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

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I love so many Dave Matthews Band tracks, but whenever I see them live in the UK this is the only one they HAVE to play for my night to be awesome...anything else is a bonus. So many beautiful different versions, several of which make me cry on the switch from the verse to the Outro, particularly when played by Boyd

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"

When I first heard this song in eighth grade, it was very unlike my typical music choice but I was immediately drawn in by the life that teemed within this song. This song is certainly an emotion within itself. It's uplifting and vibrant.

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.

Crash Into Me Crash Into Me Cover Art

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.

It's an outstanding expression of love! I love listening to the awesome and relaxing quality of Dave's music! It's a truly legendary love song that will live on for years to come. A true masterpiece!

This song simply trascends time. It's a classic that reinvents itself every time it plays. I can hear different sounds and textures every time I listen to it. It's unique.

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

Ants Marching Ants Marching Cover Art

"Ants Marching" is probably the most played DMB song in concert and it envelopes who they are and what their signature sound is. Great song with an epic dose of Boyd Tinsley on the fiddle.

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

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

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

Crush Crush Cover Art

Probably the best lyrically captured explanation of love You will ever find. What a deep and grasping song.

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

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

One of the best love songs ever.

Grey Street Grey Street Cover Art

all I can say is this man knows how to capture emotion and how to release it in instruments and vocals. This song will Shake you to the bones

I love the way this songs builds and builds to the peak only to fall off to "Grey" one last time. A wonderful creation, hauntingly emotional. I much prefer the shorter version, sometimes more is not better. It seems to have the perfect tempo for what he wanted to create. Certainly deserving of the high ranking. Better live too.

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

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

Two Step Two Step Cover Art

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.

All I have to say is: Live @ the Gorge. This is easily my most favorite song of all time and that version simply cannot be beat.

Don't Drink the Water Don't Drink the Water Cover Art

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.

I’m watching you don’t drink it

The Stone The Stone Cover Art

Man this is another one that should be a top 5 choice. The instruments, the vocals and the deep, dark, grasping lyrics. It’s everything you could ask for.

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.

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!

Bartender

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

Bartender Is one of the deepest, most soulful trax DMB has ever recorded and is one of their absolute best!

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

Live at radio city with Mr Tim is amazing!

Tripping Billies Tripping Billies Cover Art

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.

In the fire she dances

The Contenders

Pig Pig Cover Art

I just love Boyd on the violin here. It’s such a well put together song. The build in this song is gripping. I hate that Boyd is gone, such a great violinist.

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.

Best song of all time (of any artist, not just DMB).

The Best of What's Around The Best of What's Around Cover Art

This song is so wonderful.

Meh, this song is very mediocre even fro DMB.

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

Lie in Our Graves Lie in Our Graves Cover Art

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?

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!

Funny the Way It Is Funny the Way It Is Cover Art

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!

Love this song. So true!

The Dreaming Tree The Dreaming Tree Cover Art

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.

This song is very much underrated! Come on this one is really soothing and touching

Dancing Nancies Dancing Nancies Cover Art

The more I listen, the more I like it. I have been a Dmb fan since the early 90s and you need to understand how Dave came up with the song. It is pretty amazing. The more you know, the more you will appreciate this song.

Without a doubt the song that really lifts me up, specially the little speeches he does in the beggining of the live versions. Trully memorable.

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

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.

Warehouse Warehouse Cover Art

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.

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.

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

Satellite Satellite Cover Art

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!

This song is out of this world

Where are You Going Where are You Going Cover Art

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

Should be higher. Quite similar to Crash

The Space Between The Space Between Cover Art

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.

Amazing! Will always be one of my favorite DMB songs. The chorus is absolutely amazing, and vocal is perfect! Love the meaning of the song as well deep.
-Peace

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

How is the song not higher. My favorite of all time.

Typical Situation Typical Situation Cover Art
What Would You Say What Would You Say Cover Art

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

That is defiantly top five! Come on guys

What would I say?

Amazing song. Should be WAY higher...

Digging a Ditch Digging a Ditch Cover Art
Sister Sister Cover Art

A touching and beautiful tribute.

Simply a beautiful track.

The Idea of You

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

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