Phish Song Rankings: The End of Another Summer Dick’s 2017

And just like that, another summer is finished. I know the calendar still gives us a couple of more weeks, but with Labor Day the hard turn toward fall is well underway. As has been the custom in these circles, Labor Day means a weekend in Colorado and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

There is a lot that goes into making a venue special, the location, the vibe at any given show and most significantly, the past. Dick’s holds a very high place in the pantheon of Phish venues. The early gags definitely helped to propel that, along with the closing of the summer tour.

Knowing that the weekend is going to be one big Phish celebration must add to the vibe at the venue. I hope before it’s all said and done I get a chance to catch a Dick’s run. But other than those non-venue related elements, I don’t see what makes Dick’s so special. I’ve seen Phish in stadiums and it’s…ok? Last year pretty much convinced me that other than Phish, I won’t be going to Wrigley Field for another concert. Ditto for Toyota Park, also here in Chicago. The sound and space was better at Toyota, but I’m not making the trek out to Bridgeview for many other acts.

Maybe Dick’s is like the Grand Canyon, you have to visit it to really get it. Like I said, I hope I get the chance. Phish has a way of stopping traditions before they become too traditional. It is something I appreciate in the abstract about the band, but in practice I sometimes get disappointed. (i.e. the end of Halloween costumes, Fall and Winter indoor tours, the Doniac Schvice) But as someone once told me when I was bitching about some Phish change, “Phish is all about change and exploration. Enjoy it.” I’m trying.

The glacial change to the Phish Song Rankings has been, as always fun to watch during this tour. I’m not sure how I’ll pull it off, or even where, but when there is a change in the Top Twenty, I want to celebrate. Changes in the Top Fifty and Top One Hundred are more imminent, and we can see the preferences and logistics of the band coming to the fore. Character Zero is now in that Top 50 and Carini and 46 Days will be moving into the century club as the Big Ball Jam continues to slide. As far as milestones for individual performances, there wasn’t much from Dick’s this time around. As a fun little note, Suzy Greenberg hit 420. heh. get it? OK, I’ll stop now.  I hope to have some other material out before New Year’s but until then, here’s the Top Twenty:

1   You Enjoy Myself – 579
2    Possum – 519
3    Mike’s Song – 493
4    Weekapaug Groove – 462
5    Bouncing Around the Room – 460
6    Golgi Apparatus – 457
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 456
8    Cavern – 444
8    Run Like an Antelope – 444
10   David Bowie – 442


11   Suzy Greenberg – 420!
12   Stash – 412
12   Divided Sky – 412
14   Runaway Jim – 376
14   Reba – 376
16   Harry Hood – 370
17   Tweezer – 358
18   The Squirming Coil – 350
19   Foam – 345
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335