A List of Albums Ryan Adams Should Probably Cover

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Ryan Adams is covering Taylor Swift’s 1989. The whole thing. I love that he’s doing this. I also love that he’s a huge, loveable weirdo who likes a wide variety of music across different genres, and makes a wide variety of music across different genres. Remember when in he put out something like 11 albums —some rap, some punk, some hardcore— in the mid ‘00s? Remember when he made that sci-fi metal album in 2010? He’s an odd guy. An extremely cool, capable, and talented odd guy.


His Taylor Swift project isn’t out yet, but from the looks of Adam’s Instagram account he’s really cooking, and plans on giving his own treatment to all 13 songs off the album. “Blank Space” will apparently get a “deep end Smith’s vibe.” He’s already taken on “Welcome To New York” (hear it below) and made it his own, adding grit to the shiny song that made Taylor into the New York ambassador tourists love. Dare I say I like the Ryan Adams version more?

Covers are kind of a “thing” for Adams, and he recently played Bryan Adam’s “Summer of ‘69” at a show in Nashville. Of course there’s also his legendary version of the Oasis song “Wonderwall.” Wouldn’t it be great if he did more of them? Yes, it would.

In no particular order, here are some albums it would be a dream to hear the “Come Pick Me Up” singer do his own interpretations of:

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Beach House - Bloom or Teen Dream

Leslie Gore - I’ll Cry If I Want To

Madonna - True Blue

Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue

Amy Winehouse - Frank

REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity

Bush - 16 Stone

The Eagles - Eagles, One Of These Nights

Eddie Money - Eddie Money

Heart - Dreamboat Annie

Motown Christmas

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven

Metallica - Kill ‘Em All

Slayer - Reign In Blood

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Vampire Weekend - Contra

The B52’s - Cosmic Thing

Blondie - Once More Into The Bleach

The Go-Go’s - Beauty And The Beat

George Strait - Best Of

Brooks & Dunn - Number Ones

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young - Deja Vu

Yeasayer - Odd Blood

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