1989’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medWe can only provide an incomplete list of charting singles for 1989, as the charts before May 1 have not been posted at the RPM online archives. Besides not being able to list all Top 40 hits from the early part of the year, we also do not have peak positions for Top 40 songs that appeared on the May 1 chart. The good news is that we do have a year-end Top 100 for 1989. The biggest song of the year in Canada in 1989 was Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”, Canadian Franco Roch Voisine’s Hélène, and Canadian Anglo Tom Cochrane’s “Good Times”.

Below are all the Canadian Franco songs that made the year-end CKOI chart (which is complete). All Anglo songs that made RPM’s Top 40 from May 1 to the end of the year are listed with their peak positions. Songs which appeared on the May 1 chart are marked with an asterisk indicating that they may have peaked at a higher position earlier. All songs from Canadian artists that made RPM’s year-end Top 100 are listed as well. Below the lists, check out some cool trivia regarding the year’s hits.

YE= Year-End chart position.

WP = Weekly chart peak position.


Helene Roch Voisine 1
La femme d’or Gerry Boulet 5
Sur ma peau Paul Piche 12
Loulou Les B.B. 19
Amere america Luc de Larochelliere 23
J’appelle Paul Piche 31
La-bas dans l’ombre Roch Voisine 34
Tu reviens de loin RIchard Seguin 38
La corrida Mitsou 41
C’est pas perdu Marie Carmen 45
Les yeux du coeur Gerry Boulet 48
Coup de coeur Michel Pagliaro 50


Good Times Tom Cochrane 36 13*
Rock ‘n Roll Duty Kim Mitchell 43 7
Diamond Mine Blue Rodeo 56 7*
Love Makes No Promises Candi 69 9*
Angel Eyes Jeff Healey 72 16
Giving Away a Miracle Luba 79 9
Black Velvet Alannah Myles 81 10
Rockland Wonderland Kim Mitchell 92 10
If a Tree Falls Bruce Cockburn 94 ?
Hard Sun Indio 95 10
Hey Men Men Without Hats   8
Double Trouble Sass Jordan   12
One More Try Brighton Rock   15*
Love Is Alannah Myles   16
Missing You Candi   18
All the Things I Wasn’t Grapes of Wrath   19
She’s So Young Pursuit of Happiness   20*
Misguided Angel Cowboy Junkies   24
Waterline Paradox   24
Unborn Heart Dan Hill   25
How Long Blue Rodeo   25
Watcha Do to My Body Lee Aaron   25
Another Man’s Gun Ray Lyell & the Storm   26
(Watching) Worlds Crumble Glass Tiger   27*
America is Sexy Paul Hyde   28
She’s My Inspiration Barney Bentall   30*
Boomtown Andrew Cash   31
Victory Day Tom Cochrane   32
Boy with a Beat Trooper   33
Still Lovin’ You Honeymoon Suite   33
Dream Come True Frozen Ghost   34*
Do You Believe One 2 One   34
Stranger Than Paradise Sass Jordan   34
Why’d You Lie Colin James   35*
Harry Houdini Kon Kan   39
Rockin’ the Free World Neil Young   39
So Hard Sass Jordan   39

* These songs possibly charted higher prior to April 24.


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