1981’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medDiane Tell’s stunning “Si j’etais un homme” was 1981’s most successful Canadian Franco hit according to the year-end CKOI chart (4th of the year). As far as Anglo hits go, Canadian folk ensemble The (Irish) Rovers enjoyed the year’s biggest Canadian hit, a beefed up version of US folk singer Tom Paxton’s “Wasn’t That a Party” (#11 on the RPM year-end chart). Stars on 45’s medley of classics with a dance beat took the year’s top honours beating out Kim Carnes’ smash “Bette Davis Eyes” (#2 of the year). Besides Canadian entries on the year-end CKOI and RPM charts, we have also included below all songs by Canadians that made RPM’s weekly Top 40 throughout the year, listing their peak 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.

YE= Year-End chart position.

WP = Weekly chart peak position.


Si j’etais un homme Diane Tell 4
Meo penche Pierre Bertrand 21
Travailler Michel Pagliaro 25
As-tu du feu? Bill 34
Rock de v’lours Offenbach 47


Wasn’t That a Party The Rovers 11 3
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack 29 3
Turn Me Loose Loverboy 48 7
Limelight Rush 75 18
Magic Power Triumph 79 14
Living Inside Myself Gino Vannelli 85 13
Blessed Are the Believers Anne Murray 86 13
High School Confidential Rough Trade 88 12
Thirsty Ears Powder Blues 95 17
All Touch Rough Trade 97 12
Working for the Weekend Loverboy   10
Happy Birthday Kid Geoff Hughes   20
Just Between You and Me April Wine   22
Say What Jesse Winchester   23
Tom Sawyer Rush   24
Women Around the World at Work Martha & the Muffins   24
Fashion Victim Rough Trade   25
Hold On Ian Thomas   28
Does a Fool Ever Learn Eddie Schwartz   29
Innocence Harlequin   29
Chains Ian Thomas   29
You Saved My Soul Burton Cummings   31
Sign of the Gypsy Queen April Wine   40


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