Australian executives share the top 3 songs on their music playlists

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The songs on your favourite playlist can be revealing. Perhaps you listen to trending pop song to get you motivated, or smooth acoustic music when you need to concentrate.

Whichever it is, it always an insightful process to take a look at someone else’s favourite tunes.

Judges for the upcoming The Executive of the Year Awards by The CEO Magazine shared their top three songs you would find on their favourite playlists.

Here are the songs they love to listen to.

Janine Allis, founder of Boost Juice and Retail Zoo

1. Sugar Man by Rodriguez: This song I can sit by the fire, close my eyes and just relax to it.

2. Tapestry by Carole King: An oldie but a goodie.
3. A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin: Always makes me think of my children and how they make me feel.

Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent

1. You Get What You Give by New Radicals

2. Defying Gravity by The Wicked soundtrack
3. Born to Run by Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen

Libby Roy, VP and MD of PayPal Australia

1. Home by Philip Philips

2. Hello by Adele
3. I Would Do Anything For Love by Meatloaf

Shelly Park, chief executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

“Difficult to come up with three, so I’ve sneaked in five, and even that was difficult!” she says.

1. Hallelujah by K D Laing: “[This] version is my favourite – iconic.”

2. Don’t let the Sun go Down on Me by George Michael and Elton John
3. The Power of Love by Celine Dion
4. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
5. You Raise Me Up by Celtic Woman

Stephen Cornelissen, CEO of Mercy Health Group

“I listen to anything from classical to pop through to rap!” he says.

1. Fix You by Coldplay

2. Space Oddity by David Bowie
3. American Pie by Don McLean

John Karagounis, CEO of The CEO Circle


1. Let’s Groove by Earth Wind and Fire

2. Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
3. Blame (feat. John Newman) by Calvin Harris

Michael Derin, CEO of Azure Group

1. Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

2. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
3. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green

Chris Dutton, CEO of The CEO Magazine

1. Let Her Go, by Passenger: “[It] enchanted me when I first heard it, and has remained a firm favourite ever since — plus I love Michael Rosenberg’s success story.”

2. Jubel by Klingande
3. And Something by Dustin Tebbutt: “#risingstar”

Applications for the awards close on Friday, July 14 2017. See below here for more information.

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