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April 20th, 2012
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Starting Point playlist for Friday, April 20, 2012

STARTING POINT playlist 4/20/12

Today’s playlist began with picks from the guests who were on the plane that was forced to make an emergency landing after birds flew into the engine: Grant Cardone and CNN’s own Ali Velshi. Ali’s song, “Holding Out For a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler, topped off the show. It was followed by Grant’s pick, “Till I Collapse” by Eminem.

Panelist Hank Sheinkopf chose Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.” The song was originally recorded by the 1960s band The Great Society, but found success with Jefferson Airplane, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone has the song at #274 on their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Dr. Alicia Salzer also joined the panel today and played two songs from her personal playlist. The first was Joss Stone’s “Fell in Love With a Boy,” a White Stripes original that was first called “Fell in Love With a Girl.” In 2007, Rolling Stone called the latter one of the forty songs that changed the world.

Soledad gave Dr. Salzer the award for best song choices of the day after hearing her second choice, “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall. The song was a perfect fit for the film it was featured in, The Devil Wears Prada. But Tunstall said in an Entertainment Weekly interview, “The song is actually about the photograph of Patti Smith on the cover of Horses. I didn't realize the lyrics could perfectly fit a chick flick.”

Zoraida Sambolin gave you the headlines this morning, and her song choice was Shakira’s “She Wolf.” The song is also known as “Loba” to those in Spanish-speaking countries. Shakira thinks of the she wolf as her alter ego, similar to Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce. She said in an interview, “Every time you screw up, you say, ‘It wasn’t me, that was the she wolf … that was the animal in me, that wasn’t me, I have nothing to do with that.”

As always, Will Cain added a little country flavor to the playlist with the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Read to Make Nice.” The song was part of an album that was a response to the backlash the group felt after singer Natalie Maines made negative comments about President George W. Bush. It was largely ignored by country radio but ended up winning the group three of their five Grammy awards that year.

Three of Soledad’s favorite songs finished up this morning’s playlist. The first was “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters, which has become a common theme song in the wake of disasters like 9/11 and the tsunami in Japan.

Switching gears completely, Soledad picked “Get Your Freak On” by Missy Elliot and closed with the New York City anthem “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

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