All-Time 40 Biggest Hot 100 Canadian Hits: 2017 Update

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From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 40 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. We have not included songs that were already on the Hot 100 when it launched. We have also excluded songs currently on the chart. Included are Canadian artist songs whether the Canadian was the main, co-credited, or featured artist.

The Hot 100 is a combination of success on radio as well as digital downloads from the public, all within Canada. The chart below also includes the peak chart position achieved, date the peak was reached, and the total number of weeks the song spent on the charts. Those that reached #1 have the peak in a red box. Those that spent at least one full year (52 weeks) have a yellow box. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” reigns supreme both in terms of points and weeks spend on the Hot 100 (74 weeks, highlighted in an orange box). Did your favourite Canadian song make the all-time Top 40? Click to enlarge.

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All-Time 40 Biggest Canadian Hits on the Hot 100 to Date

Billboard Canadian Hot 100From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 40 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. We have not included songs that were already on the Hot 100 when it launched as well as songs currently on the charts. The Hot 100 is a combination of success on radio as well as digital downloads from the public, all within Canada. The chart below also includes the peak chart position achieved as well as the total number of weeks the song spent on the charts. Did your favourite Canadian song make the all-time top 40? Click to enlarge.

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Biggest Canadian Hits on the Hot 100 to Date

Billboard Canadian Hot 100From its launch in mid-2007 to the present time, we have ranked the 20 biggest hits by domestic artists on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 using a points system. Total points were determined by subtracting each weekly chart position from 101 and then totalling the results. Note that “Paralyzer” was already on the charts when the Hot 100 was launched and that some of these singles are still on the charts. This is simply a current snapshot of chart success and gives an idea of the bigger Canadian hits in terms of both radio airplay and purchase since mid-2007. Click on the image to enlarge it.

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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. Since 1964, Canadian artists have scored 2,695 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 were not included.

ARTIST ALL HITS
Celine Dion 44
Bryan Adams 38
Justin Bieber 35
The Guess Who 33
Anne Murray 25
Alanis Morissette 22
Blue Rodeo 20
Corey Hart 19
Gordon Lightfoot 19
The Tragically Hip 19
April Wine 18
Eric Lapointe 18
The Barenaked Ladies 17
Hedley 16
Jann Arden 16
Daniel Belanger 15
Nickelback 15
The Stampeders 15

 

ARTIST TOP 40 HITS
Bryan Adams 36
Justin Bieber 35
The Guess Who 33
Celine Dion 30
Anne Murray 25
Alanis Morissette 22
Blue Rodeo 19
Corey Hart 19
Gordon Lightfoot 19
The Tragically Hip 19
April Wine 18
The Barenaked Ladies 17
Hedley 16
Jann Arden 16
The Stampeders 15

 

ARTIST TOP 10 HITS
Bryan Adams 18
Celine Dion 16
The Guess Who 15
Justin Bieber 11
Alanis Morissette 11
Blue Rodeo 10
Hedley 10
Anne Murray 9
Sarah McLachlan 9
Gordon Lightfoot 8
Jann Arden 8

 

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

 

All #1 Hits in Canada … From Canadian Artists

Number-1From the beginning of the national singles charts in Canada launched in 1964 by RPM magazine, until now, 98 songs from Canadian artists have reached number one in the Great White North. Additionally, at least 13 number ones are by artists that include Canadians (e.g. a foreign band with a Canadian member, a collaboration between a Canadian and international artist, etc). Below is a list of all number one hits in Canada by Canadian artists divided into the RPM era (1964-2000), the Canadian Singles Chart era (2000-2007), and the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 era (2007-present).

RPM ERA Number One Singles by Canadians

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
Ringo Lorne Green 1964
Shakin’ All Over The Guess Who 1965
You Really Got a Hold On Me Little Caesar and the Consuls 1965
Canada Young Canada Singers 1967
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf 1968
Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf 1968
Baby, I Love You Andy Kim 1969
When I Die Motherlode 1969
Laughing The Guess Who 1969
No Time The Guess Who 1970
American Woman The Guess Who 1970
As Years Go By Mashmakhan 1970
If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot 1971
Stay Awhile The Bells 1971
Sweet City Woman The Stampeders 1971
Love Me Love Me Love Frank Mills 1972
Cotton Jenny Anne Murray 1972
Heart of Gold Neil Young 1972
Last Song Edward Bear 1973
Danny’s Song Anne Murray 1973
First Cut Is The Deepest Keith Hampshire 1973
Could You Ever Love Me Again Gary & Dave 1973
Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks 1974
A Love Song Anne Murray 1974
Sundown Gordon Lightfoot 1974
(You’re) Having My Baby Paul Anka 1974
Rock Me Gently Andy Kim 1974
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive 1974
I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone Paul Anka 1975
Hey You Bachman-Turner Overdrive 1975
I Believe (There’s Nothing Stronger) Paul Anka 1975
Theme from SWAT THP Orchestra 1976
Roxy Roller Sweeney Todd 1976
The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot 1976
Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill 1978
Hot Child in the City Nick Gilder 1978
You Needed Me Anne Murray 1978
I Just Wanna Stop Gino Vannelli 1978
I Just Fall in Love Again Anne Murray 1979
New World Man Rush 1982
Tears Are Not Enough Northern Lights 1985
Never Surrender Corey Hart 1985
Crying Over You Platinum Blonde 1985
Everything in my Heart Corey Hart 1986
Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) Glass Tiger 1986
Can’t Help Falling in Love Corey Hart 1987
More Than Words Can Say Alias 1990
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 1991
Can’t Stop This Thing We Started Bryan Adams 1991
Life Is a Highway Tom Cochrane 1991
Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven Bryan Adams 1992
If You Asked Me To Celine Dion 1992
Song Instead of a Kiss Alannah Myles 1992
Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams 1993
The Power of Love Celine Dion 1994
Insensitive Jann Arden 1995
Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman Bryan Adams 1995
I Wish You Well Tom Cochrane 1995
Hand In My Pocket Alanis Morissette 1995
Ironic Alanis Morissette 1996
Ahead By a Century The Tragically Hip 1996
You Learn Alanis Morissette 1996
The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me is You Bryan Adams 1996
Let’s Make a Night to Remember Bryan Adams 1996
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now Celine Dion 1996
Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette 1996
Clumsy Our Lady Peace 1997
Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan 1997
Back to You Bryan Adams 1998
My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 1998
On a Day Like Today Bryan Adams 1998
Thank U Alanis Morissette 1998
It’s All Been Done Barenaked Ladies 1999
Love Song Sky 1999
Faded soulDecision 2000
Bang Bang Boom The Moffatts 2000

CANADIAN SINGLES CHART ERA Number One Singles by Canadians

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
Completely Serial Joe 2001
Hands Clean Alanis Morissette 2002
Canadian Man Paul Brandt 2002
Movin’ On The Boomtang Boys 2002
Hero Chad Kroeger 2002
I Drove All Night Celine Dion 2003
Someday Nickelback 2003
Something More Ryan Malcolm 2003
Awake in a Dream Kalan Porter 2004
Paper Rain Amanda Stott 2005
On My Own Hedley 2005
Alive Melissa O’Neil 2005
Meant to Fly Eva Avila 2006

CANADIAN HOT 100 ERA Number One Singles by Canadians

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
Girlfriend Avril Lavigne 2007
I Believe Nikki Yanofsky 2010
Wavin’ Flag Young Artists for Haiti 2010
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2012
Boyfriend Justin Bieber 2012
Blurred Lines Robin Thicke 2013
Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 2015
The Hills
The Weeknd 2015
What Do You Mean
Justin Bieber 2015
Sorry Justin Bieber 2015
Love Yourself
Justin Bieber 2016
One Dance
Drake 2016
Starboy  The Weeknd 2016

Number One Singles Partially Credited to Canadians

TITLE ARTIST YEAR
Daydream The Lovin’ Spoonful 1966
Monday, Monday The Mamas and the Papas 1966
I Saw Her Again The Mamas and the Papas 1966
Summer in the City The Lovin’ Spoonful 1966
Creeque Alley The Mamas and the Papas 1967
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy Blood, Sweat and Tears 1969
Spinning Wheel Blood, Sweat and Tears 1969
Sugar, Sugar The Archies 1969
And When I Die Blood, Sweat and Tears 1969
Jingle Jangle The Archies 1970
All For Love Bryan Adams/Stewart/Sting 1994
Give It to Me Timbaland ft. Nelly Furtado 2007
Good Time Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City 2012
Work Rihanna ft. Drake 2016
Cold Water
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber
2016

Six Canadian Acts in Top 100 Hits of All-Time by U.S. Billboard

Percy FaithIn celebration of its 55th anniversary, the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, a chart which combines radio airplay and sales of singles in the United States, has released the Top 100 hits of all-time. Especially considering that the musical tastes of Canadians and Americans differ somewhat, it is nice to see that some Canadian artists have made the cut. You can view the entire chart HERE.

#77. You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
#73. Sugar Sugar – The Archies (co-written by Canada’s Andy Kim)
#46. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
#41. How You Remind Me – Nickelback
#20. Theme from a Summer Place – Percy Faith
#18. Everything I Do, I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Canada Has Conquered the U.S. in the Digital Singles Department

The United States’ equivalent of Music Canada, awarding gold/platinum certifications on records, is the RIAA, inappropriately named as it stands for the Recording Industry Association in America. (It is an association for only the United States, not all of America, North and South). A recent event calls for celebrations, as a Canadian recording artist was awarded with authoring the best-selling digital single of all-time in the nation of stars and stripes. “Baby”, the 2010 smash hit by Stratford, Ontario’s Justin Bieber has been declared 12x platinum (or 1.2x diamond) by the RIAA making it champion of the digital single sales department.  Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2011 hit “Call Me Maybe” is at 9x platinum there placing it in 4th place. The all-time best-selling standard single (vinyl/cassette/CD format) in the United States, as it is in Canada, is Elton John’s “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”, a tribute to Lady Di (ironic given that the U.S. is a republic). Contrary to popular belief, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is not the top certified album of all-time in the United States. The title belongs to Dreaming of You by Selena at 35x Platinum, or triple-diamond. Baby” has not been certified by Music Canada.

RIAA Best-Selling Digital Singles

Best-Selling Canadian Digital Singles of All-Time

We do not necessarily have to include “Digital” in the title, as physical singles never sold well in Canada.  Canadians always preferred to buy albums.  With the advent of digital music, however, that has changed.  The result is that the best-selling singles of all-time in Canada are digital downloads.  Below, as of 10 August 2012, is a list of the best-selling Canadian digital singles of all-time (which for the aforementioned reason equates to the last few years).  Do you own any of the singles listed below?  How many?  And which one is your favourite?  You can find a list of the best-selling Canadian albums of all-time HERE.

6x Platinum (400,000 Units)
Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
   
4x Platinum (320,000 Units)
Nikki Yanofsky I Believe
   
3x Platinum (240,000 Units)
Nelly Furtado Promiscuous
Kardinal Offishall Dangerous
Karl Wolf Africa
K’Naan Wavin’ Flag
Young Artists for Haiti Wavin’ Flag
   
2x Platinum (160,000 Units)
State of Shock Money Honey
Marianas Trench Cross My Heart
Marianas Trench All to Myself
Stereos Summer Girl
Stereos Throw Ya Hands Up
Drake Take Care
Simple Plan Summer Paradise
   
Platinum (80,000 Units)
Anjulie Brand New Chick
Avril Lavigne Keep Holding On
Classified Oh… Canada
Daniel Powter Bad Day
Danny Fernandes Hit Me Up
Deborah Cox Beautiful U R
Down with Webster Whoa Is Me
Down with Webster Rich Girl$
Down with Webster Your Man
Down with Webster She’s Dope
Drake Headlines
Drake Take Care
Faber Drive G-Get Up and Dance
Faber Drive Give Him Up
Finger Eleven Paralyzer
Hedley Invincible
Hedley One Life
Justin Bieber One Time
k.d. lang Hallelujah (2010 Olympics)
Kreesha Turner Don’t Call Me Baby
Marianas Trench Beside You
Marianas Trench Haven’t Had Enough
Michael Buble Home
My Darkest Days Porn Star Dancing
Nickelback Photograph
Nickelback When We Stand Together
Shawn Desman Night Like This
Shawn Desman Electric
Shiloh Operator
Simple Plan Jet Lag
State of Shock Best I Ever Had
Stereos Turn It Up
Victoria Duffield Shut Up and Dance
Walk Off the Earth Somebody That I Used to Know

Top Hit Single Francophone Artists Since 1976

Below is a ranking of the Top 20 Francophone recording artists in terms of hit singles since 1976. Of course, this is not a competition or popularity contest. All artists have their own unique style, some of whose is more suitable for Top 40 mainstream radio airplay and some of whose is not. The purpose of our posting this is to give Anglophones an idea of some of the more popular Francophone singles artists so that they have somewhere to start in exploring the rich and vast arena of Canada’s Francophone artists and their music.

We used the following method to rank the artists. We first looked at the year-end Top 50 charts from 1976-2011 (which are posted on Montreal radio station CKOI’s website). Note that this chart includes all hits in Québec—from Anglophone, Francophone, and international artists. For every song by a Canadian Francophone artist, we assigned points (51 minus the chart position). So a song that was the 17th biggest of the year would receive 34 points, the #1 song would receive 50 points, #50 would receive 1 point. For each artist, we added up the points from all his songs to get a total.

Keep the following in mind:

DEBUT does not refer to the recording debut but the first year the artist scored a hit that made the year-end Top 50.
POINTS were calculated as above. This is the column by which the artists are sorted.
HITS refers to the number of hit singles that made the year-end Top 50 (they may have had many more radio hits).
• Successful bilingual artists, like Céline Dion and Roch Voisine, have not been included.
• These are only those artists with hits since 1976. We do not have access to year-end charts prior to that year.
• This cannot be interpreted as the most popular modern Francophone artists as there may have been others who, though not scoring big hit singles, had best-selling multi-platinum albums (i.e. album artists).

For a list of hit sinlges by Canadian Francophones by year, check out the CHARTS page above.

RANK ARTIST DEBUT POINTS HITS
1 Éric Lapointe 1994 484 14
2 Kevin Parent 1995 330 10
3 Daniel Bélanger 1992 318 10
4 Les Cowboys Fringants 2002 304 10
5 Marjo 1987 274 9
6 Jean Leloup 1991 262 8
7 Les Trois Accords 2004 252 8
8 Marie-Mai 2005 248 7
9 Les Colocs 1993 204 7
10 Daniel Lavoie 1979 204 6
11 Paul Piché 1977 188 8
12 France d’Amour 1993 175 8
13 Ariane Moffatt 2002 170 8
14 Laurence Jalbert 1990 157 6
15 Les B.B. 1989 156 7
16 Luc de Larochellière 1988 154 7
17 Kaïn 2004 146 7
18 Garou 1998 137 5
19 Diane Tell 1979 124 4
20 La Chicane 1999 118 3

Best-Selling Albums in Canada by Canadian Artists

Double-Diamond

Artist Title Release Year Year of Certification
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 1995 1996
Shania Twain The Woman In Me 1995 1999
Shania Twain Come On Over 1997 2000
Shania Twain Up! 2002 2004

Diamond

Artist Title Release Year Year of Certification
Bryan Adams Reckless 1984 1985
Bryan Adams Waking Up The Neighbours 1991 1992
Barenaked Ladies Gordon 1992 2000
Tom Cochrane Mad Mad World 1992 1995
Celine Dion Celine Dion 1992 1998
Celine Dion The Colour Of My Love 1993 1994
Celine Dion Falling Into You 1996 1996
Celine Dion Let’s Talk About Love 1997 1997
Celine Dion All The Way… 1999 2007
Celine Dion These Are Special Times 2000 2007
Corey Hart Boy In The Box 1985 1986
Avril Lavigne Let Go 2002 2003
Amanda Marshall Amanda Marshall 1996 2000
Sarah Mclachlan Surfacing 1997 1998
Alannah Myles Alannah Myles 1989 1990
Our Lady Peace Clumsy 1997 2001
The Tragically Hip Up To Here 1989 1999
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely 1993 2007
Various Artists Oh What A Feeling 1996 1996

9x Platinum

None

8x Platinum

Artist Title Release Year Year of Certification
Michael Buble Christmas  2011  2012
Nickelback Silver Side Up 2001 2004
The Tragically Hip Road Apples 1991 1999
Various Artists Phantom of the Opera* 1990 1998

* Canadian Cast

7x Platinum

Artist Title Release Year Year of Certification
Celine Dion Unison 1990 1993
Celine Dion D’eux 1995 1997
Diana Krall The Look of Love 2001 2006
Nickelback All the Right Reasons 2005 2010

6x Platinum

Artist Title Release Year Year of Certification
Bryan Adams So Far So Good 1993 1997
Blue Rodeo 5 Days in July 1993 2001
Michael Buble It’s Time 2005 2006
Celine Dion A New Day Has Come 2002 2004
Anne Murray Greatest Hits 1980 1984
Nickelback Dark Horse 2008 2010
The Tragically Hip Day For Night 1994 1995
Shania Twain Greatest Hits 2004 2004

5x Platinum

Artist Title Release Year Year of Certification
Jann Arden Living Under June 1994 1996
Nelly Furtado Loose 2006 2007
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin 2004 2006
Loverboy Loverboy 1980 1982
Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 1993 1996
Sarah McLachlan Mirrorball 1999 2002
Sarah McLachlan Afterglow 2003 2004
Nickelback The Long Road 2003 2010
The Rankin Family Fare Thee Well, Love 1990 1996
The Tragically Hip Trouble at the Henhouse 1996 1999
Trooper Hot Shots 1979 1990
Various Artists Notre Dame de Paris 1998 2000
Various Artists Star Academie 2003 2003
Neil Young Harvest Moon 1992 2000

Definitions

Albums released before 1 May 2008:

Diamond: 1 million; Double-Diamond: 2 million

Platinum: 100,000; 2x Platinum 200,000; 3x Platinum: 300,000; etc.

Albums released after 1 May 2008:

Diamond: 800,000; Double-Diamond: 1.6 million

Platinum: 80,000; 2x Platinum: 160,000; 3x Platinum: 240,000; etc.

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Worldwide Best-Selling Singles and Albums by Canadians

Worldwide Best-Selling Singles by Canadian Artists

Rank Artist Title Units
11 Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On 15 Million
11 Bryan Adams I Do It For You 15 Million
24 Terry Jacks Seasons in the Sun 11.5 Million
29 Paul Anka Diana 10 Million
56 Alanis Morissette Uninvited 7 Million
73 Sugar, Sugar* The Archies 6 Million

* Co-written and co-sung by Canada’s Andy Kim

Worldwide Best-Selling Digital Singles by Canadian Artists

Rank Artist Title Units
4 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe 18 Million
7 Robin Thicke Blurred Lines 14.8 Million
60 Magic Rude 8.6 Million
83 Avril Lavigne Girlfriend 7.3 Million
103 Justin Bieber Baby 6.4 Million

Worldwide Best-Selling Albums by Canadian Artists

Rank Artist Title Units
9 Shania Twain Come On Over 39 Million
13 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 33 Million
14 Celine Dion Falling Into You 32 Million
20 Celine Dion Let’s Talk About Love 31 Million
57 Shania Twain The Woman in Me 20 Million
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Canadian Best-Sellers

Taking a break from our artist profiles, I thought I’d throw in some intersting stats.

Note that by “Canadian” we mean performed by a Canadian artist. The music / lyrics may or may not have been composed by Canadians.

Singles: International Sales

Best-selling Canadian single of all-time in…

The U.K.: Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”
The U.S.: Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”
Japan: Celine Dion’s “To Love You More”
France: Patrick Fiori, Garou and Daniel Lavoie’s “Belle”*
Australia: Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”

Worldwide: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”

* Patrick Fiori is From France, the other two singers are Canadian. The most successful song purely from a Canadian artist was Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”.

Singles: Domestic Sales

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is the best-selling single of all-time in Canada by a Canadian artist.  Below is a list of Canadian songs that finished in 1st place in the year-end charts.

1957: Paul Anka’s “Diana”*
1960: Percy Faith’s “Theme from a Summer Place”**
1974: Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun”
1985: Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender”
1991: Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”
1996: Alanis Morissette’s “You Learn”
1997: Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery”
2001: Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird”***

*Assumed. No national year-end chart available for that year.
** Assumed. No year-end Canadian chart available. It finished in 1st place in the American Billboard chart.
*** No year-end chart available for the year; however, this song had the most weeks at No. 1 on the weekly charts.

Albums: International Sales

Best-selling Canadian albums of all-time worldwide:

Shania Twain’s Come On Over, 40 million, ranked 10th
Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, 33 million, ranked 12th
Celine Dion’s Falling Into You, 32 million, ranked 14th

Albums: Domestic Sales

Best-selling Canadian albums of all-time in Canada:

Shania Twain’s Come On Over, The Woman in Me, and Up!—all certified 2x Diamond
Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, 2x Diamond

For more details, see HERE

Most Successful Artist

Best-selling Canadian music artist worldwide:

Celine Dion, 111 million certified sales, ranked 10th

For more on Canadian success stories, see HERE.

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