Listen to Ann Delisi celebrate 15 years of ‘Essential Music’ on WDET

Listen to Ann Delisi feature some of her favorite songs and memories from “Essential Music” throughout the years.

Ann Delisi

This past weekend I celebrated my 15th anniversary as the host of Ann Delisi’s Essential Music on 101.9 WDET.

I thought about it very little — to be honest with you — until this past week. I realized that trying to look back on all 15 years was going to be pretty tough. I know how hard it is to fit a whole lot into a little time.

But I’m playing some of my favorite songs during these two milestone episodes, and then talk along the way about some of the things that I was able to do in the last 15 years. It took a lot of people to do it, but at the core of all of it is you who listen and support the station — and share what you love and give me constructive criticism and all the rest.

It’s been an absolutely lovely journey.

Listen to my 15th anniversary episodes of Ann Delisi’s Essential Music using the media players below, which are available for two weeks after the publication dates. You can also check out some of my favorite photos from the last 15 years at WDET in the gallery below.

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music 15th Anniversary Playlist

Saturday, March 9, 2024

  • “Compared to What” – Les McCann & Ed Harris
  • “28 Butts” – Little Jackie
  • “Fade Out Lines” – The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer
  • “Nobody’s Baby” – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • “Need You Tonight” – Bonnie Raitt
  • “Sugar and Spice” – Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
  • “James Brown (with Seun Kuti)” – Sinéad O’Connor
  • “It Runs Through Me (feat. De La Soul)” – Tom Misch
  • “People Got a Lotta Nerve” – Neko Case
  • “Holdin on to Black Metal” – My Morning Jacket
  • “Lose Yourself to Dance” – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • “Liquid Spirit” – Gregory Porter
  • “Changes, Pt. 1” – Neal Francis
  • “Head Over Heels” – JD McPherson
  • “Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)” – Janelle Monáe
  • “Witchoo” – Durand Jones & The Indications & Aaron Frazer
  • “Dreams” – Beck
  • “Stand on the Word” – Joubert Singers
  • “Mindbender (Live)” – Dennis Coffey
  • “Every Time I See You, I Go Wild!” – J.J. Barnes
  • “It’s a Desperate Situation” – Marvin Gaye
  • “I’m Not Leaving (feat. Martha Reeves & the Funk Bros.)” – The Crystal Method
  • “Cherish the Day” – Sade
  • “Hi Ho” – The War and Treaty
  • “The Truth” – Prince
  • “Wish That You Were Here” – Florence + the Machine
  • “Flow with It (You Got Me Feeling Like)” – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • “Ridin'” – Amp Fiddler

Sunday, March 10, 2024

  • “Amalia’s Ocean” – BLKBOK
  • “Hey Laura” – Gregory Porter
  • “Carried Away” – H.E.R.
  • “Please Won’t Please” – Helado Negro
  • “100 Yard Dash” – Raphael Saadiq
  • “Stepping Into Destiny” – Mike Ellison
  • “Bad Bad News” – Leon Bridges
  • “You’ve Got Nothing to Lose” – Michael Kiwanuka
  • “Sort of Revolution” – Fink
  • “Love and Hate in a Different Time (Radio Edit)” – Gabriels
  • “How I Got Over (Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles, January 13, 1972)” – Aretha Franklin
  • “When the World Gets Small” – Gov’t Mule”
  • “Next To You” – Poolside
  • “Stay High” – Brittany Howard
  • “On a Cloud” – The Platinum Pied Pipers
  • “Killing For Love (Beatfanatic Remix)” – José González
  • “Doubt” – Charlotte Day Wilson
  • “Maybe So, Maybe No” – Mayor Hawthorne
  • “Amazing” – Greyhounds
  • “Every Time You Turn Around” – Low Cut Connie
  • “Ragged Wood” – Fleet Foxes
  • “You Don’t Know” – Smoove & Turrell
  • “I Can’t Give Everything Away” – David Bowie
  • “My Sentiment” – Universal Togetherness Band
  • “Sure Thing” – St Germain
  • “Music Man (feat. Grey Reverent” – Nickodemus
  • “Hero In Me” – The Strange

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  • Ann Delisi
    Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.