Grateful Dead Live Recordings

The table below shows the total number of live recordings issued of each song, including Vault releases, Dick's Picks, Download Series and others. It also shows the total number of times the Grateful Dead played each song, and the percentage of those that have been issued. For a fuller explanation of these and other columns see the key at the end. Thanks to Eric Levy for his help in drawing this up - though any errors in updating it are mine not his!.

Updated to include Dave's Picks Volume 12, Dave's Picks Volume 11, Spring 1990 (The Other One), Dave's Picks Volume 10 and Live At The Coliseum.

SONG TITLE Live
Rec's
Times
Played
Percent Studio
Rec's
Video
Rec's
Jams Other
Recs
Notes
Playing In The Band 93 582 16.0 2 7 1   (b)
Sugar Magnolia 78 594 13.1 1 5   1 (ss)
China Cat Sunflower 75 554 13.5 1 7      
The Other One 74 583 12.7   5 2   (a)
I Know You Rider 71 550 12.9 2 6     (v)
Me And My Uncle 68 616 11.0   3      
Not Fade Away 64 531 12.1 1 7   1 (tt)
Truckin' 62 519 11.9 1 5   2 (dd)(uu)
Jack Straw 57 473 12.1   3      
Good Lovin' 57 428 13.3 3 3      
Dark Star 56 219 25.6 1 5 2 1 (c)(rr)
Bertha 52 394 13.2   4   1 (aa)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 50 293 17.1   2      
Big River 48 397 12.1   3      
Tennessee Jed 47 433 10.9   1      
Wharf Rat 47 394 11.9   3      
Estimated Prophet 47 390 12.1 1 5      
Sugaree 47 357 13.2 1     1 (j)(bb)
Eyes Of The World 46 381 12.1 1 1     (jj)
Uncle John's Band 46 332 13.9 1 6 1    
Casey Jones 46 312 14.7 1 1   2 (h)(ll)
Deal 44 423 10.4 1 4     (j)
The Promised Land 43 427 10.1 1 2      
One More Saturday Night 43 340 12.6 1 2     (l)
He's Gone 43 328 13.1   2      
Scarlet Begonias 43 316 13.6 1 4      
Morning Dew 42 254 16.5 1 2      
Ramble On Rose 41 316 13.0   2      
Loser 40 345 11.6 1 1     (j)
El Paso 39 388 10.1   1      
Brown Eyed Women 39 347 11.2       2 (f)
Looks Like Rain 38 417 9.1 1 3     (l)
Beat It On Down The Line 38 325 11.7 1        
Black Throated Wind 38 158 24.1 1 1     (l)
New Minglewood Blues 37 435 8.5 2 4      
Turn On Your Lovelight 37 341 10.9   2      
Samson And Delilah 36 364 9.9 1 3      
Mexicali Blues 35 435 8.0 1 3     (l)
Let It Grow 35 276 12.7 2 3     (d)
Around And Around 34 418 8.1   1      
Saint Stephen 34 165 20.6 2 1      
Cumberland Blues 33 223 14.8 1 1      
Stella Blue 32 328 9.8 1 3      
Mississippi Half-Step 32 234 13.7 1 1      
Johnny B Goode 31 284 10.9   3   1 (h)
Cassidy 30 334 9.0 1 3     (l)
Terrapin Station 29 302 9.6 1 6     (e)
Row Jimmy 29 274 10.6 1 4      
Lady With A Fan 28 301 9.3 1 7     (e)
U.S.Blues 27 323 8.4 1 2      
Greatest Story Ever Told 27 280 9.6 2 3     (k)
Fire On The Mountain 27 253 10.7 2 5     (x)
Big Railroad Blues 27 175 15.4          
Mister Charlie 25 48 52.1          
Black Peter 24 343 7.0 1 1      
Cold Rain And Snow 24 241 10.0 3 3     (ee)
The Music Never Stopped 24 234 10.3 1 2      
Friend Of The Devil 22 304 7.2 1 4      
They Love Each Other 22 227 9.7 1       (i)
Dire Wolf 22 226 9.7 1 1      
Brokedown Palace 21 215 9.8 1        
Next Time You See Me 21 72 29.2          
Caution 21 56 37.5     2 1 (g)
Chinatown Shuffle 21 28 75.0          
Mama Tried 20 302 6.6   2      
Me And Bobby McGee 20 118 16.9          
The Eleven 20 93 21.5 1   2   (ff)
Bird Song 19 296 6.4 1 4     (j)
Candyman 19 277 6.9 1 2      
The Wheel 19 258 7.4 1 1   1 (j)(oo)
Cryptical Envelopment 19 132 14.4          
And We Bid You Goodnight 19 61 31.1   2   1 (g)
Don't Ease Me In 17 316 5.4 3 2     (ee)
I Need A Miracle 17 271 6.3 1 4      
Peggy-O 17 265 6.4 2        
Franklin's Tower 17 221 7.7 1 2      
Dancing In The Street 17 123 13.8 1     1 (n)
Supplication 17 113 15.0     1    
Big Boss Man 17 71 23.9   1   1 (kk)
Weather Report Suite Part 1 17 47 36.2 2        
Jack-a-Roe 16 115 13.9 1 2      
China Doll 16 114 14.0 2 1      
Lazy Lightnin' 16 111 14.4          
It Hurts Me Too 16 47 34.0   1   1 (n)
Ship Of Fools 15 225 6.7 1 1      
It Must Have Been The Roses 15 159 9.4 1       (i)
High Time 15 133 11.3 1        
Iko Iko 14 185 7.6 1 3      
Shakedown Street 14 163 8.6 1 4      
Throwing Stones 13 265 4.9 1 3      
Hard To Handle 13 105 12.4   2     (kk)
Passenger 13 98 13.3 1     1 (g)
Sing Me Back Home 13 39 33.3   1      
Althea 12 272 4.4 1       (w)
Little Red Rooster 12 272 4.4   3      
Feel Like A Stranger 12 207 5.8 1 1      
Slipknot 12 112 10.7 1 1      
Help On The Way 12 110 10.9 1 1      
Comes A Time 12 66 18.2 1       (i)
Saint Of Circumstance 11 222 5.0 1 2      
It's All Over Now 11 160 6.9   3      
Stagger Lee 11 146 7.5 1 2      
Lost Sailor 10 145 6.9 1 1      
When I Paint My Masterpiece 10 144 6.9   4      
Crazy Fingers 10 144 6.9 1        
Alligator 10 63 15.9       1 (g)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 9 145 6.2       1 (n)(pp)
Walkin' Blues 9 139 6.5   1     (cc)
To Lay Me Down 9 63 14.3 3 1     (j)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 9 62 14.5 1     1 (o)
Dear Mr Fantasy 9 58 15.5   1      
Hell In A Bucket 8 216 3.7 1 3      
Touch Of Grey 8 213 3.8 2 4   2 (qq)
Queen Jane Approximately 8 129 6.2       2 (m)(mm)
Loose Lucy 8 98 8.2 2        
Victim Or The Crime 8 96 8.3 1 1      
Foolish Heart 8 87 9.2 1 1      
Dupree's Diamond Blues 8 80 10.0 1        
Picasso Moon 8 77 10.4 1        
Cosmic Charley 8 41 19.5 1        
New Potato Caboose 8 26 30.8          
You Win Again 8 25 32.0          
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) 8 12 66.7          
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 7 199 3.5   2      
Alabama Getaway 7 141 5.0 1     1  
Memphis Blues 7 76 9.2   1      
Death Don't Have No Mercy 7 49 14.3 1        
Easy To Love You 7 45 15.6 1 1      
Easy Wind 7 44 15.9 1 1      
Sitting On Top Of The World 7 44 15.9 1     1 (kk)
Doin' That Rag 7 37 18.9 1        
Viola Lee Blues 7 32 21.9 1     1 (kk)
Hey Jude 7 30 23.3         (u)
Sunrise 7 30 23.3 1        
Mason's Children 7 18 38.9 1        
Box Of Rain 6 161 3.7 1 1   1 (z)(vv)
All Along The Watchtower 6 123 4.9   1   1 (m)
Gimme Some Lovin' 6 87 6.9   1      
Knockin' On Heaven's Door 6 76 7.9   2   1 (m)
Standing On The Moon 6 75 8.0 1 3      
Here Comes Sunshine 6 65 9.2 1        
New Speedway Boogie 6 55 10.9 2 1      
Attics Of My Life 6 48 12.5 1        
Deep Elem Blues 6 45 13.3   1      
I'm A King Bee 6 38 15.8          
We Can Run 6 22 27.3 1 1      
C.C.Rider 5 127 3.9          
Might As Well 5 111 4.5 1       (i)
Smokestack Lightning 5 60 8.3          
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 5 58 8.6   1      
I Will Take You Home 5 34 14.7 1 1      
Dark Hollow 5 29 17.2          
Blow Away 5 23 21.7 1 1      
Nobody's Fault But Mine 5 16 31.3 1   1    
Far From Me 4 74 5.4 1 1      
The Race Is On 4 59 6.8          
In The Midnight Hour 4 46 8.7       1 (n)
Hey Pocky Way 4 25 16.0   2      
Built To Last 4 18 22.2 1 1      
He Was A Friend Of Mine 4 17 23.5          
Mountains Of The Moon 4 12 33.3 1 1      
West L.A. Fadeaway 3 140 2.1 2 4      
Wang Dang Doodle 3 95 3.2   2      
The Last Time 3 70 4.3          
Black Muddy River 3 66 4.5 2        
The Mighty Quinn 3 59 5.1       1 (mm)(pp)
Spoonful 3 52 5.8          
Let The Good Times Roll 3 47 6.4   2      
The Same Thing 3 45 6.7       1 (o)
Maggie's Farm 3 43 7.0   1      
Never Trust A Woman 3 42 7.1          
Ripple 3 39 7.7 1 1      
On The Road Again 3 38 7.9   2     (y)
Monkey And The Engineer 3 32 9.4          
Just A Little Light 3 21 14.3 1        
Born Cross-Eyed 3 13 23.1 1       (gg)
It's A Sin 3 12 25.0          
Ain't It Crazy 3 12 25.0       1  
Jordan 3 12 25.0   1      
Katie Mae 3 11 27.3          
She Belongs To Me 3 10 30.0   1      
My Brother Esau 2 104 1.9 1 2      
When Push Comes To Shove 2 58 3.4 2 2      
Keep Your Day Job 2 57 3.5          
Liberty 2 56 3.6          
The Weight 2 41 4.9          
I've Been All Around This World 2 18 11.1          
Silver Threads And Golden Needles 2 17 11.8 1        
Gloria 2 15 13.3     1    
Wake Up Little Susie 2 14 14.3          
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie 2 13 15.4          
Ollin Arageed 2 12 16.7   1      
Werewolves Of London 2 12 16.7          
Revolution 2 11 18.2          
Ballad Of A Thin Man 2 8 25.0          
Visions Of Johanna 2 8 25.0         (pp)
King Solomon's Marbles 2 5 40.0 1        
Mission In The Rain 2 5 40.0 1       (i)
Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu 2 5 40.0          
Bo Diddley 2 4 50.0          
Blues For Allah 2 3 66.7 1        
Sage And Spirit 2 2 100.0 1        
Way To Go Home 1 92 1.1          
Corrina 1 77 1.3         (s)
Desolation Row 1 58 5.7   1      
So Many Roads 1 55 1.8          
Broken Arrow 1 35 2.9          
Tons Of Steel 1 29 3.4 1        
From The Heart Of Me 1 26 3.8 1 1      
That Would Be Something 1 17 5.9          
Rosa Lee McFall 1 16 6.3          
Wave That Flag 1 15 6.7          
Baba O'Riley 1 12 8.3          
Tomorrow Never Knows 1 12 8.3          
It's A Man's World 1 11 9.1          
Tomorrow Is Forever 1 10 10.0          
Believe It Or Not 1 7 14.3 1        
Cream Puff War 1 7 14.3 2        
Heaven Help The Fool 1 7 14.3   1      
It Takes A ... Train To Cry 1 7 14.3          
The Frozen Logger 1 6 16.7          
I Second That Emotion 1 6 16.7          
Little Sadie 1 6 16.7          
Long Black Limousine 1 6 16.7          
Till The Morning Comes 1 5 20.0 1        
You Don't Have To Ask 1 5 20.0 1        
Hey Bo Diddley 1 4 25.0          
I'm A Hog For You Baby 1 4 25.0          
One Kind Favor 1 4 25.0          
Stealin 1 4 25.0 2     1 (ee)
A Voice From On High 1 4 25.0          
Clementine 1 3 33.3 1       (ff)
Hey Little One 1 3 33.3          
If I Had The World To Give 1 3 33.3 1        
Money, Money 1 3 33.3 1        
She's Mine 1 3 33.3          
Standing On The Corner 1 3 33.3 1        
Who Do You Love 1 3 33.3          
Ballad Of Casey Jones 1 2 50.0          
Bring Me My Shotgun 1 2 50.0          
California Earthquake 1 2 50.0          
Empty Pages 1 2 50.0          
Got My Mojo Working 1 2 50.0          
I'm A Man (Mannish Boy) 1 2 50.0          
Mona 1 2 50.0          
Oh Boy 1 2 50.0          
Pain In My Heart 1 2 50.0          
Sick And Tired 1 2 50.0          
Are You Lonely For Me 1 1 100.0          
Black Snake 1 1 100.0          
Don't Mess Up A Good Thing 1 1 100.0          
Empty Heart 1 1 100.0          
Gangster Of Love 1 1 100.0          
How Sweet It Is 1 1 100.0          
In The Pines 1 1 100.0          
Keep Rolling By 1 1 100.0          
Let It Rock 1 1 100.0          
The Mighty Flood 1 1 100.0          
Roberta 1 1 100.0          
Sidewalks Of New York 1 1 100.0          
Tom Dooley 1 1 100.0          
Lazy River Road 0 65 0 1        
Easy Answers 0 44 0         (r)
Eternity 0 44 0 1        
Days Between 0 41 0 1        
Samba In The Rain 0 38 0         (t)
I Fought The Law 0 36 0          
Satisfaction 0 31 0          
Wave To The Wind 0 21 0          
Rain 0 20 0          
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 0 19 0          
If The Shoe Fits 0 17 0          
Don't Need Love 0 16 0          
You Ain't Woman Enough 0 15 0          
Childhood's End 0 11 0          
Unbroken Chain 0 10 0 2        
Maybe You Know 0 6 0          
Walking The Dog 0 6 1          
Operator 0 4 0 1        
Reuben And Cerise 0 4 0         (q)
Alice D Millionaire 0 3 0 1        
The Golden Road 0 3 0 1        
Overseas Stomp (Lindy) 0 3 0 1     1 (o)
Cardboard Cowboy 0 2 0       1 (vv)
Early Morning Rain 0 2 0 1        
Mindbender 0 2 0 1        
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines 0 2 0 1        
Betty And Dupree 0 1 0 1        
Can't Come Down 0 1 0 1       (hh)
The Only Time Is Now 0 1 0 1        
Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues 0 1 0          
Salt Lake City 0 1 0         (p)
Tastebud 0 1 0 3       (ee)
You See A Broken Heart 0 1 0 1        
Pride Of Cucamonga 0 0 0 2        

Key:

Live Rec's: This gives the total number of live recordings by the Dead that have been issued officially on CD. Many thanks to Eric Levy for his help in preparing and checking this. It includes "pre-Vault" live recordings such as "Live/Dead", Vault releases such as "One From The Vault," all Dick's Picks, and CD soundtracks from DVD releases. I have counted "Anthem Of The Sun" as a live album.
Times Played: This gives the total number of times the Dead played the song live. It omits covers played less than 10 times for which no recordings have been issued. The figures are taken from DeadBase XI: this is the most convenient source, though it omits a number of tapes that have come into circulation recently. It is very likely that some of the early songs (eg "Can't Come Down") were played at many more 1966 concerts for which no setlists exist.
Percentages: These are the total number of recordings as a percentage of the number of times played. I am not arguing for an even proportion of recordings of every song: a much larger percentage of Dark Stars than Me And My Uncles is fine by me! But it does highlight some songs that are very much under-represented in the official releases.
Studio Rec's: This gives the number of studio recordings by the Dead. In some cases I have stretched what counts as a Grateful Dead studio recording - these are mentioned in the notes.
Video Rec's: This gives the number of releases of each song on video or DVD. It includes those that have also been released on CD soundtrack albums. This means that some of these recordings are also counted in the column "Live Rec's."
Jams: This gives the number of live versions released as jams without lyrics being sung
Other Rec's: This identifies other live recordings not included in the totals, for example because they are part of other recordings or because they have been issued only semi-officially. It lists only other recordings of the Grateful Dead themselves - not subsequent recordings by Ratdog, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends etc.

Notes:

(a) "The Other One" includes recordings with "Cryptical Envelopment" as part of "That's It For The Other One" suite.
(b) studio recordings of "Playing In The Band" are on Bob Weir's "Ace" and Mickey Hart's "Rolling Thunder" (titled "The Main Ten"); Jam on DP16, also titled "The Main Ten".
(c) the "Dark Star" studio recording was released as a single and on the compilation "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been" (and also as a hidden track on Live/Dead in the box set "The Golden Road").
(d) "Let It Grow" includes recordings as part of "Weather Report Suite"
(e) DP3 contains "Terrapin Station" not preceded by "Lady With A Fan" - the only known time.
(f) additional recordings of "Brown-Eyed Women" have been issued on "Around The Fire" soundtrack and Live Jive (KSAN Benefit CD)
(g) additional live recordings of "Alligator", "Caution" and "And We Bid You Goodnight" have been issued on the CD The Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour
(h) additional live recordings of "Casey Jones" and "Johnny B Goode" from 2 July 1971 were issued on "The Last Days Of The Fillmore." An additional live recording of "Casey Jones" from 1978 is on the compilation "Saturday Night Live Vol 1"
(i) studio recordings of "Might As Well", "Mission In The Rain", "It Must Have Been The Roses" and "They Love Each Other" were issued on "Reflections" by Jerry Garcia
(j) studio recordings of "Deal", "Bird Song", "Sugaree", "Loser", "To Lay Me Down" and "The Wheel" were issued on "Garcia" by Jerry Garcia
(k) studio recordings of "Greatest Story Ever Told" are on "Ace" by Bob Weir and on "Rolling Thunder" by Mickey Hart (titled "The Pump Song")
(l) studio recordings of "Greatest Story Ever Told", "Playing In The Band", "Black Throated Wind", "Looks Like Rain", "One More Saturday Night" and "Cassidy" were issued on "Ace" by Bob Weir
(m) additional recordings of "Queen Jane Approximately", "All Along The Watchtower" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" were issued on "Dylan And The Dead"
(n) additional recordings of "I Know You Rider" (see note (v)), "It Hurts Me Too", "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", "Dancing In The Streets" and "In The Midnight Hour" were issued on vinyl on "Vintage Dead"
(o) additional recordings of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "Stealin'" "Lindy" and "The Same Thing" were issued on vinyl on "Historic Dead"
(p) "Salt Lake City" was recorded on Bob Weir's album "Heaven Help The Fool"
(q) "Reuben And Cerise" was recorded on Jerry Garcia's album "Run For The Roses." A live recording by the Grateful Dead plays as background to the contents page of the DVD "View From The Vault II"
(r) a version of "Easy Answers" by "The Other Ones" is on "FurthurMost", and a Weir/Wasserman/Neil Young version is on "Trios"
(s) a version of "Corrina" by "The Other Ones" is on "The Strange Remain", and a Ratdog version on "Evening Moods"
(t) a version of "Samba In The Rain" by Vince Welnick is on the "Missing Man Formation" CD
(u) the full "Hey Jude" was played only 3 times, but the finale was played a further 28 times
(v) the version of "I Know You Rider" on "Vintage Dead" is the same as the version on "So Many Roads", included in the left-hand column
(w) two of the live recordings of Althea (on "Without A Net" and "Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)") are from the same night
(x) the video of "Fire On The Mountain" on "Dead Ahead" is the same performance as on the "Dead Set" CD
(y) the video of "On The Road Again" on "Dead Ahead" is the same performance as on the "Reckoning" CD
(z) a recording of "Box Of Rain" is included on the DVD version of "View From The Vault II" but not on the CD or videocassette. It is included in the "video" column and not counted in the percentages - which are based on CD releases only
(aa) a live recording of "Bertha" from an unknown date is included on the CD "Huckleberry Jam" (various artists compilation) sold in the Bay Area as a fundraiser for the Huckleberry House
(bb) a live recording of "Sugaree" from 11 April 1987 is included on the CD "ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Vol. 4" (various artists compilation) sold in Chicago as a fundraiser for a tree-planting project
(cc) two of the live recordings of "Walkin' Blues" may be from the same night - those on "Without A Net" and "Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)." Because this isn't certain, I have included both in the total of recordings and the percentage.
(dd) the single version of "Truckin'" is included as a bonus track on "American Beauty" on the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973)"
(ee) the CD "Birth Of The Dead" in the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973)" includes two studio versions, one with vocals, one without. The additional recording of Stealin' was released on "Historic Dead"
(ff) the studio version is a jam, included as a bonus track on "Aoxomoxoa" in the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973)"
(gg) the single version of "Born Cross-Eyed" is included as a bonus track on "Anthem Of The Sun" in the Rhino Box Set "The Golden Road (1965-1973"
(hh) the same studio version is on the box sets "The Golden Road (1965-1973)" and "So Many Roads (1965-1995)"
(jj) the video version of "Eyes Of The World" on "The Grateful Dead Movie" is the same as the version on "So Many Roads (1965-1995)"
(kk) longish excerpts from live recordings of "Viola Lee Blues", "Sitting On Top Of The World" and "Big Boss Man" from the Fillmore in 1967 are on the "Grateful Dead Documentary" CD
(ll) the performance of "Casey Jones" on "The Grateful Dead Movie" is the same as that on "Steal Your Face"
(mm) additional recordings of "Queen Jane Approximately" and "The Mighty Quinn" were issued on a bonus disc with early copies of "Postcards Of The Hanging"
(nn) the video of "Hard To Handle" is on "Backstage Pass." The audio on that comes from the same show (29 April 1971) as "Ladies And Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead", though the video footage comes from a variety of other shows.
(oo) a version of "The Wheel" from 9 September 1982 was included on a limited edition CD "Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artworks."
(pp) the live Grateful Dead recordings of "The Mighty Quinn", "Visions of Johanna" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" include those on the album Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan
(qq) the additional recordings of "Touch Of Grey" are on "ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Vol 11" and "The Music Never Stopped: Music From The Motion Picture"
(rr) the additional recording of "Dark Star" is from 16 Aug 1969, released on "Woodstock--40 Years On: Back To Yasgur's Farm"
(ss) the additional recording of "Sugar Magnolia" is from 26 Apr 1971, released on "Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective"
(tt) the additional recording of "Not Fade Away" is from 19 May 1974, released on "Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour Vol 2"
(uu) the additional recordings of "Truckin'" were released on "Best Of The Grateful Dead Hour Vol 2" and "The Music Never Stopped: Music From The Motion Picture"
(vv) the additional recordings of "Box Of Rain" and "Cardboard Cowboy" were included on a CD given away with some copies of Phil Lesh's book "Searching For The Sound"


 


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