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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)

701Van HuntDust Buy
702White StripesMy Doorbell Buy
703Kathleen EdwardsThe Cheapest Key Buy
704The Holmes BrothersWe Meet, We Part, We Remember Buy
705Bruce SpringsteenIncident On 57Th Street Buy
706StereophonicsMaybe Tomorrow Buy
707Shelby LynneAnyone Who Had A Heart Buy
708The Rolling StonesSatisfaction Buy
709The PixiesHere Comes Your Man Buy
710Emmylou HarrisRed Dirt Girl Buy
711Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3Cindy It Was Always You Buy
712Bob Marley & The WailersGet Up Stand Up Buy
713Death Cab For CutieSummer Skin Buy
714REMSo Cental Rain Buy
715Beth OrtonConcrete Sky Buy
716GomezRevolutionary Kind Buy
717Fountains Of WayneHey Julie Buy
718Richard ThompsonI Feel So Good Buy
719Counting CrowsRain King Buy
720Sheryl CrowAll I Wanna Do Buy
721GenesisSuppers Ready Buy
722The ShinsTurn On Me Buy
723The KinksWaterloo Sunset Buy
724Billy BraggAccident Waiting To Happen Buy
725Otis Redding(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Buy
726Jose GonzalezHeartbeats Buy
727SiaBreathe Me Buy
728Keb MoMore Than One Way Home Buy
729RadioheadThere There Buy
730Arcade FireBlack Mirror Buy
731The ClashShould I Stay Or Should I Go Buy
732The Grateful DeadBertha Buy
733Its A Beautiful DayWhite Bird Buy
734James HunterNo Smoke Without Fire Buy
735MorphineBuena Buy
736Tori AmosCrucify Buy
737Bruce HornsbyGonna Be Some Changes Made Buy
738Mark Knopfler & Emmylou HarrisAll The Roadrunning Buy
739Ben Folds FiveLanded Buy
740Al StewartRoads To Moscow Buy
741Damien RiceDelicate Buy
742Steely DanMy Old School Buy
743The GuillemotsTrains To Brazil Buy
744James TaylorFire & Rain Buy
745Rhett MillerOur Love Buy
746Pink MartiniHey Eugene Buy
747Tom WaitsJersey Girl Buy
748Michael Franti And SpearheadSay Hey (I Love You) Buy
749Steve EarleGuitar Town Buy
750Andrew BirdImitosis 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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