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May 7th, 2012
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Starting Point playlist for Monday, May 7, 2012

STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 5/7/12

We kicked off today's Starting Point playlist with a pick from panelist Jay Thomas, an Emmy Award-winning actor. Jay picked "Love in America" by JTX, whose debut album From Detroit With Love is now available online. He also picked Doc Watson's "Tennessee Stud."

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanihan stopped by the show today and brought Jay-Z's "Young Forever" featuring Mr. Hudson along with him. When the 2010 hit cracked the Billboard top ten, it tied Jay-Z with Ludacris for the most rap songs to make the top ten.

"The Good Life" by Kanye West was CNN's education contributor Dr. Steve Perry's music pick this morning. The song was a hit for the rapper in 2007, and sampled parts of Michael Jackson's classic "(P.Y.T.) Pretty Young Thing."

British band Coldplay made Christine Romans' playlist today with "Hurts Like Heaven." The track is from the group's most recent album Mylo Xyloto, which was their fifth straight album to hit number one in their native U.K. Christine also played "Too Many Rappers" by The Beastie Boys ft. Nas, in honor of founding Beastie Adam Yauch, who passed away Friday after a battle with cancer.

WSJ writer Chris Farley was on our show today to discuss the box office success of The Avengers, and he also picked a song for today's playlist: Peter Tosh's "Wanted Dread and Alive." The late reggae legend spent many years performing with Bob Marley and The Wailers.

The Carter and Wipf families have been making headlines for their innovative ideas, and they made an appearance on today's Starting Point, bringing along Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." The song was the biggest hit of The Who guitarist's solo career.

Graceland's Director of Communications was a guest on SP today and, of course, picked an Elvis song to add to our playlist: "It's Now or Never." The song was just one of The King's' 17 number one hits.

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