10 Canadian Artists Who Conquered Britain

10 Who Conquered Britain

Justin Bieber is the 10th Canadian artist to score a #1 hit in Britain. Because Céline Dion has scored two, a total of 11 songs from Canadians have topped the British Singles Chart since 1952 when the chart began. Below is a list of all of them plus some trivia. An additional five songs topped the charts in Britain which are co-credited to Canadians.

Canadian Songs That Reached #1 in the UK

1. Diana by Paul Anka, 5 Sep 1957 for 9 weeks
2. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks, 6 Apr 1974 for 4 weeks
3. I Do It For You by Bryan Adams, 13 Jul 1991 for 16 weeks
4. Think Twice by Céline Dion, 4 Feb 1995 for 7 weeks
5. My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion, 21 Feb 1998 for 2 weeks
6. Maneater by Nelly Furtado, 17 Jun 2006 for 3 weeks
7. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, 14 Apr 2012 for 4 weeks
8. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, 8 Jun 2013 for 5 weeks
9. Hideaway by Kiesza, 26 Apr 2014 for 1 week
10. Rude by MAGIC!, 9 Aug 2014 for 1 week
11. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber, 10 Sep 2015 for 4+ weeks


1. The Canadian single to spend the most weeks at #1 in the UK was Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” at 16 weeks.

2. The first Canadian single to debut at #1 in the UK was “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion.

3. The only Canadian artist to score more than one #1 hit in Britain is Céline Dion with two.

4. The only Canadian band to score a #1 hit in Britain is Magic.

5. The only year to see more than one Canadian artist top the British charts was 2014.

6. Two Canadian acts topped the British charts with their debut singles: Kiesza and Magic.

7. There were no #1 hits in the UK involving Canadian artists throughout the 1980s. The top song in Britain from a Canadian act through the decade was Kon Kan’s “I Beg Your Pardon” which peaked at #5 in 1989.

#1s in the UK Partially Credited to Canadians

1. Sugar Sugar by The Archies, 25 Oct 1969 for 8 weeks
2. Don’t Give Up by Chicane ft. Bryan Adams, 18 Mar 2000 for 1 week
3. Give It to Me by Timbaland ft. Nelly Furtado, 21 Apr 2007 for 1 week
4. What’s My Name by Rihanna ft. Drake, 15 Jan 2011, for 1 week
5. Tsunami (Jump) by DVBBS & Borgeous ft. Tinie Tempah, 22 Mar 2014 for 1 week