Most Popular Canadian Songs of the New Millennium

Hit Singles collage

The CBC recently unveiled a list of the Top 100 most played songs on Canadian radio from January 1, 2001 to the present. The broadcaster did not provide statistics on the tally of radio spins for each and state whether or not the numbers were weighted according to station audience numbers. Cutting further confidence in the list’s accuracy is that the CBC stated it obtained the numbers from Nielsen SoundScan as opposed to Nielsen BDS. Furthermore, one may wonder why #1 smash hits like “Wavin’ Flag” did not make it or why Avril Lavigne’s #1 mega hit “Girlfriend” is not listed while second single from the same album “When You’re Gone” did.

All things considered, however, a list like this still works if seen more loosely as a review of some of the biggest Canadian hits of the millennium. Perhaps of greater value is that the list reminds us of some of the hits prior to the debut of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 in mid-2007 when the Canadian Singles chart, based on scanty sales of CD singles, made little sense. It may thrill those who have forgotten about acts like Wave, Shaye, Default, and Mobile.

The CBC points out that Drake scored only one and there is quite a lack of rap representation. This confirms our belief that rap music in general, including stars like Drake, is much more popular south of the border than in Canada and Britain. It is that country’s brainchild after all. Justin Bieber did not make the Top 100. It is possible that he has had so many hits (47 made the Billboard Hot 100) that they had higher turnover rates on radio. One song from the 80s made the list and five from the 90s. Shania, Nelly, and Avril combined have 15 of the 100 songs. Hedley and Nickelback have seven songs each. The latter has nine if you include the two from frontman Chad Kroeger. A rock band has the #3 and #2 songs, and it isn’t Nickelback or Hedley. The #1 song does not come as a surprise as it was the #1 most purchased song of its year worldwide.

Use this list to review some of the finest, catchiest, most delicious songs created over the past 14 years by our super talented Canadian artists.

100. California, Wave, 2001
99. Out of My Head, Mobile, 2006
98. Happy Baby, Shaye, 2003
97. When You’re Gone, Avril Lavigne, 2007
96. All I Can Do, Chantal Kreviazuk, 2006
95. Up We Go, Lights, 2014
94. Never Too Late, Hedley, 2008
93. Hideaway, Kiesza, 2014
92. Crabbuckit, K-os, 2004
91. Life of the Party, Shawn Mendes, 2014

90. Like Magic, JRDN, 2011
89. Hurt Me Tomorrow, K’Naan, 2012
88. We Are Stars, Virginia to Vegas, 2014
87. Let’s Play, Kristina Maria, 2011
86. 123, Craig Smart, 2011
85. Everybody Wants to Be Like You, Snow, 2000
84. Give It to Me Right, Melanie Fiona, 2009
83. Everything, Michael Bublé, 2007
82. Rockstar, Nickelback, 2005
81. Keep Holding On, Avril Lavigne, 2006

80. Turn Off the Light, Nelly Furtado, 2000
79. A New Day Has Come, Céline Dion, 2002
78. 1234, Feist, 2007
77. Crazy All My Life, Daniel Powter, 2012
76. So Complicated, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, 2001
75. That Doesn’t Impress Me Much, Shania Twain, 1998
74. Love Song, Sky, 1999
73. Kiss Goodnight, Tyler Shaw, 2012
72. Pieces, Sum 41, 2005
71. Electric, Shawn Desman, 2010

70. Party For Two, Shania Twain, 2004
69. Good Time, Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City, 2012
68. Hero, Chad Kroeger, 2002
67. She’s So High, Tal Bachman, 1999
66. If Today Was Your Last Day, Nickelback, 2008
65. Far Away, Nickelback, 2006
64. Heaven in Our Headlights, Hedley, 2014
63. Man! I Feel Like a Woman, Shania Twain, 1999
62. Inner Ninja, Classified, 2012
61. For the Nights I Can’t Remember, Hedley, 2007

60. Forever and For Always, Shania Twain, 2003
59. Jet Lag, Simple Plan, 2011
58. Drive My Soul, Lights, 2008
57. Seven Day Fool, Jully Black, 2007
56. Powerless, Nelly Furtado, 2003
55. Night Like This, Shawn Desman, 2010
54. All Good Things, Nelly Furtado, 2006
53. Gotta Be Somebody, Nickelback, 2008
52. Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams, 1985
51. Never Too Late, Three Days Grace, 2007

50. Santa Monica, Theory of a Deadman, 2005
49. I’m Gonna Getcha Good, Shania Twain, 2002
48. Brand New Chick, Anjulie, 2011
47. Jealous, Chromeo, 2014
46. Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane, 1991
45. Breathing Underwater, Metric, 2012
44. Perfect, Hedley, 2009
43. Anything, Hedley, 2013
42. Up, Shania Twain, 2002
41. Someday, Nickelback, 2003

40. Innocent, Our Lady Peace, 2002
39. Money Honey, State of Shock, 2007
38. Somewhere Out There, Our Lady Peace, 2002
37. Why Don’t You and I, featuring Chad Kroeger, 2002
36. Home, Michael Bublé, 2005
35. Photograph, Nickelback, 2005
34. Crazy for You, Hedley, 2013
33. Ghost, Fefe Dobson, 2010
32. Stuttering, Fefe Dobson, 2010
31. Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Bublé, 2009

30. Summer Paradise, Simple Plan, 2012
29. Goodbye, Glenn Morrison, 2013
28. Don’t Call Me Baby, Kreesha Turner, 2008
27. Alone Again, Alyssa Reid, 2010
26. I’m With You, Avril Lavigne, 2002
25. Dangerous, Kardinal Offishall, 2008
24. Brother Down, Sam Roberts, 2002
23. What I Wouldn’t Do, Serena Ryder, 2012
22. Closer, Tegan and Sara, 2012
21. Red Hands, Walk Off the Earth, 2012

20. Wasting My Time, Default, 2001
19. Africa, Karl Wolf, 2008
18. Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke, 2013
17. I’m Like a Bird, Nelly Furtado, 2000
16. Rude, Magic, 2013
15. Stereo Love, Mia Martina, 2009
14. Beautiful U R, Deborah Cox, 2008
13. Hold On, We’re Going Home, Drake, 2013
12. Kiss You Inside Out, Hedley, 2012
11. Stompa, Serena Ryder, 2012

10. Say It Right, Nelly Furtado, 2006
9. When the Night Feels My Song, Bedouin Soundclash, 2004
8. Bad Day, Daniel Powter, 2005
7. Complicated, Avril Lavigne, 2002
6. How You Remind Me, Nickelback, 2001
5. This Is What It Feels Like, featuring Trevor Guthrie, 2013
4. Hello, Dragonette and Martin Solveig, 2010
3. Paralyzer, Finger Eleven, 2007
2. One Thing, Finger Eleven, 2003
1. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen, 2012

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