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#885countdown Talk: What makes a song “the worst?”

Journey clowning around in the 80s. Many people think they wrote some of the worst songs ever, others stringently defend them. Or so we hear.
Journey clowning around in the 80s. Many people think they wrote some of the worst songs ever, others stringently defend them. Or so we hear.

As we’re winding down the 885 All Time Greatest Songs countdown playback, we’re also looking forward to part two of the countdown – the playback of the 88 Worst Songs. The notion of “best,” “greatest” and “worst” are, of course, quite subjective. Which will explain why (partial spoiler alert) there will be some songs on both the 885 All Time Greatest and 88 Worst Songs. As Paul Simon once said, “one man’s ceiling is another man’s floors;” or – to put it a slightly different way – “one person’s trash is another’s treasure.”

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The best 24 or 25 tweets we’ve seen about the #885countdown (so far)

The above tweet by Philly illustrator Matt Friedman showed up in our Twitter feed yesterday, and nicely sums up the beauty and hilarity of WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown. With music jumping all over the spectrum, it sometimes feels delightfully random; with like a bazillion Beatles selections ranking so far, it also feels somewhat predictable; and then, out of nowhere, there will be this sick transition between “Penny Lane” and “Rebellion (Lies)” by Arcade Fire, and you’ll be like “holy cow that was amazing” and you keep listening. It keeps you hooked. Equally addictive is the #885countdown hashtag on Twitter, where some amazing conversation and commentary has been unfolding. Here is some of the best of what we’ve seen so far. Continue reading →

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Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney picks his five All Time Worst Songs for the 885 Countdown

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Foo Fighters

With voting for the XPN’s 885 countdown ending tomorrow, we’re bringing you some local celebrity lists to help inspire your own picks for the 885 All Time Greatest (and Worst) Songs.  Philebrity editor (and local musician) Joey Sweeney zealously submitted, in all caps, his five choices for All Time Worst Songs, which you can check out below.  Contribute your own All Time Best and Worst songs list here before voting ends tomorrow.

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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

Adele
Adele
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

Nada Surf
Nada Surf
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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