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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Phish Songs

“You Enjoy Myself,” “Fluffhead” and your surprise pick for Number One

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To celebrate the release of Fuego, Phish's new studio album, we recently asked self-identifying Phans to dig into the hundreds upon hundreds of songs in the Vermont jam band's playbook and tell us their favorites. We learned that this group aligns themselves with Phish's greatest live epics, their one stab at Top 40 radio and surprisingly, one song that hasn't been heard in nearly 30 years. Click through to see 10 most popular tunes.

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4. “Tweezer”

Even though the lyrics are absolutely ridiculous ("Won't you step into the freezer, tease her with a tweezer"), audiences love this cut because each performance is a journey into the unknown: "Tweezer" can last 10 minutes or it can consume an entire set (see 5/7/94, dubbed "Tweezerfest"); it can be a standalone song or it can segue into just about anything. "Tweezer" has always been unpredictable and that's why it remains the centerpiece and highlight of any Phish show it invades. Added bonus: A performance of "Tweezer Reprise" is always waiting in the wings.

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3. “Divided Sky”

Often deemed Phish's masterpiece, this is another track that dates back to Trey Anastasio's days as a music student at Goddard College. Light on lyrics – an a caPpella "Divided sky, the wind blows high" is all the vocal work necessary for this 15-minute track – "Divided Sky" boasts some of the most intricate and melodic sections in the entire Phishography. While a studio version appears on 1989's Junta, it's in the live setting that "Divided Sky" really flourishes, with Anastasio taking his guitar solo to skyscraping levels.

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2. “You Enjoy Myself”

The most played Phish song ever – Phish.net counts 563 shows – "You Enjoy Myself" is a favorite for both phans and Phish themselves. Again, the lyrics are simple and ridiculous – "Boy! Man! God! Shit! Wash Uffizi drive me to Firenze" – but they're countered by the complexity of the arrangements. While "Y.E.M." was recorded in the studio for 1989's Junta, the A Live One rendition has become the iconic and perhaps definitive version of this track. "You Enjoy Myself" was also the lone Phish song to land on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs. 

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1. “Lushington”

We think this is Phish phans phucking with us. In Phish's nearly three-decade history, "Lushington" has only been played eight times, and it's been shelved since 1987. While elements of the song ended up in "Fluffhead," "Lushington" is the great white whale of Phish cuts, and given the fact it won this poll thanks to some major league ballot stuffing, it’s the track fans are most clamoring to hear live. With any luck, Trey and the boys see the results of the Readers' Poll, see how in demand the song is and bust it out on their coming tour. We wouldn't hold our breaths, though.

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