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April 26th, 2012
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Starting Point playlist for Thursday, April 26, 2012

STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 4/26/12

Today's Starting Point with guest anchor Christine Romans began with a pick from Jose Antonio Vargas' playlist: "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys. The song was a number one hit for the duo in 2009, and prompted Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg to release their west coast response song "California Gurls."

Kelly Clarkson's smash hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"  made Abby Huntsman's playlist this morning. The song has topped practically every chart around, including the Hot 100, Hot Pop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs. Abby also picked Eric Church's top-ten country hit "Springsteen" and the Allman Brothers classic "Rambin' Man."

Kevin Powell's playlist pick today was John Mayer's Grammy-winning hit "Waiting on the World to Change." Mayer's new album Born and Raised is set to be released on May 22nd.

"Threadbare Gypsy Soul" by Pat Green made Will Cain's playlist this morning. Green also has a new album on the horizon: Songs We Wish We Written II, a followup to his 2001 covers album, is due May 8th.

Captain Fraser Hall and First Mate Peter Hammarstedt of Animal Planet's Whale Wars stopped by Starting Point today and brought along "Soul Meets Boy," a song by Death Cab For Cutie. The track, off of their 2005 album Plans, was their first song to chart in the U.S., peaking just outside of the Top 40.

Legendary actress and singer Lynda Carter visited Starting Point today. In honor of the one and only Wonder Woman, we played a few tracks off of Lynda's most recent album, 2011's Crazy Little Things. Up first was "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," along with "C'est La Vie" and "Jessie's Song," which she wrote for her daughter.

"Lover Come Back To Me" by Dinah Washington was John Fugelsang's pick today. We also played John Fogerty's "Centerfield" and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."

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