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In the early 90s, you could not go anywhere without hearing this classic Canadian jam. An element that’s often overlooked is our country’s immense talent, especially our musicians, who we poke fun at for leaving Canada in search of greener pastures and greater fame. One of four parts (there are three other Neighbourhood songs on ensuing albums), this song encapsulates the band: an engaging rhythm, pleading vocals, lyrics about the past and that symphonic quality. Its poignancy is so strong, even still, that numerous artists have performed their own version, including Bob Dylan and the Counting Crows. These guys were famous outside of Canada and this was their best. Another member of the strong Canadian ’90s grunge contingent, I Mother Earth’s popularity was mostly confined to Ontario. Considering she was only 18 when this was released, you have to give her some props. “Leonard’s voice is just enchanting on this. native The Weeknd has had an amazing few years, shooting to the top of the charts around the world. “If you had just met someone who wasn’t Canadian and they asked you what the east coast is like, you’d probably just play them some Great Big Sea. “Who knew Canadians could be rap pioneers? It also brought Avril Lavigne into our lives; her second single from her debut album (following other hit Complicated), she showed us that yes, girls can perform harder music. This video is shot in Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s biggest attractions. To celebrate some of our best musicians, here are — in no particular order — 50 amazing Canadian songs in honour of this great country’s 150th birthday. Truly one of the Canadian greats, Lightfoot’s 1971 classic has been reused by numerous artists, including Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams, Johnny Cash, Sarah McLachlan, among many others. Pages in category "Songs about Canada" The following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. “These guys are incredible. An animated cartoon for a kid's song that I wrote that tells about the significance of the symbols on Canadian coins. They just may be the 14 most perfect songs to listen to aboard the Indie88 Great Canadian Cruise. To think that Aubrey Graham (a.k.a. Readers recommend: songs from or about Canada - results Going east to west via Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn, Newfoundland to Vancouver, RR veteran Marconius takes a … “I think this is a song we could all kind of relate to — whether you were the girl that ditched the boy or the boy who liked the girl. Despite some loathing of this tune, by 1996, the song had been played on Canadian radio stations more than 100,000 times (for perspective, it was released midway through 1986). Neighbourhood #1 is the first song and single from Montreal rock band Arcade Fire’s debut album, so it’s literally the first thing we heard from them. So cool” — Chris Scheetz, CISN Country 103.9. Trooper has performed during several Grey Cup celebrations and this song is a staple during any and all Junior B hockey games throughout Canada (preferably during a power play for the home team in the third period when down 3-2)” — Stephen Keppler, 92.5 Fresh Radio. RIP Stompin’ Tom” — Chris Scheetz, CISN Country 103.9. It may not have been written about Canada or Canadian themes but it’s definitely an anthem in this country. True story, my big brother looked like Wheels back in the day” — Monica Lapajne, 104.3 Fresh Radio. But there’s no denying that this was the song of the summer in 2012. The title is referred to as being “as far away as it’s ever been,” concluding with Roberts literally spelling out … RIP to maybe the most Canadian man who ever lived. 2 in the U.S. Don’t worry, Glass Tiger — we won’t ever forget you. Constant Craving is struggle between good and bad cravings in life” — Paul O’Neil, 92.5 Fresh Radio. This gritty rock tune by Toronto band Sloan (originally from Halifax, N.S.) (At least, we think that’s what it’s about.) Where in the world is Santa Claus? 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. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States. (Interestingly, then-couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were directly responsible for this song’s launch into the mainstream — both of them tweeted about it from their personal Twitter accounts after they heard it on the radio.). Shares. The song "Canada Is" is available for purchase on CD or MP3 download. You won’t be disappointed. A song about simpler times growing up in Northern Ontario sung by an absolute Canadian icon. Not a huge hit in the U.S., it fared far better north of the border, where it was a Top 40 hit. 1 in Canada and No. Happy Canada 150! Canada is a land of many things: it’s rich in natural resources, it possesses the longest continued shoreline in the world, and it’s on the cusp of celebrating its 150th birthday. This ’80s hit was popular on both sides of the border, and was Hart’s first charted song — and his first single from his debut album. A cover of the Velvet Underground original, the Cowboy Junkies’ version is like a bolt of electricity to the heart. Okay, so yes the title may throw you for a loop but hear me out. Definitely a great song to hear when you’re three sheets to the wind” — Stephen Keppler, 92.5 Fresh Radio. The refrain of the song, “I hate Winnipeg,” indicates a dislike for the city, but underneath the lyrics is an affection and connection with the oft-frigid locale. artist is one of the hottest musicians on the planet at the moment. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (It’s even more impressive when you learn that he worked at an American Apparel outlet on Toronto’s Queen St. less than 10 years ago.) Critics speculate that the song is about The Weeknd’s destruction of his former self; indeed, he did cut off his trademark locks just prior to release, so it’s possible. 1 in numerous countries, including Jepsen’s home country of Canada. As a Native Canadian in a volatile era, Sainte-Marie broke many barriers by achieving fame, becoming one of the first Indigenous people to find a career in mainstream music. And even when you hone in on some of Canada’s “biggest” artists, you then have to consider each individual song, another nearly impossible feat. The origin story goes that Randy Bachman was driving to a gig in Vancouver when he heard a radio DJ say “We’re takin’ care of business!” … and the rest is history. The songs are embedded throughout, but you'll have to click through to page two to find number one, along with a playlist featuring all of our picks. Hard to find someone who rocks the Canadian tuxedo more often than this guy. Need I go on? Toronto ensemble band Broken Social Scene is special. The main theme song to 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic, it is Celine Dion’s biggest international hit (though it should be noted she has several) and one of the best-selling singles of all time. Truly groundbreaking in its format, Electric Pow Wow Drum features rawhide drumbeats and true Native singing, meshed with electronic beats and modern technology. Featuring backup vocals by none other than Bryan Adams, Glass Tiger’s biggest hit reached No. The sentimentality of the acoustic guitar belies the lyrics as well, giving the song a folky, “around the campfire” feel. If anyone can possibly document the slang of Toronto, it’s Kardinal Offishall. This song sounds like an ’80s Tom Cruise movie looks, and I love it” — Scott Hackman, CISN Country 103.9. This song may have never made the charts, nationally or otherwise, but it certainly made the charts in our hearts. “There were a lot of great bands coming out of Montreal around 2004 but Arcade Fire didn’t sound like anything else we’d heard. When Newfoundlanders Great Big Sea adopted it and made it their own, it somehow inherited a Canadianness that can never be taken away. Lead singer Edwin, easy on the eyes and with tree-trunk arms, was the centrepiece. Often referred to as “The Canadian Beatles,” Sloan is one of the quintessential bands of the great white north. You’re instantly at the same little party as Kim Mitchell, wondering who would be the first to kiss” — Jacqueline Sweeney, CISN Country 103.9. I challenge you to try to find someone who doesn’t at least know a few words to this one. Fire in the Head slides your butt to the edge of your seat” — Scott Hackman, CISN Country 103.9. And as soon as this song came on, the place went NUTS. A ton of fun, if you want the room to start bumping, just put this song on. Alternatively called a “timeless summer rock anthem” and “a lighthearted joke of a song,” your perception of Patio Lanterns is totally subjective. “Thank you for making me laugh out loud and feel old. He was the first Canadian rapper to perform a gold-record single, paving the way for our contemporary artists. The song is about Indian residential schools and the government's apology. He’s also done a lot for the city of Toronto’s image on the world stage, bringing it front and centre. Picking the most notable Neil Young song borders on the impossible, but in terms of lyrics, Hey Hey, My My is transcendent. Including “rock n’ roll can never die” and “it’s better to burn out than to fade away” — both quoted widely and used by many other musicians, including Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in his suicide note — the song is very powerful and one for the ages. It’s Cochrane’s highest-performing single and it hit No. Close your eyes and listen… does it not feel like you’re on the run from someone?! It’s also one of the band’s earliest-composed tunes, written while Steven Page and Ed Robertson were counsellors at a music summer camp. Don’t even try to hate this song. Jump to navigation Jump to search. “One of (if not) the most popular singalongs in pubs along the east coast. “Tom has probably made more money with the Rascal Flatts version of this song from the Cars soundtrack than he has on the original. Exclaim! Hokey and heartwarming, the song is a perfect partner for the show. )” — Elle Dee, 91.5 The Beat. 1 in Canada and No. A combination of blues, rock and country, the song is a dedication to Canadian locales, and they’re mentioned in the lyrics; Moose Jaw, Moosomin, Red Deer, Medicine Hat are among them. “It isn’t the Grey Cup unless this song is heard at least twice. Eh bud, just in time for Canada Day, we’ve got 14 songs that will have you feeling as Canadian as possible. Sloan – “Rest Of My Life” First off, Sloan are true Canadians right down to their core. You Oughta Know is widely considered the trademark Alanis song, and at the time of its release, the “scandal” of her lyrics (and the fact that they referred to ex-Full House star Dave Coulier) helped elevate the song into the stratosphere. From coast to coast our talent is immeasurable, and as such, amassing our “best” is as subjective as choosing a favourite colour. Even Lou Reed himself has said he prefers this Canadian version. Michael Mitchell: Songs and Stories of Canada's Heritage: Canada Is for Kids: Big Canadian Music Book. The rest is history” — Alan Cross, 102.1 The Edge. But after much, much arm twisting, Celine relented and recorded a demo of composer James Horner’s song. After a hundred years of tradition, "O Canada" was proclaimed Canada's national anthem in 1980. This list may not reflect recent changes . Janet Jackson famously sampled the tune in her 1997 song Got ‘Til It’s Gone. Simplistic in its production, there is something visceral about the performance. If you don’t know this song, then we’re not sure what to tell you. 9. The song reached No. "Dief the Chief" was written as a tribute to our Canadian Prime Minister, (1957-1963) John Diefenbaker. And the best of all of them, Shiny Tunes 2, which featured this song. The song's recording was performed by the Young Canada Singers, two groups of children – one that sang the French lyrics, led by Montreal conductor Raymond Berthiaume, and another that sang in English, under conductor Laurie Bower in Toronto. Plus it’s The Hip. Drake) used to work at Shopper’s Drug Mart and star on teen drama Degrassi… and now he’s commanding millions for shows, it’s hard to knock him. Fire in the Head is one of the band’s biggest hits, a guitar-strong rock anthem with psychedelic undertones. Sure, The Guess Who has many outstanding classics (including American Woman, unfortunately not included in this list), but Running Back to Saskatoon has a distinctly Canadian feel. on the map, and quickly got the attention of both the Canadian Beef industry and international big music stars (Roy Orbison)! Currently, there are more than 300 different versions of the song, and it has been featured in numerous soundtracks and TV episodes since its original release in 1984. Canada’s small towns have produced some of the world’s most talented musicians, so it’s only fitting that rural roots have been the inspiration for a host of hit songs. Try not to sing along. Fun fact: CBC journalist Dwight Drummond appears in the video as a cameraman. “The greatest synthesizer hook ever? Every Canadian pre-teen girl crushed on Corey in the 80s and he could write a song to boot! MORE PATRIOTIC SONGS ABOUT CANADA "Our Dominion (a National Song and Chorus)" was written in 1867 to celebrate Confederation. Indie-pop twin duo Tegan and Sara have come a long way in the past decade, emerging from the void with several powerful albums. A playful, wistful song, If I Had $1,000,000 was one of the Ladies’ biggest hits. This song brings me back to my childhood. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Other Songs About Canada: Northern Lights (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) O Canada (to the tune of O' Christmas Tree) Our Country (to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man) Contact Info. She was not afraid to press boundaries” — Jacqueline Sweeney, CISN Country 103.9 FM. I mean, who didn’t!? A strange blend of anthem rock and radio pop, Working for the Weekend is currently ranked as No. It’s All Gonna Break (clocking in at 9:55) descends into a sort-of madness in its closing bars, like a choral ecstasy. Also, drummers who sing like Levon Helm are the best” — Matt DeBeurs, CISN Country 103.9. It was Weir's lyrics that became the official English versio… It was an arduous task to whittle down the number of amazing Canadian songs to a mere list of 50. James Cameron reluctantly agreed to include it over the closing credits of the movie. It is an important part of Canada's history that should never be forgotten. 1 in Canada. Canadian Folk Music – Compiled by Michael Mitchell The Maple Leaf Forever, The York Boat Brigade, Feller From Fortune, Bound Down for Newfoundland, Rolling Down to Old Maui, Star of Logy Bay, Squid-Jiggin Ground, The Ryans and the Pittmans, and But when Running came out, it was the first time many of us heard a big-time rock band name-check a Canadian city in a song. In the song, an apologetic Bieber pleads for forgiveness, and many people point to his “unsavoury” teen behaviour as the impetus. This is one of those songs you don’t recall learning the lyrics to — you just know them. 100 on VH1’s greatest songs of the ’80s. “As a kid growing up in Winnipeg, I remember Guess Who pride being very, very strong. Whether it was about Bud the Spud tearing up the 401, or a Sudbury Saturday night, his music stands as constant proof that he was overjoyed about where he lived. Happy Canada 150! “Despite being of the most quotable songs of all time, it feels almost as if you’re improvising each time you sing it! Top 10: Songs About Canada - By Canadians ; Share Tweet Flip. Stop right here. “It doesn’t start like the smooth fiddle pop tune it becomes, but the mixture of MacIsaac’s string work with, Canadian Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond’s vocals, is perfectly haunting” — Scott Hackman, CISN Country 103.9. 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. We challenge you. Secondly, the lyrics: “One thing I know about the rest of my life, I know that I’ll be living it in Canada”. We handed it over to you, our readers and listeners to help us determine the greatest Canadian song of all-time. This is why when it came to Canada’s 150th birthday we wanted to do something special. (Full disclosure: Tom Cochrane went to this reporter’s high school — Martingrove Collegiate — so there may be some bias here.) Suddenly it was cool for rock bands (not just folkies) to sing about our country” — Alan Cross, 102.1 The Edge. At every Spirit of the West concert, Home for a Rest was always the final song to be played (save for encores). We also feature a major collection of Mother Goose Rhymes, global recipes, holiday traditions and lively conversations about childhood around the world. Song for Canada Sweet, Sweet Canada Team Canada 2002 The Song of Canada This Is Canada Un Canadien Errant (A Wandering Canadian) Young Man From Canada. A beautiful song, Cockburn has said that he was inspired to write it when he saw two teens “in love” on a school playground. (An aside: presently, Arden is quite the comedian on Twitter. Mama Lisa's World presents thousands of traditional kids songs from over a hundred countries and cultures! The music video (above) is shot at the Don Jail in Toronto, and is presumably the only one in music history that features someone being imprisoned for not wearing sunglasses. And it was a hit! It’s a testament to their talent that every song they produce is like a symphony, almost as if they’ve tamed the music to their will. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States. Sarah McLachlan was the undisputed queen of the piano power ballad in the ’90s, and her songs were featured in hit shows of the period, including Dawson’s Creek and other teen dramas. Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie in the basement of The Purple Onion coffeehouse in Toronto in the ’60s, Universal Soldier didn’t garner any critical acclaim until Donovan covered it. “A Canadian gem, this song captured the hearts of millions of Canadians. (There’s no accounting for taste! While it was never an official single, it still remains a definitive song for the band, and is nearly always played at their live shows. Not the most cerebral song, it’s tough to deny that this poppy punk tune was a major hit at its time of release. The Band isn’t 100 per cent Canadian, but we’re willing to bend for this song. You get swept up into this song and never want to leave” — Jacqueline Sweeney, CISN Country 103.9. Here’s a Spotify playlist of the above songs for you to enjoy: Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. Arguably one of the most Canadian songs out there, Bobcaygeon is filled with references to Canuck locales. Celebrating Canada Day isn’t complete unless you’ve created a playlist of country songs about Canada! They just may be the 14 most perfect songs to listen to aboard the Indie88 Great Canadian Cruise. Try not to feel the feels at the crooning sentimentality of Blue Rodeo. Nothing better than going to a party with a little G.B.S playing and a bottle of Screech in your hand. The Timmins, Ont. 50 legendary Canadian songs in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. 1 in 13 different countries and spent multiple weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100. Lightfoot’s CBC-commissioned song was first aired in 1967, to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday. Ever. “The perfect anthem to get you through the homestretch of the work week” — Monica Lapajne, 104.3 Fresh Radio. 's 25 Best Canadian Songs About Winter: As of late, this song has been enjoying a revival (almost to overkill) ever since fellow Canuck k.d. Arden’s distinctive voice lends itself to her collection of powerful ballads of the ’90s, including other hits Insensitive, I Would Die for You and Could I Be Your Girl. Evénements à venir; Evénements passés; Téléchargements; … Jovial and fun, this song was originally written by British folk group Oysterband. “One of the few songs that has lived on every single iPod and iPhone I’ve ever owned” — Alan Cross, 102.1 The Edge. “What can you say about the Canadian songbird and this song? 0. A massive number 1 Billboard hit from Montreal’s Andy Kim back in 1974. Despite the number of times you hear it, somehow it never gets old. Also, lead singer Alan Doyle has some sick flow these days” — Matt DeBeurs, CISN Country 103.9. Sure, I haven’t heard anything else of Bran Van’s, but I do know all the words to this one, and it rocks” — Matt DeBeurs, CISN Country 103.9, A warning: this song has the power to make you cry. native, with her easy good looks and brassy attitude, brought a new flavour to a genre in danger of growing stale. His latest album, Starboy, and the same-name title track were immediate hits in countries around the world. Gouin Est, Montréal-Nord (QC) H1H 5L8 Canada. Talk about a stadium anthem! “Growing up in small town Saskatchewan in the ’90s, we only had two TV stations and this show was a family fave! Tom Sawyer is one of Rush’s biggest tunes, and is widely considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. There are references to the Stanley Cup, the Leafs, Bill Barilko, hockey cards and more. © 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. Shania Twain performs at Z100's Fourth Annual 'Jingle Ball' Concert on December 17, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Innovative and hopelessly catchy, A Tribe Called Red’s music is a breathtaking example of what Canadians can produce. “I love the giggle at the end. This song has been nicknamed “Canada’s second national anthem” and is used for all NHL broadcasts on the CBC television network. Qui sommes nous ? The Guess Who—”These Eyes” Written by band members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, this 1969 song extended The Guess Who’s popularity beyond their home of Canada, hitting No. Nova Scotian Ashley MacIsaac found great success with this flowing, rhythmic tune, and it simultaneously fit into the mainstream while exploring the Scottish roots of our country. The practice may not be as widespread in Canada, but some of the country’s best have taken the time to identify their home with songs about Canada. Recorded in 1981, the synthesizer is a big player in Tom Sawyer, and heralded the beginning of the ’80s rush (pun intended) to synthesized music. I heard a rumour this song inspired a movie — I’m still waiting for it” — Jacqueline Sweeney, CISN Country 103.9. Canada Lyrics: Waking up in your bed / It's almost like I've been here forever / I'm obsessed with your brain / And I'd unfold it if you let me / What if we move to Canada / And buy some things Even though Neil Young has worked and lived in America for most of his career, Canadians still cling to him as one of their own. "Rant and Roar" – Great Big Sea. A polite song from two brothers who are just hoping your day is going okay.Brother Dave wrote this. Canadians care about making a stand, but we’ll also have fun while doing so!” — Elle Dee, 91.5 The Beat. 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