The biggest song of 1967 in Canada was “The Letter” by The Box Tops. This was the year support of Canadian music took a dive. While 1965 and 1966 saw 53 and 45 Top 40 Canadian hits respectively, 1967 saw only 28. Moreover, only two made the Top 10, one of which made the year-end Top 100 (the only Canadian entry). This drop in the success of Canadian music was incredibly ironic given that 1967 was Canada’s centennial anniversary as a nation. While one would assume that the year would have seen a greater embracing of Canadian music, it witnessed instead a turning away from it. Most surprising of all was that on July 1, Canada’s 100th anniversary, for the first time in chart history, not a single Canadian song was in the Top 40. Such sad phenomena in 1967 precipitated a movement in the music industry to establish CanCon/MAPL regulations which came into effect three years later.
While discussion commonly blames the British Invasion for the lack of support of Canadian music during this time, consider that the majority of 1967’s ten biggest hits were from American artists whether they performed soul music, psychedelic rock, or sunshine pop.
The top Canadian song of 1967 was “Canada” by The Young Canada Singers, the only #1 hit and only Canadian entry on the year-end Top 100 (41st of the year). It sold 270,000 copies. The song was written by Bobby Gimby (lyrics) and Ben McPeek (music) in honour of the centennial and Expo 67 and sung by a choir of children, versions recorded in both official languages.
Below is a list of all Canadian Top 40 hits for the year with their peak chart position. Bear in mind, that this is a picture of cross-Canada success. Songs may have charted much higher or lower in various cities as radio stations usually give local artists more support. Below the list, check out some cool trivia on the year’s hits and their artists.
WP = Weekly chart peak position.
|Canada||Young Canada Singers||1|
|Half Past Midnight||The Staccatos||8|
|Get On Up||The Esquires||17|
|Gaslight||The Ugly Ducklings||17|
|His Girl||The Guess Who||19|
|Sunny Goodge Street||Tom Northcott||20|
|Simple Deeds||The Paupers||21|
|Looking at a Baby||The Collectors||23|
|Bring It Down Front||The Jon-Lee Group||23|
|Lovin’ Sound||Ian and Sylvia||24|
|Go Go Round||Gordon Lightfoot||27|
|Catch the Love Parade||The Staccatos||28|
|Somebody Help Me||The British Modbeats||29|
|This Time Long Ago||The Guess Who||30|
|If I Call You By Some Name||The Paupers||31|
|Next to Nowhere||M. G. and the Escorts||31|
|Armful of Teddybears||Barry Allen||32|
|Got to Get You Into My Life||The Stitch in Tyme||36|
|The Way I Feel||Gordon Lightfoot||36|
|New Dawn||The Stitch in Tyme||36|
|Flying On the Groud is Wrong||The Guess Who||36|
|Give Me a Reason to Stay||Bobby Curtola||37|
|It’s Not Funny Money||Bobby Curtola||39|
|Playground||Debbie Lori Kaye||40|
|Diamonds and Gold||Willie and the Walkers||40|