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June 4th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Monday, June 4, 2012


Today's show started with panelist Roland Martin's pick "All I do is Win" which is the second official single from DJ Khaled’s fourth studio album Victory.

"Starting Point" host Soledad O'Brien's first song "Pieces of Me” was a special pick for her guest Ledisi, who talked about her new book "Better Than Alright." She says it was inspired by her personal journey throughout her musical career.

The second hour started off with a pick from panelist Roland Martin - RUN D.M.C.'s rendition of "Walk This Way" which was originally released by American rock group Aerosmith. During its second revival with the hip-hop group it became an international hit and won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap – Single in 1987.

Later on, Will Cain slowed things down with a little Pearl Jam with "Last Kiss" - a song that was first released by Wayne Cochran in 1961.

The show ended on a rockin' note when mixed martial artist and UFC champion Urijah Faber chose "Just a Friend” by rapper Biz Markie. He went on to say this was also his favorite karaoke song.

Filed under: A little fun • Music Lists • Playlist • Starting Point Music
May 25th, 2012
09:17 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Friday, May 25, 2012


Today's Starting Point playlist kicked off with a pick from one of our panelists, The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza. Ryan picked "Blue Orchid" by The White Stripes. Former Stripes frontman Jack White recently scored his first number one album with his debut solo release Blunderbuss.

Lizza also picked "Wrecking Ball," a song by country great Emmylou Harris. The song, originally written by Neil Young, was chosen as the title track to Harris' 1995 rock album.

Christine Romans filled in for Soledad O'Brien in the anchor seat today, and picked a few songs for today's playlist as well. Up first was "No Brakes," a track from The Bravery's self-titled debut album.  Christine also picked "Make Some Noise" by the Beastie Boys and the Foo Fighters' "My Hero."

Alicia Menendez stopped by our panel this morning and brought along a pretty diverse bunch of tunes. Alicia's first pick was Salt N Pepa's 1993 smash "None of Your Business," followed by the late, great Selena's "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."

"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" from Michael Jackson's legendary album Thriller also made Alicia's playlist today, as well as the current hit "International Love" by Pitbull ft. Chris Brown.

Will Cain also contributed a song to our playlist this morning: "It's Alright" by Big Head Todd & the Monsters. The track is off of the band's platinum 1993 album Sister Sweetly.

March 6th, 2012
10:20 AM ET

Fairai Chideya's playlist - 3/6/12

Fairai Chideya Musical Selections from today's Starting Point:

"Lights" by Ellie Goulding
"Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
"Someone Like You" by Adele
"How I Got Over" by Mahalia Jackson
"All of the Lights" by Kanye West
"Would" by Alice in Chains
"Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People
"Taxi Driver" by West African High Life Band
"Barima" by Youssou N'Dour
"We Found Love" by Rhianna
"Angel" by Jimi Hendrix

March 6th, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Mike DeWine's Playlist - March 6, 2012

Here are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's playlist picks for today's Starting Point.
"Jackson" by Johnny Cash
"Baby Now that I've Found You" By Alison Krauss
"You're Just a Country Boy" by Alison Krauss
"Angel Band" by EmmyLou Harris
"Half as Much" by EmmyLou Harris
"One of These Days" by EmmyLou Harris