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World Cafe Archives

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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)

301Francis DunneryToo Much Saturn Buy
302Sea WolfWinter Windows Buy
303Richard ThompsonCooksferry Queen Buy
304Eddie VedderHard Sun Buy
305The Ting TingsThats Not My Name Buy
306Ben HarperWith My Own Two Hands Buy
307Bonnie RaittBlender Blues Buy
308Dave Carter And Tracy GrammerCrocodile Man Buy
309The StoryGrace In Gravity Buy
310Jim BoggiaSomebody To Love Buy
311BeckLoser Buy
312Lucinda Williams2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten Buy
313David GrayThe One I Love Buy
314AirLa Femme Dargent Buy
315Bb KingThe Thrill Is Gone Buy
316Old 97SJagged Buy
317Beth OrtonSweetest Decline Buy
318Bob Marley & The WailersNo Woman No Cry Buy
319Citizen CopeHurricane Waters Buy
320Bright EyesFour Winds Buy
321Chris WhitleyBig Sky Country Buy
322Dar WilliamsSpring Street Buy
323Fiona AppleCriminal Buy
324The Grateful DeadBox Of Rain Buy
325Indigo GirlsPower Of Two Buy
326Chuck ProphetJust To See You Smile Buy
327Josh RitterTo The Dogs Or Whoever Buy
328Matthew SweetDivine Intervention Buy
329Son VoltTear Stained Eye Buy
330Suzanne VegaTom'S Diner Buy
331Toots And The MaytalsPressure Drop Buy
332Nick DrakeRiver Man Buy
333U2One Buy
334Tom RushUrge For Going Buy
335Dar WilliamsThe Ocean Buy
336Joan ArmatradingLove And Affection Buy
337Josh RitterGirl In The War Buy
338Citizen CopeIf Theres Love Buy
339Ryan AdamsNew York New York Buy
340MobyPorcelain Buy
341Frank ZappaPeaches En Regalia Buy
342Lucinda WilliamsMetal Firecracker Buy
343Lcd SoundsystemNorth American Scum Buy
344Johnny CashFolsom Prison Blues Buy
345John DoeThe Golden State Buy
346FeistI Feel It All Buy
347Steve EarleTranscendental Blues Buy
348My Morning JacketGideon Buy
349Brandi CarlileThrow It All Away Buy
350Joni MitchellA Case Of You 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

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