Songs from Concept Albums

Ahhhh, more audiophile nerdery riding high on WNXP! A concept album is loosely defined as “an album featuring a cycle of songs expressing a particular theme or idea.” Basically, concept albums find the band or artist artist intentionally telling a story over the course of a record, be it through the vessel of classic rock ‘n roll (a la The Who or Pink Floyd) or inventive 21st century hip-hop (Kendrick, Deltron 3030, Lupe). We loved your requests and fit a baker’s donzen into the hour-long Thematic Static show, featuring a cameo from Janelle Monae superfan, our excellent weekend host Jude Mason. But we tucked even more requests into the Spotify playlist you can stream at anytime, too.

Send requests for future themes on social media @WNXPNashville and/or call 615-320-9100 or visit to leave us a voice memo introducing your song!

#ThematicStatic Playlist: 2/15/2024

Kendrick Lamar – “DNA” from DAMN.
Sufjan Stevens – “The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts…” from Come On Feel the Illinoise!
Liz Phair – “Never Said” from Exile in Guyville
Deltron 3030 -“Things You Can Do” from Deltron 3030
The Who – “Pinball Wizard” from Tommy
Janelle Monae – “Tightrope” from ArchAndroid
The Mars Volta – “Inertiatic ESP” from De-loused in the Comatorium

Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1” from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Lupe Fiasco ft. Nikki Jean – “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” from Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool
The Decemberists – “O Valencia!” from The Crane Wife
Harry Nilsson – “Me and My Arrow” from The Point!

The Mountain Goats – “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton” from All Hail West Texas
Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union” from The Monitor