Today’s Starting Point playlist kicked off with a pick from panelist “HuffPost Live” host Alicia Menendez: “Feels So Good” by Mase. The song was  a top five hit in 1997, and was produced by hip hop mogul Diddy, then known as Sean “Puffy” Combs. Alicia also picked Seal’s first single “Krazy,”  the first of his many soulful hits.

CNN Contributor Margaret Hoover was also on our panel this morning, and brought along a couple of rap classics. Up first was The Gourds’ cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” followed by the smash hit “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. “I love Jay-Z,” Hoover said. “His New York anthem makes all New Yorkers (and all wannabe New Yorkers) proud.”

Will Cain’s playlist pick today was “Swingin’” by John Anderson. Will remembers listening to the song with a friend as kids and laughing to the “funny song.”

Starting Point anchor Soledad O’Brien contributed a song today as well: the Stevie Wonder classic “Superstition.” Believe it or not, the number one hit will be forty years old this October.

Also heard on today’s show were Steve Go0dman’s “Go Cubs Go” and Oingo Boingo’s “Weird Science.”