WXPN Radio

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

XPN2 - Jingle Jams

XPN's own Kris Kringle, (Robert Drake) is presenting a unique mix of seasonal songs celebrating both the holiday and winter seasons.

World Cafe Archives

Join the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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)

851Tom WaitsHold On Buy
852John HiattCry Love Buy
853Kim RicheyHello Old Friend Buy
854U2Sunday Bloody Sunday Buy
855GorillazFeel Good Inc Buy
856James BluntYoure Beautiful Buy
857The Spinto BandOh Mandy Buy
858The LemonheadsIts A Shame About Ray Buy
859YesAnd You And I Buy
860Tanita TikaramI Might Be Crying Buy
861Jackson BrowneLives In The Balance Buy
862Ben HarperBetter Way Buy
863Neil YoungOld Man Buy
864Ray LamontagneShelter Buy
865The BeatlesHere Comes The Sun Buy
866Ashley Mac IsaacSleepy Maggie Buy
867Warren HaynesOne Buy
868Cowboy JunkiesA Common Disaster Buy
869Bob DylanBallad Of A Thin Man Buy
870Nanci GriffithLove At The Five And Dime Buy
871Warren ZevonExcitable Boy Buy
872Jason MrazCurbside Prophet Buy
873ColdplayLost Buy
874PretendersBack On The Chain Gang Buy
875Van MorrisonAstral Weeks Buy
876Sarah MaclachlanAngel Buy
877U2Vertigo Buy
878John FlynnA Manatee Sneezed On Me Buy
87910,000 ManiacsLike The Weather Buy
880Action Figure PartyClock Radio Buy
881The RamonesI Wanna Be Sedated Buy
882Gnarls BarkleyRun Buy
883Aretha FranklinRespect Buy
884SqueezeBlack Coffee In Bed Buy
885Stanley ClarkeSchool Days 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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