Most Popular Grateful Dead Songs
On The Acoustic

Most Popular Grateful Dead Songs

Welcome to my most popular Grateful Dead songs page where you can learn many numbers of theirs on the acoustic. Below are free chord sheets, rhythm tips and more. If you need a full tutorial lesson, those are also available for a small fee.

I'm also using The Grateful Dead album covers in my images below so you know where each song originated.

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Most Popular Grateful Dead Songs
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. Casey Jones

Casey Jones is a track from the 1974 live album "Steal Your Face".

The track was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, F, D7, Em, Dm7, C#, A7, G7
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2. Candyman

Candyman is a track on the 1970 album "American Beauty".

The song was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Bb, F, C, Gm, Dm, Am, G
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3. Friend Of The Devil

Friend Of The Devil is also a track from the 1970 American Beauty album.

This one was also not released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down and repeat 
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C, D, Am
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4. Loser

Loser is a track from the 1981 album "Dead Set".

This song was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Am, G, C, D, G6, Am/G, Em, A
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5. Ripple

Ripple was the B-Side to the single Truckin which was released in 1970 and is from the American American Beauty. The single peaked at #64 in the US.

It was then re-released 11 years later as a promo single and it peaked at #50.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Am, A7
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6. Sugaree

Sugaree is a track from the 1974 live album "Steal Your Face".

This track was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: B, E, Gbm, Dbm, A
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7. The Monkey And the Engineer

The Monkey And The Engineer is a track from the bands double album Reckoning from 1981.

This track was never released as a single.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D7, C, A7, C7
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8. Touch Of Grey

Touch Of Grey was released in 1987 and did reach #1 in the US. 

The song can be found on the album "In The Dark".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: D, A, E, G, D/Gb, Bm, B7, Gbm, Db, B
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9. Truckin

Truckin was a 1970 single and can be found on the album "American Beauty".

This song was the A Side and the song Ripple was the B Side. The single reached #64.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and in a fast shuffle in place
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A, D7, F, Em, C, A7, E7
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10. Uncle John's Bands

Uncle John's Band was the first single released by The Grateful Dead in 1970 from the album "Workingmans Dead".

The song peaked at #69 in the US.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Bm, C, D, Am, Em, Dm
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