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Chase Harrison of Drink Philly shares his top five songs of the new millennium for the #885Countdown

All week long during WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown, we’ve had local notables – from TV news, newspapers, blogs and magazines in the greater Philly region -  weigh in on their favorite songs of the past 13 years. To wrap it up, we bring you a top five from Chase Harrison of the bar scene blog Drink Philly, who chose material from Spiritualized’s 2001 album Let It Come Down to the 2012 Chromatics epic Kill For Love. Check it out below.

“Stop Your Crying” by Spiritualized

“Farewell Transmission” by Songs: Ohia
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Hugh E. Dillon of PhillyChitChat.com picks five songs for the #885countdown of the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium

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XPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium ends today. We asked writer/blogger, photographer and man about the Philly town Hugh E. Dillon of PhillyChitChat, to contribute five songs to our countdown. Below, check out Hugh’s picks including songs from Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, the All-American Rejects, Amy Winehouse, and Adele.

“Hung Up” by Madonna

“Back To Black” by Amy Winehouse

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Overheard On Twitter: The 27 best tweets we’ve seen about the #885Countdown

 

WXPN’s countdown of the 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium has been going on all week, and the conversation was intense – from our office to Facebook to Twitter to “the real world.” Heck, I was picking up take-out from Bufad the other night and heard a table of customers discussing the Muse->Lady GaGa->Justin Timberlake->Guster set. The #885Countdown hashtag has been a great source for debate, bonding and witty fun, and with the last push of the countdown kicking off this morning, we thought we’d collect for you some of what you may have missed. Below are the best tweets we’ve seen this week – a few from in-house XPN-ers, sure, but mostly are from listeners, members and fans. Check them out below, join the conversation on Twitter (we’re @wxpnfm) and Facebook (/885wxpn) and stay tuned today as we count it down to the number one song of the new millennium! Continue reading →

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Eric Smith of Geekadelphia picks five songs for the #885countdown of the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium

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Eric Smith is a writer, photographer, teacher and co-founder of Geekadelphia. He’s also the author of The Geeks Guide To Dating. We asked Eric to send us five songs to include in WXPN’s countdown of the 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium, and he picked some excllent songs from various bands including The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World, and possibly the best song ever written by Nada Surf, “Always Love.” Check out his list below.

“Always Love” by Nada Surf

“The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” by Brand New

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Scot Sax picks five songs for the #885countdown of the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium

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Philly singer-songwriter, rock and roller, and the host of Vitamin FM, Scot Sax, has contributed five songs to WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium. Scot has some great picks including songs by Outkast, KT Tunstall, former Men At Work lead singer, Colin Hay, and Suzie Brown. You can follow along with the countdown here. Listen to the songs on Spotify here.

“where Is My Love” by Cat Power

“Hey Ya” by Outkast

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Jonathan Valania picks his five favorites for the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium #885Countdown

Robert Plant, Alison Krauss Phawker’s Editor-in-Chief and founder, Jonathan Valania, is no stranger to music. A long time music critic and popular culture writer in Philly (Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, The Guardian), and (many years ago) the lead singer of the Allentown rock and roll band the Psyclone Rangers, Valania sent us over his five picks to include in WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown, happening now on XPN. You can follow along with the countdown here. Below, check out Valania’s picks.

“Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips

“Killing The Blues” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

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Jambase writer Jake Krolick’s top five songs of the new millennium for the #885countdown

Photograph by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Photograph by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jake Krolick is a writer and photographer for JamBase. We asked him to submit five songs for WXPN’s listen-voted 885 Greatest Songs of The New Millennium, including the anthemic “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire, and a gorgeous song by Canadian folk-rock band The Barr Brothers. Follow along with the #885countdown here.

“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

“Wake Up” by Arcade Fire
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Jonathan Takiff, music and technology writer for the Philadelphia Daily News picks five songs for the #885countdown of the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium

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Jonathan Takiff is the music and technology writer for the Philadelphia Daily News. A longtime friend and fan of WXPN, we asked him to share five songs for XPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown. Below, check out some of Jon’s picks. You can follow along to the countdown here.

“How Far We’ve Come” by Dawes

“The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen

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Brian Howard of Philadelphia Magazine picks five songs for the Greatest Songs of the New Millennium #885countdown

The Mountain Goats photo by D.L. Anderson
The Mountain Goats photo by D.L. Anderson
We asked Philadelphia Magazine News Editor Brian Howard to hand over five songs for XPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium, and he more than rose to the occasion with an excellent selection of songs. You may recognize Howard’s name from his byline, as he’s written for the Philadelphia City Paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Magnet Magazine and others. He’s one of the most knowledgeable music fans and writers we know; any list with a song as incredible as “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton,” gets our two thumbs up. You can follow along to the countdown here or listen to our Spotify playlist here.

“Letter From An Occupant” by The New Pornographers

“The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” by the Mountain Goats

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Naila Francis, music columnist for The Intelligencer, shares her five Greatest Songs of the New Millennium #885countdown

edward-sharpe-and-the-magnetic-zeros Naila Francis is a staff writer and music columnist for The Intelligencer. She contributed her five songs to WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the Millennium countdown. XPN is currently in day two of the countdown which you can follow along with here or on our Spotify list of the songs here. Below, check out Naila’s excellent list.

“Home” by Marc Broussard

“Home” by Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros

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