Don’t hop all over the internet, wasting time on your hunt for just the right songs… Lightfoot has said in interviews the song came to him as he sat in a vacant Toronto house, as he was going through a divorce. This gritty rock tune by Toronto band Sloan (originally from Halifax, N.S.) He’s also done a lot for the city of Toronto’s image on the world stage, bringing it front and centre. Artist: Andy Kim, Blue Rodeo, Mac DeMarco, Mounties, Neil Young, Sam Roberts, Sloan, Stompin' Tom Connors, The Tragically Hip, The Weakerthans, You’ve Been Missing This Hidden Cards Against Humanity Card All Along, This artist drew self-portraits on 50 different drugs (Photos), The 25 Most Iconic Music Videos of the ‘90s. (An aside: presently, Arden is quite the comedian on Twitter. They went on to win the Album of the Year Grammy for The Suburbs in 2011 and inspire countless musicians in the process” — Brian Bailey, 96.3 BIG FM. The song falls in the vein of “rebellious” ’70s and ’80s songs, like Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It, except, of course, this is Canadian. Lightfoot’s CBC-commissioned song was first aired in 1967, to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday. They just may be the 14 most perfect songs to listen to aboard the Indie88 Great Canadian Cruise. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States. © 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. Nothing better than going to a party with a little G.B.S playing and a bottle of Screech in your hand. Another member of the strong Canadian ’90s grunge contingent, I Mother Earth’s popularity was mostly confined to Ontario. Follow her for a few laughs.). A song about simpler times growing up in Northern Ontario sung by an absolute Canadian icon. We’d imagine, at the time, that using the word “hell” in the name of your song was interpreted as anti-censorship, so way to go, Trooper! OK, so Bryan Adams would only be 10 years old in 1969, but we can’t begrudge the sentiment behind the song. And the best of all of them, Shiny Tunes 2, which featured this song. These guys were famous outside of Canada and this was their best. “Started her working life with a chainsaw in Northern Ontario, and I think this song shows that side in a strange way” — Chris Scheetz, CISN Country 103.9. “Leonard’s voice is just enchanting on this. 1 in Canada and No. native, with her easy good looks and brassy attitude, brought a new flavour to a genre in danger of growing stale. Often, the songs are more reflective, but at times, as this list will show, the songs can be downright negative. lang has always been ahead of the curve, and this song was an instant hit, dominating the radio in 1992. (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.) “Good music CAN be found in the east coast! It may not have made it in the U.S., but it was wonderful to see Canadians producing catchy, innovative electronic songs at the time. The Timmins, Ont. Close your eyes and listen… does it not feel like you’re on the run from someone?! A cover of the Velvet Underground original, the Cowboy Junkies’ version is like a bolt of electricity to the heart. MORE PATRIOTIC SONGS ABOUT CANADA "Our Dominion (a National Song and Chorus)" was written in 1867 to celebrate Confederation. One of the ultimate high-school dance and wedding songs, Lost Together is an emotional ballad about being lost in love. She thought it was overwrought and schmaltzy. Sloan is a GREAT example of how GREAT Canadian music can be” — Elle Dee, 91.5 The Beat. 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. If you were growing up in Ontario around 1989 you can probably still rhyme all the words to this turbo-jam” — Brian Bailey, 96.3 BIG FM. Suddenly it was cool for rock bands (not just folkies) to sing about our country” — Alan Cross, 102.1 The Edge. “One of the heaviest in Neil’s catalogue, the tone is set from the first strike of Young’s distorted guitar. 's 25 Best Canadian Songs About Winter: "Rant and Roar" – Great Big Sea. Truly groundbreaking in its format, Electric Pow Wow Drum features rawhide drumbeats and true Native singing, meshed with electronic beats and modern technology. Ever. In the last few years hacking butts has become a popular Canadian stereotype. Don’t even try to hate this song. Hello City – Barenaked Ladies Hello Canadian city, hello Canadian city nightlife. Researchers observe Red Sea octopuses ‘punching’ fish that compete for food, Edmonton-area family with sick child devastated by Christmas layoff, Norad tracks Santa: Claus spotted leaving North Pole, New COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada as vaccination clinics open up, Coronavirus: Canada’s top doctor says country remains on trajectory for ‘even stronger’ COVID-19 resurgence in coming months, UK’s Channel 4 airs Deepfake version of Queen’s Christmas message. There’s no need to describe this song to Canadians. This article needs additional citations for verification. I don’t think it’s possible NOT to air drum to this tune. (At least, we think that’s what it’s about.) Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. She was not afraid to press boundaries” — Jacqueline Sweeney, CISN Country 103.9 FM. Not the most cerebral song, it’s tough to deny that this poppy punk tune was a major hit at its time of release. “Is there anything more Canadian than the Big Shiny Tunes series? Celebrating Canada Day isn’t complete unless you’ve created a playlist of country songs about Canada! Fun fact: CBC journalist Dwight Drummond appears in the video as a cameraman. Also, lead singer Alan Doyle has some sick flow these days” — Matt DeBeurs, CISN Country 103.9. 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. 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. The Band isn’t 100 per cent Canadian, but we’re willing to bend for this song. “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. lang performed it at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (and to a lesser extent, its inclusion in the 2001 movie Shrek). RIP Stompin’ Tom” — Chris Scheetz, CISN Country 103.9. 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. Indie rock band The Weakerthans manages to capture the very essence of Winnipeg, Man. Try not to sing along. Who would’ve thought a song featuring a fiddle and vocals in Scottish Gaelic (sung by Mary Jane Lamond) could hit the top of the charts? Happy Canada 150! With this many musicians taking part, it’s a wonder the band’s music doesn’t sound like a cacophonous mess. “The perfect anthem to get you through the homestretch of the work week” — Monica Lapajne, 104.3 Fresh Radio. One More Astronaut is one such example, and it wasn’t unusual for Edwin to pull out the djembe for a little hand-drum solo in the middle of the tune. Seriously, go for a drive and throw this song on. Tom Sawyer is one of Rush’s biggest tunes, and is widely considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Happy Canada 150! Definitely a great song to hear when you’re three sheets to the wind” — Stephen Keppler, 92.5 Fresh Radio. Every song Stompin’ Tom made was pure Canadiana. Featured on Degrassi High, The Zit Remedy (originally The Zits, a band comprised of characters Joey Jeremiah, Snake and Wheels), hit their peak with this “single.” It’s essentially a Canadian rite of passage to learn the lyrics to this song. It was an arduous task to whittle down the number of amazing Canadian songs to a mere list of 50. Plain and simple, you’re just not Canadian if you don’t know this classic little ditty. Some folks knock the band for their obvious Led Zeppelin and The Doors influence, but there’s something distinctly theirs in their sound. It’s Cochrane’s highest-performing single and it hit No. Indie-pop twin duo Tegan and Sara have come a long way in the past decade, emerging from the void with several powerful albums. “She put Consort, Alta. Hard to find someone who rocks the Canadian tuxedo more often than this guy. The Tea Party (loved or loathed by Canadians) were part of the mid-late ’90s grunge explosion in Canada, and they’re still going strong, arguably even more popular in Australia than their home country. Weezer's "Undone - The Sweater Song" was written as a sad song about depression, but listeners heard it as a funny, ironic song. “The greatest synthesizer hook ever? This song has been nicknamed “Canada’s second national anthem” and is used for all NHL broadcasts on the CBC television network. 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. Back in Your Head, written during a tumultuous time for the duo, is both lyrically dark and musically upbeat, a noted trademark of the pair’s musicality. This song was a guaranteed “play” at your local bar or club in the ’90s — and may still be, depending on where you frequent — but there’s no denying the BC band’s pep and energy. “Celine did NOT want to record this song. 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 … “This song makes me excited for summer. This song may have never made the charts, nationally or otherwise, but it certainly made the charts in our hearts. 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 There are references to the Stanley Cup, the Leafs, Bill Barilko, hockey cards and more. This song brings me back to my childhood. Alternatively called a “timeless summer rock anthem” and “a lighthearted joke of a song,” your perception of Patio Lanterns is totally subjective. They just may be the 14 most perfect songs to listen to aboard the Indie88 Great Canadian Cruise. 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. 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 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. James Cameron reluctantly agreed to include it over the closing credits of the movie. So cool” — Chris Scheetz, CISN Country 103.9. Top 10: Songs About Canada - By Canadians ; Share Tweet Flip. 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. Sam Roberts’ song about Canada features some typically Canadian content — “everything moves real slow when it’s 40 below” — but the song has a much deeper political context than that. 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. Not a huge hit in the U.S., it fared far better north of the border, where it was a Top 40 hit. Exclaim! It was also the best-selling single in the world in 1998, and it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Eh bud, just in time for Canada Day, we’ve got 14 songs that will have you feeling as Canadian as possible. Despite the number of times you hear it, somehow it never gets old. "Dief the Chief" was written as a tribute to our Canadian Prime Minister, (1957-1963) John Diefenbaker. 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. Every Canadian pre-teen girl crushed on Corey in the 80s and he could write a song to boot! Okay, so yes the title may throw you for a loop but hear me out. “Despite being of the most quotable songs of all time, it feels almost as if you’re improvising each time you sing it! Arguably one of the most Canadian songs out there, Bobcaygeon is filled with references to Canuck locales. 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. (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.). I challenge you to try to find someone who doesn’t at least know a few words to this one. I mean, who didn’t!? You know what it is. Though Mac has laid off this brand in the last few years, here’s a ballad he wrote about his favourite Canadian Cigarette brand. Another mutated coronavirus strain has been found in the U.K. I saw them live a few years back, and holy cow, can they shred. Pages in category "Songs about Canada" The following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. Want to discuss? From coast to coast our talent is immeasurable, and as such, amassing our “best” is as subjective as choosing a favourite colour. Michael Mitchell: Songs and Stories of Canada's Heritage: Canada Is for Kids: Big Canadian Music Book. 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. Try to get this one out of your head! “Tom has probably made more money with the Rascal Flatts version of this song from the Cars soundtrack than he has on the original. 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. “The Canadian Dream” is a play on “the American dream” and how Canada is publicly portrayed. When Newfoundlanders Great Big Sea adopted it and made it their own, it somehow inherited a Canadianness that can never be taken away. Plus it’s The Hip. (There’s no accounting for taste! It was covered by the Barenaked Ladies in the band’s 1991 Cockburn tribute album, and the song became a Top 40 hit in Canada. 0. If you grew up in the ’80s and the early ’90s, you could catch episodes of dog TV show The Littlest Hobo in syndication (and if you’re lucky, even today you can catch it on Sunday mornings). Then add in the fact that three guys in three different Canadian bands came together to create a Canadian supergroup called ‘Mounties”, come on! Playfully dubbed “the provincial rock anthem of Manitoba,” TCB (as it’s affectionately known) is a timeless classic, perfect for that long road trip or commute to work. After a hundred years of tradition, "O Canada" was proclaimed Canada's national anthem in 1980. 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. This is why when it came to Canada’s 150th birthday we wanted to do something special. 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. Often referred to as “The Canadian Beatles,” Sloan is one of the quintessential bands of the great white north. 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. Menu. The song reached No. Also, drummers who sing like Levon Helm are the best” — Matt DeBeurs, CISN Country 103.9. Scarborough, Ont. You won’t be disappointed. “Thank you for making me laugh out loud and feel old. Eh bud, just in time for Canada Day, we’ve got 14 songs that will have you feeling as Canadian as possible. “Representing the T-Dot… this is definitely one of the first times the world found out that GOOD hip-hop talent CAN be found in Toronto (and Canada! “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. This song serves as an almost-dictionary to urban slang, and it popularized “T-Dot,” the now-ubiquitous term for the city. 2 in the U.S. Don’t worry, Glass Tiger — we won’t ever forget you. 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