STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 3/22/12

Kicking off today’s Starting Point playlist is “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey. The 1995 song was Carey’s ninth number one single. She currently sits at second place on a all time list, behind only The Beatles.

Scottish group Camera Obscura made their Starting Point debut today with “The Sweetest Thing.” The song, from The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza’s playlist, can be found on their 2009 album My Maudlin Career.

The Dropkick Muphys’ “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” was Will Cain’s first pick today. The song is often associated with Boston sports teams, especially after the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins all won championships in the past decade.

John Fugelsang’s first pick today was “He Got Game” by rap group Public Enemy. The song was part of the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film of the same name, which starred Denzel Washington and, speaking of the Celtics, their current shooting guard Ray Allen.

One of our guests today was actor/singer/model Tyrese Gibson, who brought along a few of his own hits for our playlist. “Sweet Lady,” a hit from 1999, reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. He also picked “I Like Them Girls,” another big hit from 2000, as well as “Nothing on You,” his most recent single.

Soledad’s next pick this morning was “Rock wit U,” a huge hit for Ashanti in 2003. She also picked “Pressure” by Billy Joel, which he recorded exactly thirty years ago this spring.

Lizza’s next pick was “Lit Up” by The National. The song can be found on their well-received 2005 album Alligator.

My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” was Will Cain’s next song choice today. The 2006 hit is the band’s most successful release to date. It cracked the top ten in the U.S. and hit number one in the U.K.

Starting Point guest Michelle Rhee picked “Chasing Pavements” by Adele for this morning’s show. The song is from Adele’s first album 19, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Female pop Vocal in 2009.

Eddie Money’s “Take My Home Tonight” rounds out Soldead’s playlist today. The song was a big hit in the mid-eighties, reaching number four of the Hot 100.

“I Can Love You Better” by the Dixie Chicks was Will Cain’s next pick today. The single, released in 1997, was the band’s first song with current lead singer Natalie Maines.

Finally, Soledad’s last pick today was Blue Öyster Cult’s classic rock song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” The song is widely considered a classic, and was included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.