Playlist: The Very Best of Bill Withers

First Released: 2009

Commentary: Sony Legacy’s 2009 budget-line compilation Playlist can’t be viewed as a greatest-hits collection — there are too many big Bill Withers’ hits missing, including the original hit versions of “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Use Me.” Instead, this balances “Ain’t No Sunshine” and a live version of “Lean on Me” with the minor hits “Heartbreak Road” and “Grandma’s Hands,” along with a bunch of good album tracks to give a good indication of the range of Withers’ talents, even if it doesn’t offer up all the hits.

–Stephen Thomas Erlewine (Allmusic reveiw)

Track List

In My Heart
Can We Pretend
Heartbreak Road
I Can’t Write Left-Handed
Ruby Lee
Ain’t No Sunshine
Grandma’s Hands
Hope She’ll Be Happier
Let Me In Your Life
Sometimes A Song
I’ll Be With You
We Could Be Sweet Lovers
Make Love To Your Mind
Lean On Me(Live)