WXPN all 80s A-Z: The Playlist

Have you been looking for a curated Spotify playlist of 200 hours of eighties tunes in alphabetical order? Then consider your search over! As we did with the first A-Z, where we played every song in our massive music library, and last year’s all 70s A-Z, this year we dug through our library once again to bring you the hits, the misses, the deep tracks, and the one hit wonders of the eighties! From November 28 to December 9, 2018, the 80s #XPNAtoZ listeners were presented with over 3,000 songs that were released over the decade – and boy did it stir up a conversationContinue reading →


The 80s are back! Listen to XPN’s all Eighties A-Z

Fire up that old Walkman – the 80s are back! Well, at least for the next couple weeks. Introducing this year’s WXPN A-Z theme – the 80s. As we did with the first A-Z, where we played every song in our massive music library, and last year’s all 70s A-Z, we’ll be digging through our library once again to bring you the hits, the misses, the deep tracks, and the one hit wonders of the Eighties. Continue reading →


The return of the #XPNAtoZ

No less than an hour after our wildly successful, first ever WXPN A to Z last December, the e-mails from XPN members and listeners started rolling in, fast and furiously. Overall, the tenor of the conversation was “do it again! do it again!.” For those of you who forgot, we stopped down for 18 days to play songs from the XPN library that we’ve accumulated over the years from A to Z. We started with “ABC” by The Jackson 5, and ended with Camper Van Beethoven’s “ZZ Top Goes To Egypt.” And for those of you who were tuned in at the end, you might recall that Dan Reed fooled us all with a fake out, claiming to do it all again, and stopped after two songs. I had a lot of e-mails to answer about that, but it was a classic Dan Reed moment.

After last year’s A to Z, here in the programming department we realized that – by and large – the XPN A to Z was a heck of a lot of fun, and, by and large, the XPN community loved it. We slept on the idea of doing it again, yet decided that it was too much musical fun to NOT do again, this time with an emphasis on the GREATEST DECADE IN MUSIC. Continue reading →


Listen to the #XPNAtoZ Leftovers Weekend

Last December, XPN spent a few weeks in alphabet city, playing songs from the XPN musical universe from A to Z. Not played were the songs that started with numbers and parentheses, holding them off for the future. The future comes this weekend, starting Friday, April 7th at 7pm with an A to Z Leftovers Weekend. Continue reading →


You’re listening to the quiet sounds of #XPNAtoZ Sleepy Hollow

Ryley Walker’s 2016 record Golden Songs That Have Been Sung

We’ve got one more weekend of the XPN A to Z, so the folks here at Sleepy Hollow decided to give you our own A to Z this weekend with this Spotify playlist. Rather than simply choosing songs that begin with each letter, we put together a show as usual and then laid it out in alphabetical order. Take a look for themes throughout the playlist (note “Snaker Ray Has Come and Gone” and “Dust My Broom” by Snaker Ray w/ Koerner & Glover) along with some pretty wild transitions. We hope you’ll enjoy this and make sure to tune in next weekend for the return of Sleepy Hollow! Continue reading →


The #XPNAtoZ by the numbers

XPN data crunch by Bruce
XPN data crunch by Bruce Segal

Like many of you, Bruce Segal is just another lover of the XPN A to Z. So much so, that the Lincoln Financial digital analytics manager decided to put his work knowledge to work on the A to Z. Segal, who has an extensive background and experience in strategic data and marketing analysis is becoming the Nate Silver of the XPN A to Z. Continue reading →


The best 25 tweets we’ve seen about #XPNAtoZ (so far)

photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

We’re just over a week into our #XPNAtoZ special. If you haven’t tuned in, don’t worry — as of this writing, we are still on the letter L, meaning we’ve got half the alphabet to go! The #XPNAtoZ hashtag is the destination of a perpetual flow of commentary on our programming adventure. We love reading the feedback (good and bad) from our listeners and hearing about the memories sparked by each song. Continue reading →


#XPNAtoZ: What songs are missing?

A2Z_logo_FINAL_SocialWell, folks, we’re eight days into the XPN A To Z and we’ve yet to hit the middle of the alphabet (as of this writing we’re up to the letter “J”), and the song “Jennifer Juniper” by Donovan is playing. We’ve reached the 2000 plus not one-song-repeated point, with The Beatles leading the most amount of songs in the A to Z so far. Continue reading →


Get up with the #XPNAtoZ Funky Friday get down

Normally, we’d spend Friday evenings listening to David Dye funking up the airwaves with his long-running Funky Friday show. This week, however, the funk is on pause due to the #XPNAtoZ countdown. Some religious listeners were not too happy with this, and they made their voices heard on social media. And to be quite honest, the funk cannot be held back. So we here at XPN HQ compiled this list of alphabetical funk for you, from “Atomic Dog” to “Zeke The Freak.” If you need Funk in your Friday, you can find it in this two-hour playlist. Listen to it below, via Spotify, and funk on! Continue reading →