Billboard 2013 Women in Music Honorees Name Their Desert Island Discs

Equally impressive as the executive fire-power on this year's Women in Music list, is the honorees' excellent and varied music tastes. We asked this year’s slate which album they would most want with them on a desert island and their replies ran the gamut (with only one overlap: Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run"--hard to argue with). From classics by the Beatles, Stones, Zep to more contemporary masterpieces by OutKast, TV on the Radio and Liz Phair to new-jack pop smashes by Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift, this group is clearly passionate and knowledgeable about music. How else to explain the inclusion of Johnny Cash, Dusty Springfield and Tom Waits? Or the range that Luther Vandross, Def Leppard, the Cure, Prince and Shelby Lynne present? Check out the full-list below and here's to hoping that should you ever wash ashore, one of these execs--or at least their their charged iPhone--is there with you. 

Desert Island Disc: Van Morrison’s "Astral Weeks"

"This album has so many fond memories for me from my teenage years, going out on great dates in college, being single in my 20s, being married and turning my children on to it. It’s such a special record for me.”
Julie Greenwald
Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records Group


Desert Island Disc: Maroon 5's "Overexposed" and Luke Bryan's "Tailgates and Tanlines"
“This is always hard, because I really like a variety of music and artists. But I think I will go with two: Maroon 5’s `Overexposed,’ and Luke Bryan’s `Tailgates and Tanlines.’ Maroon 5 because it is just great high energy music and if I am going to be on a desert island, I want to have music that makes me happy and want to move. Luke because he makes great country music, which takes me back to my Southern roots.  Good fun music to sing along with and remind me of younger days!"
Kathy Willard
Executive VP/CFO, Live Nation Entertainment


Desert Island Disc: Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Rick Road"

“I would have to choose Elton John’s masterful 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’ It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Jody Gerson
Co-president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Desert Island Disc: Her DJ Playlist

“Being a former DJ, I struggle to have one album. I’d have a playlist on my desert island: Bill Withers, `Lovely Day;’ The Turtles, `Happy Together;’ Tom Odell, `Another Love,’ Gary Go, `Wonderful;’ Coldplay, `Clocks;’ Spirit, `Nature’s Way;’ Steeley Dan, `Dr Wu;’ Rihanna, `Diamond;’ Eminem, `I’m not Afraid,’ Young the Giant, `Cough Syrup;’ and Spinners, `Rubber Band Man.’”
Julie  Swidler
EVP of business affairs/general counsel, Sony Music Entertainment


Desert Island Disc: Tony Bennett & k.d. lang "A Wonderful World"

“I can’t decide whether to go for heft, as I could be on the island for a long time, or go for one perfect album. It really isn’t fair to ask someone in the music industry to pick just one. I guess I have to imagine the boat is sinking and I can only grab one CD, which would probably be `A Wonderful World’ featuring Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. I’m thinking that will soothe me while I figure out how to drill into a coconut.”
Debra Rathwell
Senior VP, AEG Live


Desert Island Disc: Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," & "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

“A toss up between Bruce’s `Born to Run’ and `Darkness on the Edge of Town.’ Gotta love Bruce!”
Brenda Romano, President promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M


Desert Island Disc: Prince's "Purple Rain"

“Prince’s `Purple Rain.’ It’s an absolute masterpiece. Even after almost 30 years, the music is timeless, the musicianship and production are incredible, and I can still sing every word to every song.”
Sharon Dastur
PD, WHTZ New York, Nick Radio (iHeartRadio)


Desert Island Disc: The Rolling Stones "Let it Bleed"

“The Rolling Stones’ `Let it Bleed.’ Without being a ‘concept album,’ it actually takes you on a journey. I love ‘Love in Vain.’ It’s oddly a rock roll Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. On the album, the Stones show they have great country influences and great blues influences and then add fantastic aggression and emotion to them.”
Lia Vollack
President of worldwide music/executive VP of theatrical, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Desert Island Disc: Nelly Furtado's "Folklore"

“Nelly Furtado’s `Folklore.’ [It] came out just as Dreamworks was sold and shutting down, so it never really got its shot.”
Amanda Marks
Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group


Desert Island Disc: Guns 'N Roses "Appetite for Destruction"

“Guns 'n' Roses’ `Appetite for Destruction.’  The album would provide me with the perfect mix of aggression and rebellion needed to get off the island (as I wouldn't last too long on a desert island).  And, really, don't I get a streaming service at this point on the island? “
Michelle Jubelirer
Executive VP, Capitol Music Group


Desert Island Luther Vandross' "Greatest Hits"

“I would want Luther Vandross’ “Greatest Hits.” I think he was one of the best singers of all time and is my personal favorite. I love his upbeat tunes. They make me happy and I could sing along with his ballads forever. I never get tired of his songs.”
Debra Lee
Chairman/CEO, BET Networks


Desert Island Disc: Def Leppard's "Hysteria"

“Def Leppard, `Hysteria’  “There is not a song on that album that doesn’t come on, that I don’t start belting out as if I’m a rock star.”
Melissa Lonner
Senior producer, NBC News


Desert Island Disc: Ryan Adams "Ashes & Fire"

“It’s definitely down to Radiohead or Ryan Adams. I would probably have to go with Ryan – no, I have to go with Radiohead. Wait, I think I’m gonna go with Ryan Adams, `Ashes And Fire.’ I like `Easy Tiger’ too; `Love Is Hell’ …they’re all very good.”
Jennifer Breithaupt
Senior VP of entertainment marketing, Citi