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Host, Ann Delisi Essential Music

Ann has been an influential part of Detroit media for more than 20 years. From radio to television to voiceovers, Ann Delisi is a familiar voice to metro Detroiters. A Wayne State grad and former WDET staffer (1983-1995), Ann now hosts a show on WDET that is a fun, contemporary and thoroughly hand-picked approach to music that moves Detroit. Ann will guide us through the “essential music,” both new and familiar, that’s shaping our culture and feature music made in Detroit every hour. Ann’s show also brings you live performances, interviews and special features.

anndelisi@wdet.org   Follow @anndelisimusic

Recent Posts

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jan. 10, 2016 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Birthday of Allen Toussaint, Wilson, Pickett, Lucinda Williams and Mary J. Blige

Song Artist Album
Never Twice MNOE Never Twice
Samba Tomora Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal Musique de Nuit
No Ordinary Love Sade Love Deluxe
Only Love Andra Day Cheers to the Fall
Necessary Evil Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
In Time The Black Keys Turn Blue
Bad Seed Sown The Belluries Workingman's Bellfuries
Dust Lucinda Williams The Ghosts of Highway 20
Through Your Hands John Hiatt Stolen Moments
Anyhow Tedeschi Trucks Band Let Me Get By
Leaving the City Joanna Newsome Divers
Red Umbrella Kostars Klassics with a K
Ode to Thinking Bobby Long Ode to Thinking
Song Artist Album
Obviously Five Believers Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Change Patty Griffin Flaming Red
Shine a Different Way Patty Griffin Servant of Love
Goodness Sonny Cleveland Sonny Cleveland EP
The Trouble with Us Chet Faker & Marcus Marr Work
What's On Your Mind Greyhounds Accumulator
Sam Huff's Flying Raging Machine Lettuce Rage!
What a Man Linda Lyndell The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singers
Tighten Up, Pt. 1 Archie Bell & The Dells Tighten Up
Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett A Man and a Half
Everlong Foo Fighters Greatest Hits
Walking After You Foo Fighters The X-Files: The Album
I'll Take Care of U Gil Scott Heron & Jamie Xx We're New Here
Be Thankful for What You've Got Massive Attack Blue Lines
Song Artist Album
Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky Allen Toussaint Sweet Touch of Love
With You in Mind Allen Toussaint Songbook
About You Mary J. Blige The Breakthrough
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free Nina Simone Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection
Drama Inside Amp Fiddler/Sly & Robbie Inspiration Information
Someday Banta Dark Charms
Sunshine Mike Doughty The Flip is Another Honey
To Keep & To Be Kept Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders Playmates
Compound Fracture My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Mystery and Wonder Blitzen Trapper All Across This Land
Kalan Nege Issa Bagayogo Putumayo Presents African Beat
Northern Blues City and Colour If I Should Go Before You
Disappear Meghan Wolf Theory of Gravity
Surrender Mike Ellison feat. Jessica Hernandez Surrender

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jan. 9, 2016 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann celebrates the birthdays of Stephen Stills, Michael Stipe, Elvis Presley, producer Jerry Wexler

Song Artist Album
Let Me Down Easy Paolo Nutini Caustic Love
New Shoes Paolo Nutini These Streets
Excellent Birds Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak
Lazarus David Bowie Blackstar
Periodically Double or Triple Yo La Tengo Popular Songs
Wasted Love City and Colour If I Should Go Before You
I Am Superman R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant
Radio Song R.E.M. Out of Time
Strange Conditon Pete Yorn musicforthemorningafter
Lost Weekend Pete Yorn Arranging Time
Gonna Change My Way of Thinking Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming
Song Artist Album
The Lower Road Joan Baez Day After Tomorrow
Diamonds and Rust Joan Baez Diamonds and Rust
Gypsy in Me Bonnie Raitt Dig in Deep
Slow Train to Dawn The The Infected
The Year of the Get You Alone Field Report Field Report
Goldfinger Shirley Bassey Best of Bond...James Bond
History Repeating The Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey decksanddrumsandrockandroll
Song Artist Album
Back of the Car EMO Putumayo Presents: A New Groove
Perfect Skin Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Rattlesnakes
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield
Love the One You're With Stephen Stills Stephen Stills
Ordinary Madness JoJo Effect Ordinary Madness
Mountain At My Gates Foals What Went Down
Ants Marching Dave Matthews Band Under the Table and Dreaming
I Wish You Would JD McPherson The Warm Covers EP
Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin A Few Small Repairs
In the Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett In the Midnight Hour
Mystery Train Elvis Presley The Essential Elvis Presley
Down By the Riverside The Million Dollar Quartet The Complete Million Dollar Quartet
Elvis' Rolls Royce Was (Not Was) Are You Okay?

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jan. 3, 2016 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann continues counting down Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Song Artist Album
Cupid Sam Cooke Greatest Hits
The Twist Chubby Checker The Best of Chubby Checker,
Penny Lane The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Heroin The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground & Nico
Leader of the Pack The Shangri-Las 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Shangri-Las
Pressure Drop Toots & The Maytals The Very Best of Toots & the Maytals
Come As You Are Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher The Beat Goes On
I Shot the Sheriff Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend
Come Go With Me The Del-Vikings 20th Century Rocks: 50's Rock 'n' Roll
In Da Club 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Pink Houses John Mellencamp Uh-Huh!
Push It Salt-n-Pepa 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection - Salt-n-Pepa
I Wanna Be Your Dog The Stooges The Stooges
Love Me Tender Elvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 Hits
Song Artist Album
Beast of Burden Rolling Stones Some Girls
Alone Again Or Love The Best of: Love
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett The Wicked Pickett
Ramble On Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips Love Songs: Gladys Knight & The Pips
Ain't That a Shame Fats Domino Fats Domino Jukebox
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais The Clash Hits Back
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love Solomon Burke The Very Best of Solomon Burke
New Year's Day U2 War
Smoke on the Water Deep Purple Machine Head
Tumbling Dice Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
American Idiot Green Day American Idiot
William, It Was Really Nothing The Smiths Louder Than Bombs
Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley The Essential Elvis Presley
Song Artist Album
Piano Man Billy Joel Piano Man
It's Your Thing The Isley Brothers The Essential Isley Brothers
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Crosby, Stills & Nash So Far
The Boys of Summer Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops Motown # 1's
Young Blood The Coasters Rhino Hi-Five: The Coasters
The Girl Can't Help It LIttle Richard The Georgia Peach
Ode to Billy Joe Bobbi Gentry Ode to Billy Joe
I Feel Love Donna Summer On the Radio: Greatest Hits
Monkey Gone to Heaven Pixies Doolittle
Sweet Emotion Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
Sweet Emotion Aerosmith Toys in the Attic

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jan. 2, 2016 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann begins counting down Rolling Stone Magazine’s List of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Song Artist Album
Shop Around Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Anthology
Buddy Holly Weezer Weezer
MIss You Rolling Stones Some Girls
The Rising Bruce Springsteen The Rising
Running On Empty Jackson Browne Running on Empty
Brown Sugar Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
Time to Pretend MGMT Oracular Spectacular
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
I Love Rock 'n' Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n' Roll
Clocks Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Under the Boardwalk The Drifters Under the Boardwalk
Just Like Heaven The Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
I'm Eighteen Alice Cooper Love it To Death
Song Artist Album
Young Americans David Bowie Young Americans
Lady Marmalade Labelle Nightbirds
Cry Me a River Justin Timberlake Justified
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow
Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Super Freak Rick James Street Songs
Sabotage The Beastie Boys Ill Communication
I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner Agent Provocateur
Last Night The Strokes Is This It
How Soon Is Now? The Smiths Meat is Murder
Do Right Woman Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul
Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go
Song Artist Album
Into the Mystic Van Morrison Moondance
Welcome to the Jungle Guns 'n' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Runaway Del Shannon Runaway
Surrender Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight
Standing in the Shadows of Love The Four Tops Reach Out
Rain The Beatles Past Masters
Respect Yourself The Staple Singers The Best of the Staple Singers
Rolling Stone Muddy Waters The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
Kiss Prince Parade
Soul Man Sam & Dave The Best of Sam & Dave
All Apologies Nirvana In Utero
Sheena is a Punk Rocker The Ramones Hey! Ho! Let's Go
My Sweet Lord George Harrison All Things Must Pass

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, December 27, 2015

Dec. 27, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann Delisi and Gary Graff recap music in 2015

Song Artist Album
Shake It Off Ryan Adams 1989
What Kind of Man Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Terraplane Blues Eric Clapton Sessions for Robert Johnson
The Needle and the Damage Done Neil Young Harvest
Song Artist Album
God Only Knows The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
Feeling Good Nina Simone Compact Jazz: Nina Simone
LIke a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
The Ties That Bind Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread
I Wish Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Song Artist Album
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Random Name Generator Wilco Star Wars
Head Over Heels JD McPherson Let the Good Times Roll
Gone JR JR JR JR
Black is the Color Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow is My Turn
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars Uptown Special
Smooth Sailin' Leon Bridges Coming Home
The Traveling Kind Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dec. 26, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann plays in-studio performances and interviews from 2015

Song Artist Album
Where Have All the Cowboys Paula Cole Live in the WDET Studios
Beaumont Blues The Bellfuries Live in the WDET Studios
Bad Seed Sown The Bellfuries Live in the WDET Studios
Lay It On My Briar Rabbit Live in the WDET Studios
Bricks Briar Rabbit Live in the WDET Studios
Thunder Head The Native Howl Live in the WDET Studios
Holiday Olivia Chaney Live in the WDET Studios
La Jardinera Olivia Chaney Live in the WDET Studios
Bedrooms Valley Hush Live in the WDET Studios
Ain't No Sunshine VINX Live in the WDET Studios
Given Name Corktown Popes Live in the WDET Studios
Song Artist Album
Get On With It Shun Ng Live in the WDET Studios
Boogie Baby Shun Ng Live in the WDET Studios
Safely Down Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men Live in the WDET Studios
I Liked You Better Before You Changed Blaire Alise & The Bombshells Live in the WDET Studios
In the Morning Blaire Alise and the Bombshells Live in the WDET Studios
Heavy Heart Holly Miranda Live in the WDET Studios
All I Want Is To Be Your Girl Holly Miranda LIve in the WDET Studios
Run Baby Run Gasoline Gypsies Live in the WDET Studios
Song Artist Album
Animals mackinac. Live in the WDET Studios
Please Come Back mackinac. Live in the WDET Studios
Breaking and Entering Eliza Neals Live in the WDET Studios
The Beep The Infatuations Live in the WDET Studios
Steal Away JD McPherson Live in the WDET Studios
Head Over Heels JD McPherson LIve in the WDET Studios

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dec. 20, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann’s annual Holiday Show

Song Artist Album
Oh Happy Day Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
I'll Be Home for Christmas Dean Martin & Scarlett Johansson My Kind of Christmas
Christmas Time is Here Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas
Jingle Bell Christmas Keb' Mo' All Star Christmas
Do You Hear What I Hear Thornetta Davis Remember Love on Christmas Day
Children Go Where I Send Thee Nick Lowe & Los Straightjackets The Quality Holiday Revue
O Holy Night Al Green Feels Like Christmas
Winter Swell Blues Paula Fuga This Warm December
Angels We Have Heard on High Papa Wemba & MinoCinelu World Christmas
Someday at Christmas Stevie Wonder & Andra Day Someday at Christmas
Mrs. Claus Ain't Got Nothin' On Me Little Jackie The Christmas Gig
Little Drummer Boy Jill Jack Celebrates the Holidays
Carol of the Bells Sixpence None the Richer The Dawn of Grace
I Believe in Christmas Eve Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Our Very Best Christmas
Sweet Secret Peace Neil Finn A Winter's Night Vol. 2
Song Artist Album
Last Month of the Year The Blind Boys of Alabama Go Tell It on the Mountain
Christmas 1984 The Flutter and Wow Christmas1984
Merry Christmas Eve Better Than Ezra Merry Christmas Eve
This Christmas The Infatuations A Michigan Christmas of Hope
My Kind The Hard Lessons My Kind
Sleigh Bells David Myles It's Christmas
Amazing Grace Ruthie Foster All Is Bright
White Christmas The Supremes A Motown Christmas
Tiny Tree Christmas Guster A Christmas Gig
Mistletoe Blaire Alise and the Bombshells Mistletoe
Navidad Gipsy Kings World Christmas
Get Down for the Holidays Jenny O. The Christmas Gig
Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights) JD McPherson Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
Go Tell It on the Mountain Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Sings the Songs of Christmas!
That's What Christmas Means to Me En Vogue The Gift of Christmas
Snow Day Matt Pond Winter Songs EP
The Christmas Song Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Remember Two Things
Song Artist Album
Jesus What a Wonderful Child Mariah Carey Merry Christmas
Cool Yule Bette Midler Cool Yule
Christmas Wish She & Him A Very She & Him Christmas
O Come All Ye Faithful Johnnyswim A Johnnyswim Christmas
Mistletoe and Holly Frank Sinatra A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
Silent Night Sarah McLachlan Wintersong
Jingle Bells James Taylor James Taylor at Christmas
Getting Ready for Christmas Day Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
The Christmas Song Alana Davis Christmas Song
Just Another Christmas Song Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings It's a Holiday Soul Party
Joy to the World Aretha Franklin Christmas of Hope
Christmas Teddy Thompson Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan A Winter's Night, Vol. 2
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Pretenders A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music Playlist for Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dec. 19, 2015 on Ann Delisi's Essential Music

Ann interviews Dan Austin about The Motor City Soul Club

Song Artist Album
Can't Stop Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
The Trouble with Us Chet Faker & Marcus Marr Work
Hipster Holidaze Kirabelle Frabotta ft. Brian Thibault FIREBREATHMAS 2015
Love Crazy The Walkervilles Rebirth of the Cool
Should Have Known Better Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
Shout Bama Lama The Detroit Cobras Life, Love and Leaving
London Benjamin Clementine At Least for Now
Don't Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes Sound and Color
Depreston Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Big Decisions My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Wolf Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind
Moonjellies The Poor Nobodys Until I Uproot and Walk Again
Big Wheel Saun & Starr Look Closer
Song Artist Album
Dreams Beck Dreams
Mystery Boxed In Boxed in
I Can't Get Over Losing Your Love The Incredibles Single
Your Love Is Incredibly Delicious Willis Wooten Single
You Don't Mean It Towanda Barnes Single
Why Why Why'd She Leave Me Lenis Guess Single
Detroit, Michigan Ronnie Love Single
Northern Blues City and Colour If I Should Go Before You
Wish I Had Answered Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune
Downtown Whitehorse Leave No Bridge Unburned
Song Artist Album
Sittin' Here St Germain St Germain
Beatnik Walking Richard Thompson Still
Rock 'n' Roll IS Cold Matthew E. White Fresh Blood
Riptide Vance Joy Dream Your Life Away
Something About Us Daft Punk Discovery
Gone JR JR JR JR
Thriller Thriller Thriller
Same to You Melody Gardot Currency of Man
Send a Message Amp Fiddler Bassmentality 3
Never Twice Lauren Deming Never Twice
Ship to Wreck Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
What I Thought Chris Emmerson Chris Emmerson