TODAY'S STARTING POINT PLAYLIST
From Soledad's playlist, Citizen Cope's "Hurricane Waters" played on Starting Point today. Along with performing for his dedicated fan base, Citizen Cope, born Clarence Greenwood, has written music for Santana and Dido, among other artists.
Author and journalist Farai Chideya's playlist pick today was "Pumped Up Kicks" by indie pop/rock group Foster the People. The track was an unlikely hit, peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Romney adviser Brett O'Donnell's playlist included the Van Halen classic "Right Now", a 1991 track from their days with Sammy Hagar. The group just put out A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with original singer David Lee Roth in nearly thirty years.
Another track from Soledad's playlist today was "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" by salsa singer Celia Cruz. She was an extremely prolific artist-- this song was from her 59th album, which was released in 2001 and was nominated for several Latin Grammys.
Another of Fairai Chideya's picks today was Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", a huge hit over the past year which recently won several Grammy awards including both Song and Record of the Year.
Radio host and politician J. D.Hayworth picked "Someday, Someway," which was a big hit for Marshall Crenshaw in 1981 off of his eponymous debut album.
The Huntsman Girls, the three oldest daughters of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, picked "Shake it Out," a popular track from Florence + the Machine's new album, Ceremonials.
Up and coming artist Romeo Santos showed off a couple of his own songs: "Promise" (featuring Usher), and "You." Both songs have hit Number One on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
Fairai Chideya's next pick was "We Found Love" by Rihanna. The song was Rihanna's eleventh song to top the Hot 100-- tying her with Whitney Houston for seventh place all time.
Brett O'Donnell also picked "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls, which was one of the biggest radio hits ever, topping the airplay charts for eighteen weeks in 1998.
Finally, the Huntsman Girls round out the list with "Otis" from Jay-Z and Kanye West's recent collaboration album Watch the Throne. The song features vocals from Otis Redding, who died more than forty years ago.