The Grateful Dead’s 100 Essential Songs

We acknowledge that there is no objective list, nor can there be, of the Grateful Dead’s one hundred most essential songs — this is our personal list, no more, no less. Deadheads will agree with most of our choices, we’re sure, but some of our choices will probably elicit, um, feedback, to put it pleasantly.

Alabama Getaway
And We Bid You Goodnight
Attics of My Life

Beat It On Down the Line
Bird Song
Black Muddy River
Black Peter
Black Throated Wind
Box of Rain
Brokedown Palace
Brown Eyed Women

Casey Jones
Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
China Doll
Cold Rain and Snow
Comes a Time
Crazy Fingers
Cumberland Blues

Dancin’ in the Streets
Dark Star
Days Between
Dire Wolf
Dupree’s Diamond Blues

El Paso
The Eleven
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World

Feel Like a Stranger
Fire on the Mountain
Foolish Heart
Franklin’s Tower
Friend of the Devil

Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Good Lovin’
Greatest Story Ever Told

Hard to Handle
He’s Gone
Hell in a Bucket
Help On The Way > Slipknot >
Franklin’s Tower
Here Comes Sunshine
High Time

I Know You Rider
I Need a Miracle
Iko Iko
It Must Have Been The Roses

Jack a Roe
Jack Straw

Lazy Lightning > Supplication
Lazy River Road
Let It Grow
Looks Like Rain
Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance

Me & My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Might as Well
Mississippi Half Step Uptown

Morning Dew
The Music Never Stopped

Not Fade Away

One More Saturday Night
The Other One

Playing in the Band
The Promised Land

Ramble on Rose
Row Jimmy

Saint of Circumstance
Saint Stephen > The Eleven
Samson & Delilah
Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain
Shakedown Street
Ship of Fools
So Many Roads
Stagger Lee
Standing on the Moon
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine Daydream

Tennessee Jed
Terrapin Station
They Love Each Other
Throwing Stones
To Lay Me Down
Touch of Grey

Unbroken Chain
Uncle John’s Band
US Blues – (Wave That Flag)

Viola Lee Blues

Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow
West LA Fadeaway
Wharf Rat
The Wheel