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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)

151Talking HeadsThis Must Be The Place (NaãVe Melody) Buy
152Beth OrtonStolen Car Buy
153EntrainDancin' In The Light (Tarbosh) Buy
154The BeatlesIn My Life Buy
155Trout Fishing In AmericaThe Window Buy
156Patty GriffinHeavenly Day Buy
157TelevisionMarquee Moon Buy
158Lily AllenKnock Em Out Buy
159Robert Plant And Alison KraussPlease Read The Letter Buy
160Alejandro EscovedoArizona Buy
161David GraySail Away Buy
162Jeff BuckleyGrace Buy
163Marvin GayeWhat'S Going On Buy
164MGMTElectric Feel Buy
165REMNightswimming Buy
166Jane SiberryCalling All Angels Buy
167Mike Doughty27 Jennifers Buy
168Hot TunaWater Song Buy
169RadioheadHouse Of Cards Buy
170Robert Plant And Alison KraussFortune Teller Buy
171KT TunstallBlack Horse And The Cherry Tree Buy
172The Hold SteadySequestered In Memphis Buy
173ColdplayClocks Buy
174REMRadio Free Europe Buy
175Steve EarleCity Of Immigrants Buy
176The Cat EmpireThe Car Song Buy
177Counting CrowsRound Here Buy
178Death Cab For CutieSoul Meets Body Buy
179Patty GriffinMaking Pies Buy
180Crash Test DummiesMmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Buy
181The Blind Boys Of AlabamaAmazing Grace Buy
182Matt NathansonCar Crash Buy
183Jonatha BrookeLinger Buy
184Arcade FireNo Cars Go Buy
185Sea WolfYoure A Wolf Buy
186Lucinda WilliamsJoy Buy
187William DevaughnBe Thankful For What You Got Buy
188ShivareeGoodnight Moon Buy
189Chuck ProphetFreckle Song Buy
190Imogen HeapHide And Seek Buy
191John Butler TrioZebra Buy
192Kirsty MaccollWalking Down Madison Buy
193Regina SpektorFidelity Buy
194SantogoldLes Artistes Buy
195Lucinda WilliamsRighteously Buy
196The BandThe Weight Buy
197Tom WaitsTom Trauberts Blues Buy
198Jonatha BrookeSteady Pull Buy
199Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run Buy
200Kathleen EdwardsI Make The Dough You Get The Glory 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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