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The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe

XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

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)

751G Love And Special SaucePeace Love And Happiness Buy
752James BrownCold Sweat Buy
753October ProjectBe My Hero Buy
754The Allman Brothers BandWhipping Post Buy
755Fairport ConventionMatty Groves Buy
756Jackie GreeneHoney I Been Thinking About You Buy
757Shemekia CopelandIts 2 Am Buy
758Bubboons TunesThe Cheese Song Buy
759Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven Buy
760Sonia DadaYou Ain't Thinking (About Me) Buy
761BodeansCloser To Free Buy
762Pete YornCrystal Village Buy
763ColdplayShiver Buy
764Billy BraggWaiting For The Great Leap Forwards Buy
765Silversun PickupsLazy Eye Buy
766Nick DrakeNorthern Sky Buy
767Beth OrtonParis Train Buy
768The BeatlesSomething Buy
769Sea WolfMiddle Distance Runner Buy
770Lcd SoundsystemAll My Friends Buy
771Joni MitchellBoth Sides Now Buy
772The Rolling StonesWild Horses Buy
773Arcade FireRebellion Lies Buy
774Susan Tedeschi Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Buy
775Trout Fishing In AmericaWhat I Want Is A Proper Cup Of Coffee Buy
776Matt Pond PaHalloween Buy
777Ralph MctellStreets Of London Buy
778Ellis PaulParis In A Day Buy
779The FirmStar Trekkin Buy
780The Staple SingersIll Take You There Buy
78110000 ManiacsThese Are Days Buy
782Dire StraitsSultans Of Swing Buy
783ColdplayThe Scientist Buy
784Bob MarleyJamming Buy
785Al GreenLet's Stay Together Buy
786PretendersMystery Acheivement Buy
787Bruce CockburnWondering Where The Lions Are Buy
788Alison KraussOh Atlanta Buy
789Cowboy JunkiesAnniversary Song Buy
790Neil YoungHeart Of Gold Buy
791U2I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For Buy
792Gary JulesMad World Buy
793DonovanSeason Of The Witch Buy
794CrackerTeen Angst (What The World Needs Now) Buy
795Fiona AppleShadowboxer Buy
796Bruce Springsteen4Th Of July Asbury Park Sandy Buy
797Bob DylanAll Along The Watchtower Buy
798Fairport ConventionWho Knows Where The Time Goes Buy
799Slo Mo Featuring Mic WrekaShackamaxon Buy
800Psychedelic FursThe Ghost In You 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

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