I have extolled my love for WXPN on this blog before, and their current countdown is just one of the many reasons why. If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ve seen me tweeting about their countdown of the 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium. They do an annual countdown of 885 songs (because their frequency is 88.5) based around some theme, which listeners vote on. It’s kind of a reward for making it through their fall fund drive. Past themes that I can remember are Greatest Rock Songs, and Desert Island Songs. I’m not sure who came up with this year’s theme because it seems kind of random to make a countdown of the best songs from the past 13 years, but I’m not complaining. It’s been a kind of odd mix of music to listen to because there are so many songs appearing on the countdown that you would normally never hear on WXPN. They mostly play indie and folk type music so it’s bizarre to hear them playing stuff from people like Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake. Also, I want to know who in the world is voting for all the John Mayer songs. I can’t stand John Mayer, and yet as of this morning at least he was leading the count for having the most songs appearing on the countdown. It’s also amazing how many songs from the past 13 years that I’ve already forgotten about and the countdown is reminding me of.
I obviously haven’t been able to stay by the radio non-stop to listen to everything on the countdown, but happily they’re making a Spotify playlist of the songs on the countdown as they go along. If you’re curious about what’s made it or want to listen, you can check it out.