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World Cafe Archives

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XPoNential Radio


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)

801Indigo GirlsRomeo And Juliet Buy
802Phil RoyUndeniably Human Buy
803Buddy GuyDamn Right Ive Got The Blues Buy
804Jackson BrowneFor A Dancer Buy
805Janis JoplinMe And Bobby Mcgee Buy
806RadioheadLet Down Buy
807John PrineHello In There Buy
808The ClashLost In The Supermarket Buy
809Los LobosWill The Wolf Survive Buy
810Richard ThompsonCrawl Back Under My Stone Buy
811Louis ArmstrongWhat A Wonderful World Buy
812Ben Folds FiveAlice Childress Buy
813Ceili RainThats All The Lumber Buy
814Bonnie RaittLove Me Like A Man Buy
815Peter GabrielIn Your Eyes Buy
816Van MorrisonJackie Wilson Said Buy
817Wall Of VoodooMexican Radio Buy
818Rufus WainwrightApril Fools Buy
819Otis ReddingTry A Little Tenderness Buy
820Warren ZevonWerewolves Of London Buy
821World PartyWay Down Now Buy
822Sam PhillipsI Need Love Buy
823Jill SobuleI Kissed A Girl Buy
824Snow PatrolHands Open Buy
825The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Buy
826Big StarSeptember Gurls Buy
827JemJust A Ride Buy
828Joni MitchellWoodstock Buy
829Belle And SebastianStep Into My Office Baby Buy
830Lyle LovettStep Inside This House Buy
831Simon And GarfunkelThe Sound Of Silence Buy
832U2With Or Without You Buy
833Marshall CrenshawCynical Girl Buy
834SpoonYou Got Yr Cherry Bomb Buy
835Steve ForbertGoin Down To Laurel Buy
836Bob DylanForever Young Buy
837PhishBack On The Train Buy
838Buffalo SpringfieldFor What Its Worth Buy
839Teddy ThompsonWake Up Buy
840The SmithsThere Is A Light That Never Goes Out Buy
841Sarah MclachlanInto The Fire Buy
842The WaterboysFishermans Blues Buy
843Ani DifrancoFuel Buy
844Bob MarleyWaiting In Vain Buy
845Joss StoneRight To Be Wrong Buy
846XTCThe Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead Buy
847Bruce CockburnLovers In A Dangerous Time Buy
848Daniel JohnstonSpeeding Motorcycle Buy
849Keb MoTell Everybody I Know Buy
850Roseanne CashThe Wheel 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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