Phish Song Rankings: As of New Year’s 2017 (Irrational Anger Can Fuel a Post)

Honestly, I’m past anger. I’m not sure if I’m on to acceptance yet, but definitely resigned. I am resigned to the fact that there will be no Chicago stop this summer. The needle is pointing to some sort of festival in between the tour dates and Dick’s (and why does Dick’s get a yearly gig?!?) and I might try and actually work at said festival if it happens. I did the morning yoga at Magnaball and the instructor basically worked for tips. I wonder if a couple of history lectures would get some interest? (He wrote knowing the negative answer.)

I am still hopeful that some sort of fall tour will happen, bringing joy to the Midwest. I’m not sure what indoor arenas are good fits at this point. I suppose the collegiate venues in the city might work, UIC Pavillion, the new Wintrust Arena. The Allstate in Rosemont might be workable as well, but I’m not one hundred percent Phish could sell out Allstate anymore. If it were the only run of shows in the Midwest, maybe.

I get why Madison Square Garden is the preferred arena. A few others in the Northeast would be good too, Boston, Hartford and the like, but once Phish ventures outside of that region I don’t think they are a big enough act for a full blown arena tour at this point. Just thinking of the comp in Chicago, the United Center, and it would be a stretch to fill it.

So after 13 shows this summer in New York, the best possible venue for New Year’s Eve was right back at Pennsylvania Plaza. Again it’s the best place for the core of the fan base, but for those of us in various reaches of the country and who are, shall we say, financially challenged, a trip to New York is hard enough in the summer, practically impossible at the holidays.

Over the New Year’s run not a great deal of shifting in the song rankings, though some things are definitely brewing for the coming summer. Mike’s Song will probably reach 500 plays by the end of 2018. David Bowie probably won’t fall out of the top ten, but it will see more and more distance between itself and the ninth spot. The passing of David Bowie really seems to have taking the wind out of the song, which was already becoming less and less frequent. Carini might break the Top 100 and possibly 100 times played as well. Watching the Top 50 and Top 100 are where I enjoy keeping tabs the most.

Before the summer gets rolling it is time for a thorough inventory of my song ranking lists. I know at points my numbering is off and I may have missed a time played here and there. But while I’m auditing my work, I’m looking forward to sussing out a few more nuggets, which song from each album ranks the highest, which album has had it’s material played the most and whatever else I can think of while I’m working. So watch this space. Your Top 20:

As of New Year’s Run  2017

1   You Enjoy Myself – 580
2    Possum – 520
3    Mike’s Song – 494
4    Weekapaug Groove – 463
5    Bouncing Around the Room – 461
6    Golgi Apparatus – 458
7    Chalk Dust Torture – 457
8    Cavern – 445
8    Run Like an Antelope – 445
10   David Bowie – 442

11   Suzy Greenberg – 421
12   Stash – 412
12   Divided Sky – 412
14   Reba – 377
15   Runaway Jim – 376
16   Harry Hood – 371
17   Tweezer – 359
18   The Squirming Coil – 350
19   Foam – 345
20   I Am Hydrogen – 336


Phish Song Rankings: Baker’s Dozen 1-3

These shows are coming fast and furious! I know I’m behind a bit, but I’ll catch up. What is amazing is in real time, six shows in and no repeats. I’m pretty sure they are going the distance.

But back to the first weekend of the residency. We are getting some great debuts and as soon as the theme approach to all of the dates, guessing what is coming is half the fun. In the first three shows, five debuts. Over the course of the shows, I’ll keep a tab on this.

As far as milestones met, The Squirming Coil reached 350 performances. Other than that, as far as numbers go, nothing really of note happened. What’s more, without any repeat performances of material, any one song making a significant move is pretty slim. On the flip side of that is the fact that the “heavy” rotation songs will likely only get one play so some songs that don’t normally get stretched out will be getting the jam treatment (no foreshadowing here 🙂

The Top Twenty remains unchanged:

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 – 419
12   Stash – 411
12   Divided Sky – 411
14   Runaway Jim – 375
14   Reba – 375
16   Harry Hood – 368
17   Tweezer – 358
18   The Squirming Coil – 350 Woot! 350!
19   Foam – 345
20   I Am Hydrogen – 335