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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)

401Amy WinehouseYou Know Im No Good Buy
402Vampire WeekendMansard Roof Buy
403Lucinda WilliamsSide Of The Road Buy
404PhishFirst Tube Buy
405Kathleen EdwardsBack To Me Buy
406John MayerNo Such Thing Buy
407Amos LeeListen Buy
408Kathleen EdwardsAsking For Flowers Buy
409XTCDear God Buy
410Jevetta SteelCalling You Buy
411DadaDizz Knee Land Buy
412Grace Potter The NocturnalsToothbrush And My Table Buy
413Barenaked LadiesIf I Had A Million Dollars Buy
414David WilcoxEye Of The Hurricane Buy
415Moxy FruvousKing Of Spain Buy
416REMFall On Me Buy
417Jim WhiteStatic On The Radio Buy
418New RadicalsYou Get What You Give Buy
419U2Beatuiful Day Buy
420Warren ZevonLawyers Guns And Money Buy
421Elvis CostelloRadio Radio Buy
422RadioheadCreep Buy
423Lily AllenLdn Buy
424Francis DunneryRiding On The Back Buy
425Neil YoungPowderfinger Buy
426Roxy MusicMore Than This Buy
427G Love And Special SauceI-76 Buy
428Duncan ShiekBarely Breathing Buy
429The Bird And The BeeAgain And Again Buy
430My Morning JacketEvil Urges Buy
431Ray LamontagneThree More Days Buy
432The Allman Brothers BandBlue Sky Buy
433Richard & Linda ThompsonShoot Out The Lights Buy
434GomezSee The World Buy
435Indigo GirlsGet Out The Map Buy
436They Might Be GiantsBirdhouse In Your Soul Buy
437Ryan AdamsWhen The Stars Go Blue Buy
438BeckThink Im In Love Buy
439KT TunstallSuddenly I See Buy
440Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin' Buy
441Shawn ColvinSunny Came Home Buy
442Carbon LeafLife Less Ordinary Buy
443The SundaysHere'S Where The Story Ends Buy
444Freedy JohnstonBad Reputation Buy
445The MavericksDance The Night Away Buy
446Five For FightingSuperman Buy
447Mark KnopflerBoom Like That Buy
448Johnny AOh Yeah Buy
449Jimi HendrixLittle Wing Buy
450Ingrid MichaelsonThe Hat 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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