* AwesomeMusic: An awful lot of it, given the band's LongRunner status. ''American Beauty'' is usually cited as the band's studio MagnumOpus, with ''Workingman's Dead'' being a close second. As for the band's live output, fan opinions are divided (as would be expected with a band that toured as long and was as thoroughly documented as the Dead; the band played some 2,350 shows), but frequently cited contenders for Best Show Ever include:
** February 13 & 14, 1970 at Fillmore East, New York, NY (parts of these were released on ''Dick's Picks Vol. 4'' and ''Bear's Choice''; the 13th is usually cited as the superior show due to the half-hour-each versions of "Dark Star" -> "That's It for the Other One" -> "Turn on Your Love Light")
** May 2, 1970 at Harpur College, SUNY, Binghamton, NY (almost the entire performance was released as ''Dick's Picks Vol. 8'', but the electric set is unfortunately in mono)
** August 27, 1972 at Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, OR
** May 8, 1977 at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (compounding this show's reputation is the fact that it was the first A+-quality soundboard bootleg many fans heard, but it's still a very good performance from one of the band's best years)
* DeaderThanDisco: Most depictions of the band these days only portray them to make fun of their [[FanDumb scarily devoted fans]].
* FaceOfTheBand: Jerry Garcia, no matter how much he insisted that he wasn't. In fact, after Garcia died, the remaining bandmates toured a few times as The Other Ones before changing their name to "The Dead".
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: The surprise success of Touch of Grey was a mixed blessing for the band and longtime Deadheads who were known for their peaceful, mellow hippie attitudes with nothing seriously bad happening at shows to...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfFG33IROLM Maybe this video will explain it a little better]].
* NewbieBoom: "Touch Heads", the fandom name for those who became fans of the band because of the success of "Touch of Grey" in the late 80's.
* RetroactiveRecognition: On the back cover of Aoxomoxoa, that's a 5 year old, Courtney Love sitting next to Pig Pen. (Her father was the band's manager at the time)
* TheScrappy: Vince Welnick, the last keyboardist often saw himself as this, even after he was excluded from several of the post-Garcia reunion concerts.