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 July 1978: The Complete Recordings, Dave's Picks Volume 18, Dave's Picks Volume 17, 30 Trips Around The Sun,

SONG TITLE Live
Rec's
Times
Played
Percent Studio
Rec's
Video
Rec's
Jams Other
Recs
Notes
Playing In The Band 108 582 18.6 2 7 1   (b)
Sugar Magnolia 90 594 15.2 1 5   1 (ss)
The Other One 88 583 15.1   5 2   (a)
China Cat Sunflower 83 554 15.0 1 7      
Me And My Uncle 82 616 13.3   3      
I Know You Rider 80 550 14.5 2 6     (v)
Not Fade Away 80 531 15.1 1 7   1 (tt)
Truckin' 73 519 14.1 1 5   2 (dd)(uu)
Jack Straw 70 473 14.8   3      
Good Lovin' 65 428 15.2 3 3      
Dark Star 64 219 29.2 1 5 2 1 (c)(rr)
Big River 63 397 15.9   3      
Bertha 63 394 16.0   4   1 (aa)
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 61 293 20.8   2      
Deal 58 423 13.7 1 4     (j)
Wharf Rat 58 394 14.7   3      
Estimated Prophet 58 390 14.9 1 5      
Eyes Of The World 58 381 15.2 1 1     (jj)
Tennessee Jed 57 433 13.2   1      
The Promised Land 55 427 12.9 1 2      
One More Saturday Night 55 340 16.2 1 2     (l)
Sugaree 54 357 15.1 1     1 (j)(bb)
Scarlet Begonias 54 316 17.1 1 4      
Brown Eyed Women 53 347 15.3       2 (f)
Uncle John's Band 53 332 16.0 1 6 1    
Beat It On Down The Line 50 325 15.4 1        
Looks Like Rain 49 417 11.8 1 3     (l)
Loser 49 345 14.2 1 1     (j)
El Paso 48 388 12.4   1      
He's Gone 48 328 14.6   2      
Casey Jones 42 312 15.4 1 1   2 (h)(ll)
New Minglewood Blues 47 435 10.8 2 4      
Ramble On Rose 47 316 14.9   2      
Morning Dew 47 254 18.5 1 2      
Black Throated Wind 45 158 28.5 1 1     (l)
Mexicali Blues 43 435 9.9 1 3     (l)
Around And Around 43 418 10.3   1      
Samson And Delilah 43 364 11.8 1 3      
Turn On Your Lovelight 42 341 12.3   2      
Cumberland Blues 42 223 18.8 1 1      
Let It Grow 41 276 14.9 2 3     (d)
Stella Blue 38 328 11.6 1 3      
Johnny B Goode 38 284 13.4   3   1 (h)
U.S.Blues 37 323 11.5 1 2      
Cassidy 36 334 10.8 1 3     (l)
Mississippi Half-Step 35 234 15.4 1 1      
Saint Stephen 36 165 21.8 2 1      
Terrapin Station 35 302 11.6 1 6     (e)
Lady With A Fan 34 301 11.3 1 7     (e)
Fire On The Mountain 34 253 13.4 2 5     (x)
The Music Never Stopped 34 234 14.5 1 2      
Row Jimmy 33 274 12.0 1 4      
Greatest Story Ever Told 32 280 11.4 2 3     (k)
Big Railroad Blues 31 175 17.7          
Cold Rain And Snow 30 241 12.4 3 3     (ee)
They Love Each Other 29 227 12.8 1       (i)
Friend Of The Devil 28 304 9.2 1 4      
Black Peter 27 343 7.9 1 1      
Candyman 27 277 9.7 1 2      
Peggy-O 26 265 9.8 2        
Mister Charlie 26 48 54.2          
Bird Song 25 296 8.4 1 4     (j)
Dire Wolf 25 226 11.1 1 1      
Mama Tried 24 302 7.9   2      
The Wheel 23 258 8.9 1 1   1 (j)(oo)
Brokedown Palace 23 215 10.7 1        
It Must Have Been The Roses 23 159 14.5 1       (i)
Cryptical Envelopment 23 132 17.4          
Dancing In The Street 23 123 18.7 1     1 (n)
Caution 23 56 41.1     2 1 (g)
Franklin's Tower 22 221 10.0 1 2      
Me And Bobby McGee 22 118 18.6          
The Eleven 22 93 23.7 1   2   (ff)
Next Time You See Me 22 72 30.6          
Chinatown Shuffle 22 28 78.6          
Don't Ease Me In 21 316 6.6 3 2     (ee)
Ship Of Fools 21 225 9.3 1 1      
Weather Report Suite Prelude 21 52 40.4 2        
I Need A Miracle 20 271 7.4 1 4      
Supplication 20 113 17.7     1    
Big Boss Man 20 71 28.2   1   1 (kk)
And We Bid You Goodnight 20 61 32.8   2   1 (g)
High Time 19 133 14.3 1        
Lazy Lightnin' 19 111 17.1          
Weather Report Suite Part 1 19 47 40.4 2        
Shakedown Street 18 163 11.0 1 4      
Jack-a-Roe 18 115 15.7 1 2      
China Doll 18 114 15.8 2 1      
Comes A Time 17 66 25.8 1       (i)
It Hurts Me Too 17 47 36.2   1   1 (n)
Saint Of Circumstance 16 222 7.2 1 2      
Iko Iko 16 185 8.6 1 3      
Passenger 16 98 16.3 1     1 (g)
Althea 15 272 5.5 1       (w)
Little Red Rooster 15 272 5.5   3      
Feel Like A Stranger 15 207 7.2 1 1      
It's All Over Now 15 160 9.4   3      
Slipknot 15 112 13.4 1 1      
Help On The Way 15 110 13.6 1 1      
Throwing Stones 14 265 5.3 1 3      
Hard To Handle 14 105 13.3   2     (kk)
Hell In A Bucket 13 216 6.0 1 3      
Stagger Lee 13 146 8.9 1 2      
Lost Sailor 13 145 9.0 1 1      
Sing Me Back Home 13 39 33.3   1      
When I Paint My Masterpiece 12 144 8.3   4      
Walkin' Blues 12 139 8.6   1     (cc)
Crazy Fingers 11 144 7.6 1        
Loose Lucy 11 98 11.2 2        
Alligator 11 63 17.5       1 (g)
To Lay Me Down 11 63 17.5 3 1     (j)
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 11 62 17.7 1     1 (o)
Touch Of Grey 10 213 4.7 2 4   2 (qq)
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 10 199 5.0   2      
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 10 145 6.9       1 (n)(pp)
Queen Jane Approximately 10 129 7.8       2 (m)(mm)
Foolish Heart 10 87 11.5 1 1      
Dear Mr Fantasy 10 58 17.2   1      
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)
Dupree's Diamond Blues 9 80 10.0 1        
Cosmic Charley 9 41 22.0 1        
Viola Lee Blues 9 32 28.1 1     1 (kk)
New Potato Caboose 9 26 34.6          
You Win Again 9 25 36.0          
The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) 9 12 75.0          
Box Of Rain 8 161 5.0 1 1   1 (z)(vv)
Victim Or The Crime 8 96 8.3 1 1      
Picasso Moon 8 77 10.4 1        
Standing On The Moon 8 75 10.7 1 3      
Here Comes Sunshine 8 65 12,3 1        
The Race Is On 8 59 13.6          
Death Don't Have No Mercy 8 49 16.3 1        
Easy To Love You 8 45 17.8 1 1      
Sitting On Top Of The World 8 44 18.2 1     1 (kk)
Doin' That Rag 8 37 21.6 1        
Hey Jude 8 30 26.7         (u)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door 7 76 9.2   2   1 (m)
Memphis Blues 7 76 9.2   1      
Deep Elem Blues 7 45 15.6   1      
Easy Wind 7 44 15.9 1 1      
Sunrise 7 30 23.3 1        
Mason's Children 7 18 38.9 1        
Gimme Some Lovin' 6 87 6.9   1      
Smokestack Lightning 6 60 10.0          
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        
I'm A King Bee 6 38 15.8          
I Will Take You Home 6 34 17.6 1 1      
Blow Away 6 23 26.1 1 1      
We Can Run 6 22 27.3 1 1      
Might As Well 5 111 4.5 1       (i)
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          
Nobody's Fault But Mine 5 16 31.3 1   1    
Mountains Of The Moon 5 12 41.7 1 1      
My Brother Esau 4 104 3.8 1 2      
Wang Dang Doodle 4 95 4.2   2      
Far From Me 4 74 5.4 1 1      
The Last Time 4 70 5.7          
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      
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      
Black Muddy River 3 66 4.5 2        
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        
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)
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          
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    
Wave That Flag 2 15 13.3          
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          
Cream Puff War 2 7 28.6 2        
It Takes A ... Train To Cry 2 7 28.6          
Mission In The Rain 2 5 40.0 1       (i)
Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu 2 5 40.0          
You Don't Have To Ask 2 5 40.0 1        
Bo Diddley 2 4 50.0          
Blues For Allah 2 3 66.7 1        
Keep Rolling By 2 2 100.0          
Sage And Spirit 2 2 100.0 1        
Desolation Row 1 58 5.7   1      
Days Between 1 41 2.4 1        
Samba In The Rain 1 38 2.6         (t)
I Fought The Law 1 36 2.8          
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      
Don't Need Love 1 16 6.3          
Rosa Lee McFall 1 16 6.3          
You Ain't Woman Enough 1 15 6.7          
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      
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        
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          
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          
Cardboard Cowboy 1 2 50.0       1 (vv)
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        
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          
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)
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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