Ranking All the Dave Matthews Band Studio Albums
Dave Matthews Band, also referred to as DMB, is a rock band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Guitarist and lead singer-songwriter Dave Matthews founded the band with bassist Stefan Lessard, violinist and backing vocalist Boyd Tinsley, drummer and backing vocalist Carter Beauford, and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. However, there have been changes to Dave Matthews Band over the course of their career, and Matthews, Beauford, and Lessard are the only remaining original members. Since the Dave Matthews Band was first formed, they have released nine studio albums, three compilation albums, eight video albums, two EPs, 85 live albums, 21 music videos, and 29 singles. Here are all nine Dave Matthews studio albums ranked.
9. Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)
‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ was Dave Matthews Band’s debut album, and it was released in 1994. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200, and it has been certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA. The first single released from the album was ‘What Would You Say,’ which featured Blues Traveler harmonica player John Popper. Other singles released from the album were ‘Jimi Thing,’ ‘Typical Situation,’ ‘Ants Marching,’ and ‘Satellite.’ Dave Matthews Band also recorded the song ‘Granny,’ but it was cut from the album. However, it went on to become one of the band’s most popular songs at their live performances.
8. Before These Crowded Streets (1998)
‘Before These Crowded Streets’ was the third album released by Dave Matthews Band and their first to top the Billboard 200. The title of the album was taken from the lyrics of ‘The Dreaming Tree,’ which is one of the tracks from the album. Some of the songs recorded from the album were deleted from the final cut. They originally recorded a song called ‘Don’t Burn the Pig,’ but this evolved into a new song, ‘Pig,’ which was included on the album. They recorded ‘Help Myself,’ which was licensed for the ‘Scream 2’ soundtrack, but they replaced this song on their album with ‘Halloween,’ as the band thought it was a better song. Other songs deleted from the album included ‘Get in Line,’ ‘MacHead,’ and ‘#40 (Always).’
7. Away from the World (2012)
For the sixth time in their career, Dave Matthews Band topped the Billboard 200 when they released ‘Away from the World’ in 2012. It was their eighth album, and the title comes from a line in ‘The Riff,’ which is one of the tracks on the album. Matthews said that that concept of the album was the idea that everyone is born alone and dies alone. The lead single from the album was ‘Mercy,’ and this was followed by the single ‘If Only.’
6. Stand Up (2005)
‘Stand Up’ was the fourth consecutive album by Dave Matthews Band to top the Billboard 200, and it peaked at number three on the Canadian album charts. It was the last release from the band to feature saxophonist LeRoi Moore throughout, as he died during the early stages of production on the following album. The members of the Dave Matthews Band wrote ‘Hello Again,’ and Dave Matthews Band wrote all other tracks on the album with Mark Batson.
5. Come Tomorrow (2018)
Dave Matthew Band’s most recent album was their 2018 release ‘Come Tomorrow.’ It topped the Billboard 200 and reached number two on the album chart in Canada. The band was on tour when they were recording this album, so they worked with various studios and producers in Los Angeles, Charlottesville, and Seattle. They released the singles ‘Samurai Cop,’ ‘That Girl Is You,’ and ‘Again and Again’ from this album.
4. Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (2009)
‘Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King’ was the seventh of Dave Matthews Band’s albums. It was the first album they had released since saxophonist LeRoi Moore had died. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Six months after its release, the album won Grammy Awards for the Album of the Year and the Best Rock Album.
3. Busted Stuff (2002)
The fifth studio album released by Dave Matthews Band was ‘Busted Stuff’ in 2002. It was the band’s third consecutive album to top the Billboard 200, and it was also a chart-topping hit in Canada. There are 11 tracks on the album, and nine were originally recorded for an album that the band abandoned in 2000. The two tracks that were newly recorded for the album were ‘Where Are You Going’ and ‘You Never know.’
2. Everyday (2001)
In terms of commercial success, the best Dave Matthews Band album is ‘Everyday.’ It is the band’s fourth album, and it was released in 2001. ‘Everyday’ was the band’s second album to top the Billboard 200. The three singles released from this album were ‘I Did It,’ ‘The Space Between,’ and the title track, ’Everyday.’ Another track from the album that was planned for release as a single was ‘When the World Ends,’ but plans to release the album were scrapped after the events of 9/11.
1. Crash (1996)
According to Return of Rock, the best Dave Matthews Band album is ‘Crash,’ which was released in 1996. As it was released earlier in the band’s career, it was not the band’s most commercially successful album. However, it contains some of the best tracks and is the most popular album amongst those who have been fans of the band right from the start. It was the band’s first top ten album, as it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and has been certified 7x Platinum. The five singles released from this album were ‘Too Much,’ ‘So Much to Say,’ ‘Crash into Me,’ ‘Two Step,’ and ‘Tripping Billies.’