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Released: April 12, 1996

Rating: 3.583 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: jam band/ alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. So Much to Say
  2. Two Step
  3. Crash into Me
  4. Too Much
  5. #41
  6. Say Goodbye
  7. Drive in, Drive Out
  8. Let You Down
  9. Lie in Our Graves
  10. Cry Freedom
  11. Tripping Billies
  12. Proudest Monkey


sales in U.S. only 7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 7 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Too Much (4/13/96) #39a US, #9 AR, #5 MR
  • So Much to Say (7/20/96) #48a US, #20 AR, #19 MR
  • Crash into Me (11/30/96) #19a US, #7 MR
  • Tripping Billies (5/31/97) #18 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Dave Matthews Band
Under the Table and Dreaming, the Dave Matthews Band's first major-label album, was their popular breakthrough, bringing their mildly eclectic sound to a mass audience. Although the group appeals to the same audience as Blues Traveler, Hootie & the Blowfish, and the Spin Doctors, the Dave Matthews Band has more influences than their peers. Fusing together folk-rock, worldbeat, jazz, and pop, the band is arguably the most musically adept of all their contemporaries” (Ankeny).

“However, they have trouble coming up with engaging hooks, as their third album, Crash, proves. Although the band continues to get better – their musical cross-breeding is effortless and seamless – they often don't have an attractive frame for their skills. Strangely, the lack of memorable melodies doesn't particularly hurt the album – it actually emphasizes the band's instrumental talents. Nevertheless, since there's a lack of strong pop hooks, Crash is an album that will please fans, but not novices” (Erlewine).

DMDB Editor’s note: with all due respect to S.T. Erlewine, how much can you critique an album as lacking “engaging hooks” and “memorable melodies” when it moves 7 million copies, making it Dave Matthews Band’s biggest seller?

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Last updated April 16, 2008.