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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

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World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

The Heart of XPN

From the tens of thousands of titles in its music library, WXPN asked you, our listeners to vote for the 885 quintessential XPN songs. These are the tracks that are at the heart of the XPN listening experience. The ones we could not be without.

View the 2008 list of the 885 Essential XPN Songs
(Printable PDF File)

The Final 885 Essential XPN Songs
(2008 Countdown)

451Rusted RootSend Me On My Way Buy
452Son VoltWindfall Buy
453John EddieLet Me Down Hard Buy
454Del AmitriBe My Downfall Buy
455Rodrigo Y GabrielaStairway To Heaven Buy
456Shawn ColvinShotgun Down The Avalanche Buy
457Lyle LovettShe'S No Lady Buy
458Talking HeadsNothing But Flowers Buy
459Patty GriffinEvery Little Bit Buy
460Old 97'SDesigns On You Buy
461Carbon LeafWhat About Everything Buy
462The FratellisChelsea Dagger Buy
463Paolo NutiniNew Shoes Buy
464Dayna KurtzLove Gets In The Way Buy
465They Might Be GiantsIstanbul Not Constantinople Buy
466Martin SextonHallelujah Buy
467Richard ThompsonHots For The Smarts Buy
468Dave Matthews BandAnts Marching Buy
469Paul SimonGraceland Buy
470Bob DylanHurricane Buy
471Mark BroussardHome Buy
472Damien Rice9 Crimes Buy
473Counting CrowsMr Jones Buy
474The BeatlesLet It Be Buy
475My Morning JacketLay Low Buy
476Brandi CarlileFollow Buy
477REMEverybody Hurts Buy
478Jonatha BrookeSecrets And Lies Buy
479James BrownGet On The Good Foot Buy
480Sam PhillipsBaby I Can't Please You Buy
481The Beach BoysGod Only Knows Buy
482Frank ZappaJoe'S Garage Buy
483Patti SmithDancing Barefoot Buy
484Ryan AdamsLet It Ride Buy
485Afro Celt Sound SystemWhen You'Re Falling Buy
486Bonnie RaittI Can't Make You Love Me Buy
487Bright EyesFirst Day Of My Life Buy
488FeistSea Lion Woman Buy
489Pink FloydComfortably Numb Buy
490Mike DoughtyBusting Up A Starbucks Buy
491Amy WinehouseBack To Black Buy
492Bob DylanThings Have Changed Buy
493Buena Vista Social ClubChan Chan Buy
494Dar WilliamsIowa Buy
495Beth OrtonConceived Buy
496Chris IsaakWicked Game Buy
497ColdplayViolet Hill Buy
498The BeatlesWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps Buy
499Cowboy JunkiesSweet Jane Buy
500Lyle LovettThat's Right (You're Not From Texas) Buy


What inspired the countdown playlist? Check out our Resources page, a treasure trove of information about the aural history of XPN - Artists to Watch, festival lineups, Featured Albums, and more!

885 Countdown Video

Watch a clever remake of the classic Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video starring Jim McGuinn promoting the 885 Essential Songs Countdown. Click to watch and share

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