Subtitled “500 irresistible playlist ideas for your iPod or MP3 player”, the pocket sized The Rough Guide Book of Playlists consists of lists compiled according to artists, genres, and themes; basically, you could say the book is a collection of top 10 lists on pop and rock music arranged alphabetically. Throughout the guide, celebrities musicians like Robert Plant, Al Green, Michael Stipe (REM), Elvis Costello and many others offer their takes on songs that influenced them.
Browsing through the guide brought back memories of many songs I had long forgotten, and revisit albums I had put into storage. I also found the book useful in discovering new music, as it gives up some indication about which songs / albums to start off with. Overall, a pleasant browse.