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May 31st, 2012
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Starting Point playlist for Thursday, May 31, 2012

STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 5/31/12

Criminologist Casey Jordan was on set today, and she kicked off our playlist with Fiona Apple's "Criminal." The Grammy and VMA-winning song is the biggest hit of Apple's career, and has been included in VH1 and Blender's "Best-Of" lists.

Margaret Hoover was back on our panel today and, as always, picked a couple of great songs for the playlist. Today they were Fatboy Slim's "Praise You," his only U.S. Top 40 hit, and Arcade Fire's recent rock hit "Rebellion (Lies)."

Hoover was joined on the panel by Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., the Columbia University professor and journalist. First up from Marc's playlist was Erykah Badu's "Honey." The 2008 hit included a 30-year old sample of jazz singer Nancy Wilson.

Marc also picked Stevie Wonder's "All I Do," a track from his 1980 album Hotter than July. Wonder is one of the most successful artists in the history of popular music, both as a singer and as a songwriter.

Kanye West made our playlist for the second day in a row, this time with "Amazing," a pick from Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien. The song is from his best-selling 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak. Soledad also picked Beyonce's "Video Phone."

Will Cain rounded out the panel with a couple of acclaimed songs: Bob Seger's 1978 hit "Hollywood Nights," and Don Henley's "Boys of Summer," which Rolling Stone included in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Charlie Foley, who created the buzzworthy documentary Mermaids: The Body Found, stopped by today's Starting Point and brought along a fitting song for our playlist: "This Is the Sea," a song from the 1985 album of the same name by The Waterboys.

Finally, Christine Romans contributed a song today: "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," the early eighties hit from the Georgia Satellites.

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