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Staff & Artist Lists (2004)

All Time 885 Greatest Songs

Artist & Staff Lists
2004 Countdown - 885 Greatest Songs

Here's lists from WXPN Staff and XPN Artists. Compiled in October 2004, representing their picks for XPN's greatest songs countdown.

Michael Stipe (REM) Roger LaMay,
WXPN General Manager
1. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
2. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
3. Brian Eno - Baby's On Fire
4. Q-Tip - Vivrant Thing
5. Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
6. Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
7. Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You
8. Glen Campbell - Galveston
9. Patti Smith - We Three
10. U2 - Faraway, So Close
1. Bob Dylan - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
2. Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
3. Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
4. Grateful Dead - Brokedown Palace
5. The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
6. Patti Smith - Gloria
7. Bruce Springsteen - The River
8. Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
9. John Gorka - Gypsy Life
10. Janis Joplin - Me & Bobbi McGee
 
Rhett Miller (Old 97's) Helen Leicht,
WXPN Midday Host
1. The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
2. The Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation
3. Belle & Sebastian - La Pastie de la Bourgise
4. Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
5. Big Star - September Gurls
6. Daniel Johnston - Speeding Motorcycle
7. David Bowie - Life On Mars
8. Willie Nelson - Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
9. Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
10. Robyn Hitchcock - Linctus House
1. The Beatles - In My Life
2. Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail
3. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For
4. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
5. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
6. David Gray - Please Forgive Me
7. Elton John - Where To Now St. Peter
8. Tom Petty - Breakdown
9. Alexi Murdoch - Orange Sky
10. Sally Barker - Another Train
 
G. Love Dan Reed,
WXPN Music Director
1. Allman Brothers - Whipping Post
2. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
3. Bob Dylan - Girl From The North Country
4. Bob Marley - So Much Trouble
5. Dr. John - Right Place, Wrong Time
6. The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
7. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
8. Yellowman - Natty Sat Upon A Rock
9. Led Zeppelin - What Is And What Shall Never Be
10. G. Love & Special Sauce - Blues Music
1. Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
2. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
3. Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
4. Mott the Hoople - All The Young Dudes
5. Velvet Underground - Waiting For the Man
6. Rolling Stones - Sway
7. The Ronettes - Be My Baby
8. Television - Marquee Moon
9. Sly & The Family Stone - Family Affair
10. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
 
David Berkeley David Dye,
WXPN & World Cafe host
1. Bob Dylan - Buckets Of Rain
2. The Beatles - Across The Universe
3. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
4. Ryan Adams - Oh My Sweet Caroline
5. Band - Long Black Veil
6. Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
7. Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
8. Grateful Dead - Attics Of My Life
9. Neil Young - Comes A Time
10. Joni Mitchell - Carey
1. Bob Dylan - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
2. Bruce Springsteen - Spirit In The Night
3. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
4. Joni Mitchell - Coyote
5. Allman Brothers - Statesboro Blues
6. Rod Stewart - Maggie May
7. Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
8. Tom Petty - Refugee
9. The Beatles - If I Needed Someone
10. Betty Wright - Clean-Up Woman
 
Phil Roy Bruce Warren,
WXPN Program Director
1. Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence
2. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
3. Bob Marley - Redemption Song
4. David Bowie - Space Oddity
5. Ray Charles - Georgia
6. Miles Davis - So What
7. Stevie Wonder - Loves In Need Of Love Today
8. Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up
9. Joni Mitchell - River
10. John Lennon - Imagine
1. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
2. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
3. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
4. The Clash - London Calling
5. The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
6. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
7. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
8. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
9. Patti Smith - Gloria
10. Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
 
Jill Sobule Matt Reilly,
WXPN Host
1. Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is?
2. Five Stairsteps - Ooh Child
3. The Beatles - Here, There, And Everywhere
4. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
5. David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
6. Elton John - Levon
7. Carole King - So Far Away
8. Dionne Warwick - Alfie
9. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K.
10. Simon & Garfunkel - America
1. U2. A Sort Of Homecoming
2. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
3. Bob Dylan - Hurricane
4. Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away
5. Pearl Jam - Alive
6. Pink Floyd - Fearless
7. Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
8. Neil Young - Cinammon Girl
9. Big Country - In A Big Country
10. Electric Six - I'm The Bom
 
Ben Arnold Samantha Sullivan,
WXPN Sleepy Hollow Host
1. The Beatles - Blackbird
2. The Beatles - Hey Jude
3. The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
4. The Beatles - The Long & Winding Road
5. The Beatles - Across The Universe
6. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
7. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
8. Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
9. Van Morrison - The Way Young Lovers Do
10. Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
1. The Zombies - Time of the Season
2. David Bowie - Rebel, Rebel
3. June Tabor - King of Rome
4. Billie Holiday - Loverman
5. Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat
6. Tom Waits - Tom Traubert's Blues (three sheets to the wind in Coppenhagen)
7. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
8. The Who - Love Reign O'er Me
9. Randy Newman - Marie
10. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space
 
Patrick Berkery,
Philadelphia Weekly & Inquirer music critic, drummer with Pernice Brothers & Bigger Lovers
Jonny Meister,
WXPN Host Blues Show
1. Rolling Stones - Moonlight Mile
2. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
3. Cheap Trick - Surrender
4. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
5. The Shins - New Slang
6. Beach Boys - All I Wanna Do
7. Mott the Hoople - All The Young Dudes
8. The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping
9. The Pretenders - Tattooed Love Boys
10. Charlie Rich - Mohair Sam
1. Linda Waterfall "Song Like A Roar" (L. Waterfall)
2. Meade "Lux" Lewis "Honky Tonk Train Blues" (M. Lewis)
3. James Taylor "Sweet Baby James" (J. Taylor)
4. J. B. Lenoir "Round & Round" (J. B. Lenoir)
5. Blind Lemon Jefferson "Long Lonesome Blues" (L. Jefferson)
6. John Coltrane "Acknowledgement" (J. Coltrane)
7. Martin Carthy "Seven Yellow Gypsies" (traditional)
8. Dolly Parton "In The Good Old Days When Times Were Bad"
9. Michael Hedges "Aerial Boundaries" (M. Hedges)
10. Jefferson Airplane "The Other Side Of This Life" (F. Neil)
 
Jon Spencer Chuck Elliott,
WXPN Sleepy Hollow host

1. Dean Carter - Jailhouse Rock
2. Lee Dresser & the Krazy Kats - Beat Out My Love
3. The Sonics - He's Waiting
4. The Sparkles - Hipsville 29 B.C. (I Need Help)
5. Mel Smith & the Night Riders - Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Sox)
6. J.J. Jackson & the Jackals - Oo-Ma-Liddi
7. The Alarm Clocks - No Reason To Complain
8. The Fabs - That's The Bag I'm In
9. MAD - I Hate Music
10. Alfred E. Neuman - It's A Gas
1. Leonard Cohen - Bird on a Wire
2. Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man
3. The Beatles - Let It Be
4. James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
5. Sam Signaoff - Blue Duck Fly to North Country
6. Incredible String Band - Air
7. Hoagy Carmichael/John Coltrane - Stardust
8. Whispering Jack Smith - Me and My Shadow
9. Tom Rush - Circle Game
10. Ray Charles - No Use Crying
 
Michael McDermott Bob Bumbera,
WXPN Morning Show
1. U2 - One
2. Bob Dylan - Jokerman
3. Peter Gabriel - Washing of the Water
4. Tom Waits - Time
5. Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
6. John Lennon - Imagine
7. Bruce Springsteen - The River
8. Van Morrison - Take It Where You Find It
9. Pogues - Fairytale of New York
10. Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
1. The Beatles, "Let it Be"
2. Otis Redding, "Dreams to Remember"
3. Frank Sinatra "Summer Wind"
4. Patty Griffin, "Rain"
5. Tori Amos, "Silent All These Years"
6. Rolling Stones, "Sympathy for the Devil"
7. REM, "End of the World"
8. Toad the Wet Sprocket "Walk on the Water"
9. David Bowie "Heroes"
10. John Prine, "Hello in There"
 
Derek Trucks Michaela Majoun,
XPN Morning Show Host
1. Naima - John Coltrane
2. Suzanne - performed by Nina Simone
3. Someday We'll All Be Free - Donny Hathaway
4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band
5. You've Got It Bad Girl - Stevie Wonder
6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams (Sr.)
7. Try A Little Tenderness - performed by Otis Redding
8. The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
9. Witch Hunt - Wayne Shorter
10. Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley
1. Joni Mitchell - A Case of You
2. Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man
3. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
4. Richard Thompson - Persuasion
5. Aretha Franklin - Do Right Woman
6. Prince - Little Red Corvette
7. Lucinda Williams - Changed the Locks
8. Sting - Desert Rose
9. Dayna Kurtz - Love Gets in the Way
10. The Story - The Angel in the House
 
Jon Ondrasik of Five For Fighting Randy Chepigan,
WXPN Morning Traffic Reporter
1. Let It Be (The Beatles)
2. Lover, You Should've Come Over (Jeff Buckley)
3. Love Rain O'er Me (The WHO)
4. Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
5. Bird on a Wire (Lenord Cohen)
6. Madman Across the Water (Elton John)
7. You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
8. The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles)
9. You've Got a Friend (Carole King)
10. Any World that I'm Welcome Too (Steely Dan)
1. Aimee Mann - I Should've Known
2. Matthew Sweet - Someone To Pull The Trigger
3. The Beatles - In My Life
4. Elvis Costello / Aimee Mann - Other End Of The Telescope
5. Michael Penn - Try
6. Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne (rec. Frank Sinatra) - Time After Time
7. Ben Folds - The Luckiest
8. Aimee Mann - Fourth of July
9. Elvis Costello - All This Useless Beauty
10. Crowded House - Four Seasons In One Day
 
John Eddie Tom Moon,
Music Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, contributor to Rolling Stone, Tracks and World Cafe
1. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
2. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
3. Tom Waits - I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You
4. Frank Sinatra - It Was A Good Year
5. The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
6. Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
7. Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
8 Prince - Little Red Corvette
9. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
10. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
1. Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
2. Sam Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come
3. The Beatles: Let It Be
4. The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations
5. The Beatles: I Saw Her Standing There
6. Bob Dylan: Like A Rolling Stone
7. John Lennon: Imagine
8. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Born To Run
9. The Rolling Stones: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
10. Prince: 1999
 
Ray LaMontagne Warren Haynes
1. Tears of Rage, B.Dylan (The Band version off Big Pink)
2. Visions of Johanna, Bob Dylan
3. So Begins the Task, Stephen Stills
4. What's Goin On, Marvin Gaye
5. A Case of You, Joni Mitchell
6. Crazy Love, Van Morrison
7. The Boxer, Paul Simon
8. Imagine, John Lennon
9. The Weight, The Band
10. These Arms of Mine, Otis Redding
1. Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary
2. Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
3. Derek and the Dominoes - Layla
4. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
5. Pink Floyd - Shine On Crazy Diamond
6. Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
7. Bob Marley - Redemption Song
8. Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives
9. Elton John - Madman Accross The Water
10. Neil Young - Needle and the Damage Done
 
Jem Mindy Smith
1. Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
2. Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine
3. Sam Cooke - Change is Gonna Come
4. Sly & The Family Stone - Everybody is a Star
5. Prodigy - Out of Space
6. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
7. Bob Marley - Don't Rock My Boat
8. John Lennon - Imagine
9. Radiohead - Exit Music (For a Film)
10. Sergei Rachmaninov - Concerto NO.2, OP. 18 in C Minor, III (Time: 10:54)
1. Patty Griffin "Top of the World"
2. Gillian Welch "Orphan Girl"
3. Julie Miller "All My Tears"
4. Shawn Colvin " I Don't Know Why"
5. Coldplay "Scientist"
6. Susan Ashton "No One Knows My Heart"
7. Dolly Parton "Coat of Many Colors"
8. Leslie Satcher "Love Letters from Mexico"
9. Sundays "Here's Where the Story Ends"
10. EmmyLou Harris "Pearl"

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