alligator
3. China Cat Sunflower
1. Casey Jones
2. Friend of the Devil
3. Black Muddy River

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