Best Grateful Dead Songs

The Top Ten

St. Stephen

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

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!

Friend of the Devil

Reminds me of Robert Johnson

Casey Jones

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


There is no question best lyrics and melody

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

Best lyrics ever in a song.

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

Best one

China Cat Sunflower

Never got into them, but love this song

Box of Rain

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

Scarlet Begonias

I was tripping at a show somewhere and I met the girl of my dreams while this song was playing. This was in the late eighties. I never got her name or number, but if you're reading this, lady gypsy sugar plum fairy, I hope all is well in the bubbly maroon love sauna.

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

Progressive, complex music and lyrics. My favorite Dead material.

A very powerful song.

The Contenders

Eyes of the World

Always one of my favorites!

Uncle John's Band

Great song about life

Playing In the Band
Sugar Magnolia

What can be said?

U.S. Blues
Standing On the Moon
Shakedown Street
The Golden Road
Morning Dew
Dark Star

Woodstock version is awesome

Black Muddy River
Franklin's Tower
Fire On the Mountain
The Other One
Cosmic Charlie
Wharf Rat

Always a favorite of mine!

Dire Wolf
It Must Have Been the Roses
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

Alabama Getaway

I bought my first Dead album, Go to Heaven, out of curiosity. I was intrigued by the name of the band. Strangely, I knew nothing about them. The first song I heard was Alabama Getaway. This was around 1985. I liked the song very much and I thought Garcia's guitar style was interesting. This song is the song that got me into the band in the first place,

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

The Music Never Stopped
Brokedown Palace

Second only to Ripple in its beauty!

Jack Straw
Hell in a Bucket
That's It for the Other One

I think this song deserves more attention. It's one of the earliest progressive rock songs.

It's pretty much progressive.

Row Jimmy

Provably the most underrated on this list

Throwing Stones
Tennessee Jed
I Will Take You Home
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.

Looks Like Rain
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Me and My Uncle
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.

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