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Dave Hodge's Top 100 Songs of All-Time

Last week, I had one of those surreal moments that you can't believe is actually happening. Legendary sports broadcaster Dave Hodge visited my home and spent a couple of hours with me in my basement while he shared his 100 favourite songs of all-time. Yes, this actually happened, and I recorded the whole thing.

If you haven't heard that 302nd episode of Toronto Mike'd, I strongly urge you to click over and listen before you read the chart below. Not only does Dave list his top 100, but we play his top 10 and he shares tremendous stories as to why he loves the song. There's even a fun game built in where he gives us the first line of the song so we can guess it. As I said, it was wonderfully surreal.

Tyler, a big fan of these Kick Out the Jams! episodes, maintains a Google spreadsheet with everyone's top 10, and he meticuously assembled a list of Dave's top 100. Dave, however, had already emailed me his list, but by the time I told Tyler it was too late. Tyler did go the extra step of recording the release year and country, so I think him for that detail in the chart below.

Number Song Artist Year Country
100 The Bells of Rhymney Chris Hillman 2017 USA
99 Willin' Little Feat 1971 USA
98 Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits 1978 UK
97 Laying Down to Perish Alan Doyle 2015 Canada
96 From A Soon-To-Be Ghost Town Fruit Bats 2016 USA
95 To Live is to Fly Townes van Zandt 1971 USA
94 Strawberry Blonde Ron Sexsmith 1997 Canada
93 Keep the Car Running Arcade Fire 2007 Canada
92 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M. 1994 USA
91 I'm Going To Stay That Way LeE HARVeY OsMOND 2008 Canada
90 Pride (in the Name of Love) U2 1984 Ireland
89 Tournament of Hearts The Weakerthans 2007 Canada
88 The House That Heaven Built Japandroids 2012 Canada
87 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 1956 USA
86 American Pie Don McLean 1971 USA
85 High and Dry Frankie Lee 2015 USA
84 Teen Angst Cracker 1992 USA
83 Taxi Harry Chapin 1972 USA
82 Radio Girl Doug Paisley 2014 Canada
81 Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1989 USA
80 Four Strong Winds Ian and Sylvia 1963 Canada
79 Pretzel Logic Steely Dan 1974 USA
78 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople 1972 UK
77 Outfit Jason Isbell 2012 USA
76 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 1987 Australia
75 Beginnings Chicago Transit Authority 1969 USA
74 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 1994 USA
73 Werewolves of London Warren Zevon 1969 USA
72 Wild Horses Rolling Stones 1971 UK
71 16 Days Whiskeytown 1997 USA
70 I Can't Help Myself The Four Tops 1965 USA
69 Fortunate Son Credence Clearwater Revival 1969 USA
68 Lovers In a Dangerous Time Bruce Cockburn 1984 Canada
67 Live By the Song Blackie and the Rodeo Kings 2016 Canada
66 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel 1977 USA
65 I'm Shipping Up To Boston Dropkick Murphys 2005 USA
64 Archie, Marry Me Alvvays 2014 Canada
63 Urge For Going Tom Rush 1968 USA
62 Blue River Eric Andersen 1972 USA
61 Inside Out Crash Vegas 1989 Canada
60 Run On the Banks The Stanfields 2013 Canada
59 Plus Ones Okkervil River 2007 USA
58 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks The National 2010 USA
57 Shout Bama Lama The Detroit Cobras 2001 USA
56 Pride and Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan 1983 USA
55 Everybody's Talkin' Fred Neil 1966 USA
54 Sleeping in Toronto Jim Bryson 2003 Canada
53 Cause Cheap Is How I Feel Cowboy Junkies 1990 Canada
52 Lovercall Danko Jones 2002 Canada
51 Chickamauga Uncle Tupelo 1993 USA
50 Tear Stained Eye Son Volt 1995 USA
49 Jolene Jeremy Fisher 2007 Canada
48 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 USA
47 My Girl The Temptations 1965 USA
46 Spirits The Strumbellas 2016 Canada
45 Frankie's Gun The Felice Brothers 2007 USA
44 Back to Me Kathleen Edwards 2005 Canada
43 Oh My Sweet Carolina Ryan Adams 2000 USA
42 Depreston Courtney Barnett 2015 Australia
41 Escarpment Blues Sarah Harmer 2005 Canada
40 Fire and Rain James Taylor 1970 USA
39 When I Write My Master's Thesis John K. Samson 2012 Canada
38 Continental Breakfast Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile 2017 Australia/USA
37 Dancehall Domine The New Pornographers 2014 Canada
36 Hindsight The Long Winters 2006 USA
35 Bad to the Bone George Thorogood & The Destroyers 1982 USA
34 Two Angels The Jayhawks 1989 USA
33 Monster Hospital Metric 2005 Canada
32 Keep Your Hands To Yourself Georgia Satellites 1986 USA
31 Danko/Manuel Drive-by Truckers 2004 USA
30 Crazy Mary Pearl Jam 1993 USA
29 Down With the Shine Avett Brothers 2012 USA
28 Bridge to Nowhere Sam Roberts 2006 Canada
27 Wine Lips Lydia Loveless 2014 USA
26 Heroes David Bowie 1977 UK
25 Tall Tall Shadow Basia Bulat 2013 Canada
24 Without Again Elliott Brood 2008 Canada
23 Crescent City Lucinda Williams 1988 USA
22 No Hurry Terra Lightfoot 2015 Canada
21 Your Little Hoodrat Friend The Hold Steady 2005 USA
20 Hero Family of the Year 2012 USA
19 Cathy Skinny Lister 2014 UK
18 Pretty Pimpin' Kurt Vile 2015 USA
17 Red Eyes The War on Drugs 2014 USA
16 Try Blue Rodeo 1987 Canada
15 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975 USA
14 Guitar Town Steve Earle 1986 USA
13 Come Summertime Justin Rutledge 2006 Canada
12 One Guitar Willie Nile 2010 USA
11 Powderfinger Neil Young 1979 Canada
10 Norwegian Wood The Beatles 1965 UK
9 I Still Believe Frank Turner 2011 UK
8 Don't Think Twice It's All Right Bob Dylan 1963 USA
7 Ahead By a Century The Tragically Hip 1996 Canada
6 Come to Light Arkells 2014 Canada
5 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot 1974 Canada
4 America Simon and Garfunkel 1968 USA
3 Jesus, Etc. Wilco 2002 USA
2 Through & Through & Through Joel Plaskett 2009 Canada
1 Changes Phil Ochs 1968 USA

This was Dave Hodge's second visit, and we're already planning his third. He's going to return to present songs 101-200. I can't wait.

Dave Hodge and Me

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My Favourite Instrumental Songs

With apologies to Rush, here are a few of my all-time favourite instrumental songs. Add yours to the comments! Bonus points if you embed a YouTube video of the song.


Red Hot Chili Peppers - Pretty Little Ditty


The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica


Dick Dale and the Deltones - Miserlou


Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky


Booker T and the M.G.'s - Green Onions


The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

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Canadian Songs to Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hits 44

This used to be a rare event, worthy of noting, but now it's a regular occurrence. Note though, this is a Rihanna song featuring Drake. Drake has never hit #1 on his own.

Here's the complete list of 44 Canadian songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. It's Love-Love-Love by Guy Lombardo
  2. Cry by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
  3. Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts
  4. Diana by Paul Anka
  5. Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
  6. Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith
  7. Ringo by Lorne Greene
  8. American Woman / No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who
  9. Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  10. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  11. Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
  12. (You're) Having My Baby by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
  13. Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim
  14. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  15. Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
  16. You Needed Me by Anne Murray
  17. Heaven by Bryan Adams
  18. When I'm With You by Sheriff
  19. Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
  20. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  21. Informer by Snow
  22. All for Love by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
  23. The Power of Love by Céline Dion
  24. Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? by Bryan Adams
  25. Because You Loved Me by Céline Dion
  26. My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion
  27. One Week by Barenaked Ladies
  28. I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly and Céline Dion
  29. How You Remind Me by Nickelback
  30. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
  31. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
  32. Say It Right by Nelly Furtado
  33. Give It to Me by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
  34. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
  35. What's My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake
  36. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  37. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  38. Rude by MAGIC!
  39. Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
  40. What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber
  41. The Hills by The Weeknd
  42. Sorry by Justin Bieber
  43. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
  44. Work by Rihanna Featuring Drake

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Things I Dig

This is not a definitive list, but here's some things I dig.

And they're in absolutely no particular order.

  • french press coffee
  • Stride Spark Kinetic Mint gum
  • Public Enemy
  • biking
  • Neil Young
  • dunking chocolate chip cookies in milk
  • The Wire
  • fatherhood
  • pizza
  • the Olympics
  • playing catch
  • The Tragically Hip
  • my Roots sweat pants
  • The Howard Stern Show
  • my smart phone
  • playoff hockey
  • camping
  • Tarantino movies
  • skating outdoors
  • Arrested Development
  • apples
  • rooting for the home team
  • Dave Chappelle
  • kayaking
  • The World Junior Hockey Championship
  • The Simpsons
  • tee shirts
  • chocolate
  • Toronto tap water
  • The legend of Bill Barilko
  • live music
  • the smell of freshly cut wood

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My 10 Favourite Saturday Night Live Cast Members of All-Time

I started watching Saturday Night Live during the Sandler era. That crew, with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, David Spade and Chris Rock, introduced me to the world of SNL.

Since then, I've watched it off and on over the years. Sometimes I'd tune out for a few years, only to rediscover a new cast and watch every week. Of the seasons I caught, here are my 10 favourite cast members.

  1. Mike Myers
  2. Phil Hartman
  3. Adam Sandler
  4. Chris Farley
  5. Dana Carvey
  6. Kristen Wiig
  7. Will Ferrell
  8. Bill Hader
  9. TIna Fey
  10. Taran Killam

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My 10 Favourite Episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014

You've seen the 10 most downloaded episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014, but here are my favourites. This was tough, as I thoroughly enjoyed recording far more than 10 episodes, and I excluded all episodes with my buddy Elvis, but here's my 10 favourite episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014, in no particular order.

Jonathan Torrens

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/01/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_65.html

Why it's a personal favourite: In early 2014, I wasn't certain what I wanted my podcast to become. Then, out of the blue, I received an email from Jonathan Torrens.

Jonathan was interested in renting my podcast studio to record the first episode of his podcast with Jeremy Taggart, but I was more interested in him coming on my podcast and answering my many questions about Street Cents, Jonovision, Trailer Park Boys and the Degrassi movie.

Jonathan took a very expensive cab ride to and from my place during a very short visit to Toronto and when he left I knew exactly what I wanted my podcast to be.

Ed the Sock

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/10/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_94.html

Why it's a personal favourite: I was a big fan of Ed the Sock growing up, and it was a thrill to not only chat with Ed's creator but also Ed himself. Yes, Ed is a sock, but he still succinctly and hilariously says what I'm thinking.

Jeff Marek

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/04/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_74.html

Why it's a personal favourite: To this day, no podcast has run as long as this one. The report was natural, the conversation fun and interesting and by the end of the first hour I forgot we were recording. I loved chatting with Jeffy.

Maddog

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/10/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_92.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Maddog was a listener of the podcast, and if he was going to guest he wasn't going to hold back. The brutal and refreshing honesty from him made for compelling audio. With every episode I record now, I aim to recapture that rawness I heard from Maddog.

Mike Wilner

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/11/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_96.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Mike is a divisive personality amongst Jays fans. An ongoing joke in my circle when someone comes off arrogant or condescending is to call him or her "Wilner".

Mike came over intending to be as honest as possible and I believe he was. Afterwards, as people heard his hour with me, I kept hearing the same thing. I had humanized the beast. Those who disliked him immensely were willing to admit they simply misunderstood the man.

Strombo

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/12/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_103.html

Why it's a personal favourite: I could record another 1000 episodes and not recreate this perfect storm. George was generous with both his time and his honesty, and we truly hit it off. We were two pals having a deep and interesting convo and to this day I can't quite remember what was said during the recording and what was said afterwards. It was pure magic.

Mark Hebscher

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/08/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_89.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Much like with Ed the Sock, I grew up a big Hebsy fan. Sportsline was my show and Mark was the star. The conversation was so awesome, I've asked him to come back on to share more stories in late February.

Erin Davis

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/07/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_84.html

Why it's a personal favourite: I had never met Erin Davis and wasn't sure what to expect. I suppose I thought she might play it ultra safe because of her prominent role on such a G-rated show.

Instead, she was completely down to earth and honest and completely engaging. Today, we exchange emails and Twitter DMs regularly and just last week I made my debut on CHFI during Erin's show.

Ashley Buchholz from USS

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/11/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_95.html

Why it's a personal favourite: Ashley is like nobody else I've interviewed. He just seemed to see things differently, and think in this creative manner that made it crazy fun to have a conversation with him.

It helped immensely that I was a legit fan of his band, making this a special thrill.

Tribute to Martin Streek

Hear it here: http://www.torontomike.com/2014/07/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_82.html

Why it's a personal favourite: No episode took longer to produce, and as episodes go, this one was definitely the greatest risk. Based on the positive response, it worked. I was extremely pleased.

Although some of the guests were clips from previous episodes (Alan Cross, Todd Shapiro, Fred Patterson, Bingo Bob, etc.) I made fresh calls to some very interesting people, including Brother Bill and David Marsden. I like to think Martin's memory was fairly and justly honoured.

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10 Most Downloaded Episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014

Toronto Mike'd took a giant leap forward in 2014, attracting interesting guests and finding a whole new audience. You can't judge the quality of an episode by the number of downloads, but it does give some insight into the Zeitgeist.

Here are the 10 most downloaded episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2014.

  1. Maddog
  2. Erin Davis
  3. Martin Streek Retrospective
  4. Strombo
  5. Humble and Fred
  6. Todd Shapiro
  7. Ed the Sock
  8. Greg Brady
  9. Mike Wilner
  10. Jeremy Taggart

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Ranking the Canadian Gords

1. Gordie Howe - 97/100

If you're going to rank the Canadian Gords, you've got to open with Mr. Hockey. The man scored 801 goals and recorded 1049 assists over his lengthy and respected NHL career.

Gordie Howe also played the unsuspecting object of Ms. Krabappel's affections in Bart the Lover.

LoverHowe

2. Gord Downie - 92/100

The quality of Canada's Gords is so impressive, the lead singer of my favourite band of all-time only comes in second. I've seen Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip (including fellow Gord bass guitarist Gord Sinclair) eleven times and counting.

He also covered Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah for Saint Ralph, a version that lovingly haunts my dreams to this day.

Gord and Neil

3. Gordon Lightfoot - 91/100

Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway... these are iconic songs of Canadiana. After the holy trinity of Young, Mitchell and Cohen, you've got Lightfoot.

4. Gordon Sinclair - 83/100

Everything I learned about Sinclair I learned from the archives. Author, radio host and beloved commenter, many of his opinion pieces, such as The Americans, survive to this day.

5. Gord Martineau - 76/100

It's difficult for me to remember a time in this city before Gord Martineau. He's been at Citytv since its inception in 1977 and he's still their anchor.

Fucking bint.

6. Gord Stellick - 75/100

The youngest GM in NHL history when he assumed that role for the Maple Leafs in April 1988, Stellick went on to become a much better hockey commentator on television and radio, as well as a long-time host on The Fan.

7. Gord Miller - 72/100

You'll hear him calling games on the NHL on TSN, but Gord Miller is best known as the current voice of the World Junior Championships.

8. Gordie Johnson - 70/100

When I think of Gordie Johnson, I think of his rendition of O Canada on an electric double neck guitar.

Sure, he was also lead singer of Big Sugar, but this was his defining moment.

9. Gordon Korman - 69/100

As a young reader, my favourite books were from Gordon Korman. I thought his Bruno and Boots series was the bomb.

10. Gord Ash - 65/100

Today he's assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, but we know Gord Ash best as GM of our Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001. Under his watch we drafted Roy Halladay, and that alone scores him 65.

11. Gordie Sampson - 61/100

This Nova Scotian singer-songwriter's claim to fame is writing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood. Even if that's not your cup of tea, you've got to respect the rewards that tune won, including a Grammy.

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Top 10 Sources of Traffic in 2013

hyperlinkThere were 1090 sources of traffic to this site in 2013. Excluding search engines, here are the top 10 sites that sent visitors over here throughout the year.

  1. StumbleUpon.com
  2. Twitter.com
  3. Facebook.com
  4. reddit
  5. Gawker
  6. BlogTO
  7. Wikipedia
  8. My Toronto Scoop
  9. Humble and Fred Radio
  10. Canadian Thinker

Inbound links are always appreciated, and whenever possible reciprocated.

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10 Celebrity Deaths of Significance in 2013 (According to Me)

  1. Nelson Mandela, Dead at 95
  2. Stompin' Tom Connors, Dead at 77
  3. Roger Ebert, Dead at 70
  4. Lou Reed, Dead at 71
  5. Stan Musial, Dead at 92
  6. James Gandolfini, Dead at 51
  7. Marcia Wallace, Dead at 70
  8. Jonathan Winters, Dead at 87
  9. Jean Stapleton, Dead at 90
  10. Rita MacNeil, Dead at 68

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