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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)

551John HiattSlow Turning Buy
552Barnes & BarnesFish Heads Buy
553Joss StoneFell In Love With A Boy Buy
554Old 97'sLonely Holiday Buy
555The New PornographersMyriad Harbor Buy
556Tori AmosCornflake Girl Buy
557Fountains Of WayneTraffic And Weather Buy
558The IguanasOye Isabel Buy
559Michelle ShockedCome A Long Way Buy
560LoveAlone Again Or Buy
561Angelique KidjoBatonga Buy
562WilcoI Am Trying To Break Your Heart Buy
563Derek And The DominosLayla Buy
564The CurePictures Of You Buy
565Joan BaezDiamonds And Rust Buy
566Tom WaitsOl 55 Buy
567Nanci GriffithIt's A Hard Life Wherever You Go Buy
568The BandIt Makes No Difference Buy
569Thievery CorporationLebanese Blonde Buy
570Lucinda WilliamsCrescent City Buy
571Bob DylanBlowin' In The Wind Buy
572Snow PatrolChasing Cars Buy
573Mason JenningsBe Here Now Buy
574Tori AmosWinter Buy
575John HiattMemphis In The Meantime Buy
576FirewaterBorneo Buy
577GusterAmsterdam Buy
578The Grateful DeadScarlet Begonias Buy
579Kathleen EdwardsHockey Skates Buy
580Dr DogThe Ark Buy
581Hoots And HellmouthWant On Nothing Buy
582The JayhawksWaiting For The Sun Buy
583Josh RitterRight Moves Buy
584Madeleine PeyrouxDance Me To The End Of Love Buy
585Tom WaitsI Hope That I Dont Fall In Love With You Buy
586RadioheadHigh And Dry Buy
587Bill MorrisseyBirches Buy
588Arcade FireNeighborhood #3 (Power Out) Buy
589Brett DennenShe's Mine Buy
590Sarah HarmerAlmost Buy
591Carbon SiliconThe News Buy
592Shawn MullinsBeautiful Wreck Buy
593Aimee MannHumpty Dumpty Buy
594Death Cab For CutieCath Buy
595HuffamooseWait Buy
596Tom WaitsDowntown Train Buy
597Shawn ColvinRound Of Blues Buy
598LuceGood Day Buy
599Velvet UndergroundRock And Roll Buy
600David BowieHeroes 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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