Hi listeners (platinum and otherwise)!
As mentioned in our Bonus Cast, John and I have each compiled separate essential Ryan Adams playlists and arranged them on Spotify.
John’s list is a straightforward, to the point, you need to listen to these 20 Ryan Adams tracks (well, 19, the first is sort of just an intro) type deal. It’s arranged for listenability, which means that it’s not a countdown type playlist.
Similarly, my playlist is also not a countdown by any means. I did, however, test a decision to have it work both as a singular 20 track playlist, and 2 separate 10 track playlists. What I mean by this, is that the first 10 tracks on the playlist I view to be absolutely my 10 favorite, followed by 10 more that I also believe to be essential. The entire thing does work–in my opinion–quite nicely as a singular 20 track list, though.
Without even really opening up Spotify, I can tell you that what’s interesting, given Ryan’s vast catalogue and long career, along with nuances in mine and John’s taste, is that our lists are rather different. I think it highlights the range of his work, so if you listen to both playlists and think “boy, this was all pretty bad,” then Ryan Adams probably isn’t for you.