49 Songs

canadaI'm a sucker for all these Canadian music features the CBC like to throw at us every few years. The latest is from CBC Radio 2. Starting this morning, CBC Radio 2 is inviting us Canadians to help select the top “49 songs from north of the 49th parallel” that would best define our country to the incoming U.S. President Barack Obama.

It wasn't long ago CBC Radio One was choosing 50 Tracks, which inspired my Best Canadian Song Search.

I wanted to compile a list of the 100 definitive Canadian songs. I wonder how CBC's 49 Songs will compare with my list. It'll be fun finding out.

  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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CQ

With 30% of the above list being duplicated acts, I'd suggest using a one-song-per eligibility rule for the list. That would leave some bit of room for the many others.

January 5, 2009 @ 2:54 PM

Horonymous

Not enough Max Webster and too much Hip.

January 5, 2009 @ 2:56 PM

Sammi

Our Lady Peace made this list??? That just taints the whole list.

January 5, 2009 @ 3:06 PM

LEW

North of the 49th and East of the Rockies?

January 5, 2009 @ 3:38 PM

Toronto Mike

1. You're all snobs.

2. Spirit of the West made the cut, Lew

3. How do I tell Mr. Neil Young he only gets one song on this list?

January 5, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

LEW

1. Of course – everyone is a critic – especially when we don’t have a list of our own
2. Small province envy
3. He gets his own list

January 5, 2009 @ 3:47 PM

Robert

How in the hell did Our Lady Peace make it on this list??? I agree with Sammi.

January 5, 2009 @ 5:03 PM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

That's fun. I hope the final list has some old AND some new songs and is void of genre-ism.

January 5, 2009 @ 6:18 PM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

LEW is right. Make your own list, then we'll see how yours compares.

Sammi: I'm not much of an OLP fan.. everything after Naveed sounded like Raine went out and took bad singing lessons. I don't think their first album is too bad; "Naveed" is probably their best song.

Mike: "Clumsy" would never make my list.

I'm fairly interested in seeing this list once it's created.

January 5, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

Mike: I'd make #18 #1 and then kick out "Clumsy" and give another song to Neil. OK, I'll shut up now. Sorry.

January 5, 2009 @ 6:24 PM

Mike from Lowville

Your list looks good to me Mike. Of course I could add my two cents, but then the list would be longer.

January 6, 2009 @ 9:39 AM

Leslie

Hey Mike, glad to see you have some BNL on your list. . .next rock cruise is in a few weeks with BNL, GBS, Sarah McLachlan & tons more. Not too late, bring the family :D
sidenote: I'm surprised you don't have "Helmethead" by Great Big Sea on any of your hockey lists, fun stuff. Cheers from snowy Maine!

January 6, 2009 @ 8:04 PM

Anonymous

If you're looking for another song, there's a huge omission here: Big Wreck's "Blown Wide Open"

January 6, 2009 @ 9:27 PM

Gerry

Anyone who includes Our Lady Peace on a list has no musical taste whatsoever.

January 9, 2009 @ 3:46 PM

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