Phish Song Rankings: As Of Chula Vista

The summer is coming to a close with the finish line at Dick’s within sight. There is still a stop at  Lockin’ too.  We are getting a Fall tour this year as well, so a busy Phish year for us all.  Personally, I’m sitting at 59 shows and would love to do something special for number 60, but unless I hit the lottery that won’t be happening.

Looking at the California swing of 2016, a pretty standard stretch of shows, with a bust out fest for the last night at the Bill Graham shows.  Bust outs are always fun, but looking at the number of times played, a rare song barely moves the needle in these parts.  I mean if you were there for Demand, I know how cool that can be, it’s one of only 16 times it has been played, good enough for a tie for 251st place.  Alumni Blues? 105 times played, 92nd place.

As far as milestones on the California swing,  Fluffhead was played for the 250th time and Yarmouth Road is at 25.  As far as Mike songs go, Yarmouth Road is quite new to the mix and obviously a favorite with the band it also seems popular with the fans.

Two other new songs that I’m seeing get quite a bit of fan love are No Men in No Man’s Land and Blaze On.  I’ve seen some fan accessories with both of those songs highlighted  which is always a pretty good indicator of popularity.  It goes to show, which is pretty rare for bands going on their fourth decade, that their fans embrace the new material as well as the old.

The Top Twenty remains unchanged, but in the next string of shows I’m betting there will be some major shakeups through the Top 200.  Oh, NB: I’ve pretty much decided to focus mostly quarterly milestones for songs, so 25, 50, 75 etc.  It just keeps things a little more orderly in my head.  Which needs all the order it can get.  Your Top 20 as of Chula Vista:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 576
2    Possum – 508
3    Mike’s Song – 488
4   Weekapaug Groove – 457
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 456
6    Golgi Apparatus – 453
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 445
8    David Bowie – 439
9    Cavern – 438
10   Run Like an Antelope – 436


11   Suzy Greenberg – 414
12   Divided Sky – 407
13   Stash – 405
14   Reba – 374
15   Runaway Jim – 372
16   Harry Hood – 360
17   Tweezer – 350
18   The Squirming Coil – 346
19   Foam – 341 (22%)
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335

I finally got my podcast working the way I’d like, so if you’d like to hear some US History presented in a lively, fun way, check it out! (warning! the first two episodes audio is not good, but by episode three, I got it!) Episode 34 is up! Get Your History On! Oh and you can get it on iTunes too!

 Get Your History On


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