Phish Song Rankings: As of Dick’s

Yes, we love Dick’s.  Since the three night stand in Denver became the tour closer it has yet to disappoint.  2015 was no different, perhaps the best Dick’s ever, but I’ll leave that to others to debate.  I’ll also leave it up for debate if this was the greatest Harpua ever, but it has to be in the discussion.

As for the Top 20, there really wasn’t a big change from Magnaball.  While the festival in New York saw a big representation of Top 20 songs, Dick’s was much more about the rarities and bust outs.  We saw first Bike since 2012, the first Keyboard Army since 1995 and the first Landlady since 1994.

It is interesting that Phish harkened back to those years, 1994 and 1995.  Many of the songs that are in the Top 20 that have become less frequent in 3.0 were staples in the mid-1990s. Suzy Greenberg, Golgi Apparatus and Foam just to name a few were in a pretty heavy rotation, now they just don’t pop up.

Looking further down the list and evidence of something encouraging to me is that newer songs keep rising, some of the most recent as a matter of fact.  No Men in No Man’s Land and Martian Monster have each broken into the top 300, which might not seem like much, but I think it is. While the novelty factor of Martian might see its play diminish by next tour, I’m guessing No Men and Blaze On for that matter, becoming staples for a while.  I think those songs among some of the others really point to a more mature songwriting style.  Not saying it’s better or worse, just more in line with 50 year old men.

I think it was a documentary I watched about Genesis when one of the guys, I think it was Phil Collins, asked the rhetorical question, “Do you know a lot of middle-aged men doing the same thing they were doing when they were 18?” I get it. It’s not to say that Phish is done with those old songs, but I wouldn’t doubt if they are more interested in doing something new.   Unlike so many bands that have 30+ years under their belts, Phish isn’t a slave to their past, or their fans for that matter.  I don’t think, I truly hope that the band knows we will gladly go along wherever they go.  If ever a member of Phish says something like “we have to play YEM because it wouldn’t be fair to the fans” I would be more disappointed in that notion than if the band decided to retire the song for good.

Here is your unofficial Top 20. I’ll go through the numbers one more time before New Year’s.  I’m sure there is some bad addition, typos and the like in there.

1   You Enjoy Myself – 572
2    Possum – 502
3    Mike’s Song – 481
4    Bouncing Around the Room – 451
5    Golgi Apparatus – 450
5    Weekapaug Groove – 450  
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 437
8    David Bowie – 435
9    Cavern – 434
10   Run Like an Antelope – 430
11   Suzy Greenberg – 411
12   Divided Sky – 402
13   Stash – 400
14   Runaway Jim – 371 (24%)
14   Reba – 371
16   Harry Hood – 353
17   Tweezer – 346
18   The Squirming Coil – 345 (22%)
19   Foam – 341 (22%)
20   I Am Hydrogen – 332 (21%)

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