Kicking off today’s Starting Point playlist was a pick from Soledad O’Brien’s own collection: “Wake Up” by Alicia Keys. The track is from Keys’ second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, which was released in late 2003. Keys has had four number one hits, including “Empire State of Mind,” her huge hit with rapper Jay-Z.
“Sympathy for the Devil” made guest commentator Jim Burkhard’s playlist this morning. The song, by The Rolling Stones, was called one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone. The Stones recently said that they would not tour in honor of their fiftieth anniversary this year, but did not rule out celebrating the occasion in the future.
Chrystia Roland, the editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, picked Dolly Parton’s 1973 classic “Jolene.” She song is about a wife’s fear that a woman named Jolene is going to steal away her husband. Luckily, Parton has nothing to worry about– she has been married to husband Carl Dean for over 45 years.
CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Jeff Toobin picked “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps. The song has seen success in many incarnations. First released in 1976, it didn’t become a big hit until it was featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever a few years later. It experienced further success from covers by Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper, whose version was nominated for a Grammy in 1999.
TheWrap.com editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman picked Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” from her playlist today. The song was a surprise hit for the alternative pop/rock group; it reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the biggest hits of 2011.
The Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” made Will Cain’s playlist this morning. The song, which features lyrics by Woody Guthrie, has become synonymous with the Boston Red Sox. The baseball team played the song frequently during their 2007 championship run. Cain also picked Bob Segar’s 1978 hit “Hollywood Nights.”
We also featured today k.d. land’s “Miss Chatelaine,” Chrystia Freeland’s next playlist pick. The song was a hit for the activist and artist, and was nominated for a Grammy in 1994.