1991’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB med1991 was a massive year for Canadian music. Bryan Adams dropped a hydrogen bomb. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner rocketed up to #1 on the charts and anchored itself there for nine straight weeks. It was the #1 song of 1991 and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time worldwide. Although Bryan Adams shot to international superstardom in the 1980s, this was actually his first #1 hit in Canada. And if that wasn’t enough, Adams scored a second #1 hit in 1991, “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started”, which was the year’s 3rd biggest hit. Adams’ album Waking Up the Neighbours became the first album by a Canadian since 1972 to top the British Albums Chart.

1991 was also a big year for Tom Cochrane who finally dropped his association with Red Rider and as a soloist scored #1 hit “Life Is a Highway”, the year’s 5th most successful single. Glass Tiger continued churning out big hits, contributing three to the year-end Top 100. 1991 was also the year that saw the first Top 40 hits by a number of soon-to-be superstars: Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, and Crash Test Dummies. In terms of Franco hits, Jean Leloup’s “1990” was the year’s biggest.

Below is a list of all Canadian Franco hits that finished in CKOI’s year-end Top 50. All Canadian hits that made the RPM Top 100 of the year are listed as well as all that peaked in the Top 40 of the weekly 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 usually give local artists more support. Below the lists, check out some cool trivia regarding the year’s hits.

YE= Year-End chart position.

WP = Weekly chart peak position.


1990 Jean Leloup 5
Cash city Luc de Larochelliere 9
Y’a des matins Marjo 13
Ou aller Kathleen 16
Savoir aimer Pierre Flynn 20
Persona non grata Madame 25
Six pieds sur terre Luc de Larochelliere 31
Goodbye my love Leandre 33
Apocalypso Joe Bocan 40
Tant qu’il y aura des enfants Marjo 43
Sans t’oublier Julie Masse 47


(Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 1 1
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started Bryan Adams 3 1
Life Is a Highway Tom Cochrane 5 1
Superman’s Song Crash Test Dummies 27 4
What About Now Robbie Robertson 30 4
Waiting for Love Alias 33 4
Animal Heart Glass Tiger 34 4
Til I Am Myself Again Blue Rodeo 43 3
I Am Here Grapes of Wrath 49 8
My Town Glass Tiger 52 8
The Rhythm of Your Love Glass Tiger 62 8
How Long Can a Man Be Strong The Jeff Healey Band 64 8
Little Bones The Tragically Hip 84 11
Not Like Kissing You West End Girls 96 12
Kiss Me You Fool The Northern Pikes   12
Trust Yourself Blue Rodeo   13
Only the Lonely World on Edge   14
Wash the Rain World on Edge   14
Too Hot Alanis Morissette   14
The Last to Know Celine Dion   16
A Dream Like Mine Bruce Cockburn   16
Saved By Love Rik Emmett   17
Never Change My Mind Acosta Russell   17
Cry to Me Darby Mills   18
Maybe the Next Time Sue Medley   19
Everyone’s a Winner Bootsauce   19
I Want You Back West End Girls   21
World of Wonder Rik Emmett   22
Twist My Arm The Tragically Hip   22
Standing Push and Fall World on Edge   22
Red Clay Hills Mae Moore   23
The Ghosts That Haunt Me Crash Test Dummies   23
Life Could Be Worse Barney Bentall   24
The Path of Thorns Sarah McLachlan   24
Feel You Love Alanis Morissette   24
100 Watt Bulb The Infidels   25
Roll the Bones Rush   25
Boomerang Spunkadelic   26
Have a Heart Celine Dion   26
American Dream Trooper   26
Slowly Slipping Away Harem Scarem   26
Good to the Last Drop Helix   27
Come In From the Cold Joni Mitchell   27
Powerdrive Andy Kim (Longfellow)   27
I Gotta Go Barney Bentall   29
Where Loneliness Lives Mae Moore   30
Weight of the World Young Saints   30
After the Rain Blue Rodeo   30
Into the Fire Sarah McLachlan   30
Good Together Candi   31
The Power Alias   32
How Much The Jeff Healey Band   32
No Sign of Rain Keven Jordan   33
What Am I Doing Here Blue Rodeo   33
Runaround Glen Stace   33
I Fall All Over Again Dan Hill   34
Out of a Deeper Hunger Gowan   36
Friends Forever Candi   36
Dreamline Rush   36
Say You Don’t Know Me Honeymoon Suite   37
Neighbourhood Gregory Hoskins   38
The Answer’s Electric Brett Ryan   39
Let Her Go Gregory Hoskins   39
Say You’ll Be Mine West End Girls   39
True Believers Keven Jordan   40
Just Another Day Keven Jordan   40


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