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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

The Grateful Dead is one of the most iconic classic rock and jam bands in music history. The band became synonymous with the '60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood. To this day, hardcore fans are known as "Deadheads." This list of the best Grateful Dead albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Grateful Dead discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Grateful Dead albums can be found at the top of the list. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be Grateful Dead studio albums. If you think the greatest Grateful Dead album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Grateful Dead album, vote it up, even if it's not the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best Grateful Dead album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from American Beauty (1970) to Workingman's Dead (1970) to Aoxomoxoa (1969). These popular Grateful Dead CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time
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American Beauty


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

Artist: Grateful Dead

Tracks: Truckin’, Box of Rain, Sugar Magnolia, Friend of the Devil, Brokedown Palace, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Folk rock, Country rock

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#1 on The Best Official, Non-Archival Grateful Dead Albums

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Workingman's Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time
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Workingman's Dead


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

Artist: Grateful Dead

Producer: Grateful Dead

Tracks: Dire Wolf, High Time, Black Peter, Cumberland Blues, Uncle John's Band, + more

Length (mins): 00:35:55

Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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#2 on The Best Official, Non-Archival Grateful Dead Albums

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Aoxomoxoa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time
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Aoxomoxoa


1. St. Stephen
2. Dupree's Diamond Blues
3. Rosemary
4. Doin' That Rag
5. Mountains of the Moon
6. China Cat Sunflower
7. What's Become of the Baby
8. Cosmic Charlie

Release Date: 1969

Artist: Grateful Dead

Producer: Grateful Dead

Tracks: Mountains of the Moon, China Cat Sunflower, Cosmic Charlie, Doin' That Rag, What's Become of the Baby, + more

Length (mins): 00:36:13

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Classic rock, Experimental rock

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#5 on The Best Official, Non-Archival Grateful Dead Albums

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Terrapin Station is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time
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Terrapin Station


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

Artist: Grateful Dead

Tracks: Terrapin Station Part 1: Terrapin Station, Terrapin Station Part 1: Lady With a Fan, Samson & Delilah, Dancin' in the Streets, Estimated Prophet, + more

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Jam band, Country rock

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#7 on The Best Official, Non-Archival Grateful Dead Albums

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