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.

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James Edgar

Amazing list! I tried to listen at work Friday but was working on a spreadsheet that required tons of tweaking to be accurate and i couldn't handle both at once. I'm looking forward to finishing it later this week. Even though the surprise ending is now blown. :)

January 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@James Edgar

I'm going to add a spoiler alert.

January 22, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

Jason from Sudbury

See this is the one thing I like about KOTJ. You get to discover stuff you've never heard of before or in cases stuff you might have not heard in years.

I don't know how Dave did it. Sure I could probably come up with 100 songs, but to have them all in order? Forget it.

January 22, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I can't stop listening to Frank Turner's I Still Believe.

January 22, 2018 @ 1:53 PM


This was quite a podcast. The love and appreciation that he has his music is something to behold. It makes me want dig deeper into what's out there.

January 22, 2018 @ 5:39 PM


The King makes the list!

January 22, 2018 @ 6:56 PM

Blind Dave

Now there's a whole pile of stuff on here I want to listen to. Some artists I have heard of but perhaps not that song, and some brand new stuff (for me, anyway).

I am not at all surprised Dave Hodge knows Drive-by Truckers. I like them too.

January 22, 2018 @ 7:38 PM

Blind Dave

And the Japandroids with The House That Heaven Built. YAY!!!

January 22, 2018 @ 7:40 PM


I haven't listened to the podcast yet, but what a list! Even The Brood!!

January 22, 2018 @ 10:25 PM


Number 69 "Fortunate Son" was the B side to the Creedence hit "Down on the Corner". Both songs received significant airplay on Canadian top 40 radio, but Fortunate Son was banned from the airwaves in the United States because of its anti-Viet Nam war lyrics

January 23, 2018 @ 7:14 AM

James Edgar

@ Mike if it sounds like i was complaining that i read the list prior to listening that's just a poor choice of words on my part.

I realized that "surprise" would be lost and read the list anyway. Knowing the songs beforehand doesn't matter much at all . I'm interested in the stories.

I'm finally a bit organized and i'll be listening on my commute home today and commute in tomorrow probably.

January 23, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

Tyler Campbell

For those of you who are Apple Music subscribers, I've made a playlist. There are only 98 songs, as the Doug Paisley and Lucinda Williams songs are not available on the platform.


January 23, 2018 @ 11:09 AM


Nice T-shirt mike

and wow he put some serious work into this list!

January 23, 2018 @ 11:39 AM


Here a shot in the dark..Dave Hodge and Strombo on the same show :)

January 23, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

James Edgar

@ Tyler Campbell you rock! for whatever reason i missed that you had posted the previous KOTJ playlists on iTunes. I'm following you now and will listen to all the kotj list as time allows. starting with this one today at work!

A couple of notes on this episode.
First i finally got to listen, and it was as great as i thought it would be.

thoughts on some tracks from the the top 100
- 84 Teen Angst Cracker - this is one of my favorites too and as the first single off the album it was my intro to Cracker . the rest of the album this from is fantastic and get played very frequently by me - i might have picked I see the light from the same album but teen angst is a pretty great track.

-81 Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - after immersing myself in Petty after his recent death this is my favourite too. I wasn't really much of a fan before but i'm certainly appreciative now.

-86 American Pie Don McLean - Kind of developed a hate for this song when it was on the radio 10 times a day as kid. Rediscovered it a couple of years ago and play it for My daughter quite often

78 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople -awesome pick. Awesome band name.

69 Fortunate Son Credence Clearwater Revival - with a catalog as good as CCR's it's very hard to pick a favourite. This is a very ,very good pick.

61 Inside Out Crash Vegas - Loved this band in the early 90's , still listening to the album this from pretty regularly.

32 Keep Your Hands To Yourself Georgia Satellites - Loved Loved Loved this song when it came out. Somehow fell off my radar over the years can't wait to hear it again.

30 Crazy Mary Pearl Jam- it Is pretty interesting that both Mike and Dave picked this as there favourite PJ song. It's in my top 10 for PJ but not #1 i think. Will have a listen again and see how it fits.
9 I Still Believe Frank Turner - WOW I can't believe how completly unfamiliar with Frank Turner I am , I expect to have a hard time stopping listening to this song too once I've got a copy from Itunes and can't wait to hear more of his catalog!

7 Ahead By a Century The Tragically Hip - One hip song i didn't appreciate as much as i do the rest of the catalog until the final tour. it could make my top 10 now too.

5 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot - HATED this song as a kid. HATED it. Fully expected to fast forward through it when it came on. I was very pleasantly surprised that i really enjoyed listening to it and picked up a bunch of things in the song i couldn't hear before. another case of over play when it came out i think by my brother in law in this case when I was staying with them in New Brunswick for a month one summer. I've been pretty lax in exploring Gordon Lightfoot and Sundown and my HATE for it was big reason. I'll correct that going forward.

As for the rest i'm listening to Tylers playlist as I type and I'm loving it. So much new stuff to explore and more than a few artists i'l be re-investigating.
also I'm thinking i'll be trying to learn to play a crap load of songs on guitar over the next while ( long long while at my rate of learning i think)

January 25, 2018 @ 9:39 AM


"He's white white baby"

January 26, 2018 @ 12:15 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@James Edgar, the older I get, I have grown an appreciation for songs and artists I hated or disliked growing up.
I couldn't at one time listen to 2 words sung by Neil Young, now totally different, appreciate his style now.

January 27, 2018 @ 7:37 PM

Music is personal

re: WCI - "He's white white baby"

I hope you're not suggesting that race, colour, culture &/or ethnicity must influence what one's favourite songs are. This isn't like Canada's food guide where one "should pick some from each group". Someone on TorontoMike's twitter feed was implying this.

Music is personal. To each their own. One likes what they like & what resonates for them.

p.s. ex. If anyone is waiting for me to list a Rap or Hip Hop song as one of my favourites, they will be waiting a long, long, long time. Those genres just don't work for me.

January 28, 2018 @ 1:38 AM


It looks like... 100 songs, 100 artists. One song per music act.

January 28, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

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