Canadian artists have long hit above their weight class in the global music business, from Paul Anka becoming a teen idol in the '50s to Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Guess Who emerging as icons of the '60s and '70s while Bryan Adams and Corey Hart ruled the '80s. Then Alanis, Celine, Sarah and Shania took over the world in the '90s and Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo and Sloan became homeland heroes.
This is more true today than ever before with Canadian artists like Drake, Arcade Fire, Feist, Michael Buble, Deadmau5 and, yes, Bieber and Nickelback at or near the top of nearly every genre.
Still, we thought it would be easier to come up with a best Canadian songs. We had planned on 50, then expanded to 75 and finally called it at 100 and restricted ourselves to one song per act and from the 1950s onward. Really, we could have done a list ten times this size and still had to cut.
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While you may or may not agree with all the songs or their placements, we're pretty sure everyone can agree that the diversity and quality of music coming from Canada is something worth celebrating.
So please add more songs in the comments if we didn't include your favourites -- and be proud to live in a country that has such an incredible musical history.
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