STARTING POINT PLAYLIST 3/29/12

Marc Anthony’s “I Need To Know” was Soledad O’Brien’s first playlist pick this morning. The song was one of the biggest English-language hits of Anthony’s career, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning a Grammy in 2000.

OneRepublic’s “Good Life” made Christine Romans’ playlist today. The song, a top ten hit for the band, has been everywhere lately: it has aappeared in commercials, films, and multiple music videos.

Willie Nelson’s 1993 country hit “Graceland” made John Fugelsang’s playlist today. The American legend has released music in each of the past six decades and shows no signs of slowing down; he continues to make music and campaign for a variety of causes.

Prolific country artist Guy Clark’s “L.A. Freeway” made Will Cain’s playlist today. Clark has released nearly two dozen albums in his long career, most recently Songs and Stories in 2011.

“Free Your Mind,” the Grammy-nominated top ten hit by En Vogue, made Roland Martin’s playlist this morning. The female R&B group are currently prepping a new single, “I’ll Cry Later,” their first in several years.

Damian Marley’s 2006 song “All Night” was Fugelsang’s next pick today. Marley, the youngest song of music legend Bob Marley, has recently collaborated with artists ranging from Mick Jagger to Skrillex.

Soledad’s next pick today was Chris Brown’s 2008 hit “Forever.” Brown has had much chart success in his brief career; he has had nine top ten singles since 2007.

German house musicians Milk and Sugar’s song Let The Love (Take Over) made Roland Martin’s playlist this morning. The song reached the top of the U.K. dance chart in 2010.

“American Boy,” Estelle’s 2008 collaboration with Kanye West, is the biggest hit of her career so far. Soledad’s next playlist pick today reached the top ten in the U.S. and hit number one in her native U.K.

Roland Martin’s next pick was singer Dwele’s debut song “Find a Way.” The singer, born Andwele Gardner, also collaborated with Kanye West and was featured on his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Country singer Chris Knight’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Me” was Will Cain’s pick for today’s show. The song was featured on Knight’s self-titled 1998 debut album.

“Everlasting Light,” the lead track from The Black Keys’$2 2010 album Brothers was Fugelsang’s next pick today. The song was included inRolling Stone  magazine’s list of the best songs of the year.

Finally, we closed out the show today with the eighties classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” by pop star Tiffany. The song was originally recoded by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967, but it’s Tiffany’s number one smash from 1987 that is engrained into pop culture.