#TBTXPN: Hit songs that peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100

Believe it or not, songs like “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen, “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men and Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” all failed to grab the number one spot on top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Each of these songs peaked at number two, which is the subject of our next #TBTXPN, Throwback Thursday, starting this Thursday morning at 6 a.m. with Kristen Kurtis on the Morning Show. Continue reading →


Listen to our 1967 #TBTXPN Spotify playlist and World Cafe Sgt. Pepper’s special

For the first #TBTXPN Throwback Thursday on June 1st, WXPN celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the golden year of music that was 1967. Listen to our Spotify playlist of 171 songs – 10 hours of music – curated by the hosts of WXPN – Kristen Kurtis, Dan Reed, Helen Leicht, Mike Vasilikos and World Cafe host Talia Schlanger. Continue reading →


#TBTXPN: Watch 18 Philly rap classics for Philly Music Day

The Roots in "Proceed" | still from video
The Roots in “Proceed” | still from video

Throughout the Summer, WXPN has been doing a special themed weekly programming series – #TBTXPN – a musical #ThrowbackThursday through August. Each week XPN has been traveling back to a special year, a genre, or musical movement.

This week we’re putting the spotlight on the sounds of Philly for Philly music day. So much incredible music has come out of Philly, from the Gamble and Huff Sounds of Philly to Hall and Oates, the era of The Hooters and The Dead Milkmen to Grover Washington, Jr. and the current awesomeness: The War On Drugs, Dr. Dog, Nothing, Modern Baseball, Hop Along, Kississippi and so many more.

While Philly has thrown down in R&B, soul, rock and indie-rock, this city has always had a vital and important hip-hop and rap music scene. Philly was on the map at the dawn of rap music, and we’ve gathered together some of our favorite old school jams for you below for #tbtXPN Philly Music Day. Continue reading →