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CMB’S GREAT CANADIAN SONGS

Of the thousands of Canadian songs we have listened to over the years, our favourites are listed below. As we do not want to weary the reader with a list as tall as the CN Tower, we add selections from only the cream of the crop. We exclude cover songs and allow only one entry per artist. We include songs of any language, of any genre, and all recordings, not just hit singles. From time to time we will induct a new entry to the list and update the ranking. Below is a list of our ATF (i.e. all-time favourite) tunes by Canadian artists with links to articles we have written in dedication to and with information and trivia about each song. Those wishing to explore the diverse treasures of the vast ocean of Canadian music can use this as a place to start.

LINKS TO ARTICLES

Crying Out Loud for Love” by The Box (1987)
One More Colour” by Jane Siberry (1985)
Push” by Moist (1994)
Steal My Sunshine” by Len (1999)
Let’s Play” by Kristina Maria (2011)

Sing” by Theo Tams (2008)
These Eyes” by The Guess Who (1969)
Far Too Frail” by Skinny Puppy (1984)
A Criminal Mind” by Gowan (1985)
I Was a Fool” by The Boomtang Boys (1999)

Heavenly Blue” by Burton Cummings (1980)
Flesh under Skin” by National Velvet (1988)
Tokyo” by Bruce Cockburn (1980)
Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder (1978)
Philadelphia” by Neil Young (1994)

I’m Like a Bird” by Nelly Furtado (2000)
Je n’ai que mon âme” by Natasha St-Pier (2001)
Song in My Head” by M+M (1985)
La Corrida” by Mitsou (1988)
At the Feet of the Moon” by The Parachute Club (1984)

3 Dressed Up As a 9” by Trooper (1979)
Living On Video” by Trans X (1983)
Rock Machine” by Copyright (2001)

I Want You Back” by Sherry Kean (1984)
Overworked and Underpaid” by Randy Bachman (1992)

For Germans” by Images in Vogue (1983)
Believe in You” by Amanda Marshall (1999)
Phasors on Stun” by FM (1977)
Never Surrender” by Corey Hart (1985)

Yeah, Whatever” by Moev (1988)

I Really Love You” by Ian Thomas (1978)
Jukfuk” by Sally Yeh (1987)
Subdivisions” by Rush (1982)

Passion” by Zappacosta (1984)
Saviour” by Lights (2009)

Aria” by Delerium (2000)
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams (1991)
Angel” by Sarah McLachlan (1997)
Nova Heart” by The Spoons (1982)
Eyes of a Stranger” by The Payola$ (1982)

The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats (1982)
Worlds Away” by Strange Advance (1982)
Baby Ran” by 54-40 (1986)
Tonight Is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love” by April Wine (1975)

Just Walk Away” by Celine Dion (1993)

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” by Chilliwack (1981)
Ghosts of You” by Chantal Kreviazuk (2006)
Thank U” by Alanis Morissette (1998)
My Happy Ending” by Avril Lavigne (2004)

Someday” by Glass Tiger (1986)
Falling Forward” by Frederick (2008)
When I’m With You” by Sheriff (1983)
Put Me On” by Diamond Rings (2012)
Break My Heart” by Victoria Duffield (2012)

Don’t Let It Go to Your Head” by Fefe Dobson (2005)
Clone” by Metric (2012)
Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (2011)
Love Struck” by Stonebolt (1978)
Missing You” by Candi and the Backbeat (1989)

Newest Inductees

Vacances de 87” by Le Couleur (2013)
I Was a Fool” by Tegan and Sara (2013)
Cover Me” by Jonas & The Massive Attraction (2013)
All For You” by Lexi Strate (2013)
Whatever It Takes” by Ron Sexsmith (2004)

RANK TITLE ARTIST YEAR
65 Crying Out Loud for Love The Box 1987
64 One More Colour Jane Siberry 1985
63 Push Moist 1994
62 Whatever It Takes Ron Sexsmith 2004
61 Steal My Sunshine Len 1999
60 Someday Glass Tiger 1986
59 Falling Forward Frederick 2008
58 Let’s Play Kristina Maria 2011
57 Sing Theo Tams 2008
56 These Eyes Guess Who 1969
55 Far Too Frail Skinny Puppy 1984
54 A Criminal Mind Gowan 1985
53 I Was a Fool Boomtang Boys 1999
52 When I’m With You Sheriff 1983
51 Vacances de 87 Le Couleur 2013
50 Heavenly Blue Burton Cummings 1980
49 Flesh Under Skin National Velvet 1988
48 Tokyo Bruce Cockburn 1980
47 I Was a Fool Tegan and Sara 2013
46 Put Me On Diamond Rings 2012
45 Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder 1978
44 Philadelphia Neil Young 1994
43 I’m Like a Bird Nelly Furtado 2000
42 Cover Me Jonas & The Massive Attraction 2013
41 Break My Heart Victoria Duffield 2012
40 Je n’ai que mon âme Natasha St-Pier 2001
39 Song in My Head M+M 1985
38 La Corrida Mitsou 1988
37 At the Feet of the Moon Parachute Club 1984
36 Don’t Let It Go to Your Head Fefe Dobson 2005
35 Clone Metric 2012
34 3 Dressed Up as a 9 Trooper 1979
33 Living on Video Trans-X 1983
32 Rock Machine Copyright 2001
31 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2011
30 I Want You Back Sherry Kean 1984
29 Overworked and Underpaid Randy Bachman 1992
28 For Germans Images in Vogue 1983
27 Believe in You Amanda Marshall 1999
26 Love Struck Stonebolt 1978
25 Phasors on Stun FM 1977
24 Never Surrender Corey Hart 1985
23 Yeah, Whatever Moev 1988
22 I Really Love You Ian Thomas 1978
21 Jukfuk Sally Yeh 1987
20 Missing You Candi 1988
19 Subdivisions Rush 1982
18 All For You Lexi Strate 2013
17 Passion Zappacosta 1984
16 Saviour LIGHTS 2009
15 Aria Delerium 2000
14 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 1991
13 Angel Sarah McLachlan 1997
12 Nova Heart The Spoons 1982
11 Eyes of a Stranger The Payola$ 1982
10 The Safety Dance Men Without Hats 1982
9 Worlds Away Strange Advance 1982
8 Baby Ran 54-40 1986
7 Tonight is a Wonderful Time… April Wine 1975
6 Just Walk Away Celine Dion 1993
5 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 1974
4 My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) Chilliwack 1981
3 Ghosts of You Chantal Kreviazuk 2006
2 Thank U Alanis Morissette 1998
1 My Happy Ending Avril Lavigne 2004

Provisions

• Only one song per artist
• No cover songs
• All songs are from the rock ‘n roll era that began in the 1950s
• Songs can be performed in any language
• All songs were considered, not just hit singles

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