New Trends Emerge in NPR Music Poll As listeners vote in our online poll for the year's best music, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen sees three emerging trends: more bands from Canada, more bands from Sweden and an obsession with animals.

New Trends Emerge in NPR Music Poll

New Trends Emerge in NPR Music Poll

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Arcade Fire is one of several acts from one of the year's most fertile breeding grounds for great music: Canada. hide caption

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As listeners vote in NPR's online poll for the year's best music, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen sees three emerging trends: more bands from Canada, more bands from Sweden and an obsession with animals.

The music scenes in Canada and Sweden have produced a wealth of new and groundbreaking artists in 2007. Bands like Arcade Fire, Stars, Peter Bjorn and John, and Loney, Dear are already cropping up in the poll as listener favorites.

Boilen tells All Things Considered host Michele Norris that he's also seeing more artists and fans fixated on animals, particularly bears. Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear, Giant Bear and Lucinda Black Bear are just a few.

Full results of the poll will be posted on All Songs Considered Dec. 20.

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Neon Bible

Intervention

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Intervention

  • from Neon Bible
  • by Arcade Fire
Some Loud Thunder

Mama, Won’t You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?

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Mama, Won’t You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?

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  • by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Lucinda Williams

What If

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What If

  • from West
  • by Lucinda Williams
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Dashboard

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Dashboard

  • from We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
  • by Modest Mouse
Friend [EP]

He Hit Me

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He Hit Me

  • from Friend
  • by Grizzly Bear
Sky Blue Sky

Hate It Here

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Hate It Here

  • from Sky Blue Sky
  • by Wilco
Volta

Earth Intruders

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Earth Intruders

  • from Volta
  • by Björk
The Reminder

I Feel It All

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I Feel It All

  • from The Reminder
  • by Feist
Drums and Guns

Breaker

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Breaker

  • from Drums and Guns
  • by Low
Icky Thump

Icky Thump

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Icky Thump

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  • by The White Stripes
Release the Stars

Do I Disappoint You

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Do I Disappoint You

  • from Release the Stars
  • by Rufus Wainwright
This Is Ryan Shaw

I Found a Love

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I Found a Love

  • from This is Ryan Shaw
  • by Ryan Shaw
Memory Almost Full

Ever Present Past

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Ever Present Past

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Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

"You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"

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You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb

  • Song: "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"
  • from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • by Spoon
Once' [Soundtrack]

When Your Mind's Made Up

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When Your Mind's Made Up

  • from Once (Soundtrack)
  • by Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
The Distant Future

If You're Into It

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If You're Into It

  • from Distant Future
  • by Flight of the Conchords
Back to Black

Me and Mr. Jones

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Me and Mr. Jones

  • from Back to Black
  • by Amy Winehouse
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

To the Dogs or Whoever

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To the Dogs or Whoever

  • from The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
  • by Josh Ritter
Challengers

Myriad Harbour

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Myriad Harbour

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