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10 Best Dave Matthews Songs

As most fans know, all Dave Matthews Band songs sound better live, as the group tends to feature improve renditions of new and old songs during their annual summer tours. And with a discography that covers almost two decades and incorporates jazz, soul, bluegrass, and rock genres, it's hard to chose the best DMB songs. Here we feature the highest-rated, off albums ranging from 1994's 'Under the Table and Dreaming' to 2009's 'Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.'
'Grey Street'
This Dave Matthews Band song is inspired by the life of the poet Anne Sexton, who suffered from depression and took her own life in 1974. In concert this song has been played over 260 times, especially between 2000 and 2002 when it was first released.

Best Live Version: When 'Grey Street' debuted it originally had three verses, the last of which was cut. For a great recording of the original version, check out 'Live Trax Volume 3.'
Dave Matthews Band Busted
This song's guitar part evolved from a finger exercise that Matthews used to do. The song reached No. 18 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Best Live Version: 'Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95,' the band's first full concert release.
Dave Matthews Band Satellite
'Ants Marching'
'Ants Marching' is arguably the group's most recognizable song, and also their most played. In their almost 20-year existence, 'Ants' has been played just under 1,000 times since its debut as 'No New Directions' on Oct. 22, 1991.

Best Live Version: 'Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95.'
Dave Matthews Band Ants Marching
'Warehouse' takes its name from the now-famous pink warehouse in DMB's hometown of Charlottesville, Va. It was on the roof of this building that the band performed their first paying gig.

Best Live Version: A fan-favorite version of 'Warehouse,' complete with 'Louie, Louie' interpolation, can be found on the bonus disc available with 'The Best of What's Around' greatest hits compilation.
Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming
'Crash Into Me'
Matthews has said that this song is about the worship of women from the perspective of a man who is somewhat of a Peeping Tom. He joked that instead of going to prison, he wrote this song. It was also listed on the 2001 Clear Channel memorandum, which highlighted songs with questionable lyrics after the September 11th attacks.

Best Live Version: 'Live Trax Volume 7,' one of the most beloved shows in the DMB community, contains a beautiful version of 'Crash Into Me' that features Bela Fleck and former Flecktones member Paul McCandless.
Dave Matthews Band Crash
'Funny the Way It Is'
'Funny the Way It Is' comes from the 2009 album 'Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,' and it has quickly become one of the most popular Dave Matthews Bad songs on AOL Radio. Regarding the album's name, GrooGrux King is a nod to the band's late saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. The first half of the album name comes from a drunk harmonica player the band met during a photo shoot that was asking for money so he could buy a big whiskey.
Dave Matthews Band Funny The Way It Is
'Say Goodbye'
The studio cut of 'Say Goodbye' is one of the most acclaimed studio recordings in the fan community. The song is actually an evolved version of an early Dave Matthews Band song which was named by fans, 'Any Noise/Anti Noise.' The song made an appearance in concert three years before it was featured on the album 'Crash.'

Best Live Version: 'Live Trax Volume 3' also contains an outstanding version of 'Say Goodbye.'
Dave Matthews Band Crash
This Dave Matthews Band song was almost withheld from the album because the band had such a tough time playing it. Thankfully, bassist Stefan Lessard created the opening riff that had the whole band excited and set the tone for the rest of the song, which was also released as a single. The album's track clocks at over 8 minutes; it was cut down to 4 minutes for the radio version.

Best Live Version: 'Live Trax 2008' tour sampler.
Dave Matthews Band Crush
'#41,' named after the fact that it was the 41st song the band wrote, holds the record for the longest performance in the band's history. On April 20th, 2002, for a whopping 32 minutes, DMB jammed with friends and show openers Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Best Live Version: 'Listener Supported.'
Dave Matthews Band Crash
'Two Step'
'Two Step' is generally accepted as being the consummate DMB song. Incorporating everything that makes the band special, from improvised lyrical intros, to some of Dave's most sing-a-long-worthy lyrics and melodies, 'Two Step' brings down the house every single time it's played.

Best Live Version: For a perfect example of the power of 'Two Step,' listen to the version on 'The Central Park Concert.'
Dave Matthews Band Two Step

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