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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)

351Pink FloydWish You Were Here Buy
352Elvis CostelloWatching The Detectives Buy
353Fairport ConventionTam Lin Buy
354Joni MitchellRiver Buy
355Kings Of LeonOn Call Buy
356Citizen CopeBrother Lee Buy
357Leonard CohenSuzanne Buy
358Lucinda WilliamsSweet Old World Buy
359Gillian WelchElvis Presley Blues Buy
360Neko CaseHold On Hold On Buy
361Roseanne CashBlack Cadillac Buy
362Susan TedeschiIt Hurt So Bad Buy
363The Grateful DeadTerrapin Station Buy
364Animal Liberation OrchestraBarbeque Buy
365Bruce SpringsteenRadio Nowhere Buy
366Five For Fighting100 Years Buy
367Jack JohnsonBetter Together Buy
368Loudon Wainright IiiDaughter Buy
369Van MorrisonTupelo Honey Buy
370Flight Of The ConchordsBusiness Time Buy
371Talking HeadsOnce In A Lifetime Buy
372Paula ColeWhere Have All The Cowboys Gone Buy
373U2Pride (In The Name Of Love) Buy
374Mark Knopfler And Emmylou HarrisThis Is Us Buy
375The Grateful DeadEyes Of The World Buy
376Lucinda WilliamsGet Right With God Buy
377Rodney CrowellFate'S Right Hand Buy
378Johnny CashRing Of Fire Buy
379Bruce CockburnLast Night Of The World Buy
380WilcoA Shot In The Arm Buy
381Jimi HendrixAll Along The Watchtower Buy
382Richard ThompsonI Misunderstood Buy
383Afro Celt Sound SystemWhirl Y Reel 1 Buy
384M WardChinese Translation Buy
385Arcade FireKeep The Car Running Buy
386The Black KeysYour Touch Buy
387The ShinsNew Slang Buy
388Bob DylanVisions Of Johanna Buy
389The JayhawksSave It For A Rainy Day Buy
390Joni MitchellBig Yellow Taxi Buy
391Southern Culture On The SkidsCamel Walk Buy
392Kate BushWuthering Heights Buy
393Mike DoughtyLooking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well Buy
394Neil YoungLike A Hurricane Buy
395Paula ColeI Am So Ordinary Buy
396Ray LamontagneHow Come Buy
397Concrete BlondeJoey Buy
398Ben Folds FoldsYou Dont Know Me Buy
399The ShinsAustralia Buy
400Josh RitterThin Blue Flame 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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