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 (but not 30 Days of the Dead). 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 29, Dave's Picks Volume 28, Pacific Northwest '73-'74, Anthem Of The Sun (bonus disc),

SONG TITLE Live
Rec's
Times
Played
Percent Studio
Rec's
Video
Rec's
Jams Other
Recs
Notes
Playing In The Band 117 582 20.1 2 7 1   (b)
Sugar Magnolia 104 594 17.5 1 5   1 (ss)
The Other One 100 583 17.2   5 2   (a)
China Cat Sunflower 93 554 16.8 1 7      
Me And My Uncle 91 616 14.8   3      
I Know You Rider 91 550 16.5 2 6     (v)
Not Fade Away 88 531 16.6 1 7   1 (tt)
Jack Straw 87 473 18.4   3      
Truckin' 83 519 16.0 1 5   2 (dd)(uu)
Good Lovin' 74 428 17.3 3 3      
Big River 74 397 18.6   3      
Bertha 72 394 18.3   4   1 (aa)
Tennessee Jed 71 433 16.4   1      
Deal 70 423 16.5 1 4     (j)
Wharf Rat 68 394 17.3   3      
Dark Star 67 219 30.6 1 5 2 1 (c)(rr)
The Promised Land 66 427 15.5 1 2      
Estimated Prophet 66 390 16.9 1 5      
Eyes Of The World 66 381 17.3 1 1     (jj)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 66 293 22.5   2      
Sugaree 65 357 18.2 1     1 (j)(bb)
Beat It On Down The Line 63 325 19.4 1        
One More Saturday Night 62 340 18.2 1 2     (l)
El Paso 61 388 15.7   1      
Brown Eyed Women 61 347 17.6       2 (f)
Scarlet Begonias 61 316 19.3 1 4      
Mexicali Blues 57 435 13.1 1 3     (l)
Looks Like Rain 57 417 13.7 1 3     (l)
Casey Jones 56 312 17.9 1 1   2 (h)(ll)
New Minglewood Blues 55 435 12.6 2 4      
Loser 55 345 15.9 1 1     (j)
Uncle John's Band 55 332 16.6 1 6 1    
He's Gone 53 328 16.2   2      
Ramble On Rose 52 316 16.5   2      
Around And Around 51 418 12.2   1      
Morning Dew 50 254 19.7 1 2      
Samson And Delilah 49 364 13.5 1 3      
Black Throated Wind 47 158 29.7 1 1     (l)
Turn On Your Lovelight 45 341 13.2   2      
U.S.Blues 45 323 13.9 1 2      
Johnny B Goode 45 284 15.8   3   1 (h)
Let It Grow 45 276 16.3 2 3     (d)
Cumberland Blues 45 223 20.2 1 1      
Stella Blue 44 328 13.4 1 3      
Cassidy 42 334 12.6 1 3     (l)
Row Jimmy 42 274 15.3 1 4      
Mississippi Half-Step 41 234 17.5 1 1      
The Music Never Stopped 41 234 17.5 1 2      
Saint Stephen 41 165 24.8 2 1      
Terrapin Station 40 302 13.2 1 6     (e)
Lady With A Fan 38 301 12.6 1 7     (e)
Greatest Story Ever Told 38 280 13.6 2 3     (k)
Fire On The Mountain 38 253 15.0 2 5     (x)
Cold Rain And Snow 38 241 15.8 3 3     (ee)
Black Peter 36 343 10.5 1 1      
Big Railroad Blues 36 175 20.6          
Friend Of The Devil 34 304 11.2 1 4      
They Love Each Other 35 227 15.4 1       (i)
Peggy-O 31 265 11.7 2        
Mama Tried 30 302 9.9   2      
Dire Wolf 29 226 12.8 1 1      
Mister Charlie 29 48 60.4          
Bird Song 28 296 9.5 1 4     (j)
Candyman 28 277 10.1 1 2      
Ship Of Fools 28 225 12.4 1 1      
Cryptical Envelopment 28 132 21.2          
Dancing In The Street 27 123 22.0 1     1 (n)
Me And Bobby McGee 27 118 22.9          
It Must Have Been The Roses 26 159 16.4 1       (i)
Franklin's Tower 26 221 11.8 1 2      
The Wheel 26 258 9.7 1 1   1 (j)(oo)
Next Time You See Me 25 72 34.7          
Brokedown Palace 24 215 11.2 1        
Weather Report Suite Prelude 24 52 46.6 2        
Supplication 23 113 20.4     1    
Big Boss Man 23 71 32.4   1   1 (kk)
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) 23 56 41.1     2 1 (g)
Don't Ease Me In 22 316 7.0 3 2     (ee)
China Doll 22 114 19.3 2 1      
Lazy Lightnin' 22 111 19.8          
The Eleven 22 93 23.7 1   2   (ff)
And We Bid You Goodnight 22 61 36.1   2   1 (g)
Chinatown Shuffle 22 28 78.6          
I Need A Miracle 21 271 7.7 1 4      
Weather Report Suite Part 1 21 47 44.7 2        
High Time 19 133 14.3 1        
Slipknot 19 112 17.0 1 1      
Help On The Way 19 110 17.3 1 1      
Shakedown Street 18 163 11.0 1 4      
Jack-a-Roe 18 115 15.7 1 2      
Comes A Time 18 66 27.3 1       (i)
It Hurts Me Too 18 47 38.3   1   1 (n)
Little Red Rooster 17 272 6.3   3      
Passenger 17 98 17.3 1     1 (g)
Throwing Stones 16 265 6.0 1 3      
Saint Of Circumstance 16 222 7.2 1 2      
Iko Iko 16 185 8.6 1 3      
Althea 15 272 5.5 1       (w)
Feel Like A Stranger 15 207 7.2 1 1      
It's All Over Now 15 160 9.4   3      
Hard To Handle 15 105 14.3   2     (kk)
Hell In A Bucket 14 216 6.5 1 3      
Loose Lucy 14 98 14.3 2        
Stagger Lee 13 146 8.9 1 2      
Lost Sailor 13 145 9.0 1 1      
The Race Is On 13 59 22.0          
Sing Me Back Home 13 39 33.3   1      
Box Of Rain 12 161 7.5 1 1   1 (z)(vv)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 12 145 8.3       1 (n)(pp)
When I Paint My Masterpiece 12 144 8.3   4      
Walkin' Blues 12 139 8.6   1     (cc)
To Lay Me Down 12 63 19.0 3 1     (j)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 12 62 19.4 1     1 (o)
Dear Mr Fantasy 12 58 20.7   1      
You Win Again 12 25 48.0          
Touch Of Grey 11 213 5.2 2 4   2 (qq)
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 11 199 5.5   2      
Crazy Fingers 11 144 7.6 1        
Here Comes Sunshine 11 65 16.9 1        
Alligator 11 63 17.5       1 (g)
Queen Jane Approximately 10 129 7.8       2 (m)(mm)
Foolish Heart 10 87 11.5 1 1      
Dupree's Diamond Blues 10 80 12.5 1        
Viola Lee Blues 10 32 31.3 1     1 (kk)
New Potato Caboose 10 26 38.5          
Alabama Getaway 9 141 6.4 1     1  
C.C.Rider 9 127 7.1          
All Along The Watchtower 9 123 7.3   1   1 (m)
Sitting On Top Of The World 9 44 20.5 1     1 (kk)
Cosmic Charley 9 41 22.0 1        
Sunrise 9 30 30.0 1        
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) 9 12 75.0          
Victim Or The Crime 8 96 8.3 1 1      
Picasso Moon 8 77 10.4 1        
Memphis Blues 8 76 10.5   1      
Standing On The Moon 8 75 10.7 1 3      
Death Don't Have No Mercy 8 49 16.3 1        
Easy To Love You 8 45 17.8 1 1      
Doin' That Rag 8 37 21.6 1        
Mason's Children 8 18 44.4 1        
Knockin' On Heaven's Door 7 76 9.2   2   1 (m)
Smokestack Lightning 7 60 11.7          
Deep Elem Blues 7 45 15.6   1      
Easy Wind 7 44 15.9 1 1      
I'm A King Bee 7 38 18.4          
I Will Take You Home 7 34 20.6 1 1      
Gimme Some Lovin' 6 87 6.9   1      
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 6 58 10.3   1      
New Speedway Boogie 6 55 10.9 2 1      
Attics Of My Life 6 48 12.5 1        
Hey Jude Finale 6 28 21.4         (u)
Blow Away 6 23 26.1 1 1      
We Can Run 6 22 27.3 1 1      
Nobody's Fault But Mine 6 16 37.5 1   1    
Might As Well 5 111 4.5 1       (i)
Wang Dang Doodle 5 95 5.3   2      
In The Midnight Hour 5 46 10.9       1 (n)
The Same Thing 5 45 11.1       1 (o)
Dark Hollow 5 29 17.2          
Hey Pocky Way 5 25 20.0   2      
He Was A Friend Of Mine 5 17 29.4          
Mountains Of The Moon 5 12 41.7 1 1      
My Brother Esau 4 104 3.8 1 2      
Far From Me 4 74 5.4 1 1      
The Last Time 4 70 5.7          
Black Muddy River 4 66 6.1 2        
Liberty 4 56 7.1          
Maggie's Farm 4 43 9.3   1      
On The Road Again 4 38 10.5   2     (y)
Built To Last 4 18 22.2 1 1      
You Ain't Woman Enough 4 15 26.5          
Ain't It Crazy 4 12 33.3       1  
Werewolves Of London 4 12 33.3          
King Solomon's Marbles 4 5 80.0 1        
West L.A. Fadeaway 3 140 2.1 2 4      
The Mighty Quinn 3 59 5.1       1 (mm)(pp)
So Many Roads 3 55 5.5          
Spoonful 3 52 5.8          
Let The Good Times Roll 3 47 6.4   2      
Never Trust A Woman 3 42 7.1          
Ripple 3 39 7.7 1 1      
Monkey And The Engineer 3 32 9.4          
Just A Little Light 3 21 14.3 1        
Wave That Flag 3 15 20.0          
Born Cross-Eyed 3 13 23.1 1       (gg)
It's A Sin 3 12 25.0          
Jordan 3 12 25.0   1      
Katie Mae 3 11 27.3          
She Belongs To Me 3 10 30.0   1      
Visions Of Johanna 3 8 37.5         (pp)
Cream Puff War 3 7 42.9 2        
You Don't Have To Ask 3 5 60.0 1        
Hey Jude 3 3 100.0         (u)
Money, Money 3 3 100.0 1        
Way To Go Home 2 92 2.2          
Corrina 2 77 2.6         (s)
When Push Comes To Shove 2 58 3.4 2 2      
Keep Your Day Job 2 57 3.5          
Days Between 2 41 4.9 1        
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        
That Would Be Something 2 17 11.8          
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      
It's A Man's World 2 11 18.2          
Revolution 2 11 18.2          
Tomorrow Is Forever 2 10 20.0          
Ballad Of A Thin Man 2 8 25.0          
It Takes A ... Train To Cry 2 7 28.6          
The Frozen Logger 2 6 33.3          
Run Rudolph Run 2 6 33.3          
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          
One Kind Favor 2 4 50.0          
Stealin 2 4 50.0 2     1 (ee)
Blues For Allah 2 3 66.7 1        
Standing On The Corner 2 3 66.7 1        
Cardboard Cowboy 2 2 100.0       1 (vv)
Hey Little One 2 2 100.0          
Keep Rolling By 2 2 100.0          
Sage And Spirit 2 2 100.0 1        
Desolation Row 1 58 5.7   1      
Samba In The Rain 1 38 2.6         (t)
I Fought The Law 1 36 2.8          
Broken Arrow 1 35 2.9          
Satisfaction 1 31 3.2          
Tons Of Steel 1 29 3.4 1        
From The Heart Of Me 1 26 3.8 1 1      
Don't Need Love 1 16 6.3          
Rosa Lee McFall 1 16 6.3          
Baba O'Riley 1 12 8.3          
Tomorrow Never Knows 1 12 8.3          
Believe It Or Not 1 7 14.3 1        
Heaven Help The Fool 1 7 14.3   1      
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        
Hey Bo Diddley 1 4 25.0          
I Just Want To Make Love To You 1 4 25.0          
I'm A Hog For You Baby 1 4 25.0          
La Bamba 1 4 25.0          
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        
She's Mine 1 3 33.3          
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          
Let It Rock 1 1 100.0          
The Mighty Flood 1 1 100.0          
Roberta 1 1 100.0          
Salt Lake City 1 1 100.0         (p)
Sidewalks Of New York 1 1 100.0          
Tastebud 1 1 100.0 3       (ee)
Tom Dooley 1 1 100.0          
Lazy River Road 0 65 0 1        
Easy Answers 0 44 0         (r)
Eternity 0 44 0 1        
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          
Childhood's End 0 11 0          
Unbroken Chain 0 10 0 2        
Let Me Sing Your Blues Away 0 6 0 1        
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)
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          
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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