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Kickin' country. Smooth soul. Rock 'n' roll. Latin rhythms. With up to 70 XM Satellite Radio and Sonic Tap channels, there's something for everyone. On Nov 12th, XM ceased to provide some select music channels. In their place, additional Sonic Tap music channels are now available. For more information visit

Channel Lineup

XM: Roadhouse, Channel 808

Roadhouse focuses on the history and the tradition of country music plus a blatant dose of patriotism and a sense of pride in what America stands for. Roadhouse plays some newer music as well from traditional country stars and mixes in a lot of the history and stories behind the songs.
Artists — Alabama, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell

XM: Spa, Channel 856

Spa is a place of peace in a sometimes too-crazy world. It's a visit to a beautiful world where you are surrounded by nature, inspired by poetry, filled with joy, and soothed by dreamy, flowing, electronic, and acoustic music and voices.
Artists — Enya, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Kevin Braheny, Mark Isham, Suzzane Ciani

XM: Classic Rewind, Channel 837

From mullets to air guitars, Classic Rewind picks up where Top Tracks leaves off...these are the biggest classic rock hits from the mid 70s through the early 90s.
Artists — Journey, The Cars, REO Speedwagon, Bryan Adams, Boston, Tom Petty

XM: Bluegrass Junction, Channel 812

Bluegrass Junction is the home of Steam Powered Radio, bringing you the earliest bluegrass recordings mixed in with the latest efforts from the next generation with deep respect for those who brought us to the dance.
Artists — Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, New Grass Revival, Seldom Scene, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss & Union Station

XM: Bluesville, Channel 854

Bluesville is like a beginning course in art history. We play music of the forefathers and mothers from the 20s and 30s and we play the most contemporary blues acts of today, without forgetting all the great artists in between.
Artists — BB King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Etta James, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray

XM: Boneyard , Channel 830

This is the heyday of the 80s hard rock, the European hard rock bands, their American counterparts, 80s hair bands plus all the new tunes from those artists. Mix it all together with a slightly bent and irreverent attitude and you have Da' Boneyard.
Artists — AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Metallica, Bon Jovi

XL — May include frequent explicit language. The DIRECTV System has a feature which allows restricted access to channels.

(Not Available until 1/16/09)

XM: BPM, Channel 859

BPM plays pure, mainstream dance music...the biggest remixes and club hits from all over America, plus some pop and Top 40 crossovers. This is the music you hear in stadiums and arenas and at the hottest clubs coast to coast.
Artists — Paul Van Dyk, Kristine W, Ian Van Dahl, Madonna, Daft Punk, Amber

XM: Caliente, Channel 869

Your tropical taste is on Caliente with a great mix of salsa, merengue and bachata. Your Caribbean vacation is waiting for you...Caliente Tu Sabor Del Caribe.
Artists — Marc Anthony, Gilberto Santa Rosa, El Gran Combo, Oscar D'Leon, Juan Luis Guerra, Monchy y Alexandra

XM: Cinemagic , Channel 822

Cinemagic invites listeners to escape into the audio presentations of movies. Relive your favorite movies by listening to the music and some of the most memorable scenes from those films.
Soundtracks — Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, Titanic

XM: Deep Tracks, Channel 840

Forget everything you knew about classic rock. Deep Tracks goes deeper &madsh; playing the nuggets rarely heard on FM radio...the landmark songs, the lost gems and classic concerts from the 60s through the 70s. Plus, exclusive weekly shows with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Grateful Dead.
Artists — The Beatles, The Doors, Jethro Tull, The Grateful Dead, Yes, Jimi Hendrix

XM: Enlighten, Channel 828

Southern gospel's roots go back more than a century with a rich history based on four-part harmony. Enlighten features family groups, trios, quartets and soloists from a wide range of Southern gospel artists. The church doors are always open on Enlighten.
Artists — Ivan Parker, Gold City, Happy Goodmans, Gaither Vocal Band, McKameys, Greater Vision

XM: Escape, Channel 820

Escape plays instrumental arrangements of the great popular melodies from the past 60 years, along with an occasional vocal recording of a melody with a message.
Artists — Andy Williams, The Carpenters, Chet Atkins, Ray Conniff, Percy Faith, Neil Diamond

XM: Alt. Nation, Channel 834

Alt. Nation is where new alternative rock lives...the biggest hits from the newest modern rock superstars mixed with 90s flashbacks.
Artists — Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Weezer, Audioslave, My Chemical Romance, Blink 182

XM: The Pulse, Channel 818

The Pulse plays a great mix of modern hits from the 90s and now. All the new music you love without the rap or teen music mixed with the best modern pop hits from the past fifteen years.
Artists — Dave Matthews Band, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, Sheryl Crow, James Blunt

XM: 1st Wave, Channel 839

1st Wave is an audio history of alternative music. We take you from the early roots of Alternative, through the New Wave of the 80s into the early long since banished from FM radio stations.
Artists — The Cure, Talking Heads, The Police, Psychedelic Furs, The Clash, The Smiths

XM: The Highway, Channel 814

The Highway is your home for Today's Top Country Hits featuring the latest from country music's biggest stars and hot new artists. You'll also hear in-depth, exclusive interviews with all of today's hit makers, including XM World Premieres of new album releases and intimate introductions to hot country newcomers!
Artists — Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw

XM: World Zone , Channel 862

Music has no borders. Neither does World Zone. Some of the most compelling music you've never heard is here. We scout it from sources around the globe...Ireland, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Cuba, Japan and Mexico. Listen for new features on popular music from different regions of the world, international soul, Caribbean rhythms and contemporary Folk Music.
Artists — Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Bebel Gilberto, Cesaria Evora, Frankie Negron, Johnny Cleg & Savuka, Lila Downs

XM: Liquid Metal - XL, Channel 841

Liquid Metal is industrial-strength metal undiluted for the masses. Torturously hard and loud, XMLM delivers the juice painfully and without compromise.
Artists — Exodus, Slayer, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Metallica, Sabbath

XL — May include frequent explicit language. The DIRECTV System has a feature which allows restricted access to channels.

XM: Lithium, Channel 838

Lithium plays the biggest songs in the history of alternative music...over 25 years of songs that shaped a generation. You'll hear the biggest modern rock hits of today mixed with classics from the 80s and 90s.
Artists — Pearl Jam, Nirvana, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode

XM: On Broadway, Channel 823

No matter where you live, On Broadway brings Broadway to you. You'll hear the best from Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, London's West End and movie musicals, plus you'll hear directly from the people who create and appear in musicals and plays.
Shows — A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Kiss Me Kate, Monty Python's Spamalot, My Fair Lady

XM: Radio Disney†, Channel 867

This party rocks with the music that kids and tweens want to hear! The biggest new stars share center stage as pop music, novelty oldies and movie and television favorites are combined with hilarious interaction from kids coast to coast. Plus, fantasy prizes and amazing edutainment features!
Artists — Hilary Duff, Aly & AJ, Jesse McCartney, B5, Cheetah Girls

XM: Real Jazz, Channel 850

Real Jazz plays swingin' straight-ahead jazz...everything from classic jazz, traditional New Orleans-style jazz, the women of jazz and live concerts from the Blue Note and Jazz at Lincoln Center. This is swingin' jazz true to its core and rooted in the deepest recesses of hard-core blues.
Artists — Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Billie Holiday

XM: Soul Street, Channel 842

Soul Town is a celebration of the Motown, Stax and Atlantic record labels...vintage soul and classic R&B. From James Brown to Aretha Franklin, Soul Street plays all the great music from the 60s and early 70s.
Artists — The Four Tops, The Supremes, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson

XM: Praise, Channel 827

Glory is what gospel is all about...the glory of its inspirational message and the sheer glorious sound of the music. Let your heart soar with your favorite gospel recordings of all time on Praise.
Artists — Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Colorado Mass Choir, Angela Spivey

XM: Octane, Channel 835

Octane is new rock for the extreme generation...hard alternative in the post-grunge era fusing metal-rap-funk-world with aggressive, heavy guitars. You'll hear the pioneers of new rock right through today's emerging artists.
Artists — Nine Inch Nails, Korn, System of a Down, Staind, Mudvayne, Rage Against the Machine

XL — May include frequent explicit language. The DIRECTV System has a feature which allows restricted access to channels.

XM: Heart & Soul, Channel 843

The big stars of R&B live in the Suite. Heart & Soul plays the latest R&B hits mixed with classic R&B ballads, slow jams and the smooth, polished sounds from the 80s and 90s.
Artists — Luther Vandross, Eric Benet, Babyface, Alicia Keys, Brian McKnight, Anita Baker

XM: The 40s, Channel 801

Take a ride on the Savoy Express for the biggest hit songs from the 40s including the big band recordings of the Swing Era and the greatest standards to come out during the first half of the 20th century. Plus, listen for coverage of the news and big events of this historical era.
Artists — Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby, Dorsey Brothers

XM: The 50s, Channel 802

Relive the roots of rock and roll's earliest days or follow the hit parade and the pre-rock sounds of Doo Wop, Rock-a-Billy, early R&B and the Swinging Sounds of the Las Vegas "Rat Pack" era. The 50s captures all the great American music.
Artists — Elvis Presley, Bill Haley & His Comets, the Coasters, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bobby Darin

XM: The 60s, Channel 803

The times they were a changin' and it caused a revolution in music. The 60s re-creates the decade. It's 60s pop culture re-visited, including the surfin' tunes, R&B and "girl groups," the British invasion, the Woodstock era and Wolfman Jack every night!
Artists — the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder

XM: The 70s, Channel 804

The 70s takes you back to the days of Watergate, bell bottoms and pet rocks. Your favorite AM radio stations were moving to FM and the music was wider than ever. The 70s captures it all from singer songwriters and great classic rock to the best R&B, soul and disco, plus Casey Kasem's original American Top 40 countdowns every weekend.
Artists — Elton John, Donna Summer, the Eagles, Chicago, the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac

XM: The 80s, Channel 805

The "Totally awesome" 80s 8 is like listening to one of the great Top 40 radio stations of the time, complete with great air personalities and those jingles you grew to love. The 80s covers it all...rock, rhythm and pop complete with the hair bands and everything that launched the MTV music generation and Casey Kasem's 80's countdowns every weekend.
Artists — Michael Jackson, Madonna, Duran Duran, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Prince

XM: The 90s, Channel 806

The 90s covers all the "Gen X" hits. The channel is as diverse as the decade was and plays everything from grunge rock to boy bands plus everything in between.
Artists — Mariah Carey, Green Day, Janet Jackson, Dave Matthews Band, Hootie & the Blowfish, Backstreet Boys

XM: The Blend, Channel 821

A great blend of music from the 70s through today...nothing too sleepy and never any rap or hard rock, The Blend plays the biggest superstars of pop music from the past 30's the musical soundtrack of your life.
Artists — Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, John Mellencamp, Hall and Oates, Madonna

XM: Hip Hop Nation, Channel 847

Hip Hop Nation is the nation's premiere R&B channel that funnels the urban vibe into one City. You'll hear fresh, new hip-hop and R&B including mix shows, new music features and exclusive interviews with the artists who make the music.
Artists — Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Yung Joc, Keishia Cole, John Legend, Ciara

XM: The Groove, Channel 844

R&B is the international language of partying and The Groove goes back in the day every day with all the great R&B headliners from the mid 70s through the 80s. You'll hear a great mix of R&B, funk, dance and party music along with some songs you forgot you knew.
Artists — Kool & the Gang, Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, the Gap Band

XM: Sirius XM Love, Channel 819

Sirius XM Love plays the biggest love songs and lite rock favorites from the 60s through today. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind and lose the stress.
Artists — Elton John, Gloria Estefan, James Taylor, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Chicago

XM: The Heat, Channel 825

The Heat is XM's home for hip hop, R&B and Top 40 crossovers. This is the music that's selling across America and burning up the charts.
Artists — Pussycat Dolls, Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Shakira, Lil' Jon

XM: The Joint, Channel 863

The Joint is where the past, present, and future of reggae music resides. You'll hear roots reggae, ska, rock steady, dancehall, dub on your daily trip to Jamaica.
Artists — Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Damian Marley

XM: The Loft, Channel 836

The Loft is an intelligent, eclectic mix of tunes by singer-songwriters who can craft a good lyric then put it across. It's a broad range of styles and subjects, but nothing so loud or so fast that it gets between you and the words. Just song after well-crafted song, including many you can't hear anywhere else.
Artists — Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams

XM: The Message, Channel 826

It's music with a positive message. The Message plays a bright mix of Christian pop hits from the 80s through today...refreshing, sonically rich and family-friendly.
Artists — Mercy Me, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Jeremy Camp

XM: Area, Channel 858

Area is on the pulse of what's happening in clubland today. It's a collection of active DJs and producers who travel the world and play dance music in every corner of the globe. You'll hear house, progressive, drum and bass, and downtempo/chill every Sunday.
Artists — Louie Vega, D: Fuse, David Morales, Kaskade, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina

XM: The System, Channel 860

Taking a trip into The System will blow your mind, expand your musical boundaries and create a listening experience that you will never forget. Trance, Breaks,'s electronic dance music presented in a way that is uncompromising, pure, relentless, and international.
Artists — Paul Oakenfold, Crystal Method, Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Faithless

XM: The Village , Channel 813

From the ballads of early American songwriters to the contemporary masters of folk, The Village presents music of protest and political change and the voice of communities passed from generation to generation. You'll hear all the styles and feelings that make up the rich tapestry known as folk.
Artists — Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Kingston Trio

XM: Top 20 on 20, Channel 816

Top 20 on 20 is the world's first fully interactive hit music experience playing just the songs you vote for! For what's hot right this second...just interact with 20 on's all that matters!
Artists — Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Green Day, Pussycat Dolls

XM: Classic Vinyl, Channel 833

These are the killer cuts that rocked America during the 1960s and 70s. Classic Vinyl plays nothing but the biggest classic rock hits that shaped a generation.
Artists — Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, The Who

XM: U-Pop, Channel 824

U-Pop plays the biggest hits on the planet. You'll hear today's hit music from England, France, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the rest of Europe mixed with J-Pop from Japan, Afro-pop and Latin American Hits.
Artists — Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, Brit Superstar, Chemical Brothers

XM: Prime Country, Channel 809

Prime Country picks up where America leaves off. This channel celebrates the careers of the biggest country superstars that arrived in the late 80s and brought country music to the forefront of American culture. Prime Country has no DJs and very few interruptions...just great country music 24/7.
Artists — Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Reba McEntire

XM: Watercolors, Channel 851

Cool, Contemporary Jazz instrumentals and hip vocals create a muted musical backdrop of sophistication on Watercolors. These groovy sounds expand the boundaries of smooth to not only seduce and relax but to engage and inspire.
Artists — Dave Koz, Diana Krall, George Benson, Chris Botti, Sade, George Duke

XM: Willie's Place, Channel 811

Willie Nelson is the proprietor and executive producer of the honky tonk that never closes with cowboy coffee, cold beer and colas. There's a nickel jukebox and a cast of characters from the bartender to the yellow school bus that gets folks home safely.
Artists — Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Lefty Frizzell

XM: Outlaw Country, Channel 810

Outlaw Country brings you a musical landscape that blends the genres of folk, rock, country and blues creating a sonic space that is something akin to the birth of rock and roll. You'll hear honky tonk, Western swing, folk rock, swamp rock and Southern boogie among other styles from the red-hot Americana music scene.
Artists — Dwight Yoakum, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Prine, Pat Green, John Hiatt

XM: The Spectrum, Channel 832

Growing up doesn't mean growing old but it does increase your enjoyment of more challenging rock artists. If your ear can discern the difference, come to the The Spectrum, where a mellow approach to modern adult alternative music lives.
Artists — Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Jack Johnson

XM: Sirius XM Chill, Channel 857

Sirius XM Chill takes you on a voyage into the Chill zone...a place that pulses with exotic and cerebral music known as smooth electronica. A European phenomenon that is finally emerging in North America, XM Chill is beyond a's an experience in sound.
Artists — Moby, Eno, Thievery Corporation, Zero 7, Chemical Brothers, Air

XM: Symphony Hall, Channel 864

All genres and all eras of classical music are offered in a style that mixes unassuming authority with genuine friendliness and enthusiasm. Symphony Hall strives to inform, entertain and inspire, believing without apology that music is one of the greatest gifts that humankind has bestowed upon itself.
Artists — Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Stravinsky

XM: Pop2K, Channel 817

While 20 on 20 plays just the fresh, new music, Pop2K plays all of today's hit music plus the biggest pop, rock and rhythmic hits from the past ten years...nothing but hits on the XM Hitlist.
Artists — Black Eyed Peas, Three Doors Down, Destiny's Child, Nickelback, Pink, Usher

XM: Kids Place Live†, Channel 868

Kids Place Live reaches kids and families all over America with award-winning original content blended with a music mix of the most popular kid's movie and TV soundtracks and all the best children's recording artists. The sensibilities are family-friendly but the presentation style is always done with a wink and nod to Mom and Dad, who are always along for the ride!
Artists — The Wiggles, Sponge Bob Squarepants, They Might be Giants, Tom Chapin, Dan Zanes, Kids Movie/TV Soundtracks

XM Sirius Pops , Channel 866

Sirius XM Pops is classical music for everyone...the classical music you know, even if you don't think you know classical music. These are the biggest names in classical music history, and their best pieces of music.
Artists — Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Vivaldi, Handel, Rachmaninov

XM: Sirius XM U, Channel 831

Sirius XM U plays what's! Imagine your favorite college radio station. Add a couple of satellites, national coverage and a litany of music that you will only discover...and that's Sirius XM U. It's indie pop, indie rock, electronic, down-tempo and underground hip-hop.
Artists — Aqueduct, Figurine, Death From Above 1979, Joy Zipper, The Decemberists, Styrofoam

XM: Hair Nation, Channel 829

Vintage rock from the big hair '80s.

XM: The Bridge, Channel 849

The softer side of classic rock. (Not Available until 1/1/09)

XM: Coffeehouse, Channel 829

SINGER-SONGWRITERS & ACOUSTIC ROCKUnwind in the Coffee House with your favorite singer-songwriters, new artists, and rare acoustic versions of great songs.

SONC: Fiesta Tropical, Channel 870

An endless tropical party, with an invitation list of fabulous danceable rhythms from Latin America, including merengue, vallenato, salsa and cumbia. Hit the floor with this super-sizzling collection of sounds.

SONC: Latin Contemporary , Channel 871

Chart-driven format with the latest tracks from the Latin community. An all-Spanish selection of romantic ballads, modern rock and pop music.

SONC: Musica De Las Americas , Channel 872

Today's best cross-cultural sounds from the Americas - North, South, and Central. An all-star lineup of Latin- and English-language pop hits that's contemporary, spirited and eclectic.

SONC: Regional Mexican, Channel 873

A unique blend of Mexican regional music, focusing on several categories, including Norteno, banda, grupo and ranchero soloists. The traditional music of Mexico from 1980 to present, with roots-oriented hits.

SONC: Salsa , Channel 874

Latin rhythms infused with elements of rhythm and blues, jazz and funk. Sensual, hard-hitting dance music includes merengue from New York, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo. Hot, energetic rhythms.

SONC: Hurbano , Channel 875

Reggaeton is the hottest new Latin music style sweeping America today. Jamaican influenced reggae meets the hot rhythms born in Puerto Rico to make and exciting and evolving sound.

SONC: Mariachi, Channel 876

The country music of Mexico. An impressive collection demonstrating the range of the true representatives of Mexican music. Includes Huapangos, valses, boleros, rancheras, ballads, corridos and redovas, similar to polkas. Music from various states in Mexico. Distinctive rhythms and strong vocals.

SONC: Carnaval Brasileiro, Channel 877

Festive music from the tropical cities of Bahia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Carnival Brasileiro offers an invigorating mix of Brazilian popular music. It's a rousing brew of samba, saudade, bossa nova and even a bit of reggae.

SONC: Rock en Espanol , Channel 878

Critically acclaimed, cutting-edge Spanish-language rock groups. The latest in urban, alternative, fusion, pop and punk. You'll hear heavy bass grooves and guitar riffs. This high-energy format is one of the world’s most popular.

SONC: Latin Jazz , Channel 879

Jazz with a Latin twist, performed by artists from around the world. A jazz sampling, flavored with the sounds and rhythms of South and Central America and the Caribbean. Balances classic grooves by '70s and '80s legends, plus contemporary tunes by current artists.

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