Their sad jam single, “Any Sense of Time,” off of 1994’s Kombinator earned the band a nomination for a MuchMusic Video Award for Best Alternative Video. What is not too love? Download as PDF and watch all the videos of the chart. We celebrated our amazing way of life than with 100 of the best Canadian songs on Canada Day as chosen by YOU! It’s been unavoidable on Canadian radio since the moment it was released. That’s all you need. Arguably one of the greatest rock outfits of the 60s and 70s, The Band fronted the likes of Dylan and Hawkins but didn’t truly emerge beyond their industry cred into the public consciousness until they were their own thing. The duo of Mike O’Neill and drummer Dave Ullrich spun songs with undeniable hooks and great harmonies. “Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright)” is a jagged rager that starts at 11, goes for the throat, and then suddenly lets up halfway through. “Sundown,” the title track from Lightfoot’s tenth album, hit No. But a triple record? 1970’s Biggest Canadian Hits 1970’s biggest hit in Canada was Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. The second single was “Sweet Surrender,” which helped the Halifax, Nova Scotia native take home a Juno Award for Album of the Year. You probably fell in love, and it was probably really beautiful, as long as it lasted. . 1 in Canada and reaching No. Zero” melds smooth rhythms and production. “Man I Feel Like A Woman” is the first track on the hit album and reached the top-ten in six countries, top 20 in Canada, and number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release. Steve Bays’ youthful, ‘tude-heavy vocals recall a less slurry Julian Casablancas as he sings over punchy guitar hooks about a breakup. – MW, Released as the second single off their 1983 record Rhythm of Youth, once “The Safety Dance” gained some momentum domestically it went on to climb the charts all over the world. The song peaked at number one on the Canadian Singles Chart in 2001, won a  Juno Award for Single of the Year, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Tegan & Sara’s original is way better than the White Stripes version, by the way. Amy Milan’s voice, as always, is a mesmerizing dream, clear-eyed and melting into the rest of the song’s dense pop sound. It was a late addition to the album’s arrangement, and the rest is history. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It climbed as high as No. Still, many fans widely consider “The Time is Here,” the record’s penultimate track as their finest work. The coronavirus pandemic annihilated so much of what we've taken for granted about this art form: it canceled world tours, put a stop to promotional campaigns, and for long stretches at a time made it impossible to even go to the store to buy a record. Several Canadian artists, including Drake and Avril Lavigne, have made TikTok’s most popular songs of 2020 lists. “Female vocals. It featured several songs that became hits for the band, one of them being “Rose Coloured Glasses,” which stands as a fan favourite to this day. – SL, One of the biggest Canadian songs of the nineties period. Funeral was a record that demanded we fight to keep every beautiful, leaving a lasting intensity that bursts inside our chests, and “Wake Up” was its thesis statement. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. The 10 Best Canadian Songs of the Month: October 2020. – PM, Stars’ breakthrough single is a lush, uplifting ride that often feels as cosmic as the moniker of the band it was written by. – SL, The second single from Blue Rodeo’s debut record Outskirts remains one of their most recognizable hits. They include rap, country, and pop. A completely unique song that could be made by no one else. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was later recorded by Anne Murray for her 1972 record Talk It Over in the Morning. The Top 100 Canadian Songs of All Time. “A Case Of You” by Joni Mitchell (1971) One of Mitchell’s best-known songs (and for good reason) from her now-classic album Blue, describes new love at its most intoxicating — after the relationship ended. Twelve years on, it makes no less of an impression, rising into its crescendo like an unstoppable collision, as Spencer Krug sings, “and now I’ll believe in anything, and you’ll believe in anything, because nobody knows you, and nobody gives a damn, anyway.” – MW, Dan Boeckner takes the lead on this heart-pumping early Wolf Parade rocker yelling, “you know our hearts beat time/they’re waiting for something that’ll never arrive.” It’s a brawny, jagged slice of youthful rock ‘n’ roll that beats as hard as any hard-pumping heart. Top 40 Popular Songs in... We recommend you to check other playlists or our favorite music charts. – SL, “The Spirit of Radio” from Rush`s 1980 album Permanent Waves is one of their best-performing songs in terms of popularity in the U.K. It’s also one of five songs the band had inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and it was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It hit No. And sing loud. – SL, Paul Anka’s 1957 hit “Diana” hit No. Still, many fans widely consider “The Time is Here,” the record’s penultimate track as their finest work. Swelling chorus’ married with heartbreaking lyrics made it impossible for us to not develop a serious case of ‘the feels’. Surprisingly, the song almost didn’t make the cut as Bachman felt it was more of a joke than a serious song. If Japandroids are good at anything, it’s the ability to make you feel like you could live forever, and somehow always stay 23, and drink a thousand beers, and fall in love with everyone and everything at every moment. The second single was “Sweet Surrender,” which helped the Halifax, Nova Scotia native take home a Juno Award for Album of the Year. – SL, Neil Young’s breezy front-porch tune has maybe one of the most appropriate videos in music history—Neil and the band playing this swaying melody as scores of hippies and hicks and general good-timers dance around an old country bar. At close to five minutes “The Weight” is an imposing song with amazing songwriting, vocal harmonies, and great storytelling, brought to life by one of the most talented set of musicians to form a popular rock group. That’s what Joel Plaskett did with Three in 2009. – SL, When Halifax was briefly viewed as the next Seattle, Joel Plaskett-fronted outfit Thrush Hermit were at the forefront with the likes of Sloan. By John R. Kennedy Global News Posted December 19, 2013 1:50 pm . – SL, This instrumental number is probably best known for its use as the theme song from the iconic Canadian sketch show Kids In The Hall. Anka even recorded an Italian version of the song a year after its initial release, with lyrics written by Mario Panzeri. – PM, With this folksy stomp, Halifax’s Wintersleep had a bona fide hit. Feature. It’s a nuanced rock tune, employing some heavy pop sensibilities inside a dark, guitar-driven sound that features the band’s signature harmonies. This is a Greg Keelor song, and when his opening vocals float on top of Bob Wiseman’s organ, you are compelled to listen. It also reached No. -MW, Alvvays made a major first impression with the sugary, throwback alt-pop of “Archie, Marry Me.” Their lush guitars build an ocean of noise for Molly Rankin’s gorgeous, rising vocals—a mix of dreaminess and wistful yearning. – MW, “I Feel It All” rambles along with a bouncy, ramshackle acoustic guitar, melodic piano, and a shuffling tambourine, as Leslie Feist admits she’ll be the one who’ll break her own heart in her rich and raspy voice. Like, any hockey game? – SL. In the end, it was the Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon” from their 1998 record Phantom Power that you elected the greatest Canadian song of all-time. From their second record Departing, “Stamp” is ‘The RAA’ at their frenetic best. It’s a breezy tune about small-town life (specifically the titular Nova Scotia community not too far from Leslie Feist’s birthplace of Amherst) that ticks along joyfully with a wistful vocal melody. – PM, “Dynamite Walls” starts with a pastoral, almost hypnotic vibe that conjures that feeling of escaping the city for nature, built on a dreamy chord progression and Hayden Desser’s lethargic vocal delivery. – SL, As Dan Boeckner’s first big project outside of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs—a duo with his now ex-wife Alexei Perry—conjured the indie rock heroes’ same frenetic energy along with a bigger electronic bite. “Drinking in L.A.” was a massive hit in this country, as well as in the U.K. and in pockets across Europe and Scandinavia. The Grammy-winning song was originally sung by Joe Crocker and Jennifer Warnes, though Buffy Sainte-Marie often performs it. – MW, With the backdrop of a Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, deemed “four blocks of hell” by a local newspaper, Tegan Quin made a metaphor for unrequited love in this rollicking song, with a swirling, hooky chorus and dangerous sounding guitars. – SL, PUP’s sophomore album, The Dream Is Over, is an unrelenting thrash of punk rock ‘n’ roll, and “DVP”—named after Toronto’s Don Valley Parkway—is one of its most blistering moments. – MW, It’s not like you’ve never heard of a double record. Do you miss your TV? Black Emperor are hardly a conventional outfit. 1 on Canadian country charts. “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” was a major hit for the Newmarket, Ontario-born rock group, hitting No. “It’s got a big drum beat,” Newman told Pitchfork in a 2001 interview. Their unique sound was largely due to Neil Osborne’s distinct vocal timbre and their music was often politically charged, tackling tough issues in a way that never felt pedantic. “Insensitive” stands out in the crowd as a Canadian classic forever more, from one of our most beloved talents. This dreamy folk tune, elevated by a serene piano, is a melancholy trip that sounds a little happier than it actually is. That was the theory behind that song. Downie’s vocals are powerful and the rest of the band provide is revving engine that propels the music. It’s a weird and charming song with left-of-the-dial heart, as Chris Murphy addresses a crush he seems a bit too lethargic to really go after. It’s tough to highlight just one standout track, but the album’s first single “Hummingbird” remains a modern Canadian classic. It has been covered by artists ranging from Michael Bolton to Maestro, and was even sampled by noted mashup DJ Girl Talk. – SL, Originally a poem and first recorded as a song by Judy Collins, Cohen later released “Suzanne” as the lead single off his 1967 record Songs of Leonard Cohen. The second single from Feist’s third record, , launched the Broken Social Scene alumnus into mega stardom and landed her an iPod nano commercial. Billboard. Cohen’s version entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time following his death in November of 2016. When Win Butler yells, “Children, wake up! To put it simply, it just sounds like the Canada we’ve come to know and love, as defined by the musical stylings of The Tragically Hip. Her song “A Case of You” is believed to be one of many songs about her breakup with English singer-songwriter Graham Nash. 1 spot two weeks later, where it would ironically spend one week as the No. Renditions by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, K.D. The results in this chart are not affiliated with any mainstream or commercial chart and may not reflect charts seen elsewhere. © Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. – SL, Cockburn’s only single to crack the Top 40 south of the border was “Wondering Where the Lions Are” off his 1979 album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. Hold your mistake up!” it’s impossible to avoid the heart-swell that comes along with it. The write-ups accompanying the songs were not in all cases written by the people who selected them. – PM, “Legal Age Life at Variety Store” is one of several standout tracks from Rheostatics’ 1992 record Whale Music, which stands among the best Canadian rock records ever released. Unfortunately, the Downtown Eastside still has problems, many of them brand new. – MW, As Canadian as a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee, Stompin’ Tom Connors “The Hockey Song” first appeared on the 1973 album, Stompin’ Tom and the Hockey Song. Written by Canadian Gene MacLellan, “Snowbird” has been performed by the likes of Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley, but it’s best known for Anne Murray’s rendition on her 1969 record This Way Is My Way. – MW, When Wolf Parade unleashed this song on Apologies to the Queen Mary in 2005, it felt like something no one had heard before—a lethally vibrant crash of jagged, anthemic indie rock, all sinew and sweat. We the staff at Indie88 pored over hundreds of the best Canadian songs of all-time and came up with 150 from across all genres. – MW, The jaunty toe-tapper “Mushaboom” was the song that introduced many people to Feist. – PM, At their storytelling best, “Nautical Disaster” is suspenseful and exciting with a tense musical buildup that complements the The Tragically Hip’s lyrical genius. It may not be the most positive song to be written about Canada but when you think of Canadian songs this is always top of mind. The song also won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. So: who would you rather be? Comedian Will Ferrell even performed the song on Conan in 2013. That’s all you need. Find someone to slow dance with and throw it on. With singer Stefan Babcock screaming lines like, “I’d rather be dead!,” it’s pretty damn dark, but it’s also really, really fun. The 10 Best Canadian Songs of the Month: September 2020. – SL, was a massive success that spawned five singles. To quote the top comment on ATCR’s YouTube channel: “I’m a punk rock bass player in a metal band so I don’t really like electronic music, I love Tribe Called Red. – SL, The title track from The Guess Who`s sixth studio album was certified gold in the U.S. It`s been playing in hockey rinks across North America ever since. – SL, The first single off their second album, Sounding a Mosaic, Bedouin Soundclash landed a breakthrough in 2004 with the release of “When the Night Feels My Song.” The video for the song reached No. – PM, “You said you didn’t give a fuck about hockey, I never saw someone say that before”, could be easily reduced to jock-rock. It’s a nuanced rock tune, employing some heavy pop sensibilities inside a dark, guitar-driven sound that features the band’s signature harmonies. You’ll be humming it long into next week. Another cut from The Band’s second album, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is a classic in the sense that it’s often in the discussion among the greatest rock songs of all-time. 1 single. Many songs were released throughout the year, covering a wide range of genres. “Through & Through & Through” is one of its choicest cuts, buoyed by honking horns and the beauty backup vocals of Ana Egge and Rose Cousins, with Plaskett playing the call-and-response game with his two guests. The song was later covered by a group of Canadian artists, including Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, and Drake, in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Their second album, On Record, featured what would go on to become one of their biggest hits and a staple on Canadian classic rock stations for decades, “You Could Have Been a Lady.” – SL, Arcade Fire’s outstanding 2010 record The Suburbs launched the band into another stratosphere in terms of popularity. Still, despite lines like, “oh, mama, actin’ like my life’s already over,” it’s a summery ride. – MW, One of the biggest Canadian songs of the nineties period. – MW, Look no further than this ‘60s-indebted pop gem for the clearest endorsement of the Great White North on this list: “One thing I know about the rest of my life,” Chris Murphy sings, “I know that I’ll be livin’ it in Canada.” – MW, Written about the person who informed on Darrin Kenneth O’Brien (a.k.a Snow), the song details the story of the attempted murder charges placed on O’Brien. – SL, “Down By The Henry Moore,” the fourth single from Murray McLauchlan’s 1984 album, , hit No. This is a list of songs featuring Canadian artists which have reached number one on the … Frontman John K. Samson wrote “A Plea For a Cat Named Virtue” in the voice of a depressed cat, which is rather awesome. CBC News anchor Dwight Drummond even appears in the video as a cameraman. – SL, Although “Universal Soldier” originally appeared on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s debut album It’s My Way! Paul Murphy’s vocals are effortlessly powerful and the rest of the band deliver a pure banger, proving that Wintersleep is still one of Canada’s greatest alternative bands. – PM, Land of Talk’s 2008 debut album was produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame. Most importantly, he reminds us all of that One True Thing: “rock ‘n’ roll will never die.” – MW, Man, way to get to the point. View the current Canada Singles Top 100 with at #1 Willow by Taylor Swift. – SL, After leaving The Guess Who, Randy Bachman formed Brave Belt with former The Guess Who bandmate Chad Allan and others. It speeds along through frenetic noise, the entire time threatening to either explode or disintegrate or fall apart, and it does all those things in a way that somehow makes total sense. – SL, Not only is “Gimme Sympathy” an dark and driving, stadium-sized indie rock single, it also brings up one of rock ‘n’ roll history’s biggest rivalries in its chorus, as Emily Haines sings, “who would you rather be, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?” It references the former’s optimistic ditty “Here Comes The Sun” in its following lines, but the title alludes to the latter’s “Gimme Sympathy,” a song that’s fraught with impending disaster. – SL, Montreal-based collective Godspeed You! Harmer’s distinct vocals and expert songcraft made her the rightful it-girl of late 90s Canadian alt-folk. Billboard hit with this 1989 banger, spitting bars with boundless energy and agility over samples from The Mohawks, James Brown, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, and Public Enemy. – SL, Good luck getting this one out of your head. Most Popular Canadian Praise and Worship Songs Top Canadian Praise and Worship Songs Great are you Lord - Jon Neufeld 1. Here are the most notable examples. – PM, Sarah McLachlan’s 1997 record, Surfacing, was a massive success that spawned five singles. But it’s all a trick—the band collects itself and storms back with even greater intensity, as drummer Doug MacGregor pounds the skins relentlessly. The top 100 Canadian songs now spills over to a top 500 that includes any and all songs which might fall under "essential Canadian Music." One of their best. Powell’s influence can be heard in rising artists like Hop Along, Angel Olsen, and others. – MW, There’s an infamous story that involves this gorgeous ode to a, “town in north Ontario” (actually revealed to be a “couple of towns,” including Omemee, which is considered south). To me this is not music, it’s more than that, It’s magic.” – PM, Prior to a brief marriage to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, and long before ridiculous rumours that she was actually dead and had been replaced by a body double, Avril Lavigne was massive pop star. “American Woman” inspired cover versions by Krokus, Butthole Surfers, and Lenny Kravitz. With great hooks, sing-along chorus’, and of course the celtic folk influences the Vancouver band was known for, “Political” is timeless. Its rollicking piano, bright horns, and irresistible vocal melody is the perfect storm for an indie-pop smash, and it still holds up. Canada… what a great country – so much culture, beauty and music. Despite its rollicking nature, complete with a righteous organ and a chorus that begs to be sung along to, “True Patriot Love” is a pretty melancholy piece of work, with Plaskett mourning a lost love with some sentiments we can all relate to, like “getting into bed seemed easy enough, getting out’s a little harder to do.” Truer words ain’t never been spoken. Alexia Avina. – SL, Probably best known performed by Frank Sinatra in 1969, Paul Anka wrote the lyrics. Kissing Other People By Lennon Stella Lennon Stella was born in Ontario. It ranks among the Canadian folk artist’s most popular songs and has been covered too many times to count, not to mention it’s been used in television shows like, was The Grapes of Wrath’s biggest commercial success, and it featured “All the Things I Wasn’t,” which stands as one of their biggest hits. – SL, Reckless sold upwards of 12 million copies worldwide, five million in the United States, and was upon its release in 1984 the highest-selling record in Canada of all-time. It also delivered us one of CanRock’s best-ever lines: “it’s not the band I hate, it’s their fans.” – MW. It’s a banger. This list has benefitted from input by music professionals like songwriter Gene Williams, drummer Sammy Kohn (of the Watchmen), Toronto Mike's similar list (begun with my cajoling), plus many other Canadian music fans. Sing along. – SL, One of Mitchell’s best known songs, “Both Sides, Now” has been featured in films like Love Actually. – DS, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-born rock band The Sheepdogs won the Juno Award for Single of the Year in 2012 for “I Don’t Know” a single from their third studio record Learn & Burn. “I’m Like a Bird” also won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, making Furtado the last Canadian woman to win in that category since. – SL, “Cotton Jenny” was originally recorded by Gordon Lightfoot on his 1971 album Summer Side of Life. – SL, The title track from The Weakerthans’ 2000 record is an ode to Winnipeg. View Charts Legend. Sainte-Marie has said the song is about accepting responsibility for war and the archaic way of thinking that causes conflict. – SL, The blistering drama of “This Could Be Anywhere In The World” helped St. Catharine’s post-hardcore darlings Alexisonfire to their first hit single on the Canadian charts. “Try” took home two Juno Awards in 1989 for Single of the Year and Video of the Year. : “I played a show in Kelowna last year/said, ‘pick it up Joel, we’re dyin’ in here”/picture one hand clapping, then picture half that sound/there’s a reason why I hate that town.” Plaskett and Kelowna have since made up. – MW. Remember, it’s about having fun. 10 in Canada and No. Downie’s vocals are powerful and the rest of the band provide is revving engine that propels the music. There basically isn’t a single facet of the music industry that hasn’t been completely disrupted, thwarted, or upended this year. Emily Haines’ star vocal turn here is one of Social Scene’s most distinctive moments, rising gently over a weeping violin, calling out, “park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me.” – MW, Few anthems are as askew and cryptic as “Cause=Time,” blending a coiled first half built on driving rhythms and wispy guitar lines with a second half that explodes abruptly out of its confines. That certainly doesn’t stop the song from rocking, though, and it’s one of Roberts’ most memorable melodies, laid atop some very CanRock guitar riffs and bluesy solos. – MW, Arcade Fire is known for its big, booming songs, and “Wake Up” may still be the heaviest they’ve ever written. Tom Cochrane’s 1991 album Mad Mad World was a complete smash with “Life is a Highway” leading the way. 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