Starting Point playlist for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

STARTING POINT PLAYLIST FOR 5/2/12

This morning Seth Jones, former senior adviser of U.S. Special Operations Command in Afghanistan, stopped by Starting Point and began the playlist with “Talk” by Coldplay. The song was almost scrapped when the band was trying to decide on the tracklisting for the “X&Y” album because of recording difficulties. Lead singer Chris Martin said that when it was finally mixed properly, it sounded “mega.”
The next choice was panelist Meredith Baxter’s. She chose “Smooth” by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas. The 1999 song had huge success, and was the last #1 song of the 20th century. Meredith also played a SP playlist favorite, “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.
Will Cain’s playlist included “New York Groove” by Ace Frehley; it was the most successful single any of the KISS members released as solo acts. Will’s other song choice for the day was “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp.
    Christine Romans woke everyone up with her contributions to today’s playlist. First up was “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, which sold 7 million units last year, making it the band’s most popular song to date. Christine also played M/A/R/R/S’ “Pump Up the Volume,” a popular British dance song from the 1980s.
    Governor Tim Pawlenty brought Bruce Springsteen back to the SP playlist with “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight).” The popular song was released in 1973 and is a fan favorite at live shows. It’s even received a lot of radio play, despite the fact that it was never released as a single in the U.S. and is just over seven minutes in length.
      “Mr. Wendal” by Arrested Development was John Fugelsang’s music selection this morning. The 1992 single did well on the charts when it was released and has remained in the minds of pop culture enthusiasts. It was mentioned in an episode of American Dad when a character was dressed as a bird; the song is about not treating the homeless differently because of how they look.
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