STARTING POINT PLAYLIST for Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio began the show with “Tonight, Tonight” by the pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae. The song reached #7 last summer on the Billboard Hot 100 and was dubbed by some as a summer anthem.
The first song to play from Terry McAullife’s playlist was “Funny the Way It Is” by the Dave Matthews Band. The former Democratic National Committee chairman’s song didn’t make it quite as high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as Rick Lazio’s first pick; its peak position was #37.
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick is a fan of The Killers and played “Read My Mind” from her playlist. The song was ranked #6 on Rolling Stone’s top 100 songs of 2006, behind big names from all genres including Bob Dylan and Chamillionaire.
Rick Lazio switched it up with “Just the Way You Are” by singer-songwriter sensation Bruno Mars. The wildly popular song was covered across the television universe, from hopeful contestants on “American Idol” to high school misfits on “Glee.”
Terry McAullife brought “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles, which the third consecutive fab four song to dominate the charts. When it was released in 1964, it knocked “She Loves You” from the top spot.
Keeping with the British theme, James Blunt filled the studio with “You’re Beautiful,” from Rick Lazio’s playlist. Although the song did well on the charts, a Rolling Stone poll placed it at #7 on a list of the ten most annoying songs in 2007.
A surprise came from Terry McAullife with Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” The single won Gaga the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance last year.
Amy Chozick played “Lovers in Japan” by Coldplay. The song was released as a single in 2008, and while it only reached #65 on the Billboard Pop 100, it reached #41 on the Hot 100 chart in Japan.
Classic “Brown Eyed Girl,” by Van Morrison, is another Rick Lazio favorite. Last year, the song entered a small club of musicians that have proven to have the most staying power; it reached 10 million plays on U.S. radio.
The show ended on a song from both Amy Chozick and Soledad’s playlists, “Run This Town” by Jay-Z featuring Kanye West and Rihanna. The song is responsible for two of Jay-Z’s 15 Grammy awards.
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