Neil Diamond Concert Setlists

Neil Diamond has been in the business for 4 decades now (and counting!). I have compiled his general setlist from tours. It would be impossible to document exactly which songs were performed on each specific night, so I chose to list a typical, representative setlist for the general time period, and have listed one-off, uncommon, rotating or setlist transitional songs in the "alternate songs" column.

In the 70's, Neil had toured continuously, so it can be hard to differentiate when one tour ended and the next one began. In particular, the transition between the end of the Beautiful Noise tour and the beginning of the IGYHWMT tour was almost seamless, with the song selection and sequencing slowly altering all throughout the BN tour, until it transformed into the IGYHWMT tour by winter, 1977.

Based on observation and analysis, The Jazz Singer (1980) was the last album that made a permanent change (by addition) to Neil's setlist. "Heartlight" (1982)  was technically a hit, but never became a permanent part of the set, as it has made appearances and disappearances for 2 decades. A "hit" does not always translate to "permanent part of the set", as the "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" medley had shown amazing durability- it stayed for over 10 years (and Neil's most active touring years, at that!), and none of the JLS songs could even remotely be considered a "hit". JLS is still being occasionally mined for songs to re-introduce to the set, something Neil had done in 1998 and 2001.

By 1982, Neil's setlists had settled on a winning "formula"...  a core of hits (and popular album tracks) from the years 1966-1980 and a few songs from the "current" album. By the next tour, these "second-to-most-current-album" songs would be dropped, to be replaced by about 4-5 songs from the newest "current" album. This formula is still in place today, as Neil had not retained songs from his 80's or 90's albums for any length of time.

Note: Songs listed in red are songs from the then-latest album or unique songs, recently introduced into the setlist.
 
 
1967
"The Bitter End"
River Deep, Mountain High
Cherry Cherry
I'm a Believer
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
The Boat That I Row
Solitary Man
Shilo
Thank the Lord For the Night Time
Kentucky Woman

 
1970 (spring) - 1971 (Summer)
"Tap Root Manuscript"
Lordy
Sweet Caroline
Solitary Man
Cherry Cherry
Both Sides Now
You're So Sweet, Horseflies Keep Hangin' Round Your Face
Thank The Lord For the Night Time
Cracklin'  Rosie
Holly Holy
A Modern Day Version of Love
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Kentucky Woman
Done Too Soon
I Am...I Said 
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Alternate songs in set include:
Brooklyn Roads
And the Singer Sings His Song

 
1971 (Fall)
"Stones"
Missa 
Soolaimon 
Done Too Soon 
Solitary Man 
Cherry Cherry 
Brooklyn Roads 
Sweet Caroline 
The Ballad of the Super Stud 
Measles 
Black n' Blue From Kickin' Myself 
A Modern Day Version of Love
Chelsea Morning 
Cracklin' Rosie 
Holly Holy 
I Am...I Said
Kentucky Woman 
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother 
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

 
1972 (Fall)
"Moods"
Prologue
Crunchy Granola Suite
Done Too Soon
Kentucky Woman
Solitary Man
Cherry Cherry
Sweet Caroline
Porcupine Pie
You're So Sweet 
Soggy Pretzels
Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon
Red Red Wine
Shilo
Stones
And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
Walk on Water
Play Me
Canta Libre
Morningside
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said
Soolaimon
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Soolaimon (ending)
Alternate songs in set include:
Black n' Blue From Kickin' Myself 
The Ballad of the Super Stud
Gitchy Goomy
A Modern Day Version of Love
The Last Thing on my Mind
Chelsea Morning
I Think It's Going to Rain Again Today
Suzanne

 
1976 (Spring)
"Hiatus' End"
Missa 
Soolaimon 
Play Me
Solitary Man 
Cherry Cherry 
Sweet Caroline
Longfellow Serenade
The Last Picasso 
Morningside
Rosemary's Wine
Beautiful Noise
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie 
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said 
Be 
Dear Father
Skybird 
Lonely Looking Sky 
Sanctus
Be 
Brother Love
I've Been This Way Before
Alternate songs in set include:
Porcupine Pie
Kentucky Woman
Red Red Wine
Shilo

 
1976 (Fall)- 1977 (summer)
"Beautiful Noise"
Street Life
Beautiful Noise
Stargazer
Surviving The Life
Lady Oh
If You Know What I Mean
Kentucky Woman
Solitary Man
Cherry Cherry
Sweet Caroline
The Last Picasso
Longfellow Serenade
Morningside
Play Me
Glory Road
Rosemary's Wine
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said
Be
Dear Father
Lonely Looking Sky
Sanctus
Skybird
Be (reprise)
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
I've Been This Way Before
Alternate songs in set include:
Home is a Wounded Heart
Lady Magdelene (rare)
The Last Thing on My Mind (rare)
I Think It's Going to Rain Again Today (rare)
Chelsea Morning (rare)
He Ainít Heavy, He's My Brother (rare)

 
1977 (winter)
"I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight"
Dance of the Sabres
Soolaimon 
Solitary Man
Kentucky Woman 
Cherry Cherry 
Sweet Caroline 
The Last Picasso 
Morningside 
Beautiful Noise
Stargazer 
Signs 
If You Know What I Mean
Surviving the Life
Desiree 
Let Me Take You In My Arms Again 
I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight 
God Only Knows
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie 
Holly Holy 
I Am...I Said
Be
Dear Father
Lonely Looking Sky
Sanctus
Skybird
Be (reprise)
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
I've Been This Way Before
Alternate songs in set include:
Play Me
You Got to Me
Reggae Strut 
Red Red Wine
Longfellow Serenade 
Lady Oh 

 
1978 (summer)
"The American Popular Song"
Dancing Bumblebee 
Lay Lady Lay
Kentucky Woman 
Sweet Caroline 
Cherry Cherry 
Morningside 
Beautiful Noise 
Stargazer 
Surviving The Life
If You Know What I Mean
Rocket Man
Teach Me Tonight
Song Sung Blue 
Cracklin' Rosie 
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said 
Sanctus 
Be 
Dear Father
Lonely Looking Sky 
Sanctus 
Skybird
Be
Soolaimon
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
I've Been This Way Before
Alternate songs in set include:
Desiree
Solitary  Man
Longfellow Serenade
I'm Glad You're Here WIth Me Tonight
Dancing in the Streets
I'm A Believer
Play Me
Dance of the Sabres
Shilo (rare)
Glory Road (rare)
Chelsea Morning (rare)
You Don't Bring Me Flowers

 
1978 (winter) - 1979 (winter)
"You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
Dance of the Sabres
Desiree 
I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight 
Kentucky Woman
Cherry Cherry 
Sweet Caroline 
Morningside 
Shilo 
Play Me 
Beautiful Noise 
If You Know What I Mean 
American Popular Song 
Say Maybe
Dancing Bumblebee 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Forever In Blue Jeans 
Teach Me Tonight 
Spanish Harlem 
Song Sung Blue 
Cracklin' Rosie 
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said 
Sanctus 
Skybird
Lonely Looking Sky 
Sanctus
Be 
Soolaimon
Brother Love
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Alternate songs in set include:
Street Life
Surviving the Life
Dancing in the Streets

 
1981(winter)- 1982(winter)
"On the Way to The Sky"
America
Love On the Rocks
Desiree
I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight
Kentucky Woman
Cherry Cherry
Sweet Caroline
Hello Again
On The Robert E. Lee
Amazed and Confused
Summerlove
Acapulco
Songs of Life
Beautiful Noise
Surviving The Life
If You Know What I Mean
Dancing In The Street
September Morn
Forever In Blue Jeans 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
The Dancing Bumble Bee/Bumble Boogie
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said
JLS intro
Skybird
Lonely Looking Sky
Dear Father
Sanctus
Be
Soolaimon
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
America
Alternate songs in set include:
Yesterday's Songs (early dates of tour)
On the Way to the Sky (early dates of tour)
Rainy Day Song (early dates of tour)
Solitary Man
Play Me
Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon
Morningside
Heartlight
I'm Alive ( tail end of tour)

 
1983 (spring) - 1984 (Jan)
"Heartlight"
America
Love On the Rocks
I'm Alive
I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight
Kentucky Woman
Cherry Cherry
Sweet Caroline
Morningside
Shilo
If You Know What I Mean
Hello Again
On The Robert E. Lee
You Baby
Songs of Life
Dancing In The Street
Forever In Blue Jeans 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Heartlight
The American Popular Song
Teach Me Tonight
Spanish Harlem
Dedicated to the One I Love
Golden Slumbers
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie
I Am...I Said
JLS intro
Skybird
Lonely Looking Sky
Dear Father
Sanctus
Be
Soolaimon
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
America
Alternate songs in set include:
Solitary Man
Play Me
Beautiful Noise
Surviving the Life
September Morn
The Dancing Bumble Bee/Bumble Boogie
Primitive (tail end of tour)

 
1984 (summer)- 1985 (spring)
"Primitive"
Fanfare
America
Love On the Rocks
I'm Alive
Play Me
Thank the Lord for the Night Time
Cherry Cherry
Sweet Caroline
Red Red Wine
Beautiful Noise
Surviving The Life
If You Know What I Mean
Hello Again
On The Robert E. Lee
You Baby
Songs of Life
Primitive
September Morn
Forever In Blue Jeans 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Heartlight
The Dancing Bumble Bee/Bumble Boogie
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie
Holly Holy
I Am...I Said
Sanctus
Skybird
Dear Father
Sanctus
Be
Soolaimon
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Alternate songs in set include:
Fire on the Tracks
Brooklyn on a Saturday Night
Turn Around

 
1985 (winter)-1987(summer)
"Headed For the Future"
Fanfare 
Headed For the Future 
I'm Alive 
September Morn
Thank The Lord For The Night Time 
Solitary Man 
Cherry Cherry 
Sweet Caroline 
Brooklyn Roads 
Beautiful Noise
Jungletime 
If You Know What I Mean 
Hello Again 
Love On the Rocks 
America 
Forever In Blue Jeans 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers 
Holly Holy 
Song Sung Blue 
Cracklin' Rosie 
I Am...I Said
Sanctus 
Skybird
Dear Father 
Sanctus 
Be
Soolaimon
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show 
Heartlight
Alternate songs in set include:
I've Been This Way Before
Teach Me Tonight
Golden Slumbers
I Dreamed a Dream
Holly Holy
Red, Red Wine
Stand up for love
The story of my life 
The man you need 

 
1988-1989
"The Best Years  of Our Lives"
Skybird
Desiree
Hello Again 
September Morn
Everything's Gonna Be Fine
This Time
Solitary Man 
Kentucky Woman
Red Red Wine
I'm a Believer
Sweet Caroline
Soolaimon
Beautiful Noise 
Home is a Wounded Heart
If You Know What I Mean 
The Best Years of Our Lives
Baby Can I Hold You
Forever In Blue Jeans 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers 
Heartlight
Headed For the Future
Love On the Rocks 
Song Sung Blue 
Cracklin' Rosie 
I Am...I Said
Cherry Cherry 
Holly Holy
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show 
America 

 
1991(winter)- 1993 (June)
"Lovescape"
Mountains Of Love
Hello Again
Solitary Man
Cherry Cherry
Sweet Caroline
Hear Them Bells
Beautiful Noise
Jungletime
Brooklyn Roads
Soolaimon
Play Me
September Morn
Red Red Wine
I'm A Believer
Forever In Blue Jeans
Love On The Rocks
America
Be
If There Were No Dreams
Hooked On A Memory Of You
Lonely Lady 17
All I Really Need Is You
Song Sung Blue
Headed For The Future
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Morningside
Shilo
Holly Holy
Cracklin' Rosie
I Am...I Said
Crunchy Granola Suite
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Alternate songs in set include:
If You Know What I Mean
Longfellow Serenade (rare)
Desiree (rare)
Fortune of the night
One hand, one heart
Sweet LA days
Donít turn around

 
1993 (fall)- 1993(winter)
"The Christmas Album/Brill Buildingl"
America
Hello Again
You Got to Me
Cherry Cherry
Thank the Lord For the Nighttime
I'm A Believer
Sweet Caroline
Love on the Rocks
Lady-Oh
Beautiful Noise
Up on the Roof
River Deep Mountain High
I (Who Have Nothing)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Save the Last Dance For Me
Christmas Medley:
      --Silent Night
      --O Come, O Come Emmanuel
      --Little Drummer Boy
      --White Christmas
      --Morning Has Broken
      --Santa Claus is Coming to Town
You Make It Feel Like Christmas
O Holy Night
 Jonathan Livingston Seagull Medley:
      --Sanctus
      --Skybird
      --Dear Father
      --Lonely Looking Sky
Missa
Soolaimon
Holly Holy
And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Havah Nagilah
Song Sung Blue
Forever in Blue Jeans
Heartlight
Cracklin' Rosie
I Am... I Said
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
Alternate songs in set include:
Will you still love me tomorrow
Do you know the way to San Jose

 
1996
"Tennessee Moon"
Introduction 
Crunchy Granola Suite
A Matter of Love
Hello Again
Solitary Man
Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
Cherry Cherry
Desiree
Play Me
Beautiful Noise
Jungletime
Love on the Rocks
Can Anybody  Hear Me
Talking Optimist Blues (Good Day Today)
One Good Love
No Limit
Everybody
Marry Me
Forever in Blue Jeans (twice)
The Last Picasso (Introduces the Band to this song)
Song Sung Blue
Sooliamon
Shilo
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Holly Holy
I am...I said
America
Sweet Caroline
Cracklin Rosie
Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show.
Alternate songs in set include:
Kentucky Woman
In My Lifetime

 
1998-1999
"The Movie Album"
Beautiful Noise
Can Anybody Hear Me
Hello Again
If You Know What I Mean
Thank The Lord For The Nighttime
Cherry Cherry
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
Solitary Man
Shilo
Play Me
Brooklyn Roads
Forever In Blue Jeans
I'm A Believer
Be
Lonely Looking Sky
Sanctus
Skybird
America
Love On the Rocks
Lament in D Minor
Dance Of The Sabres
As Time Goes By
Unchained Melody
I've Got You Under My Skin
One For My Baby
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You
Song Sung Blue
Cracklin' Rosie
Sweet Caroline
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
I Am...I Said
Holly Holy
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
I've  Been This Way Before (early dates of 1998 tour)
Alternate songs in set include:
Amazed and Confused
Longfellow Serenade
I Got The Feelin' (Oh No No) 
Heartlight (1999, UK dates)

 
2001/2002
"Three Chord Opera"
Fanfare 
America 
Mission of Love 
Solitary Man
Cherry, Cherry 
Red, Red Wine 
I'm A Believer 
Soolaimon
If You Know What I Mean 
Beautiful Noise
Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
 I Haven't Played This Song In Years
You Are The Best Part Of Me
At The Movies 
I Believe In Happy Endings
Forever In Blue Jeans
Star Flight 
Captain Sunshine 
Holly Holy
Sweet Caroline 
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Yes I Will/Lady Magdelene (medley) 
Shilo
He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother 
I Am, I Said
Cracklin' Rosie
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Alternate songs in set include:
Love on the Rocks (2001, East Coast dates and 2002, UK dates)
Skybird (2001, East Coast dates)
Hello Again  (2002, UK dates)
September Morn (2002, UK dates)
You Got to Me (2002, UK dates)
The Boat That I Row (2002, UK dates)

Questions, information, comments or additions to Neil setlists can be sent to me at:
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A hearty "thank you" to the following people. I couldn't have done this without your help:
Coral (UK)
Regina Litman

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