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World Cafe Archives

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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)

651Levon HelmThe Mountain Buy
652Joan OsborneRight Hand Man Buy
653Tower Of PowerWhat Is Hip Buy
654The Velvet UndergroundSweet Jane Buy
655Robert Earl KeenMerry Christmas From The Family Buy
656AqualungBrighter Than Sunshine Buy
657Martin SextonThe Beast In Me Buy
658The BeatlesCome Together Buy
659DuffyStepping Stone Buy
660Townes Van ZandtPancho And Lefty Buy
661Amy LavereKilling Him Buy
662Snow PatrolRun Buy
663Bruce SpringsteenAtlantic City Buy
664Aimee MannWise Up Buy
665Flight Of The ConchordsThe Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) Buy
666Bob DylanGirl From The North Country Buy
667Mary Chapin CarpenterPassionate Kisses Buy
668Damien RiceUnplayed Piano Buy
669Xavier RuddMessages Buy
670World PartyPut The Message In The Box Buy
671Patty GriffinUseless Desires Buy
672Jakob DylanSomething Good This Way Comes Buy
673Old 97'sBarrier Reef Buy
674Lucinda WilliamsStill I Long For Your Kiss Buy
675The GourdsHooky Junk Buy
676Brett DennenAint No Reason Buy
677Loreena MckennittAll Souls Night Buy
678Scott MatthewsElusive Buy
679Isreal KamakawiwooleSomewhere Over The Rainbow Buy
680James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) Buy
681WilcoHandshake Drugs Buy
682Little FeatFat Man In The Bathtub Buy
683Danielia CottonBack In Black Buy
684Muddy WatersMannish Boy Buy
685Drive By TruckersRighteous Path Buy
686Neil YoungCowgirl In The Sand Buy
687Joan ArmatradingDown To Zero Buy
688Mazzy StarFade Into You Buy
689David GrayWhite Ladder Buy
690The BeatlesHey Jude Buy
691ColdplayTrouble Buy
692Natalie MerchantWonder Buy
693Bob DylanStuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again Buy
694Nicole AtkinsThe Way It Is Buy
695Old 97'sNineteen Buy
696Joni MitchellFree Man In Paris Buy
697Citizen CopeLet The Drummer Kick Buy
698The JayhawksI'D Run Away Buy
699Tracy ChapmanTalkin' 'Bout A Revolution Buy
700Modest MouseDashboard 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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