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The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time  

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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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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, Attics of My Life, Operator, Till the Morning Comes, Candyman, Ripple

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

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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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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, Easy Wind, Casey Jones, New Speedway Boogie

Length (mins): 00:35:55

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

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

Artist: Grateful Dead

Tracks: Eyes of the World, Weather Report Suite: Prelude / Part 1 / Part 2: Let It Grow, Row Jimmy, Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, Here Comes Sunshine, Stella Blue, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo

Length (mins): 00:45:16

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

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From the Mars Hotel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grateful Dead Albums of All Time
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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, Money Money, Scarlet Begonias, Ship of Fools, Unbroken Chain, Loose Lucy

Length (mins): 00:37:38

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Jam band, + more

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