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Canadians to Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hits 50

Drake's Nice For What is a great jam, and it's currently enjoying its second week at number one. That means there have been 50 songs by Canadians to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and this entry is a week late.

Here's the complete list of 50 songs performed by a Canadian citizen 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
  45. One Dance by Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  46. Starboy by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
  47. I'm the One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne
  48. Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  49. God's Plan by Drake
  50. Nice For What by Drake

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Kanye: Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

Kanye West makes it very difficult to defend him, so I've always stuck to the music. Kanye's persona is brash, nutty, and typically ill-informed. Often he's trolling, but sometimes it's difficult to tell. He dropped this song last night, which is a rather brilliant troll job if you ask me.

Personally, and music is so subjective such statements can only be personal, I think Kanye's a musical genius. I've liked him from The College Dropout through Pablo with only a few missteps in between. But for my money, there may be no better hip hop album these past twenty years than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whenever someone tells me Kanye doesn't know music, I quote those four words.

Seriously. If you've never listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in its entirety, do so now. Go ahead. I'll wait.

I'm very good at separating the wheat from the chaff. That is to say I can enjoy an artist's music even if he's a nutter. I ignore the nonsense and stick to the tunes.

Share your thoughts on Kanye in the comments. Remember, there are no wrong answers here. Even Lift Yourself, one of the best troll jobs in hip-hop history, contains a tremendous soul sample. That female group you hear is actually the eight dudes in Amnesty.

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From Etta to Avicii to Flo Rida

When Avicii passed away on Friday, I did what I often do when a musician dies. I dove into his catalogue of work.

He's got a song called "LE7ELS" that I quite like. It came out in late 2011. Here's that jam.

At the time, my oldest daughter was really into Top 40 music, so I would hear Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" often. Does this sound familiar?

I like that song, too... and upon further reflection, it seems the jam I really dig is Etta James's 1962 single "Something's Got a Hold on Me". Without Etta, I have little interest in "LE7ELS" or "Good Feeling".

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Happy Gandharvas Day

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Canadians to Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hits 49

With a hat tip to @1236 it seems Drake has another number one hit on his hands with God's Plan. God's Plan had a record on-demand streaming total in its first week, propelling the single to the #1 spot.

Here's the complete list of 49 songs performed by a Canadian citizen 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
  45. One Dance by Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  46. Starboy by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
  47. I'm the One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne
  48. Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  49. God's Plan by Drake

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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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One Man's Mozart is Another Man's Pitbull: Of Rusty's Fluke

If you've ever listened to a Kick Out the Jams! episode of my podcast, you've heard me talk about the potent power of nostalgia. I've often said the music you loved as a teenager will stick with you the rest of your life.

I was 20 when I first heard Rusty, but my ears loved it. I thought Fluke was the greatest album. In fact, a mere decade ago, I included Fluke on my list of my ten favourite Canadian albums of all-time.

Groovy Dead, Wake Me, California, Misogyny... I never understood why everyone wasn't raving about Rusty. Didn't you all hear what I heard? Ah, the subjectivity of music... one man's Mozart is another man's PItbull.

Last night, I made the very cold late-night bike ride to the Mod Club to catch Dearly Beloved and Rusty and they still sound great. I had extra tickets, and couldn't give them away, which tells you how popular Rusty is in 2017, but I had an absolute blast.

On my chilly ride home west along the waterfront trail in the wee hours of the morning, you could hear me bellowing the hook to Wake Me over and over again. My apologies to the Canada geese trying to sleep by Windermere.

Rusty

What's your Rusty? You know, a band that can't fill the Mod Club but to you is like seeing U2 or Springsteen?

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Guns N' Roses at the ACC - What a Setlist!

Guns N' Roses played for well over three hours last night and gave us everything that even smelled like a hit.

Guns N' Roses

Check out this setlist.

  1. It's So Easy
  2. Mr. Brownstone
  3. Chinese Democracy
  4. Welcome to the Jungle
  5. Double Talkin' Jive
  6. Better
  7. Estranged
  8. Live and Let Die
  9. Rocket Queen
  10. You Could Be Mine
  11. New Rose
  12. This I Love
  13. Civil War
  14. Yesterdays
  15. Prostitute
  16. Coma
  17. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)
  18. Sweet Child O' Mine
  19. Wichita Lineman
  20. Used to Love Her
  21. My Michelle
  22. Wish You Were Here
  23. November Rain (but first, the Layla piano coda!)
  24. Black Hole Sun
  25. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (with "Only Women Bleed" intro )
  26. Nightrain
  27. Madagascar
  28. Patience
  29. Don't Cry
  30. The Seeker
  31. Paradise City

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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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Roots of the 6ix

When I learned Dream Warriors, Michie Mee and Maestro Fresh-Wes were performing at Nathan Phillips Square tonight, I knew I had to be there. They called it Roots of the 6ix and it all started at the kid-friendly time of 6:30pm.

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I absolutely loved And Now the Legacy Begins, the debut album by Dream Warriors. I knew every word and tonight they played their three biggest hits: Ludi, Wash Your Face in My Sink and My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style.

Dream Warriors

Then there was an energetic set by Michie Mee. I've been calling my oldest daughter Michie Mee her entire life in tribute. It was great seeing her again.

Michie Mee

And finally, the Maestro. This is the first time I've seen him since he visited my home and answered my many questions for an hour. He was stellar, as always. There's a reason we call him the godfather of Canadian hip-hop.

Maestro

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