STARTING POINT PLAYLIST – 3/8/12

Carlos Diaz’s first playlist pick today was “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin. The song was a number one hit for Martin in 1999, and helped kick off his career. The song reached an even larger audience in 2004, when it was sung at the end of the movie Shrek 2, which grossed nearly a billion dollars, making it the highest-grossing animated film ever at the time.

Continuing the Latin theme, our next song was “Hips Don’t Lie” from Soledad O’Brien’s playlist. The song, by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, was a massive worldwide hit in 2006. It reached number one on dozens of charts all over the world, and became one of the most successful songs of the decade.

James Brown’s “Living in America” made NY1 host and CNN contributor Errol Louis’s playlist. The song was a big hit for the Godfather of Soul, and has become synonymous with the 1985 movie Rocky IV, in which it is prominently featured.

Sirius/XM radio host Jay Thomas’s playlist pick this morning was “Smile” by Uncle Kracker. Kracker’s biggest success came in the early 2000s when he had a pair of top ten hits with “Follow Me” and his cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

Diaz’s second song choice today was “Stronger” by Britney Spears, a track from her 2000 album “Oops!… I Did It Again.” The album is one of the fastest and best selling albums of all time; it sold more than half a million copies on its first day of release, and its current sales figure sits at around 20 million.

Up-and-coming artist JTX’s “Love in America” was the second song picked today by Jay Thomas. Coincidentally, JTX has cited Uncle Kracker, another of our playlist artists today, as a major influence.

Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls)” was Soledad’s second playlist pick today. The song was the first single off of her latest album 4. Beyoncé is one of very few artists to have all of their albums reach number one on the Billboard 200.

Errol Louis’s next pick today was “All and All,” the debut single from singer Joyce Sims. He also selected “Walk of Life,” one of the biggest hits from British rock band Dire Straits.

Jay’s next pick today was Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere With You.” The song was a big hit for Chesney, reaching number one of the country chart and selling over a million copies.

Christine Romans picked “Bones” by The Killers for her playlist pick today. The rock group, fronted by Brandon Flowers, recently ended a brief hiatus and are expected to release a new album this year.

“Play That Funky Music” was a number one hit for Wild Cherry in 1976, and today it made the playlist of Amy Holmes. She also picked Frank Sinatra’s version of the Broadway classic “I Get A Kick Out Of You.”

Finally, Carlos Diaz also picked Boyz II Men’s version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” The vocal group had a streak of enormous success in the ‘90s. Their song “End of the Road” broke the decades-old record for most week at number one. They later extended the record with “I’ll Make Love To You” and again with “One Sweet Day,” their collaboration with Mariah Carey, which still holds the record today.