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

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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)

51WilcoJesus Etc Buy
52Lucinda WilliamsChanged The Locks Buy
53Bruce CockburnPacing The Cage Buy
54Bruce SpringsteenStreets Of Philadelphia Buy
55Dar WilliamsThe Babysitter'S Here Buy
56Damien RiceCannonball Buy
57Mark KnopflerSailing To Philadelphia Buy
58The JayhawksBlue Buy
59Happy RhodesFeed The Fire Buy
60Feist1234 Buy
61Bob DylanLike A Rolling Stone Buy
62WilcoHeavy Metal Drummer Buy
63FeistMushaboom Buy
64Ingrid MichaelsonThe Way I Am Buy
65Dave Matthews BandCrash Into Me Buy
66Chuck ProphetSummertime Thing Buy
67Johnny CashHurt Buy
68ColdplayYellow Buy
69Lucinda WilliamsEssence Buy
70Warren ZevonKeep Me In Your Heart Buy
71Old 97'SMurder Or A Heart Attack Buy
72October ProjectBury My Lovely Buy
73Arlo GuthrieAlice'S Restaurant Buy
74Rilo KileySilver Lining Buy
75Nick DrakePink Moon Buy
76Beth OrtonShe Cries Your Name Buy
77Dar WilliamsThe Christians And The Pagans Buy
78CousteauLast Good Day Of The Year Buy
79The Felice BrothersFrankie'S Gun Buy
80The StorySo Much Mine Buy
81Sonia DadaYou Don't Treat Me No Good Buy
82Danielia CottonIts Only Life Buy
83Los Lonely BoysHeaven Buy
84Melody GardotWorrisome Heart Buy
85My Morning JacketWordless Chorus Buy
86Kate NashFoundations Buy
87The DecemberistsO Valencia Buy
88MatisyahuKing Without A Crown Buy
89Ben Folds FiveBrick Buy
90Joan OsborneOne Of Us Buy
91SpoonDont You Evah Buy
92Amy WinehouseRehab Buy
93Lyle LovettIf I Had A Boat Buy
94John GorkaI'M From New Jersey Buy
95Francis DunneryWounding And Healing Buy
96Rachael YamagataWorn Me Down Buy
97The ClashLondon Calling Buy
98Amos LeeKeep It Loose Keep It Tight Buy
99Black KidsIm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You Buy
100Jamie CullumAll At Sea 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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