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The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 423 voters 15.5k views16 items

List RulesThis 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. 

  • 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
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Folk rock, Country rock
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  • 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
    • Length (mins): 00:35:55
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock
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  • From the Mars Hotel
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    1. U.S. Blues
    2. China Doll
    3. Unbroken Chain
    4. Loose Lucy
    5. Scarlet Begonias
    6. Pride of Cucamonga
    7. Money Money
    8. Ship of Fools

    • Release Date: 1974
    • Artist: Grateful Dead
    • Tracks: Pride of Cucamonga, China Doll, U.S. Blues
    • Length (mins): 00:37:38
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Jam band
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  • Terrapin Station
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    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
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Jam band, Country rock
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