How many classic songs wait until more than two minutes into a song before hitting the first chorus? At 1,362 known performances as of April 2020, this is far and away the most commonly played song in Dave Matthews Band history — as it should be. But! Also, the alto sax-guided breakdown is as danceable as anything else in the band’s catalog. A song that starts out with a shy, indented guitar riff eventually builds into a powerhouse. Crash into Me (Crash). As Matthews has bluntly put it a few times before: “this is a song about being dead.” And it’s ebullient! Lyrics have never been set. Hard to get on board here. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. There is no better song to open a show — no matter the venue, no matter the season — than “Seek Up.” The heart of the song is bookended by a slow-boil, sax-led intro and a ruminative violin-guided escape route before culminating in a signature Dave-wail climax. Matthews has grown fond of a lot of soft tunes as he’s aged, which is understandable. This song talks about digging a whole all the way to China, unless of course you’re already in China, which in that case you’d best dig your way home. 109. The progression from verse to chorus to bridge all flows. Bartender (Busted Stuff). Find Dave Matthews Band discography, albums and singles on AllMusic AllMusic. 74. 117. With its obvious Hendrix allusions, the song addresses the perils of substance abuse: “If you could keep me floating/Just for a while.”. This is a pristine capture. Put a pair of good cans over your ears, close your eyes and you can practically envision Matthews in a club playing this with almost all the lights off in a soundcheck environment. It’s just as good in a Dave and Tim setting as it is with 10 people playing it in an 18,000-seat arena. Dave Matthews’ Willie Nelson song, and despite its down-tempo, downtrodden approach, it’s capable of getting a crowd of 30,000 to belt out their sorrows all the same. If #40 ever became that song with those lyrics, with full band accompaniments, then it’s easily a top-40 song in the band’s catalog. 119. How to judge this longtime fan favorite? The stammer-rhythm chorus is yet another example of how this band takes time to challenge itself and add wrinkles to songs that most others simply wouldn’t. Interesting chords, evocative vocals and as mutable a jam as any song DMB has ever or will ever come up with. But it’s all the more striking for its raw passion. Not an essential song, but an elegant one in its own right and — hey, I’m fulfilling the prophecy by placing it so low — undeniably an underrated tune. Raven (Busted Stuff). Dreamed I Killed God (unreleased). But it still packs a good punch, and this is probably the best Veillette guitar one of the bunch; a regular six-string just wouldn’t be the same. 126. Belly Belly Nice (Away From the World). The song that changed the direction of DMB’s trajectory forever. This is a prime example. Then the falsetto chorus hits just right. If I could ever sit down with Matthews for an interview, among the 15 or 20 questions I’d absolutely have on hand would be: How does a song like this just disappear? Bath Shotgun (unreleased). In many ways, the song that started it all. The cut off Crash is practically impeccable and, from a studio standpoint, encapsulates almost every facet of what makes DMB so talented, enticing and ultimately long-lasting. Time Bomb (Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King). Eh Hee (unreleased). Grey Blue Eyes (Some Devil). I think I’m lower on this one — much lower — than the average DMB devotee. Come Tomorrow (Come Tomorrow). 135. Funny the Way It Is (Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King). Safe to say that Some Devil was a successful mid-career solo endeavor for Matthews, who released the record when he was 36 years old. Crazy to think that once upon a time this was considered one of the three worst songs in DMB’s index. intro. A creeping-if-not-creepy threat of a song that’s ultimately all about laying down your guard accepting the inevitable: joy and love are what make you human, so stop fighting the nature of those emotions. 143. The definitive version comes from Live at Luther College. Matthews has said that this song might well be the one he considers his best. Wonderful cut on the album. Loving Wings by Dave Matthews Band inspired wedding song lyric wall art print, romantic wedding or anniversary gift idea for couple husband wife 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 $19.95 $ 19 . Gravedigger (Some Devil). DMB went seven years without playing this, only to take it out of moth balls in November 2018. Monkey Man (The Lillywhite Sessions). The combustibly joyful outro to this beloved fan favorite — for diehards and casuals alike — might feature the best section of music the band’s ever written. If you’ve never heard the studio cut, it’s nothing flashy but instead captured just about perfectly to the spirit of the song. Drive In Drive Out (Crash). Peaked at #9 on 10.06.1995. The definitive DMB song, and I think the band knows it. Crazy Easy (unreleased). One of the best riffs Matthews has written. Everything after was not. It’s also infamously never been played live. And since the site went live almost two decades ago, one song has remained atop that list: “People People.” We are closing in on 10,000 days since it was last played. There are far too few DMB songs that feature flute and Beauford utilizing mallets instead of traditional drumsticks. 103. Even though it consists of two CDs and a DVD, the latest live album by Dave Matthews is actually a teaser in a sense. 76. 146. Help Myself (BTCS sessions). What’s the problem? Wow, this was so long ago. An ace in the hole. Too High (Some Devil). Routinely referred to by Matthews as “our anthem”, this early classic offers a winning blend of melodic guitar, sax and violin that’s difficult to dislodge once it’s made its way into your head. The moment that hooked me for good came within the first five seconds of hearing Moore’s flute solo on UTTAD for the very first time. Toy Soldiers (unreleased). Some sleight-of-hand with time signature work here and a nice melody. By I'll Back You Up (Remember Two Things). Lie in Our Graves (Crash). Methodical, moody, leadenly. Dave Matthews Band. Dive In (Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King). As is, it snugs right into the top 80. Louisiana Bayou (Stand Up). 85. Song is adaptable and doable in spots 1-20, anywhere in a setlist, and I’d like to see it implemented as such in the future. The ending is way better than the beginning. Something inspired clearly hit Matthews in between late 2003 and the summer of 2004, when he wrote five songs (“Crazy Easy,” “Joyride,” “Good Good Time,” “Sugar Will” and “Hello Again”) that seemed to indicate a path toward an album of substance that still had its ethos tied to the songwriting of DMB in the ’90s. 79. Sentimental? Blackjack (unreleased). Snarling vocals, and a bridge that aurally replicates the feeling of being on a StairMaster on its fastest setting. 96. Recently (Remember Two Things). Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. It’s also got a top-five all-around showing from Beauford on any record. Dave Matthews Band. From here on out, everything’s at A-minus level or better. This song is a beast. The best neo-country song DMB ever did. Like the very best of Matthews’ songs, Two Step is malleable enough to lend itself to an extended jam on stage (often far exceeding its six-minute studio version) while never sacrificing its fundamental shape. Random one - or two-offs played by Dave (a la “Falling Off the Roof”) aren’t logged, but any song with at least three live plays was considered, and some were included. back. In 1990, Matthews decided to put together a demo tape and approached his favorite jazz musicians, sax player … Boasting one of Matthews’ best vocals, “Minarets” is a signature song for DMB’s individuality amid otherwise sensible acknowledgement as a mainstream rock band. Which version to consider here? Co-written by former band member Peter Griesar (whose keys largely drive the song), it’s understandable why this one is probably never, ever, ever coming back. In between a couple of albums fronting his main band in the early part of the millennium, Matthews also found room for his first solo effort. Among the 10-or-so best lyrical efforts of Matthews’ life, “You Never Know” came along at a time when a significant portion fan base was dispirited over the abandonment of The Lillywhite Sessions in favor of Everyday. Matthews taps into his inner Paul Simon and delivers a later-career gem. 2. The bracket breaks down by album like this: UTTAD: 11 Crash: 10 BTCS: 9 Unreleased/LWS: 9 Busted Stuff: 8 Remember Two Things: 6Come Tomorrow: 4 Big Whiskey: 3 Away From the World: 3 Lillywhite Sessions: 2Everyday: 2Stand Up: 1. Dave Matthews Band, Soundtrack: The Matrix Reloaded. 6. Among the five or six first songs Matthews wrote, “Cry Freedom” poignantly takes on the issue of apartheid in South Africa and turns it into an earnest but not syrupy anthem about commonality, egalitarianism and integration. 131. Storytelling Dave at his finest. Break For It (unreleased). A shame this song died in 1993. Smooth Rider (Stand Up). A point of pride is that they play no song the same twice live – though if you’re looking for definitive versions, these Top 10 Dave Matthews Band tracks are as close as you’ll get. Warehouse (Under the Table and Dreaming). This song features frontman by himself for the first 80% of it before the band comes in, a decision I’ve always thought was a good one. Producer Rob Cavallo described this song’s chorus as “fucking glorious.” He’s fucking right. Rooftop (Away From the World). Can carve a groove three feet deep. DMB’s first single off its first major-label record. It’s rough sledding initially but things pick up about 30-35 songs in. Or is it “Dream Girl”? Dare I say the Joe Lawlor sit-ins even one-up Reynolds’ offerings on this one. It’s stellar songwriting, with lyrics just ambiguous enough to raise its level. Lyrically, it’s a clever, serious-sounding sendup of all the carnage and bloodshed that spoils our country’s soil. Stand Up (Stand Up). 22. This fun and easy-to-use crossword puzzle app features new, themed puzzles each day. 69. 122. To fully appreciate it, watching Matthews play it solo should do the trick. 114. 31. An' Another Thing/Little Thing (Some Devil). Having reached a peak position of 22 in America’s Hot 100, this became the first Dave Matthews Band song to make it into the Hot 100’s top 40. Vivid, potted lyrics and stretched out solo sections for violin and sax that take the song into the mesosphere. The finest version of the song — featuring soprano sax! 51. Baby Blue (Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King). 20. Shop DMB Merch, Live Trax, T-Shirts & More. A Dream So Real (unreleased). Why would you play by the rules? Minarets (Remember Two Things). It’s a tour de force. 36. 125. As a single, it reached #8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, #33 on Top 40 Mainstream, and #20 on the Adult 40. Anthemic, and in the live setting, every single member gets a chance to solo or have the spotlight on them. 58. 94. 139. Nice choral melody. 96. Ants Marching. 29. #41 (Crash). Proudest Monkey (Crash). It debuted in acoustic sets long before a full-band version was ever heard, and what fans got was a reassuring example that DMB could be for the long haul. 16. 72. 113. 111. That only upped the stakes. You & Me (Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King). Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd (Stand Up). 1991-Dave Matthews Guitar, vocals 1991-Boyd Tinsley Violin, vocals 1991-LeRoi Moore Various woodwinds 1991-Stefan Lessard Bass 1991-Carter Beauford Drums, vocals 1991-artistfacts. It’s also adaptable in any setting, and Alanis Morissette’s guest spot on the record makes it work all the more, adding to the craze. A pliable tune about early-20s infatuation that illustrates 1991-1993 DMB as purely as any other song in the archives. The descending guitar riff was later put into one of the BTCS segue songs (or “commercials,” as Steve Lillywhite has referred to them). Most didn’t make it to 2005 specifically, but all thankfully have kept on to varying degrees in the years since. Heathcliff's Haiku Warriors (unreleased). Before These Crowded Streets is the best DMB album. 52. When I rejected it, I asked myself, 'Am I being a moron? 104. Who would have ever thought a keys-driven song — on a Rhodes piano no less — could turn into one of the best studio cuts of the band’s career? Good music, forgettable lyrical effort. Minor-to-major shift from verse to chorus, a perennial fan favorite and welcomed at every single show from time eternal. Dave Matthews is the sole composer on this track, but it's one that shows off the band very well, lending itself to the live shows. Good Good Time (unreleased). Corn Bread (Little Red Bird EP). Given wheels by Stefan Lessard’s opening bass riff, Crush is an epic ballad (often stretched beyond 10 minutes in its live setting) devoted to Matthews’ wife, Ashley. Here is the final product, with my thanks to talented graphic designer Brian Hodges, who also created the Records & Riffs podcast cover art, for helping bring my idea to something tangible. Sometimes a pandemic hits and so you spend weeks thinking about and ranking the songs from your favorite band’s catalog. Rob Hughes Matthews’ voice is all over the place on this track. The definitive version of the song, ironically, comes on the night of Moore’s death in 2008, when DMB opened its concert at Staples Center with it. Check out Best of Dave Matthews Band by Dave Matthews Band on Amazon Music. That verse is smooth as shit. The Riff (Away From the World). 149. Has not been played in its full/proper form since 1995, but this is unquestionably a DMB epic. The best compliment one can pay to this song is that, although it was written sometime in late in the 2010s, at its core, you can close your eyes and easily hear this being something a 24-year-old David John Matthews could have written. The weakest link on DMB’s fifth-best album. The most played song by DMB off Some Devil, “So Damn Lucky” hovers — suspends — as the narrator reflects on a life lived in the closing seconds before a (fatal?) We’re talking about a tune that once went 32 minutes — and rightfully so. One of the last shining moments for Boyd Tinsley in the studio, too. All things considered, it came out well. It’s Matthews, not Reynolds, who takes the guitar solo on the album as well (and he does a fine job with it). Old Dirt Hill (Stand Up). 155. Peaked at #18 on 23.08.1997. So Right (Everyday). Dodo (Some Devil). Here On Out (Come Tomorrow). Pack includes "Ants Marching," "Mercy," "So Much to Say" - Dave Matthews Band. This song should close shows. 160. Shockingly, with a peak position at No. Rhyme & Reason (Under the Table and Dreaming). It’s the song most associated with DMB, and it should be the final song the band ever plays. 88. Ascending verse, catchy/open-your-throat chorus, a bridge that flows seamlessly, and a song that gave hope to the fan base after the debacle that was Stand Up. The Dave Matthews Band emerged out the 90s jam band movement, rising to become one of the scene’s most biggest acts. 49. 154. Let’s get to the rankings. Obscure but poignant and powerful lyrics. 84. The Lord of All DMB Sites — DMB Almanac — has in permanent residence on its home page the ever-referenced Liberation List. This song holds a special place in the hearts of some fans, as it was the first piece of studio material released, in 2009, after the death of LeRoi Moore. Good-enough lyrics, forgettable musical effort. It’s just a damn good song with a quintessential Matthews riff narrating the way and a hammer-wielding ending in the live setting. LeRoi Moore from the heavens. The hypnotic 2004 incarnation of this song is a top-50 DMB composition. Daily POP Crosswords features the best pop-culture-themed puzzles from the top puzzle constructors, including many from Dell Magazines and Penny Press, the #1 crossword-puzzle-magazine publisher. #-----PLEASE NOTE-----# #This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the# #song. As I wrote in my Come Tomorrow review, this is a “constellation-name-dropping number about cosmic humility that got the red-pen treatment in the studio.” Nimble, enjoyable, not too loud, not too soft. 165. It lost a little something nice once there was no longer a violin to highlight in the post-bridge chorus. Ageless DMB, and a real fun one on guitar. A The Police-sounding cabochon to emerge out of the Everyday sessions. Judiciously-placed sax, guitars and drums make for a compelling intro, before it reaches out into something more anthemic. Mother Father (Everyday). Peaked at … Matthews took one of his most buoyant and flexible songs — #36 — stripped its frenetic energy and molded it into “Everyday,” a good-enough song that remains a crowd-pleaser. They had chart topping singles covering a span of 8 years. 9. 150. Build You a House (unreleased/Lillywhite Sessions side song). I’ve a hunch this song sort of played into the Dreaming Tree—>Pig segue song on Before These Crowded Streets. Song in its original form, which included three verses and four choruses, would be ~60 spots higher. Ants Marching (Under the Table and Dreaming). What a tonic this tune is. The persecution and murder of Native Americans that dates back centuries. The music video remains bizarrely hilarious. (For all its capacity, this solo version remains among the best ever.) All for the better. 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