After six rounds and 2,000-plus online fan votes, it’s come to this: the “BEST DRA SONG 2017” has a final matchup for all the marbles between a pair of No. 1 seeds, “16 Days” (from Whiskeytown’s 1997 masterpiece Strangers Almanac) and the Heartbreaker standard “Come Pick Me Up.”
There were other dark horses I was pulling for, including “Jacksonville” and “Dear Chicago.” But it’s hard to argue with the final pairing of these two particular signature tunes in the Ryan Adams universe — especially since they’re both from my favorite era of his, the Whiskeytown/early solo period that is the focus of “Losering.” I love both songs, but ultimately…I’ve got to cast my vote for “16 Days.”
Voting will be open through Saturday (June 24). Vote here; check the complete bracket so far below, or here; and for more on the methodology, see this interview with poll-meister Christopher S. Bradley. Also below, Christopher’s compilation of some of the comments and complaints he has received via social media.
ADDENDUM (6/25/2017): And here are the final results. My choice didn’t win, but I’m not complaining. Well, maybe just a little.
DRA BEST SONG FINALS RESULTS!!!!
Well y’all, after 322 people cast their votes in the final matchup, the winner, by a landslide, is Come Pick Me Up!
Many of you predicted this would at least be in the finals early on, and being one of his best known songs, it was. Here’s the final bracket.
Thanks again to everyone who participated and gave comments of support and constructive criticism along the way. Special thanks to David Menconi and Chris Migliaccio.
Maybe next June we will try this again, but mix it up a little 😉.
For now, I will post the results of this year’s bracket to a yet to be finished blog.
“Garbage”-Some RAA commenter
“These aren’t even his best songs.”-A bunch of unoriginal commenters
“Where is *insert unreleased track*, that’s his best song.”- A bunch of snobs.
“Where is *insert track that lost*, I love that song.”-Pretty much everyone
“This is torture.”-Random DRA Superfans commenter.
“This is like choosing between two children.” -A bigger bunch of unoriginal commenters.
“How could YOU pick song A over song B.” -Several commenters too lazy to pay attention for the past month
“How does this even work, what’s a bracket?”- People from other countries where people go to college to learn, not play/watch sports.
“The Russians hacked the voting.”- Everyone living a
continuous nightmare from November 8, 2016 -Present
“Thanks for doing this.”-Those of you I actually like.
“Jason Isbell sucks!”- People without ears