Top Hit Single Artists from 1964-2015

CMB medThere are a number of facts and figures that we can present for you based on chart data. For example, the most successful year in Canadian music from the standpoint of hit singles was 1996 when Canadian artists scored 77 Top 40 hits, 28 Top 10 hits, 7 number one hits, and 31 year-end Top 100 hits. The RPM chart for November 25 that year showed 8 out of the top 10 songs were by Canadian artists. The year 2016 saw 32 songs of the year-end Top 100 involving Canadians, though some of these were as featured artists. Since 1964, Canadian artists have scored 2,755 major hits.

Below are tables ranking artists by the number of hits. For the designation “all hits” we mean a song in the Top 40 nationwide chart, a Francophone song in CKOI’s year-end Top 50 or Canadian Hot 100, a song nominated for Félix Single of the Year, or a song nominated for JUNO Song of the Year. Note that some artists may have scored a number of hits prior to 1964 (e.g. Bobby Curtola, Paul Anka, etc.). Hits as a featured artist are not included. As the Nielsen SoundScan charts from 2000-2007 are sketchy, artists who scored hits during this time are at a disadvantage.

ARTIST ALL
Celine Dion 44
Bryan Adams 37
Justin Bieber 36
The Guess Who 33
Anne Murray 25
Drake 25
Alanis Morissette 22
Blue Rodeo 20
The Tragically Hip 20
Gordon Lightfoot 19
April Wine 18
Corey Hart 18
Eric Lapointe 18
Hedley 17
The Barenaked Ladies 17
The Weeknd 17
Jann Arden 16
Les Cowboys Fringants 16
Daniel Belanger 15
Nickelback 15
The Stampeders 15

ARTIST TOP 40s
Justin Bieber 36
Bryan Adams 35
The Guess Who 33
Celine Dion 31
Anne Murray 25
Drake 25
Alanis Morissette 22
The Tragically Hip 20
Blue Rodeo 19
Gordon Lightfoot 19
April Wine 18
Corey Hart 18
Hedley 17
The Barenaked Ladies 17
The Weeknd 17
Jann Arden 16
The Stampeders 15

ARTIST TOP 10s
Bryan Adams 18
Celine Dion 16
The Guess Who 15
Justin Bieber 12
Alanis Morissette 11
Blue Rodeo 10
Hedley 10
Anne Murray 9
Sarah McLachlan 9
Gordon Lightfoot 8
Jann Arden 8
The Tragically Hip 7
The Barenaked Ladies 7
The Stampeders 7

 

ARTIST #1s
Bryan Adams 10
Alanis Morissette 6
Celine Dion 5
Anne Murray 5
The Guess Who 4
Justin Bieber 4
Gordon Lightfoot 3
Corey Hart 3
The Weeknd 3
Paul Anka 3

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2 thoughts on “Top Hit Single Artists from 1964-2015

  1. As the name of our blog suggests, our focus is on Canadian recording artists. Charts on foreign artists can be found at other sites on the web.

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