Best Dave Matthews Band Songs

A list of the top ten songs from a band that has managed to write and record some of the greatest albums of all time.

The Top Ten

1 #41

Absolute best song in the history of the world. If there was ever a song that could lift you up after a hard day, this would undoubtedly be that song. It only gets better if you listen to it live at radio city with tim reynolds.

Best, most beautiful song I've ever heard in my life. It always make things seem better. I sounds better every time listen to it. I have no clue how anyone could say that this isn't the best.

I heard it when I was 12 and didn't even understand what he was saying, all I knew was that it was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. 8 years later it is still undoubtedly my favorite song. Check out the version from "live at luther college"

The most beautiful song in history.

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2 Crash Into Me

Even though I find myself rediscovering songs in the DMB library from time to time, I always seem to come back to this one.

the greatest guitar ever it has anything,really one of the greatest - salmaj

This is a good song but it's not their best. It's too slow and it doesn't represent their full talents. I think it's #1 because it's their biggest hit but there are much better songs by this band. Where the hell is You Never Know? Now that might be their best.

Brilliant lovey dovey song - incredible guitar riff and atmosphere!

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3 Ants Marching

This is definitely one of my favorites but I think Warehouse should be up here too!

Great rhythm and make your feet keep juggling over and over.. I can repeat this song all day long.. Cheers!

At their concerts. This is the one we all wait for. It's the best.

It's such a fun song

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4 Crush

Ultimate, absolutely love this song. Always have and always will. Wish it was on every DMB top 10 list.

Deep emotion, deep lyrics, awesome lyrics, super instrumentals, the best all around. I wish I could vote for multiple DM songs.. - davidthenurse

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5 Grey Street

This song is everything. Such a powerhouse. Especially live.

Deep, Beautiful, catchy and poetic. A personal all time favirite

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6 Two Step

My favorite live song ever. The way they build up slowly, layering on each instrument, until they are flat out jamming, then taking you back down for a bit before building again to the crescendo. Very moving.

The various instruments, the lyrics, the concert aspect. Just EVERYTHING about it! Its perfect! "celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain!

This song is lyrically deep and melodious, but not over indulgent. I can listen to it over and over again, and find something new in it each time.

The Live Version With Tim Reynolds is Aaammmaaazzzing.

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7 Don't Drink the Water

Just perfect song... The voice and the music everything in it is just awesome...

Remember don't drink the water..

This song has been kissed by God.

Love it

8 The Stone

At first I hated this song and found it extremely dark except for the lovely chorus, but since listening to it more I've found myself loving the whole thing as a whole and the contrast the verses and the chorus has with each other

One Of my ALL Time favorites! I Love this song! The Lyrics are incredibly deep they seriously pierce your soul!

One of my favorites! Such deep deep lyrics.. That pierce you! I love this song!

Older, but late DMB fan. Was watching American Idol with my daughter and heard Phillip Phillips do this song. Went online and have been singing it for 2 weeks. A beuatifully haunting & complex song. Deep message. I like Sade and Steven Curtis Chapman too, but this song is addictive if you're deep.

9 Bartender

I never grow tired of listening to this song. so perfectly balanced

Live at radio city with Mr Tim is amazing!

Bartender is more of a slow burn song, but when it finally busts out into an epic jam, it is easy to lose yourself in this DMB standard. Driving, epic, and poetic, its always been my favorite

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10 Tripping Billies

Some of the old live versions (1992 - 1995) sound completely out of tune and too fast. But in 1996, dave and the gang nailed it in the studio and along with two step, this song just keeps getting better and better live.

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The Contenders

11 The Best of What's Around

First song off of the first album, great energy and each instrument stands out, great chorus at the end

This song is so wonderful.

Meh, this song is very mediocre even fro DMB.

12 Lie in Our Graves

It's just so great! I don't think I would've ever got into Mrs. Jones pants if it wasn't for me faking that this was my favorite song... Like hers was. Thank you lie in our graves!

This song on the red rocks live album makes me a better person. That instrumental in the middle is like the custard in an eclair.

Would you not like to be? Sitting on top of the world with your legs hanging free?

This song on the red rocks live album makes me a better person. That instrumental in the middle is like the custard in an eclair.

Would you not like to be? Sitting on top of the world with your legs hanging free?

13 Pig

I truly believe "Pig" holds the answer to the meaning of life! It is the most powerful, inspiring, mind opening piece of pure genius ever created. I would love to have the entire lyrics tattooed on my body but where? Laugh out loud nothing beats pig!

Epic song, great meaning to life lyrics.

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14 Funny the Way It Is

This song provides a brilliant and unique outlook on the contrasts and imbalances of life with catchy, complex, and effective instrumentation; one of their best

Guys listen to this song, this should be in to 5 at least.

This is the best song of all times, from brother brush

Agree completely with the previous 5 comments!

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15 The Dreaming Tree

Should be higher, this is a wonderful song, one of their best.
Full of complex emotion, it touches my soul. Happy and sad at the same time.

No other song takes you on a vivid journey like this one does, but leaves it open for your imagination.

An amazing, moving song. Whenever I listen to it, I am stunned by the effect it has on me.

I just love the words than and now

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16 Dancing Nancies

This is my favorite song in the whole wide world. It makes you think, it makes you cry, it makes you nostalgic, and it is, above all else, uplifting. The idea of being born as someone different is very eerie and cool. It also rocks live -- especially the part where he starts the offbeat, "la la la heey, la la la hey. " Absolutely gifted.

this song has such an inspirational meaning, its about loving who you are and not wishing for anything else.

Liked this song until I saw it live, now I love it! The energy is fantastic live.

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17 Warehouse

By far the best song Dave Matthews Band ever put out. They touched on something in this work that few people manage to see in all their lives. It is an altogether enthralling stroke of brilliance, and anyone who doesn't see that needs only to listen again to the lyrics and the gripping climax to the song.

Clearly the best Dave Matthews Band song. So musically coordinated. Lyrically, one of Dave's best. The ending is maybe the best aspect of Dave Matthews Band period.

Deep, mystic intro with amazing vocals, it is an all encompassing body of work. Brilliant.

Surprised this isn't near the top of the list, seeing how it's a staple of all his live shows and one of the most well-received songs on his setlists.

18 Satellite

Intricate guitar, a fun sounding violin used only when it should be, a beautiful seprano saxophone to throw in some occasional fills, a funky bass, complex but fitting drums, and to top it all off beautiful lyrics sung perfectly by Dave. It might not be a "jam" song, but it's still a great song that should never be skipped.

Work of art, melodic and lyrical masterpiece!

19 Where are You Going

Such a meaningful and thought-provoking song; definitely one of their best

20 The Space Between

How in the world is this not #1? This is one of the few songs that can bring a grown man to tears. It's a perfect synopsis of a difficult relationship.

The chorus is haunting... Overall an amazing song. Forever gonna be my favorite DMB tune!

My favorite all time Dave Matthews song!

Halfway through DMB's discography, this is the 1st song that put them on my radar.
I have since become a very big fan. But still, nothing tops this one.

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21 Typical Situation
22 What Would You Say

That is defiantly top five! Come on guys

Amazing song. Should be WAY higher...

By far my favorite song by DMB, just amazing to listen to, should be in top ten if not top five.

23 Digging a Ditch
24 Sister

Simply a beautiful track.

25 The Idea of You

Such a relatable song. Great instrumentals. Great writing. Dave's mini guitar extraordinary

26 Why I Am

Just pure noise... And that's why I love it.

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27 One Sweet World

Best DMB song in my opinion. Sums up what the band is all about, just enjoying life and all it's mystery. Not taking our world for granted.

28 Raven
29 You and Me

Amazing song! This song really deserves a spot in the top ten.

This song is my favorite I don't know about you all

One of the must beautiful song I have ever heard.

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30 Stay or Leave

Beautiful song about loving someone and then they leave. I get tears in my eyes every time I hear this song. Thinking back about the good, good love and the times we had and then one leaves the relationship. This song captures that so well.

Beyond moving, emotional, and totally relatable.

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31 Say Goodbye

This with #41 are the best. say goodbye sums up many a "relationship" when I was in college which when this came out. Just perfect

This song has an amazing intro. I am not a drummer, but I am so impressed with the drumming toward the end of this intro. I also love the song.

This is the most complicated, underplayed song in his amazing list of soul bearing tune... how is it not in the top five?

Ever wanted to be more than friends, but just for an evening? This is your new anthem.

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32 Loving Wings

Beautiful song. It was one of Le Roi's favorites...enough said!

33 JTR

Can't believe no one included this

34 Grace Is Gone

Why is it this low? One of their best in my opinion.

Yep Top ten song by DMB, and Lillywhite Sessions is the best album.

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35 So Much to Say

Such a jam.

36 If I Had It All
37 You Might Die Trying
38 American Baby

Ahhh American baby brings back so many childhood memories! Whether it be spending the night with my father and him blasting this great tune in his car. Those moments and this song will stay with me forever.

Ending of this song is Rad!

39 Gravedigger

It's an amazing song. I can see Dave Matthews strolling through a cemetery and being inspired to write this song.

Dude Bartender, Seek up are way better songs, that encompass passing on.

Come on! This is definitely his best song! Listen to it and vote for it

An instant hit to my ears

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40 Dreamgirl

It's only slightly disappointing that this song doesn't place at least a little higher on the 'Dave countdown'. And just a bit more disappointing that American Baby is just ahead in the numbers. This song is beautiful. Especially live... but only as much when the intro is done its justice. This list is completely subjective, at any point in time my number one might place somewhere in the 30s... another day I'm a typical Dave Matthews fan and put Ants Marching or 41... or usually, The Stone... right at the top. The beautiful thing about their music is how fantastic ALL of the catalog is. Is there such a thing as a 'bad' DMB song? Sure... there's honestly one or two in my opinion. This jam band makes music about as good as anyone ever has.

41 Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd

For me, hands down one of the band's most beautiful songs.

One of the most underrated DMB songs in my opinion. the lryics and vibes from this song are on another level.

42 Granny

This song just proves that the band doesn't need a violin or a saxophone to make such powerful music.

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43 All Along the Watchtower

When someone does it better than Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, it's gotta be #1

44 Cry Freedom

Unbelievable...

45 Smooth Rider

Your daddy crazy with the gun in his hand.

This song is so funky!!!!

46 Proudest Monkey

I don't really see anything special to this song. The band even meant for this song to be an intro to satellite. In my opinion, it's probably the worst song on crash, but it's still better than one direction.

Best DMB Song. And Don't You DARE CHALLENGE ME. It is so calming and it feels like I'm floating. It's nice to get away from Dave Matthews Sex songs that were highly rated because of the topic. Nice to here a well done, calming song. I have a theory on what the song means. My dad lived in Charlottesville for 4 years and said that Monkey was derogatory term towards the poorer people of Charlottesville. But they lived a very peaceful and happy life. When Dave Matthews became famous he was the proudest "Monkey" for what he had done, but was wondering if he would rather still be living that peaceful life. The rest of the song is based on the conflict of him wondering if he should've took the band to where it is now. But if the "Monkey" term is wrong than this is an absolute waste of your time. And that means that my dad has been B.S.ing me all these years.

Such a shame that a song as amazing as this is this far down the list. Some of DMB's best lyrics and a spectacular instrumental along with it

47 Drunken Soldier

Great song. The heavy guitar play combined with the slow start to some great motivational lyrics - a favourite.

48 Lover Lay Down

Listen to the lyrics. Hear it at night with your lover. You'll understand why.

Hands down, Dave's best song.

49 Big Eyed Fish

This song is amazing, it should be higher.

Don't know his material well enough yet to pick an actual #1 but I can say right now this is his most under-appreciated. maybe if theyd had a middle ground between the lillywhite and busted stuff versions...

50 Out of My Hands
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1. Ants Marching
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3. Dancing Nancies
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2. Pig
3. Crash Into Me
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