1996’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medIn terms of hit singles, 1996 was perhaps the biggest year for Canadian music in all history. There were a total of 77 Top 40 songs from Canadian artists, 28 of which made the Top 10, and seven of which reached #1. On the RPM Top Singles chart of November 25, eight of the Top 10 songs were from Canadian artists. Half of the ten biggest songs of the year were from Canadians including the top two. The biggest song of 1996 was “You Learn” by Alanis Morissette. Her album Jagged Little Pill (released in 1995) became the first Canadian album in history to achieve domestic sales of 2 million copies (double diamond certification), and it sold 33 million copies worldwide. The only Canadian album to have outsold it since is Shania Twain’s Come On Over. The year’s biggest Canadian Franco hit was Kevin Parent’s “Seigneur”.

Below is a list of all Anglo hits by Canadians that finished in the RPM year-end Top 100 or that peaked in the weekly Top 40. Also find all Franco hits by Canadians that finished in the year-end CKOI Top 50. Below the charts, check out some trivia on the year’s hits.

YE= Year-End chart position.

WP = Weekly chart peak position.


Seigneur Kevin Parent 4
Les deux printemps Daniel Belanger 6
I lost my baby Jean Leloup 9
Je reve encore Eric Lapointe 12
Soirs de scoth Luce Dufault 14
On jase de toi Noir Silence 16
Tout Lara Fabian 18
Father on the go Kevin Parent 20
Ton nom Marjo 22
Ado maso Kevin Parent 27
Bonyeu Les Colocs 36
En cherchant son etoile Richard Seguin 38
Destin Celine Dion 40
Les 3 petits cochons Dan Bigras 42
Ce qu’il reste de nous Luce Dufault 44


You Learn Alanis Morissette 1 1
Ironic Alanis Morissette 2 1
Because You Loved Me Celine Dion 5 2
Ahead By a Century Tragically Hip 6 1
Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette 10 1
Let’s Make It a Night to Remember Bryan Adams 14 1
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now Celine Dion 17 1
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me is You Bryan Adams 18 1
He Liked to Feel It Crash Test Dummies 23 2
Birmingham Amanda Marshall 30 3
Jerk Kim Stockwood 36 3
Dreamer’s Dream Tom Cochrane 37 4
Leave It Alone Moist 40 3
Hand in My Pocket Alanis Morissette 44  a
Gift Shop Tragically Hip 48 4
Wildest Dreams Tom Cochrane 49 5
Looking For It Jann Arden 50 7
Beautiful Goodbye Amanda Marshall 51 5
Black Cloud Rain Corey Hart 52 2
Better Off As We Are Blue Rodeo 58 5
I Don’t Want to Think About It Wild Strawberries 65 9
Everything You’ve Done Wrong Sloan 67 6
Good Mother Jann Arden 68 9
The Good in Everyone Sloan 73 9
Angel Mine Cowboy Junkies 78 7
Shoe Box Barenaked Ladies 79 10
Test for Echo Rush 80 6
A List of Things Damhnait Doyle 89 10
Crawl Tom Cochrane 90 11
A Common Disaster Cowboy Junkies 93 11
Fall From Grace Amanda Marshall 94 11
Diggin’ a Hole Big Sugar   9
Rock Steady Bryan Adams/Bonnie Raitt*   12
Sleepy Maggie Ashley MacIsaac   13
Gin Palace Barney Bentall   14
The Old Apartment Barenaked Ladies   14
Who Do U Love Deborah Cox   15
Big Time Neil Young   15
I Feel a Change Coming The Boomers   17
Freedom Colin James   18
Love Won’t Find Us Here Mae Moore   18
I Cry Bass is Base   18
Make It Up As You Go Hemingway Corner*   18
The Good Catches Up Gowan   18
I Can Hear You Carolyn Arends   18
Enough Love Kim Stockwood   19
These Are the Days Soul Attorneys   19
Lies to Me 54-40   19
Love You All 54-40   20
Astroplane BKS   20
Soaked Killjoys   20
Watch Over You Hemingway Corner*   21
18 Til I Die Bryan Adams   21
This Is the Stuff Carolyn Arends   23
Can I Get Close Gavin Hope   23
Real Stuff Colin James   26
Incarnate The Watchmen   26
Mercy to Go The Odds   26
Neil Armstrong Starkicker   26
Promise Victor   27
Little Sins Wendy Lands   27
What Would It Take Anne Murray   28
Everything and After The Doughboys   28
Breakin’ Down Susan Aglukark   32
Oh Shelley Barney Bentall   32
One More Astronaut I Mother Earth   32
Sentimental Deborah Cox   33
Whatever You Need Damhnait Doyle   34
Speaking Confidentially Cowboy Junkies   34
Wrapped Around Your Finger Dan Hill   34
I Should Know Pursuit of Happiness   35
Times Change Jay Semko   36
The River The Rankin Family   38
Fast As I Can Great Big Sea   40
Starbird Road Megan Metcalfe   40
Why Bass is Base   40
You Won’t Remember This Kim Stockwood   40
Do Ya Own Thing Camille   40

* Part Canadian

a Peaked at #1 in 1995 and also appeared on its year-end chart, at #11


1996 Canadian Music Trivia


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