Phish Song Ranking: This Is Going To Be Harder Than I Thought

I’m Back from the UK (with a side trip to Paris!) As I mentioned, we left right when tour started, so this fun project got put on hold.  I was all ready to take a look at the list and see what has moved and where, and all of that fun stuff when right off the bat, I saw I missed 13th place in my listing. oh boy. Even more, I didn’t quite think through what this was going to be like, basically going through the rankings after every show adding and seeing what has moved. It is a little more tedious than I thought, but still fun.

At the beginning of Summer 2015 the top twenty looked like this:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 568 (37%)
2    Possum – 496 (32%)
3    Mike’s Song – 475 (31%)
4    Golgi Apparatus – 449 (29%)
5    Bouncing Around the Room – 447 (29%)
6    Weekapaug Groove – 444 (29%)
7    David Bowie – 432 (28%)
8    Cavern – 431 (28%)
9    Chalk Dust Torture – 430 (28%)
10   Run Like an Antelope – 424 (27%)
11   Suzy Greenberg – 409 (26%)
12   Divided Sky – 399 (26%)
13   Stash – 395 (26%)
14   Runaway Jim – 370 (24%)
15   Reba – 366 (24%)
16   Harry Hood – 346 (22%)
17   The Squirming Coil – 344 (22%)
18   Foam – 341 (22%)
19   Tweezer – 339 (22%)
20   I Am Hydrogen – 328 (21%)

As of Kansas City:

1.You Enjoy Myself – 570 (37%)
2. Possum – 499 (32%)
3. Mike’s Song – 478 (31%)
4. Bouncing Around the Room – 449 (29%)
4. Golgi Apparatus – 449 (29%)
6. Weekapaug Groove – 447 (29%)
7. Cavern – 433 (28%)
7. Chalk Dust Torture – 433 (28%)
7. David Bowie – 433 (28%)
10. Run Like an Antelope – 426 (27%)
11. Suzy Greenberg – 410 (26%)
12. Divided Sky – 401 (26%)
13. Stash – 397 (26%)
14. Runaway Jim – 371 (24%)
15. Reba – 368 (24%)
16. Harry Hood – 349 (22%)
17. The Squirming Coil – 345 (22%)
18. Foam – 341 (22%)
18. Tweezer – 341 (22%)
20. I Am Hydrogen – 329 (21%)

YEM, the Cy Young of these songs, inched further ahead, but will soon have company as a 500 play song the next time possum is played.  Considering these are the big kahunas of the Phish catalog, not a big surprise that these songs all saw some play during the tour, save two. Golgi is now in a dead heat with Bouncing for the fourth spot and Tweezer has pulled even with Foam for 18th. A new wrinkle to watch is the log jam at 7.

Looking at the rest of the Top 100, Ghost is the most interesting move, going up to 68th place, highlighting it’s presence as a jam vehicle.  Birds of a Feather reached 100 plays.  Notable absences thus far have been AC/DC Bag, Split Open and Melt and I was surprised that Rocky Top wasn’t played in Nashville.

I’d love to get into more numbers, but A) I got to get to Alpine Valley and B) I really need to double check my placements. I get cross-eyed after awhile. Next post: What Cleveland wrought and then the Weekend in Wisconsin.

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