Phish Song Rankings: As of Pittsburgh Summer 2017

Yeah, I’m behind a little bit, I know the main entree is donuts and I’ll get there soon, never fear. Writing on the weekends has become much more of a chore than it ever was. Between housework, getting kids ready for camp, other commitments, plopping down and writing a blog or two and a podcast script just is a hill I’m not ready to climb.

The last two shows before the residency offered some great stuff. The internet is all a buzz about the second set from Dayton and I’ve seen nothing but positives about Pittsburgh as well. These five warm-up shows toward New York have demonstrated that the band is ready to get it going during the Baker’s Dozen.

On the numbers side of things, Runaway Jim reached 375 performances. There’s still a ways to go before 400, but it might happen sooner rather than later. Rocky Top hit 200 performances and secured a spot in the Top 50 as well. Punch You In The Eye reached 150 and Halley’s Comet 125. Those are a couple of pretty old songs and yet they’ve only been played 275 times collectively. It just further demonstrates the diversity of Phish’s playlists and evolution. In just these two shows, Phish debuted three songs. Between new songs and new covers, why rely on old standards? As an audience, we’ve demonstrated pretty thoroughly that we like the shock of the new. I’ve got a feeling before it’s all over, the Baker’s Dozen will substantially add to the ever growing list of songs Phish has played. We’ll see. The Top Twenty:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 578
2    Possum – 517
3    Mike’s Song – 491
4   Weekapaug Groove – 460
5   Bouncing Around the Room – 459
6    Golgi Apparatus – 456
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 454
8   Run Like an Antelope – 442
8    Cavern – 442
10   David Bowie – 441
11   Suzy Greenberg – 418
12   Stash – 411
12   Divided Sky – 411
14   Runaway Jim – 375 375 plays!
15   Reba – 374
16   Harry Hood – 368
17   Tweezer – 357
18   The Squirming Coil – 349
19   Foam – 344
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335

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