Eight hundred eighty five is a large number. So when you ask people to vote for their favorite songs of the new millennium, as WXPN did, you’re bound to have songs with only a handful of votes earn a spot in the higher reaches of the list. And that is why, so far, WXPN’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium list has been a schizophrenic joyride of pop hits, deep cuts, forgotten tunes, and far too many John Mayer songs.
After a first day that featured many an XPN listener checking their radio dial as the countdown kicked off with LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” a Lady Gaga tune, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Linkin Park, and about 400 Wilco songs, we’ve rolled into day two with a slightly less wacky but still very entertaining countdown. Just now, Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” — which had to get a bunch of votes to land at #631 — rolled right into all 25-plus minutes of Sufjan Stevens’ “Impossible Soul.” We really dig XPN here at the Philebs, but this is probably the most straight-up “entertaining” it has been in a while.
UPDATE: 6ABC’s Matt O’Donnell loves metal and that makes us very happy.