The 2020 Countdown After Dark: Five things you might have missed late night on Sunday
This year, XPN’s countdown is going full-on, unrelenting, 24/7 until we listen back to all 2,020 songs you voted for and reach number one. All of our specialty shows and features have been pre-empted. And quite a lot of music is happening in the overnights; on day four, we heard 70 songs between midnight and 6:00 a.m. If you’re not a night owl, here are five highlights you missed.
1. A segue in five
The first synchronistic matchup of the night happened at 12:13 a.m. music icon David Bowie’s “Five Years” came in at No. 914 and went into “100” Years by LA pop artist Five For Fighting.
2. Every Every Every
Later that hour, the second synchronistic seque of the night happened at 12:41 a.m.: R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” (No. 910) into Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything.”
3. They’re playing our song.
The number 885 is important to us for obvious reasons, and finishing at No. 885 on the countdown is 60s singer-songwriter Dion and his hit “Runaround Sue,” airing at 3:00 a.m..
4. You probably think this song is about you, don’t you?
Nothing clever here, just a classic, and a reason to sing along at the top of our lungs at 4:24 a.m.: Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” coming in at No. 869.
5. Above all this, I wish you love.
We’ve had covers and originals popping up all over this countdown, but we don’t they’ve been in such close proximity before. At 5:55 a.m., Whitney Houston’s iconic cover of “I Will Always Love You” came in at No. 847, finishes just over an hour apart from and 16 songs ahead of Dolly Parton’s original at No. 863.