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WXPN’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs Countdown, by the numbers

As of yesterday evening, the annual WXPN countdown is a wrap. Thanks to everyone who voted, we celebrated immense volumes of rock and roll nostalgia over the past week, and exactly one brilliant practical joke was played by afternoon host Dan Reed – “Close To You” by The Carpenters at number one? Seriously? Of course not, it was “Born to Run“! With the dust settled, it’s time to take a look at the stats behind the 885 Greatest Rock Songs Countdown. Continue reading →

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885 Greatest Rock Song Countdown Guest List: The Intelligencer’s Naila Francis shares her top picks

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today we bring you the greatest rock songs according to Naila Francis, columnist and staff writer for The Intelligencer.

1. Marc Broussard – “Home”
2. Danielia Cotton – “Try”
3. Brandi Carlile – “The Story”
4. Will Hoge – “The Man Who Killed Love”
5. Matthew Perryman Jones – “Land of the Living”

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885 Greatest Rock Song Countdown Guest List: FOX 29 Reporter Jennaphr Frederick’s Top Five Choices

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Jennaphr Frederick, reporter for Fox 29, shares her top five recommendations for the greatest rock songs collection.


1. INXS – “Don’t Change”

2. Run DMC / Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”

3. Rush – “Tom Sawyer”

4. Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

5. Replacements – “I’ll Be You”

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885 Greatest Rock Songs Countdown Guest List: Total Traffic Network’s Randy Chepigan reports his five favorite hits

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today, Randy Chepigan from Philadelphia’s Total Traffic Network  shares his greatest rock songs. 

  1. Elvis Costello – “Radio Radio”
  2. Marshall Crenshaw – “Cynical Girl”
  3. Ben Folds – “Gone”
  4. Electric Light Orchestra – “Hold On Tight”
  5. Michael Penn – “Try”
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885 Greatest Rock Songs Countdown Guest List: Philadelphia Magazine’s Hugh E. Dillon breaks down his greatest rock songs

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Philly ChitChat.com photographer and correspondent HughE Dillon, who is also a reporter for Fox 29 and Philadelphia Magazine, shares his top five greatest rock songs.

1. Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”

2. Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”

3. The Who – “Baba O’Riley”

4. Led Zepplin – “Stairway to Heaven”

5. Linda Ronstandt – “Different Drum”

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885 Greatest Rock Song Countdown Guest List: NBC 10 Tracy Davidson’s greatest rock selections

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today we bring you the greatest rock songs according to NBC 10 anchor Tracy Davidson.

  1. REO Speedwagon – “Roll With The Changes”
  2. Boston – “Foreplay/ Long Time”
  3. STYX – “Come Sail Away”
  4. Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing”
  5. Bruce Springsteen – “Born To Run”
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885 Greatest Rock Countdown Guest List: Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney shares his greatest rock songs

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As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number of well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Our six choices for today come from Philebrity Editor (and Arctic Splash frontman) Joey Sweeney.

1. Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back In Town”
2. The Clash – “White Man In Hammersmith Palais”
3. The Rolling Stones – “Plundered My Soul”
4. ZZ Top – “Waitin’ For The Bus”
5. Led Zeppelin – “Rock N Roll”
6. Rod Stewart – “True Blue”

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885 Greatest Rock Countdown Guest List: Best Rock Songs from NBC 10 Reporter Tim Furlong

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Our best rock songs today come from NBC 10′s Tim Furlong.

1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”
2. Pearl Jam – “Alive”
3. R.E.M. – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
4. Rage Against The Machine – “Bulls On Parade”
5. Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song”

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885 Greatest Rock Countdown Guest List: A.D. Amorosi’s favorite rock selections

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today Editor of Blurt Magazine and Contributing Editor to Philadelphia City Paper, Magnet and the Philadelphia Inquirer A.D. Amorosi provides his top choices.

1. David Bowie – “Station to Station”
2. Tom Waits – “Hang on St. Christopher”
3. Roxy Music – “Do the Strand”
4. Patti Smith Group – “Ask the Angels”
5. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends

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885 Countdown Guest List: Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca’s Top Rock Picks

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today we bring you the top picks from Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca. 

  1. James Brown – “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I’ll Get It Myself)”
  2. Tom Petty – “Listen To Her Heart”
  3. Rolling Stones – “Rocks Off”
  4. The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”
  5. Chuck Berry – “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”
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