MUSIC FEATURED ON TODAY’S STARTING POINT
Wall Street Journal reporter and Starting Point panelist Naftali Bendavid’s first playlist pick today was “Crashin’” by Jack’s Mannequin.The alt rock song is off of the group’s 2008 album The Glass Passenger, which was their most successful release to date, charting in the top ten on the Billboard 200.
From Soledad’s own playlist today comes Anita Baker’s “I Apologize.” The song, a top ten R&B hit in 1994, was just one of many hits for Baker. Her eight Grammy wins rank her tenth all-time among female artists.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, (D-CA), another guest panelist today, picked Flo Rida’s recent hit “Good Feeling.” The song prominently samples a fifty year-old Etta James song, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me.” When James passed away this January, the song was a top five hit, a reminder of her enduring musical legacy.
Another of Soledad’s picks today was AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” After the death of original lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, the band needed a song to show the world they were “back” with their new lineup. They released this song as part of the album of the same name, which went onto be one of the three best selling albums of all time. As old-school as they come, AC/DC has notoriously kept their music off of the digital market, which is why we don’t have a link to purchase this song.
Jamaican musician Sean Paul’s song “Got 2 Luv U” made the playlist of Abby Livingston, one of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s daughters. While the song was not hugely successful in the U.S., it was a big hit worldwide, hitting number one in Switzerland in 2011.
Bendavid’s next playlist pick today was “How to Save a Life,” the 2006 hit by The Fray. The song was an all around success; it was nominated for a Grammy, spent 58 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and is currently one of the thirty most downloaded songs ever on iTunes. It has also been featured in many TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy and Scrubs.
Rep. Sanchez’s second pick this morning was “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine. When the song cracked the top ten last summer, “Moves Like Jagger” by Levine’s band Maroon 5 was already number one, making Levine the first artist to have a solo number one and be part of another top ten in the same week.
Sanchez also picked Jason Derulo’s “It Girl,” a top twenty hit from last year. Derulo has garnered attention for frequently singing his own name in many of his songs. Reaction has ranged from those who find it annoying to those who consider it to be a clever marketing device.
Fastball’s “The Way” was Bendavid’s next song choice today. The song, released in 1998, was recently ranked as one of the best songs of the ‘90s by VH1. He also picked “Everlong,” the 1997 Foo Fighters hit. The Foos hit a high note with their most recent release, 2011’s Wasting Light. The album won five Grammys and after nearly twenty years together, was their first album to hit number one.
Finally, Soledad’s playlist today included three songs from Luther Vandross’ legendary catalog: “Never Too Much,” his first single from 1981, his massive hit “Here and Now” from 1989, and his final top forty hit, 2003’s “Dance With My Father.” Vandross is one of Soledad’s all-time favorite artists. Although he is gone too soon, his legacy lives on in his timeless music.