Are These the Best Canadian Songs Ever?

Happy Birthday Canada!

My home and native land celebrates it’s 150th birthday on July 1. Once a week I take a break from writing about my journey to be happier, healthier and more productive. For this week’s #SundayFunday post, I’m sharing my list of the Top 25 Canadian songs of all time. My wife Laura has compiled her Top 11 list and I’ve included that too.

If you’re not Canadian, you’ll know some of our best-known artists including Drake, Justin Bieber, Rush,  Barenaked Ladies, Celine Dion and The Weeknd. But we’ve also got a lot of great music you may not have heard yet.

Here’s your chance to celebrate along with us!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page where I’ve embedded a Spotify playlist of everything on Laura’s and my lists plus dozens more Canadian classics. There are about 100 songs on this Spotify playlist, but it needs 150. Help me complete the list by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and leaving your feedback in the comments.

Here’s my Top 25:

  1. I Go Blind – 54.40
  2. Brian Wilson – Barenaked Ladies
  3. Mass Romantic – The New Pornographers
  4. For The Hand of Magdelena – The Lowest of the Low
  5. Home For A Rest – Spirit of the West
  6. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
  7. California – Grimes
  8. Superman’s Song – Crash Test Dummies
  9. Ordinary Day – Great Big Sea
  10. Headlines – Drake
  11. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  12. Teenland – The Northern Pikes
  13. The Tame, The Half-Born, The Wild and You – Ron Hawkins
  14. All The Things I Wasn’t – The Grapes of Wrath
  15. Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
  16. Your Ex-Lover is Dead – Stars
  17. Striptease – Hawksley Workman
  18. Your English is Good – Tokyo Police Club
  19. Bud The Spud – Stompin’ Tom Connors
  20. Romantic Traffic – Spoons
  21. If I Had a Rocket Launcher – Bruce Cockburn
  22. Spirits – The Strumbellas
  23. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
  24. Ironic – Alanis Morissette
  25. 2112: Overture / The Temples of Syrinx / … – Rush

My wife Laura also ranked her Top 11:

  1. Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright
  2. Lost Together – Blue Rodeo
  3. Brian Wilson – Barenaked Ladies
  4. Angel – Sarah McLaghlan
  5. Head over Feet – Alanis Morissette
  6. Summer of ’69 – Brian Adams
  7. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
  8. Home For a Rest – Spirit of the West
  9. Ordinary Day – Great Big Sea
  10. Proud To Be Canadian – Arrogant Worms
  11. Rosy and Grey – The Lowest of the Low

So what do you think of our lists? What are your top Canadian songs of all time? Scroll down to the comments to leave your feedback and to help get this Spotify playlist up to 150 songs.


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