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Heating Up The Kitchen To Vampire Weekend's 'Horchata'

NPR listener Amanda Sauermann says the song transcended her "out of the cold and into the Caribbean."

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Shredding To Metallica, Dancing To 'Jump'

Olympic skier Daron Rahlves and two NPR listeners share the songs that remind them of winter sports.

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Young Love In Ithaca, With Schumann's Help

Alice and Burt Swersey say the composer helped pave the way for their five decades of marriage.

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Tap-Dancing To 'Sixteen Tons' On The Hood

In rural Minnesota, listener Veronica Horton made her own fun by dancing to Ernie Ford's classic song.

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R.E.M.'s Dark And Brooding 'Sweetness'

"Sweetness Follows" helped novelist Thomas Mullen through his family's financial ruin.

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The Frozen Tale Of 'Lord Franklin'

The late 19th century British Arctic explorer was many things, but not actually a lord.

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