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Top 100 Canadian Songs: The Definitive List

canadaIt's been quite the journey. We kicked off our quest to assemble the greatest Canadian songs in the history of the world back on May 15 and here we are, a month and a half later.

It's unlikely everyone will agree with all 100 choices, many great songs were left on the cutting room floor. This wasn't easy, but I tried to remain objective and take all suggestions to heart. As always, I'd love to read your comments, so don't be shy. Without further ado, here are the top 100 Canadian songs listed in order.

And happy Canada Day, eh?

  1. The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
  2. Neil Young - Helpless
  3. The Band - The Weight
  4. Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
  5. Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy
  6. Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
  7. Sloan - Underwhelmed
  8. The Guess Who - American Woman
  9. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
  10. Neil Young - Heart of Gold
  11. Blue Rodeo - Try
  12. Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
  13. The Tragically Hip - Courage
  14. Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson
  15. Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel
  16. Arcade Fire - Wake Up
  17. Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain
  18. Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World
  19. Rush - The Spirit of Radio
  20. The Guess Who - Share the Land
  21. Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
  22. Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
  23. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  24. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  25. Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
  26. Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time
  27. Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
  28. Five Man Electical Band - Signs
  29. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
  30. Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
  31. The Guess Who - These Eyes
  32. Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
  33. Hayden - Bad As They Seem
  34. Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
  35. Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds
  36. Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
  37. Rush - Closer to the Heart
  38. Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now
  39. Our Lady Peace - 4am
  40. Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide
  41. k.d. lang - Constant Craving
  42. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
  43. Neil Young - Old Man
  44. Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
  45. Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
  46. Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
  47. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
  48. I Mother Earth - So Gently We Go
  49. Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
  50. Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
  51. The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now
  52. The Lowest of the Low - Henry Needs A New Pair of Shoes
  53. Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie
  54. Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down the Crazy River
  55. Tom Cochrane - Big League
  56. Rush - Tom Sawyer
  57. Moist - Push
  58. Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose
  59. Rusty - Wake Me
  60. The Northern Pikes - Teenland
  61. Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
  62. Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
  63. The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
  64. Sloan - Coax Me
  65. Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest
  66. Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
  67. Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song
  68. Stars - Ageless Beauty
  69. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  70. The Demics - New York City
  71. Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000
  72. 54-40 - I Go Blind
  73. Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
  74. The New Pornographers - Use It
  75. The Watchmen - All Uncovered
  76. Treble Charger - Red
  77. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  78. Randy Bachman - Prairie Town
  79. Sarah McLachlan - Angel
  80. Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man
  81. Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
  82. Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
  83. Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
  84. Rough Trade - High School Confidential
  85. Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
  86. Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night
  87. Loverboy - Working For The Weekend
  88. Metric - Combat Baby
  89. Rusty - Misogyny
  90. k-os - Heaven Only Knows
  91. Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
  92. Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
  93. Rheostatics - Record Body Count
  94. Odds - Heterosexual Man
  95. The Gandharvas - The First Day of Spring
  96. The Diodes - Tired of Waking Up Tired
  97. Feist - Mushaboom
  98. Gowan - A Criminal Mind
  99. Grapes Of Wrath - All The Things I Wasn't
  100. Max Webster - A Million Vacations

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Speak Out On Operation CanCon Excellence

megaphoneDon't forget, drop your two cents here before I publish the definitive one hundred Canadian songs in the history of the world.

If you don't speak up, I'll speak for you and throw loads of Organized Rhyme, Dream Warriors, Kish and Maestro in the mix. Consider yourselves warned.

Drop The Needle

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The Potential Unranked Top 100

canadaIt started with a quest. I was to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes. Over the past month I've dumped CanCon classics which you can read here and now I've pruned those songs down to 100.

Guys and gals, I need you now more than ever. Tell me if there's a tune on this list that doesn't belong or if I've missed a sure thing. On Canada Day, I'll post the definitive list in order. You'll want to cancel your long weekend plans for this one, it's a biggie.

  • 54-40 - I Go Blind
  • Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
  • Alexisonfire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World
  • Arcade Fire - Wake Up
  • Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  • Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie
  • Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson
  • Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose
  • Blue Rodeo - Try
  • Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
  • Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
  • Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
  • The Band - The Weight
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
  • Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time
  • Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
  • Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night
  • Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel
  • Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song
  • Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
  • Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
  • Feist - Mushaboom
  • Five Man Electical Band - Signs
  • The Gandharvas - The First Day of Spring
  • Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
  • Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain
  • Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy
  • Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
  • Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
  • Gowan - A Criminal Mind
  • Great Big Sea - Ordinary Day
  • The Guess Who - American Woman
  • The Guess Who - Share the Land
  • The Guess Who - These Eyes
  • Hayden - Bad As They Seem
  • Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
  • I Mother Earth - So Gently We Go
  • Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds
  • Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
  • Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
  • Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
  • Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now
  • Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
  • k-os - Heaven Only Knows
  • k.d. lang - Constant Craving
  • Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
  • Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
  • The Lowest of the Low - Henry Needs A New Pair of Shoes
  • Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide
  • Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
  • Metric - Combat Baby
  • Moist - Push
  • Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
  • Neil Young - Helpless
  • Neil Young - Old Man
  • Neil Young - Heart of Gold
  • Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World
  • The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
  • The New Pornographers - Use It
  • Northern Lights - Tears Are Not Enough
  • The Northern Pikes - Teenland
  • Odds - Heterosexual Man
  • Our Lady Peace - 4am
  • Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  • Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
  • The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now
  • Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust and Choclair - Northern Touch
  • Rheostatics - Record Body Count
  • Robbie Robertson - Showdown At Big Sky
  • Rough Trade - High School Confidential
  • Rush - Closer to the Heart
  • Rush - The Spirit of Radio
  • Rush - Tom Sawyer
  • Rusty - Wake Me
  • Rusty - Misogyny
  • Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  • Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
  • Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
  • Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
  • Sarah McLachlan - Angel
  • Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
  • Sloan - Underwhelmed
  • Sloan - Coax Me
  • Sloan - The Good In Everyone
  • Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest
  • Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
  • Stars - Ageless Beauty
  • Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
  • Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
  • Stompin' Tom Conners - Hockey Song
  • Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
  • Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man
  • Tom Cochrane - Big League
  • The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
  • The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
  • The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
  • The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  • The Tragically Hip - Courage
  • Treble Charger - Red
  • The Watchmen - All Uncovered

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CanCon Song Dump #17

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes is down to the last dump. On Monday I'll throw down a solid shortlist and you peeps can leave your top ten in the comments.

Here's the seventeenth dump of Canadian gems.

  • The Waltons - The Naked Rain
  • The Watchmen - All Uncovered
  • The Watchmen - Stereo
  • The Weakerthans - The Reasons
  • Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything
  • Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $100000000
  • Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
  • Barney Bentall - Something to Live For
  • Anne Murray - Danny's Song
  • The Band - Up On Cripple Creek

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CanCon Song Dump #16

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes is going all the way with Stephanie Kaye.

Here's the sixteenth dump of Canadian gems.

  • Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man
  • Tom Cochrane - Big League
  • Tom Cochrane - Victory Day
  • The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
  • The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
  • The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
  • The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
  • The Tragically Hip - Courage
  • Treble Charger - Red
  • Trooper - Raise A Little Hell

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CanCon Song Dump #15

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes is juiced to get loose. This is the final week of song dumps. On Monday I'll throw down the shortlist so we can discuss this like mature adults..

Here's the fifteenth dump of Canadian gems.

  • Stars - Ageless Beauty
  • Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
  • Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
  • Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
  • Stompin' Tom Conners - Hockey Song
  • Swollen Members - Fuel Injected
  • Tal Bachman - She's So High
  • The Tea Party - The River
  • Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
  • Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment

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CanCon Song Dump #14

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes of all time is winding down. The final list will be unveiled on July 1.

Here's the fourteenth dump of Canadian gems.

  • Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
  • Sloan - Underwhelmed
  • Sloan - Coax Me
  • Sloan - The Good In Everyone
  • Sloan - Everything You've Done Wrong
  • Snow - Informer
  • Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest
  • The Spoons - Nova Heart
  • Stagerred Crossing - Furher Again
  • Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage

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CanCon Song Dump #13

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes of all-time is as effective as a gang sweep in Toronto that puts 60 suspects in custody, seizes $1 million worth of street drugs and scores of weapons.

Here's the thirteenth dump of Canadian gems.

  • Saga - On The Loose
  • The Salads - Get Loose
  • Sam Roberts - Brother Down
  • Sam Roberts - Where Have All The Good People Gone
  • Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
  • Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
  • Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
  • Sarah McLachlan - Into The Fire
  • Sarah McLachlan - Angel
  • Skid Row - I Remember You

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CanCon Song Dump #12

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes of all-time is into the R's and heading full steam into the S's.

Here's the twelfth dump of Canadian gems.

  • Rheostatics - Record Body Count
  • Rheostatics - Claire
  • Robbie Robertson - Showdown At Big Sky
  • Rough Trade - High School Confidential
  • Rush - Closer to the Heart
  • Rush - Fly By Night
  • Rush - The Spirit of Radio
  • Rush - Tom Sawyer
  • Rusty - Wake Me
  • Rusty - Misogyny

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CanCon Song Dump #11

canadaMy quest to come up with a definitive list of the 100 best Canadian tunes of all-time is powerful enough to make Paris Hilton cry.

Here's the eleventh dump of Canadian gems. Make me proud.

  • Odds - Heterosexual Man
  • Our Lady Peace - 4am
  • Our Lady Peace - Naveed
  • Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
  • Payolas - Eyes of a Stranger
  • Platinum Blonde - Crying Over You
  • The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now
  • The Pursuit of Happiness - She's So Young
  • Randy Bachman - Prairie Town
  • BTO - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

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