Jeremy Petersen, Bruce Trujillo and Jessi Whitten are the hosts of the first episode of "The Playlist League"

Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher

Welcome to the very first episode of "The Playlist League," a new podcast from Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir that pits playlist against playlist.

This podcast was inspired by a comment from a listener-supporter named Hannah, who wrote: “I was in a 'fantasy playlist league' with some friends where we had to submit our best new tunes each week and vote on them. I won thanks to OpenAir!"

"The Playlist League" follows a similar format. Each participant drafts five songs within a certain musical theme, one track at a time. Then, listeners vote on whose playlist is the best, and the curator of the playlist with the most votes will select the theme for the next episode.

Our first episode features CPR's OpenAir hosts Jessi Whitten, Jeremy Petersen and Bruce Trujillo selecting their ideal music festival headliners, living or dead. Below, see their individual song selections and listen along with a Spotify playlist (UpdateVoting is now closed). 

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The theme music for "The Playlist League" is performed by Dressy Bessy.

Jeremy Petersen

  • David Bowie: "'Heroes'"
  • Stevie Wonder: "Keep On Running"
  • Joni Mitchell: "Free Man In Paris"
  • The Clash: "Clampdown"
  • Bjork: "Bachelorette"

Bruce Trujillo

  • Prince: "Purple Rain"
  • Grace Jones: "Pull Up To The Bumper"
  • Gorillaz: "Left Hand Suzuki Method"
  • Perfume Genius: "Slip Away"
  • Grimes: "Venus Fly"

Jessi Whitten

  • The Smiths: "Panic"
  • Talking Heads: "People Like Us"
  • Janelle Monáe: "Make Me Feel"
  • Spice Girls: "Spice Up Your Life"
  • Cyndi Lauper: "Time After Time"