The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time

List Rules
Studio albums only.

The Grateful Dead is one of the greatest, OG classic rock / jam bands in music history. The band became synonymous with the '60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood; and to this day, hardcore fans are known as "Deadheads." This list of the top Grateful Dead albums features their entire discography and is ranked from best to worst, with the order decided by fans worldwide. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included singles, EPs, or compilations; only studio LPs. If you think that the greatest Grateful Dead album isn't ranked highly enough, vote it up so that it receives proper credit. Additionally, make sure that you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; and if you have a favorite Grateful Dead full-length project, vote it up, even if it's not the most popular.

The studio albums included below range from American Beauty (1970) to Workingman's Dead (1970) and Aoxomoxoa (1969). After you vote for your favorite Grateful Dead LPs, check out their best songs page as well.

  • American Beauty
    Photo: Warner Bros.
    220 VOTES

    1. Box of Rain
    2. Friend of the Devil
    3. Sugar Magnolia
    4. Operator
    5. Candyman
    6. Ripple
    7. Brokedown Palace
    8. Till the Morning Comes
    9. Attics of My Life
    10. Truckin'
    11. Truckin' (Single Version) 
    12. Friend of the Devil
    13. Candyman
    14. Till the Morning Comes"
    15. Attics of My Life
    16. Truckin'
    17. Ripple
    18. American Beauty radio promo 

    • Release Date: 1970
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  • Workingman's Dead
    Photo: Warner Bros.

    1. Uncle John's Band
    2. High Time
    3. Dire Wolf
    4. New Speedway Boogie
    5. Cumberland Blues
    6. Black Peter
    7. Easy Wind
    8. Casey Jones
    9. New Speedway Boogie (alternate mix)
    10. Dire Wolf (live)
    11. Black Peter (live)
    12. Easy Wind (live)
    13. Cumberland Blues (live)
    14. Mason's Children (live)
    15. Uncle John's Band (live)
    16. Radio promo

    • Release Date: 1970
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  • Terrapin Station
    Photo: Arista

    1. Estimated Prophet
    2. Dancin' in the Streets
    3. Passenger
    4. Samson & Delilah
    5. Sunrise
    6. Terrapin Part 1
    7. Peggy-O
    8. The Ascent
    9. Catfish John
    10. Equinox
    12. Dancin' in the Streets

    • Release Date: 1977
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  • Wake of the Flood
    Photo: Grateful Dead

    1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
    2. Let Me Sing Your Blues Away
    3. Row Jimmy
    4. Stella Blue
    5. Here Comes Sunshine
    6. Eyes of the World
    7. Weather Report Suite

    • Release Date: 1973
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