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Top 50 Countdown (2005) - host picks

WXPN 2005 Top 10 Lists

Roger LaMay, General Manager

1. Kathleen Edwards - Back to Me
2. Rodney Crowell - The Outsider
3. Ben Lee - Awake is the New Sleep
4. Robert Earl Keen - What I Really Mean
5. John Butler Trio - Sunrise Over Sea
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7. Billy Miles - Billy Miles
8. Amos Lee - Amos Lee
9. Adrienne Young - The Art of Virtue
10. James Blunt - Back to Bedlam

Dan Reed, Music Director

1. My Morning Jacket - Z
2. Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang
3. Kanye West - Late Registration
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
5. White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
6. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
7. A Band of Bees - Free The Bees
8. Beck - Guero
9. Greg Dulli - Greg Dulli's Amber Headlights
10. Spottiswoode & His Enemies - Building A Road

David Dye, World Cafe Host

(in no particular order)
Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate - In the Heart of the Moon
Beck - Guero
Feist - Let It Die
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
My Morning Jacket - Z
Laura Veirs - Year of Meteors
Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez - Red Dog Tracks
Andrew Bird - And the Mysterious Production of Eggs
Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic

Helen Leicht, Midday Host

1. Various Artists - Philly Local: Right On Track
2. Sufjan Stevens - Ilinois
3. John Butler Trio - Sunrise over Sea
4. Amos Lee - Amos Lee
5. Coldplay - X & Y
6. Townhall - American Dreams
7. A Band of Bees - Free the Bees
8. Robert Plant - Mighty Rearranger
9. Rodney Crowell - The Outsider
10. David Gray - Life in Slow Motion

Michaela Majoun, XPN Morning Show

(in alpha order, not ranked)
Amos Lee - Amos Lee
King Britt - Presents: Sister Gertrude Morgan
Matisyahu - Live at Stubb's
Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic
My Morning Jacket - Z
Rodney Crowell - The Outsider
Shemekia Copeland - The Soul Truth
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Thelonius Monk with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall
Tori Amos - The Beekeeper
Various Artists - Philly Local: Right on Track

Bruce Warren, Program Director

1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
2. My Morning Jacket - Z
3. Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift
4. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
5. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
6. Kanye West - Late Registration
7. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
8. Common - Be
9. Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
10. The Decemberists - Picaresque

Matt Reilly, Evening Show Host

1. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
2. Innaway - Innaway
3. My Morning Jacket - Z
4. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
5. Arcade Fire - Funeral
6. Thievery Corp. - Cosmic Game
7. James McMurtry - Childish Things
8. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
9. Band Of Bees - Free The Bees
10. Seu Jorge - Cru

Chuck Elliot, Sleepy Hollow Host (Saturdays)

1. Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart - Love is Here to Stay
2. Francis Dunnery - The Gully Flats Boys
3. Arvo Part - Lamentatae
4. Deadman - Our Eternal Ghosts
5. Melody Gardot - Some Lessons
6. Svitanya - First Light
7. Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman
8. Denison Whitmer - Are You a Dreamer?
9. Palm Wine Boys - Palm Wine Boys
10. Keren Ann - Not Going Anywhere

Kathy O'Connell, Kids Corner Host

1. Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust
2. Rodney Crowell - The Outsider
3. Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
4. Maria Muldaur - Sweet Lovin' Old Soul
5. Lesley Gore - Ever Since
6. Christine Lavin - Folk Zinger
7. The Kennedys - Half a Million Miles
8. Various Artists - Putomayo: Swing Around the World
9. Sarah Bettens - Scream
10. Sons of the San Joaquin - Way Out Yonder

Samantha Sullivan, Sleepy Hollow Host

1. Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
2. Vic Chesnutt - Ghetto Bells
3. Chocolate Genius - Black Yankee Rock
4. Emilianna Torrin - Fisherman's Woman
5. The Real Tuesday Weld - The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid
6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
7. Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
8. Lizz Wright - Dreaming Wide Awake
9. Nouvelle Vague - Nouvelle Vague
10. Kingsbury Manx - The Fast Rise and Fall of the South

Jonny Meister, The Blues Show

1. Mem Shannon - I'm From Phunkville
2. Michael Hill - Black Gold & Goddesses Bold
3. Chicago Blues Harmonica Project - Diamonds In The Rough
4. Blaine Larsen - Off To Join The World
5. Shemekia Copeland - The Soul Truth
6. Campbell Brothers - Can You Feel It?
7. Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted
8. Ellis Hooks - Godson Of Soul
9. Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall
10. Lil' Kim - The Naked Truth

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