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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)

251MiaPaper Planes Buy
252The NationalFake Empire Buy
253The Rolling StonesGimme Shelter Buy
254Vampire WeekendA Punk Buy
255The WaterboysThe Whole Of The Moon Buy
256Moxy FruvousMy Baby Loves A Bunch Of Authors Buy
257Counting CrowsAnna Begins Buy
258Elvis CostelloWhats So Funny Bout Peace Love And Understanding Buy
259The Hold SteadyChips Ahoy Buy
260Fleet FoxesWhite Winter Hymnal Buy
261Ray LamontagneForever My Friend Buy
262Roxy MusicAvalon Buy
263Amos LeeColors Buy
264Billy BraggSexuality Buy
265Bruce CockburnIf I Had A Rocket Launcher Buy
266Damien RiceAmie Buy
267James BrownGet Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine Buy
268Ben LeeCatch My Disease Buy
269Josh RitterWolves Buy
270RadioheadFake Plastic Trees Buy
271Shelby LynneGotta Get Back Buy
272Van MorrisonMoondance Buy
273Martin SextonHappy Buy
274Joe JacksonInvisible Man Buy
275Michael PennNo Myth Buy
276Blue Rodeo5 Days In May Buy
277Loreena MckennittThe Mummer'S Dance Buy
278Loretta LynnPortland Oregon Buy
279Bruce SpringsteenJungleland Buy
280Suzanne VegaLuka Buy
281My Morning JacketOne Big Holiday Buy
282Patti SmithGloria Buy
283WilcoWhat Light Buy
284Ryan AdamsTwo Buy
285Lucinda WilliamsPassionate Kisses Buy
286The Rolling StonesSympathy For The Devil Buy
287The StoryAngel In The House Buy
288Cold War KidsWe Used To Vacation Buy
289The SubdudesPapa Dukie And The Mud People Buy
290Dire StraitsRomeo And Juliet Buy
291Elvis CostelloAlison Buy
292Francis DunneryAmerican Life In The Summertime Buy
293Iris DementOur Town Buy
294Jack JohnsonBubble Toes Buy
295KeaneSomewhere Only We Know Buy
296Lucinda WilliamsCan't Let Go Buy
297Modest MouseMissed The Boat Buy
298The Grateful DeadRipple Buy
299Jonatha BrookeEye In The Sky Buy
300Nada SurfAlways Love 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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