10 best Dave Matthews Band songs

For many fans of Dave Matthews Band, selecting the top 10 songs — and even the top 20 — from the band’s extensive discography is no easy task. Do you opt for the older songs, including “Ants Marching” or “Tripping Billies,” or do you add a few of the newer songs, like “Dive In,” to the mix? And don’t forget the band’s numerous live albums, where you can hear a fresh take on an old favorite. In honor of the announcement of the band’s 2015 summer tour, check out our take of the 10 best Dave Matthews Band songs. You can click on the song title for a music video.

Dive In

This song from the band’s well-regarded album Big Whiskey & The GrooGrux King is an interesting departure from the signature jam band sound. It’s the song’s chorus that hooks the listener and compels them to replay the song.


With lyrics filled with vivid imagery and a spotlight on the mad guitar-playing skills, “Satellite” is a fan favorite.

Two Step

You’ve got guitars, saxophone and drums, and you have everything you need to make a compelling opening for the song “Two Step.”

Jimi Thing

The studio album version of “Jimi Thing” from Under The Table And Dreaming is always a great addition to your playlist, but a live recording turns this song into an almost different tune.

Drive In Drive Out

Dave Matthews booms and growls his way on “Drive In Drive Out,” which you can find on the band’s must-have album Crash.

Crash Into Me

The GRAMMY Award-nominated single “Crash Into Me” is another song that doesn’t seem to quite fit in with the rest of the band’s earlier works, especially when compared with the likes of “Lie In Our Graves” or “So Much To Say.” But that difference is what makes it an interesting song, every time.

What Would You Say

This song is nonsensical fun combined with a too-short harmonica solo, and is probably a blast to hear live in concert, too.

Stay (Wasting Time)

If there’s only one way to describe “Stay,” it’s like this: This song is the anthem for anyone who wants to spend an afternoon doing nothing with that special someone.

Tripping Billies

You need a song that reminds you to seize the day, and that’s where “Tripping Billies” comes in. The hit song from way back in the band’s history and is a fan favorite.

Ants Marching

Dave Matthews Band is very much a jam band, and that is so apparent on the hit song “Ants Marching.” It’s an instantly recognizable song with an opening melody that will instantly put you in a good mood.

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