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July 2nd, 2012
08:49 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Monday, July 2, 2012

Beginning the morning with some chill hip-hop, panelist Marc Lamont Hill played "I Want You" by Common. We heard some country and pop throughout, only to end the show with another suggestion of Marc's, "Heartless" by Kanye West.

Also played:

Alison Kosik's playlist:
Katy Perry – "Wide Awake"

Panelist Margaret Hoover's playlist:
Husker Du – "Love is All Around"
Lifehouse – "First Time"

Panelist Abby Huntsman's playlist:
Jason Derulo – "Undefeated"

Journalist Dan Rather's playlist:
Willie Nelson – "Bright Lights, Big City"

Rep. Marsha Blackburns's playlist:
Darryl Worley – "Have You Forgotten"

Att. General of Delaware Beau Biden's playlist:
John Legend & The Roots – "Shine"

June 29th, 2012
08:51 AM ET

Starting Point Playlist for Friday, June 29, 2012

Once again, we turned the our "Starting Point" soundtrack to our viewers. Song choices were submitted to the blog and the following were chosen. Thanks to everyone for such great suggestions!

Played on the show:

@rfrye816's playlist:
Kirk Franklin – "I Smile"
Mary Mary – "In the Morning"

@brianbattersby's playlist:
Rihanna – "Where Have You Been"

Jim Daffron's playlist:
Cake – "I Will Survive"

WaynesWorld1988's playlist:
Queen – "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Yiften Hagon's playlist:
Nas – "Count Your Blessings"

Randall Tishner's playlist:
Alannah Miles – "Black Velvet"

@L_Tucks' playlist:
Millie Small – "My Boy Lollipop"

@LisaGangi's playlist:
Kanye West – "Heartless"

Monique Evans' playlist:
Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ – "Glory to Glory to Glory"

Steve Ronzino's playlist:
The Buggles – "Video Killed the Radio Star"

June 28th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jimmie Walker is best known for his role  as J.J. Evans on the hit '70s sitcom "Good Times," especially for his catchphrase "DYN-O-MITE!" This phrase is also the title of his newly published memoir about race in comedy, as well as the relationships he formed with other greats in the business. On his playlist: "S.O.S." by Rihanna.

Also played:

Panelist Will Cain's playlist:
Dire Straits – "Money for Nothing"

Senator Mike Lee's playlist:
Vampire Weekend – "A-Punk"

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's playlist:
Finger Eleven – "Paralyzer"

June 27th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fans were crushed when Amy Winehouse passed away last year, but none so much as her father Mitch Winehouse. His new book "Amy, My Daughter" gives unique insight into the life of the singer. Her well known hit "Rehab" was played on this morning's show.

Also played:

Soledad O'Brien's playist:
Kanye West – "Amazing"

Panelist Will Cain's playlist:
Carly Rae Jepsen – "Call Me Maybe"

Panelist Margaret Hoover's playlist:
Deep Blue Something – "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Panelist John Fugelsang's playlist:
Dr. John – "God's Sure Good"

June 26th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Between an exclusive interview with Jada Pinkett Smith, discussions on the Supreme Court's health care ruling anticipated on Thursday and a viral video of a shocked, submerged wedding party, we heard today's playlist picks:

Soledad O'Brien's playist:
Marvin Sapp – "Calling Me"

Panelist Will Cain's playlist:
John Anderson – "Swingin'"
Tom Petty – "I Won't Back Down"

Panelist Margaret Hoover's playlist:
The Rolling Stones – "Street Fighting Man"
Regina Spektor – "Us"

Panelist Alicia Menendez's playlist:
Phoenix – "1901"
Jay-Z – "Made in America"

Author William McGee's playist:
R. Kelly – "I Believe I Can Fly"

June 25th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Monday, June 25, 2012

Oscar Award winning actress Mira Sorvino joined the show today to talk about her film "Union Square". Her playlist picks included "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" by Pearl Jam and "Dig" by Incubus.

Also played:

Soledad O'Brien's playist:
Kanye West – "Love Lockdown"
Usher – "Burn"

Panelist Will Cain's playlist:
Everclear – "Santa Monica"

Panelist Marc Lamont Hill's playlist:

Marsha Ambrosius – "Late Nights and Early Mornings"
No Doubt – "Sunday Morning"

Panelist Margaret Hoover's playlist:
The Decemberists – "This is Why We Fight"

Christine Romans' playlist:
Michael Jackson – "The Girl is Mine"

Rep. Michele Bachmann's playlist:
Train – "Hey, Soul Sister"

Submit your song suggestions for Friday's Viewer Request playlist on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien"
June 25th, 2012
07:20 AM ET

Submit your song suggestions for Friday's Viewer Request playlist on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien"

Soledad and our "Starting Point" guests shouldn't have all the fun picking songs for the show in the morning. So we're turning the playlist over to you!

Have a song suggestion for "Starting Point" this Friday? You can submit them here on this blog post in the comments section. You can also message us at Facebook.com/StartingPointCNN or on Twitter @startingptcnn.


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June 22nd, 2012
10:15 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Friday, June 22, 2012

This Friday morning, we turned the our "Starting Point" soundtrack to our viewers. Song choices were submitted to the blog and the following were chosen. Thanks to everyone for such great suggestions!

Played on the show:

Barbara Hamilton's playlist:
Al Jarreau – "Mornin'"

@ministeraware's playlist:
Miley Cirus – "The Climb"

Kristin Palmer's playlist:
Akshan – "Island Rocker"

@romanov_76_110's playlist:
Peter Palmer, Stubby Kaye, Lehman Engel– "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands"

@aobrooks' playlist:
The Staple Singer – "I'll Take You There"

Lisa Desposito Spica's playlist:
Lady Antebellum – "Hello World"

Amy Emke's playlist:
The Verve – "Bittersweet Symphony"

Randall Tishner's playlist:
Poison – "Something to Believe In"

Talicia Harris White's playlist:
Rihanna – "Talk That Talk"

James M Grandone's playlist:
Grateful Dead – "Sugar Magnolia"

June 21st, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Starting Point playlist for Thursday, June 21, 2012

On today's show, Soledad played a song by the famous Cuban cantante Rolando Laserie. Soledad's Cuban heritage and unique name led her to pick one of his most famous songs "Hola Soledad". The genre is "Bolero", that is slow-tempo Latin music of Spanish and Cuban origin that is often accompanied by dance.

Christine Romans' playlist:
The Rolling Stones – "Brown Sugar"

Panelist Will Cain's playlist:
Everclear – "Santa Monica"

Panelist Margaret Hoover's playlist:
Madness – "Our House"

Panelist Celeste Headlee's playlist:
Dean Martin – "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"
Plain White T's – "Hey There Delilah"

Pres. of Metro State College of Denver Stephen Jordan's playlist:
Jason Mraz – "Curbside Prophet"

June 20th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Starting Point playlist for Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Between the breaking news making multiple headlines this morning on Starting Point, these classic hits provided breaks in the action: Christine Romans' pick "Bustin' Out" by Rick James, Will Cain's pick "All Apologies" by Nirvana, and author David Maraniss' choice "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley.

Also played:

Christine Romans' playlist:
The Killers – "For Reasons Unknown"

Panelist Margaret Hoover's playlist:
U2 – "Beautiful Day"
R.E.M. – "Shiny Happy People"

Panelist Richard Socaride's playlist:
Carly Rae Jepsen – "Call Me Maybe"

 

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