Taking a break from our artist profiles, I thought I’d throw in some intersting stats.
Note that by “Canadian” we mean performed by a Canadian artist. The music / lyrics may or may not have been composed by Canadians.
Singles: International Sales
Best-selling Canadian single of all-time in…
The U.K.: Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”
The U.S.: Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”
Japan: Celine Dion’s “To Love You More”
France: Patrick Fiori, Garou and Daniel Lavoie’s “Belle”*
Australia: Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”
Worldwide: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”
* Patrick Fiori is From France, the other two singers are Canadian. The most successful song purely from a Canadian artist was Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”.
Singles: Domestic Sales
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is the best-selling single of all-time in Canada by a Canadian artist. Below is a list of Canadian songs that finished in 1st place in the year-end charts.
1957: Paul Anka’s “Diana”*
1960: Percy Faith’s “Theme from a Summer Place”**
1974: Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun”
1985: Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender”
1991: Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”
1996: Alanis Morissette’s “You Learn”
1997: Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery”
2001: Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird”***
*Assumed. No national year-end chart available for that year.
** Assumed. No year-end Canadian chart available. It finished in 1st place in the American Billboard chart.
*** No year-end chart available for the year; however, this song had the most weeks at No. 1 on the weekly charts.
Albums: International Sales
Best-selling Canadian albums of all-time worldwide:
Shania Twain’s Come On Over, 40 million, ranked 10th
Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, 33 million, ranked 12th
Celine Dion’s Falling Into You, 32 million, ranked 14th
Albums: Domestic Sales
Best-selling Canadian albums of all-time in Canada:
Shania Twain’s Come On Over, The Woman in Me, and Up!—all certified 2x Diamond
Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, 2x Diamond
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Most Successful Artist
Best-selling Canadian music artist worldwide:
Celine Dion, 111 million certified sales, ranked 10th
For more on Canadian success stories, see HERE.