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 44 and Dave's Picks Volume 43 and In And Out Of The Garden

SONG TITLE Live
Rec's
Times
Played
Percent Studio
Rec's
Video
Rec's
Jams Other
Recs
Notes
Playing In The Band 141 582 24.2 2 7 1   (b)
Sugar Magnolia 121 594 20.4 1 5   1 (ss)
China Cat Sunflower 112 554 20.2 1 7      
The Other One 111 583 19.0   5 2   (a)
I Know You Rider 109 550 19.8 2 6     (v)
Me And My Uncle 108 616 17.5   3      
Not Fade Away 108 531 20.3 1 7   1 (tt)
Jack Straw 102 473 21.6   3      
Truckin' 101 519 19.5 1 5   2 (dd)(uu)
Big River 88 397 22.2   3      
Bertha 88 394 22.3   4   1 (aa)
Tennessee Jed 86 433 19.9   1      
Good Lovin' 84 428 19.6 3      
The Promised Land 80 427 18.7 1 2      
Deal 79 423 18.7 1 4     (j)
Eyes Of The World 79 381 20.7 1 1     (jj)
Brown Eyed Women 79 347 22.8       2 (f)
Beat It On Down The Line 78 325 24.0 1        
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 78 293 26.6   2      
El Paso 76 388 19.6   1      
Sugaree 76 357 21.3 1     1 (j)(bb)
Dark Star 76 219 34.7 1 5 2 1 (c)(rr)
Wharf Rat 74 394 18.8   3      
Estimated Prophet 74 390 19.0 1 5      
One More Saturday Night 73 340 21.5 1 2     (l)
Looks Like Rain 72 417 17.3 1 3     (l)
Uncle John's Band 70 332 21.1 1 6 1    
Casey Jones 70 312 22.4 1 1   2 (h)(ll)
Scarlet Begonias 68 316 21.5 1 4      
Mexicali Blues 67 435 15.4 1 3     (l)
Loser 65 345 18.8 1 1     (j)
Ramble On Rose 63 316 19.9   2      
New Minglewood Blues 62 435 14.3 2 4      
Around And Around 62 418 14.8   1      
Samson And Delilah 62 364 17.0 1 3      
He's Gone 61 328 18.6   2      
Morning Dew 60 254 23.6 1 2      
Let It Grow 59 276 21.4 2 3     (d)
Johnny B Goode 57 284 20.1   3   1 (h)
Stella Blue 54 328 16.5 1 3      
Cumberland Blues 54 223 24.2 1 1      
Row Jimmy 53 274 19.3 1 4      
Cassidy 52 334 15.6 1 3     (l)
U.S.Blues 52 323 16.1 1 2      
Black Throated Wind 52 158 32.9 1 1     (l)
The Music Never Stopped 50 234 21.4 1 2      
Saint Stephen 50 165 30.3 2 1      
Black Peter 47 343 13.7 1 1      
Turn On Your Lovelight 47 341 13.8   2      
Greatest Story Ever Told 47 280 16.8 2 3     (k)
Cold Rain And Snow 47 241 19.5 3 3     (ee)
Terrapin Station 46 302 15.2 1 6     (e)
Mississippi Half-Step 46 234 19.7 1 1      
Lady With A Fan 44 301 14.6 1 7     (e)
Fire On The Mountain 42 253 16.6 2 5     (x)
They Love Each Other 42 227 18.5 1       (i)
Friend Of The Devil 40 304 13.2 1 4      
Bird Song 39 296 13.2 1 4     (j)
Big Railroad Blues 38 175 21.7          
Mama Tried 37 302 12.3   2      
Franklin's Tower 35 221 15.8 1 2      
It Must Have Been The Roses 35 159 22.0 1       (i)
Dancing In The Street 35 123 28.5 1     1 (n)
Candyman 34 277 12.3 1 2      
Dire Wolf 34 226 15.0 1 1      
Ship Of Fools 34 225 15.1 1 1      
Peggy-O 32 265 12.1 2        
The Wheel 32 258 12.4 1 1   1 (j)(oo)
Me And Bobby McGee 32 118 27.1          
Cryptical Envelopment 31 132 23.5          
Mister Charlie 31 48 64.6          
China Doll 30 114 26.3 2 1      
Brokedown Palace 29 215 13.5 1        
Supplication 29 113 25.7     1    
Don't Ease Me In 28 316 8.9 3 2     (ee)
Lazy Lightnin' 28 111 25.2          
Next Time You See Me 28 72 38.9          
Big Boss Man 28 71 39.4   1   1 (kk)
Weather Report Suite Prelude 28 52 53.8 2        
I Need A Miracle 26 271 9.6 1 4      
High Time 25 133 18.8 1        
Slipknot 25 112 22.3 1 1      
Help On The Way 25 110 22.7 1 1      
The Eleven 25 93 26.9 1   2   (ff)
Weather Report Suite Part 1 25 47 53.2 2        
And We Bid You Goodnight 24 61 39.3   2   1 (g)
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) 24 56 42.9     2 1 (g)
Throwing Stones 23 265 8.7 1 3      
Chinatown Shuffle 22 28 78.6          
Little Red Rooster 21 272 7.7   3      
Shakedown Street 21 163 12.9 1 4      
Jack-a-Roe 21 115 18.3 1 2      
Comes A Time 20 66 30.3 1       (i)
It Hurts Me Too 20 47 42.6   1   1 (n)
Saint Of Circumstance 19 222 8.6 1 2      
Feel Like A Stranger 19 207 9.2 1 1      
Hard To Handle 19 105 18.1   2     (kk)
Passenger 19 98 19.4 1     1 (g)
Althea 18 272 6.6 1       (w)
Iko Iko 17 185 9.2 1 3      
It's All Over Now 17 160 10.6   3      
Hell In A Bucket 16 216 7.4 1 3      
When I Paint My Masterpiece 16 144 11.1   4      
Loose Lucy 16 98 16.3 2        
The Race Is On 16 59 27.1          
Touch Of Grey 15 213 7.0 2 4   2 (qq)
Lost Sailor 15 145 10.3 1 1      
Crazy Fingers 15 144 10.4 1        
Here Comes Sunshine 15 65 23.1 1        
Sing Me Back Home 15 39 38.5   1      
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 14 199 7.0   2      
Box Of Rain 14 161 8.7 1 1   1 (z)(vv)
Stagger Lee 14 146 9.6 1 2      
Walkin' Blues 14 139 10.1   1     (cc)
To Lay Me Down 14 63 22.2 3 1     (j)
Might As Well 13 111 11.7 1       (i)
Alligator 13 63 20.6       1 (g)
Cosmic Charley 13 41 31.7 1        
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 12 145 8.3       1 (n)(pp)
Foolish Heart 12 87 13.8 1 1      
Dupree's Diamond Blues 12 80 15.0 1        
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          
Alabama Getaway 11 141 7.8 1     1  
Queen Jane Approximately 11 129 8.5       2 (m)(mm)
C.C.Rider 11 127 8.7          
All Along The Watchtower 11 123 8.9   1   1 (m)
Death Don't Have No Mercy 11 49 22.4 1        
Sunrise 11 30 36.6 1        
New Potato Caboose 11 26 42.3          
Victim Or The Crime 10 96 10.4 1 1      
Picasso Moon 10 77 13.0 1        
Sitting On Top Of The World 10 44 22.7 1     1 (kk)
Viola Lee Blues 10 32 31.3 1     1 (kk)
Mason's Children 10 18 55.6 1        
West L.A. Fadeaway 9 140 6.4 2 4      
Memphis Blues 9 76 11.8   1      
Easy To Love You 9 45 20.0 1 1      
Easy Wind 9 44 20.5 1 1      
Doin' That Rag 9 37 24.3 1        
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) 9 12 75.0          
My Brother Esau 8 104 7.7 1 2      
Knockin' On Heaven's Door 8 76 10.5   2   1 (m)
Standing On The Moon 8 75 10.7 1 3      
New Speedway Boogie 8 55 14.5 2 1      
In The Midnight Hour 8 46 17.4       1 (n)
Deep Elem Blues 8 45 17.8   1      
I'm A King Bee 8 38 21.1          
Gimme Some Lovin' 7 87 8.0   1      
Smokestack Lightning 7 60 11.7          
I Will Take You Home 7 34 20.6 1 1      
Dark Hollow 7 29 14.1          
Wang Dang Doodle 6 95 6.3   2      
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 6 58 10.3   1      
Attics Of My Life 6 48 12.5 1        
Ripple 6 39 15.4 1 1      
On The Road Again 6 38 15.8   2     (y)
Monkey And The Engineer 6 32 18.8          
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    
Far From Me 5 74 6.8 1 1      
Keep Your Day Job 5 57 8.8          
Liberty 5 56 8.9          
The Same Thing 5 45 11.1       1 (o)
Hey Pocky Way 5 25 20.0   2      
Built To Last 5 18 27.8 1 1      
He Was A Friend Of Mine 5 17 29.4          
Mountains Of The Moon 5 12 41.7 1 1      
The Last Time 4 70 5.7          
Black Muddy River 4 66 6.1 2        
The Mighty Quinn 4 59 6.8       1 (mm)(pp)
When Push Comes To Shove 4 58 6.9 2 2      
So Many Roads 4 55 7.3          
Maggie's Farm 4 43 9.3   1      
Never Trust A Woman 3 42 9.5          
The Weight 4 41 9.8          
Just A Little Light 4 21 19.0 1        
I've Been All Around This World 4 18 22.2          
Wave That Flag 4 15 26.7          
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          
Run Rudolph Run 4 6 66.7          
King Solomon's Marbles 4 5 80.0 1        
Way To Go Home 3 92 3.3          
Corrina 3 77 3.9         (s)
Desolation Row 3 58 5.2   1      
Spoonful 3 52 5.8          
Let The Good Times Roll 3 47 6.4   2      
Days Between 3 41 7.3 1        
Broken Arrow 3 35 8.6          
Satisfaction 3 31 9.7          
Born Cross-Eyed 3 13 23.1 1       (gg)
It's A Sin 3 12 25.0          
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie 3 13 23.1          
Jordan 3 12 25.0   1      
Katie Mae 3 11 27.3          
Revolution 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        
Mission In The Rain 3 5 60.0 1       (i)
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        
Samba In The Rain 2 38 5.3         (t)
Tons Of Steel 2 29 6.9 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          
Ollin Arageed 2 12 16.7   1      
It's A Man's World 2 11 18.2          
Tomorrow Is Forever 2 10 20.0          
Ballad Of A Thin Man 2 8 25.0          
Heaven Help The Fool 2 7 28.6   1      
It Takes A ... Train To Cry 2 7 28.6          
The Frozen Logger 2 6 33.3          
Little Sadie 2 6 33.3          
Long Black Limousine 2 6 33.3          
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        
Clementine 2 3 66.7 1       (ff)
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        
Lazy River Road 1 65 1.5 1        
Easy Answers 1 44 2.3         (r)
Eternity 1 44 2.3 1        
I Fought The Law 1 36 2.8          
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        
I Second That Emotion 1 6 16.7          
Let Me Sing Your Blues Away 1 6 16.7 1        
Maybe You Know 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          
Hey Little One 1 3 33.3          
If I Had The World To Give 1 3 33.3 1        
Little Star 1 3 33.3          
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          
Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet 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          
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        
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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