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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)

101SpoonThe Underdog Buy
102Amy CorreiaThe Bike Buy
103The BeatlesA Day In The Life Buy
104Amos LeeShout Out Loud Buy
105Kathleen EdwardsSix O'Clock News Buy
106Pete YornLife On A Chain Buy
107Robert Plant & Alison KraussGone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) Buy
108The DecemberistsThe Engine Driver Buy
109Rufus WainwrightCigarettes And Chocolate Milk Buy
110Marc CohnWalking In Memphis Buy
111Norah JonesDon't Know Why Buy
112Iron And WineBoy With A Coin Buy
113Joan OsborneSt Teresa Buy
114Grace Potter And The NocturnalsNothing But The Water Buy
115John LennonImagine Buy
116My Morning JacketGolden Buy
117Olu DaraYour Lips Buy
118Citizen CopeSideways Buy
119Raul MaloEvery Little Thing About You Buy
120Rodrigo Y GabrielaDiablo Rojo Buy
121Mindy SmithCome To Jesus Buy
122DuffyMercy Buy
123Damien RiceThe Blower'S Daughter Buy
124Ingrid MichaelsonBreakable Buy
125Chris SmitherNo Love Today Buy
126Sarah MclachlanPossession Buy
127My Morning JacketOff The Record Buy
128Joseph ArthurHoney And The Moon Buy
129Michelle ShockedAnchorage Buy
130ColdplayViva La Vida Buy
131Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings100 Days 100 Nights Buy
132Corrine Bailey RaePut Your Records On Buy
133Lucinda WilliamsRight In Time Buy
134Ani Difranco32 Flavors Buy
135John HiattHave A Little Faith In Me Buy
136Emmylou HarrisWrecking Ball Buy
137Tracy ChapmanFast Car Buy
138RadioheadWeird Fishes / Arpeggi Buy
139Yael NaimNew Soul Buy
140Dave Carter And Tracy GrammerTanglewood Tree Buy
141Jeffrey GainesHero In Me Buy
142Patty GriffinOne Big Love Buy
143HuffamooseJames Buy
144Los LobosKiko And The Lavender Moon Buy
145AdeleChasing Pavements Buy
146Neil YoungHarvest Moon Buy
147Ani DifrancoLittle Plastic Castle Buy
148Alejandro Escovedo With Bruce SpringsteenAlways A Friend Buy
149Erin MckeownBlackbirds Buy
150Ryan BinghamSouthside Of Heaven 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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