When you think of the Grateful Dead, certain images likely come to mind—stickers of dancing bears on the back of Volkswagens, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, old men with ponytails and tie-dye, people who call weed "grass." The Bay Area hippies paved the way for the jam band scene, which has eternally branded them as uncool. Song titles like "New Potato Caboose" never helped. Like Phish, the Grateful Dead catalog is knocked for failing to capture the in-the-flesh rapture of the stage show. That's not entire true, and who cares. The Dead tried everything, from psych to bluegrass to funk to prog to disco. Somewhere in that deep catalog hide love songs for haters.
In July, Grateful Dead will throw one of the biggest parties of the summer music festival season when it reunites in Chicago for its 50th anniversary. Demand is astronomical. Tickets are on the market for as much as $15,000. Deadmania is back. To prep, we dug up these top 10 tracks for people who think they do not like the band, eschewing big hits like "Touch of Grey."