The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band is known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock and roll, gospel, reggae, world music, and psychedelia; for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams that typically incorporated modal and tonal improvisation; and for its devoted fan base, known as "Deadheads". "Their music", writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists." These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world". The band was ranked 57th by Rolling Stone magazine in its "The Greatest Artists of All Time" issue. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and a recording of their May 8, 1977 performance at Cornell University's Barton Hall was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012. Despite having only one top-40 single in their thirty year career, "Touch of Grey", the Grateful Dead remained among the highest grossing American touring acts for multiple decades and gained a committed fanbase by word of mouth and the exchange of live recordings due to the band's permissive stance on taping.

The Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s. The founding members were Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). Members of the Grateful Dead, originally known as the Warlocks, had played together in various San Francisco ensembles, including the traditional jug band Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they changed their name to the Grateful Dead; replacing Dana Morgan Jr., who had played bass for a few gigs. Drummer Mickey Hart and non-performing lyricist Robert Hunter joined in 1967. With the exception of McKernan, who died in 1973, and Hart, who took time off from 1971 to 1974, the core of the band stayed together for its entire 30-year history. The other official members of the band are Tom Constanten (keyboards; 1968–1970), John Perry Barlow (non-performing lyricist; 1971–1995), Keith Godchaux (keyboards, occasional vocals; 1971–1979), Donna Godchaux (vocals; 1972–1979), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; 1979–1990), and Vince Welnick (keyboards, vocals; 1990–1995). Bruce Hornsby (accordion, piano, vocals) was a touring member from 1990 to 1992, as well as a guest with the band on occasion before and after the tours.

After the death of Garcia in 1995, former members of the band, along with other musicians, toured as the Other Ones in 1998, 2000, and 2002, and the Dead in 2003, 2004, and 2009. In 2015, the four surviving core members marked the band's 50th anniversary in a series of concerts that were billed as their last performances together. There have also been several spin-offs featuring one or more core members, such as Dead & Company, Furthur, the Rhythm Devils, Phil Lesh and Friends, RatDog, and Billy & the Kids.

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1967The Grateful DeadGrateful Dead4.57
1968Anthem of the SunGrateful Dead411
1969AoxomoxoaGrateful Dead412
1970Workingman’s DeadGrateful Dead4.513
1970American BeautyGrateful Dead3.9523
1973Wake of the FloodGrateful Dead3.6511
1974From the Mars HotelGrateful Dead3.658
1975Blues for AllahGrateful Dead49
1977Terrapin StationGrateful Dead412
1978Shakedown StreetGrateful Dead4.55
1980Go to HeavenGrateful Dead45
1987In the DarkGrateful Dead39
1989Built to LastGrateful Dead43

Album + Compilation

1972The History of the Grateful DeadGrateful Dead1
1974Skeletons From the Closet: The Best of the Grateful DeadGrateful Dead4
1977What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best of the Grateful DeadGrateful Dead2
1989Stayin' aliveGrateful Dead1
1996The Arista YearsGrateful Dead3
2001The Golden Road (1965–1973)Grateful Dead2
2003Birth of the DeadGrateful Dead52
2003The Very Best of Grateful DeadGrateful Dead2
2004Beyond Description (1973–1989)Grateful Dead2
2005Rare Cuts & Oddities 1966Grateful Dead2
2007Eternally GratefulGrateful Dead1
2010The Warner Bros. Studio AlbumsThe Grateful Dead1
2011Flashback With the Grateful DeadGrateful Dead1
2013Complete Studio Rarities CollectionGrateful Dead1
2013Complete Studio Albums CollectionGrateful Dead1
2015The Best of the Grateful DeadGrateful Dead2
201530 Trips Around the SunGrateful Dead3
2015The Best Of The Grateful Dead (1967-1977)Grateful Dead1
2017Smiling on a Cloudy DayGrateful Dead1
2017Grateful Dead Records CollectionGrateful Dead2
2020Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s ShareGrateful Dead1

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1972Pop History vol. 13 : The Grateful DeadGrateful Dead1
1991Infrared RosesGrateful Dead1
1998Dick's Picks 7-12 SamplerGrateful Dead1
1999So Many Roads (1965-1995)Grateful Dead1
2002Postcards of the HangingGrateful Dead2
201030 Days of DeadGrateful Dead1
2011Europe ’72: The Complete RecordingsGrateful Dead1
201130 Days of Dead: Nov. 2011Grateful Dead1
201230 Days of Dead: November 2012Grateful Dead1
2012Spring 1990Grateful Dead1
2013Complete Live Rarities CollectionGrateful Dead1
201330 Days of Dead: 2013Grateful Dead1
2013Live Albums CollectionGrateful Dead1
2014Complete Road TripsGrateful Dead1
201430 Days of Dead: Nov 2014Grateful Dead1
201530 Days of Dead: Nov 2015Grateful Dead1
201630 Days of Dead: Nov 2016Grateful Dead1
201730 Days of Dead: Nov 2017Grateful Dead1
2018The Best of the Grateful Dead LiveThe Grateful Dead1
2018Pacific Northwest ’73–’74: Believe it If You Need ItGrateful Dead3
2018Pacific Northwest ’73–’74: The Complete RecordingsGrateful Dead1
201830 Days of Dead: Nov 2018Grateful Dead1
2019Ready or NotGrateful Dead3
201930 Days of Dead: 2019Grateful Dead1
202030 Days of Dead: 2020Grateful Dead1
202130 Days of Dead: 2021Grateful Dead1
2022From the Bay to the Pool: Live 1971–1978Grateful Dead1

Album + Compilation + Live + Demo

2020Grateful Dead OriginsGrateful Dead1

Album + Soundtrack

1998The Twilight Zone, Volume OneGrateful Dead & Merl Saunders2

Album + Soundtrack + Live

2017Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead (Motion Picture Soundtrack)Grateful Dead34

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1969Live/DeadThe Grateful Dead511
1970Vintage DeadGrateful Dead1
1971Historic DeadGrateful Dead1
1971Grateful DeadGrateful Dead513
1972Europe ’72Grateful Dead57
1973History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1: Bear's ChoiceGrateful Dead53
1976Steal Your FaceGrateful Dead45
1981ReckoningGrateful Dead49
1981Dead SetGrateful Dead48
1989Dylan & the DeadBob Dylan & Grateful Dead4.59
1990Without a NetGrateful Dead3
1991One From the VaultGrateful Dead4
1992Two From the VaultGrateful Dead4
1993Dick’s Picks, Volume 1: Tampa Florida 12/19/73Grateful Dead2
1995Dick’s Picks, Volume 2: Columbus, Ohio 10/31/71Grateful Dead1
1995Hundred Year HallGrateful Dead1
1995Dick’s Picks, Volume 3: Pembroke Pines, FL 5/22/77Grateful Dead2
1996Dick’s Picks, Volume 4: Fillmore East 2/13–14/70Grateful Dead1
1996Dick’s Picks, Volume 5: Oakland Auditorium Arena 12/26/79Grateful Dead2
1996Dozin' at the KnickGrateful Dead2
1996Dick’s Picks, Volume 6: Hartford Civic Center 10/14/83Grateful Dead1
1997Dick’s Picks, Volume 7: Alexandra Palace, London England, September 1974Grateful Dead1
1997Dick’s Picks, Volume 8: Harpur College, Binghamton, NY 5/2/70Grateful Dead1
1997Fallout From the Phil ZoneGrateful Dead1
1997Terrapin Station - Live (Landover, MD, 3/15/90)Grateful Dead1
1997Dick’s Picks, Volume 9: Madison Square Garden 9/16/90Grateful Dead1
1997Fillmore East 2-11-69Grateful Dead1
1998Dick’s Picks, Volume 10: Winterland Arena 12/29/77Grateful Dead2
1998Dick’s Picks, Volume 11: Stanley Theater 9/27/72Grateful Dead1
1998Dick’s Picks, Volume 12: Providence Civic 6/26/74, Boston Garden 6/28/74Grateful Dead1
1999Dick’s Picks, Volume 13: Nassau Coliseum 5/6/81Grateful Dead2
1999Dick’s Picks, Volume 14: Boston Music Hall 11/30/73 & 12/2/73Grateful Dead1
1999Dick’s Picks, Volume 15: Englishtown, NJ 9/3/77Grateful Dead1
2000Dick’s Picks, Volume 16: Fillmore Auditorium 11/8/69Grateful Dead2
2000Dick’s Picks, Volume 17: Boston Garden 9/25/91Grateful Dead1
2000Dick’s Picks, Volume 18: Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI 2/3/78, Uni-Dome, University of N. Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 2/5/78Grateful Dead1

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