TODAY’S STARTING POINT MUSIC PLAYLIST

We kicked off Starting Point today with a song from Soledad’s own playlist, “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones. The song, a number two hit in 1981, is one of the band’s most enduring hits. It was one of three songs performed at the group’s 2006 Super Bowl halftime show.

Nelly’s 2010 hit “Just a Dream” made Brett O’Donnell’s playlist today. The song continued Nelly’s success into the 2010s after being called the third best selling artist of the 2000s by Billboard magazine.

Bruce Springsteen made a couple of appearances on today’s playlist. Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey picked The Boss’s classic ‘80s hit “Glory Days” while Ron Brownstein selected “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” a track from Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball. The latter song features some of saxophonist Clarence Clemons’s final work. Clemons died last year from stroke-related complications only a few weeks after performing “The Edge of Glory,” his hit song with Lady Gaga, on American Idol.

O’Donnell’s next pick today was “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys. The song, released in 1999, is one of the most successful and widely acclaimed pop songs ever. It’s accompanying music video was equally successful; on the final broadcast of TRL, it was voted as the third most iconic video in the history of the program.

Carlos Diaz’s playlist pick today was “Sure Shot” from the Beastie Boys’$2 1994 album Ill Communication. The Boys are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Brett O’Donnell and Christine Romans had their playlists overlap, both picking Billy Joel’s 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” In the number one hit, Joel lists dozens of important events that had occurred during the first forty years of his life.

Mayor Booker’s second pick today was Adele’s massive 2011 hit “Rolling in the Deep.” The song is one of the most successful songs of all time. It was number one for seven weeks in the U.S., won three Grammy awards, and is currently the second most downloaded song of all time.

Ron’s next pick was Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.” The rock song, which cracked the top five in 1976, was the first major hit of Seger’s career.

Soledad O’Brien’s next pick this morning was “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars. An artist who crosses into many musical genres, Mars was the best selling digital artist of 2011.

Finally, Ron Brownstein’s last playlist pick today was Eminem’s 2002 hit “Lost Yourself.” The song was one of the biggest hits of Eminem’s career, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song- the first rap song ever to do so.