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Personal Playlist: 'Glee' music producer Adam Anders

November 16, 2010 |  8:02 am

Personal Playlist is a new Pop & Hiss series in which personalities in and out of the pop world share their recent music picks.

Adam Anders is cursed with the toughest gig in television: harmoniously weaving pop cuts from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Journey, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé through Broadway gems from “Chicago,” “Les Miserables” and “A Chorus Line.” As “Glee's” music producer, Anders is immersed with the demands of the Fox juggernaut (he recently completed upward of 50 songs in 30 days). One has to wonder if he has any non-“Glee” tracks on his radar. 

“Here's where it gets tricky. If I tell you what I'm listening to then you'll know what's coming on the show,” he said, laughing. The song that's driving me crazy is [Katy Perry's] ‘Teenage Dream.' I think it's amazing. It's pop at its best. I go from that to Sinatra. We're all over the place on the show.”

Anders, who's also digging Florence + the Machine and Muse, said it was trying to impress another band while working with an upcoming guest star that had him the most stressed.

“[Gwyneth Paltrow] is doing a mash-up of ‘Singing in the Rain' and ‘Umbrella.' It's actually my favorite mash-up. I told Gwyneth I was obsessed with it knowing that Chris Martin was going to hear it,” he said. “I love him and Coldplay.”

Though his Personal Playlist is inundated with ‘Glee' workings, there is one nostalgic album that always rates for Anders.

“Oh geez ... it's Kenny Rogers' ‘The Gambler.' It was the first album I saved up to buy as a kid.”

— Gerrick D. Kennedy


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Photo: Adam Anders. Credit: Ari Michelson