1977′s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThis was not as successful a year for Canadian music as the year before and after. Because Dan Hill’s huge hit “Sometimes When We Touch” was launched towards the end of the year, its chart performance was split between 1977 and 1978. It was the biggest Anglo song by a Canadian in 1977 appearing on the RPM year-end chart at #72, while it was #4 on the 1978 year-end chart. Paul Piché’s “Heureux d’un printemps” was the biggest Franco hit by a Canuck according to the year-end CKOI chart. The top song of 1977 in Canada was “You Light Up My Life” by the United States’ Debby Boone. We have also included below all songs by Canadians that made RPM’s weekly Top 40 throughout the year, listing their peak position on the charts. 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 tend to give local artists more support. Below the list, check out some cool trivia about the year’s hits.

YE= Year-End chart position.

WP = Weekly chart peak position.


Heureux d’un printemps Paul Piché 12
Loin d’ici Boule Noire 29
Méfiez-vous du grand amour Michel Rivard 35
Hollywood Freak Diane Dufresne 37
Essaye donc pas Paul Piché 43
1254 Rue stanley Boule Noire 48


Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill 72‡ 6‡
You Won’t Dance with Me April Wine  74 6
Fly at Night Chilliwack 76 7
Que Sera Sera The Raes 92 9
Sugar Daddy Patsy Gallant 94 9
Fightin’ on the Side of Love THP Orchestra   14
Heaven on the Seventh Floor Mighty Pope   14
Are You Ready For Love Patsy Gallant   16
Dazz John Ellison*   23
Mr. Love Vehicle   25
Race Among the Ruins Gordon Lightfoot   30
Make It Up to Me in Love Paul Anka & Odia Coates   34
Santa Maria Trooper   35
My Own Way to Rock Burton Cummings   38
Once in a Long Time Christopher Ward   38
It Always Happens This Way Toulouse   39
Your Love Gets Me Around Ronney Abramson   39

‡ Peaked at a higher position on the weekly charts in 1978 and was the 4th biggest song of 1978.

* Part Canadian.


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