It’s always nice to see Canadian recording artists triumph in foreign lands. Billboard US has compiled all-time charts in celebration of the magazine’s 60th anniversary. It would be difficult to compile all-time charts at home because a consistent official chart for Canada has not been in place over the years. They would tell a different story as musical tastes, releases, and content regulations differ among countries. Still, let’s take a look at what Canadian artists, songs, and albums became massive hits south of the border.
The all-time songs chart begins at #100 with synth-driven power ballad “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Britus act foreigner.
The first maple-glazed entry appears at #85 – “You’re Still the One” from country pop superstar Shania Twain, her crossover hit from 1998.
At #81, find “Sugar, Sugar” by virtual group The Archies, composed by Jeff Barry and Canada’s Andy Kim. The song was included on the “Stars on 45” medley which topped the year-end RPM chart in Canada for 1981.
Americanadian Robin Thicke beat out Elton John’s Princess Di tribute song and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” with “Blurred Lines” perched at #51.
Carly Rae Jepsen one-ups Robin at #50 with “Call Me Maybe” the most downloaded song in the world in 2012.
Alberta’s Nickelback lands at #45 with 2001’s smash “How You Remind Me”. It was apparently the most played song on US radio through the entire 2000s decade.
Justin Bieber’s feature in Fonsi & Yankee’s “Despacito” helps it climb up to #33 beating out Irene Cara’s “Flashdance”.
Percy Faith and His Orchestra edges out Chic’s “Le Freak” to grip the #23 spot with easy listening masterpiece “Theme from a Summer Place”.
Bryan Adams anchors himself at #21 with 1991’s “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”. The song was featured in Kevin Costner’s feature film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”.
And that’s it! The number one song on the chart is Chubby Checker’s 1960 cover of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters’ “The Twist” in case you were wondering.
Were there Canadian songs you were surprised didn’t make the all-time Hot 100?
The all-time Hot 100 artists has Bryan Adams at #45, Paul Anka at #69, and Céline Dion at #87 (with The Beatles at #1).
The all-time Billboard 200 albums (with Adele’s 21 at #1) sees the following:
7. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
9. All the Right Reasons, Nickelback
14. Come on Over, Shania Twain
21. Falling Into You, Céline Dion
58. Let Go, Avril Lavigne
78. My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
162. Silver Side Up, Nickelback
164. Let’s Talk About Love, Céline Dion
169. Reckless, Bryan Adams
177. Harvest, Neil Young
182. Dark Horse, Nickelback