Top 25 Canadian Digital Songs by Decade

From the 1960s, the top 25 Canadian artist digitally downloaded songs from that decade. Digital downloads began being tracked in 2005. Data from Nielsen / Billboard to end of 2016. More on the Canada 150 charts here.  More charts…


1 Steppenwolf BornTo Be Wild
2 Steppenwolf Magic Carpet Ride
3 The Band The Weight
4 Guess Who These Eyes
5 Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now
6 Leonard Cohen Suzanne
7 The Band Up On Cripple Creek
8 Irish Rovers The Unicorn
9 The Band The Night They Drove Old Dixie
10 Gordon Lightfoot Early Mornin’ Rain
11 Gordon Lightfoot Canadian Railroad Trilogy
12 Guess Who No Time
13 Stompin’ Tom Connors Bud The Spud
14 Anne Murray Snowbird
15 Stompin’ Tom Connors Sudbury Saturday Night
16 Steppenwolf The Pusher
17 Robert Charlebois Lindberg
18 Guess Who Undun
19 Gordon Lightfoot Song ForA Winter’s Night
20 Guess Who Laughing
21 Irish Rovers The Black Velvet Band
22 Hank Snow I’ve Been Everywhere
23 RobertCharlebois Les Ailes D’un Ange
24 Guy Lombardo Auld Lang Syne
25 Irish Rovers The Orange And The Green


1 Neil Young Heart Of Gold
2 Neil Young Old Man
3 Trooper We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)
4 Stompin’ Tom Connors The Hockey Song
5 Trooper Raise A Little Hell
6 Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzge
7 Gordon Lightfoot Sundown
8 Guess Who American Woman
9 Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
10 Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind
11 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Takin’ Care Of Business
12 Rush CloserTo The Heart
13 Trooper The Boys In The Bright White s
14 Stampeders Sweet City Woman
15 Neil Young Cinnamon Girl
16 Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
17 April Wine Tonite Is A Wonderful time to
18 Rush The Spirit Of Radio
19 Guess Who No Sugar Tonight /New Mother Nature
20 Chilliwack Fly At Night
21 Neil Young Hey Hey, MyMy (Into The Black
22 Nick Gilder Hot Child In The City
23 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Let It Ride
24 April Wine You Could Have Been A Lady
25 Neil Young Southern Man


1 Bryan Adams Summer Of ‘69
2 Tragically Hip New Orleans Is Sinking
3 Leonard Cohen Hallelujah
4 Blue Rodeo Try
5 Rush Tom Sawyer
6 Bryan Adams Heaven
7 Alannah Myles Black velvet
8 Tragically Hip Blow at high dough
9 Neil Young Rockin’ In The Free World
10 Tragically Hip 38 Years Old
11 Loverboy Turn Me Loose
12 Corey Hart Sunglasses At Night
13 Kim Mitchell Patio Lanterns
14 Loverboy Working For The Weekend
15 Glass Tiger Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)
16 Bryan Adams Run To You
17 Jeff Healey Band Angel Eyes
18 Bryan Adams Cuts Like A Knife
19 Tom Cochrane & Red Rider Big League
20 Rush Limelight
21 Kim Mitchell Go For Soda
22 Harlequin Innocence
23 Tragically Hip Boots Or Hearts
24 Aldo Nova Fantasy
25 Cowboy Junkies Sweet Jane


1 Sarah Mclachlan Angel
2 Tom Cochrane Life Is A Highway
3 Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On
4 Bryan Adams Everything I Do, I Do For You
5 Spirit Of The West Home For A Rest
6 Tragically Hip Wheat Kings
7 Shania Twain Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
8 Tragically Hip Bobcaygeon
9 Sarah Mclachlan I Will Remember You
10 Neil Young Harvest Moon
11 Tragically Hip Ahead By A Century
12 Blue Rodeo Lost Together
13 Barenaked Ladies If I Had $1,000,000
14 Celine Dion Because You Loved Me
15 Shania Twain Any Man Of Mine
16 Alanis Morissette You Oughta Know
17 Alanis Morissette Ironic
18 Great Big Sea Ordinary Day
19 Shania Twain You’re Still The One
20 Celine Dion The Power Of Love
21 Barenaked Ladies One Week
22 Great Big Sea When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)
23 Chantal Kreviazuk Feels Like Home
24 Blue Rodeo Hasn’t Hit Me Yet
25 Blue Rodeo 5 Days In May


1 Hedley Perfect
2 K’naan Wavin’ Flag
3 Nickelback Burn It To The Ground
4 Nickelback Rockstar
5 Deadmau5 Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff
6 Hedley For The Nights I Can’t Remember
7 Finger eleven Paralyzer
8 Nickelback Gotta Be Somebody
9 Karl Wolf Africa
10 Hedley Cha-Ching
11 Michael Buble Haven’t Met You Yet
12 Avril Lavigne Girlfriend
13 Down With Webster Your Man
14 Down With Webster Whoa Is Me
15 Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland Promiscuous
16 Nickelback If Today Was Your Last Day
17 Marianas Trench All To Myself
18 Kardinal Offishall Dangerous
19 Nickelback Photograph
20 Marianas Trench Cross My Heart
21 Drake feat. Eminem, Kanye West Forever
22 Daniel Powter Bad Day
23 Feist 1234
24 Billy Talent Rusted From The Rain
25 Michael Buble Home


1 Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Blurred Lines
2 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
3 Classified feat. David Myles Inner Ninja
4 Justin Bieber Love Yourself
5 Justin Bieber Sorry
6 Hedley Kiss You Inside Out
7 The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face
8 Magic! Rude
9 Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj Beauty And A Beast
10 Drake Feat. Wizkid & Kyla One Bance
11 Justin Bieber Boyfriend
12 Serena Ryder Stompa
13 Drake feat. Majid Jordan Hold On, We’re Going Home
14 Martin Solveig & Dragonette Hello
15 The Weeknd The Hills
16 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean?
17 Simple Plan Summer Paradise
18 Young Artists For Haiti Wavin’ Flag
19 Justin Bieber Feat. Big Sean As Long As You Love Me
20 Drake Hotline Bling
21 Shawn Mendes Stitches
22 Drake feat. Rihanna Take Care
23 Kiesza Hideaway
24 Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris Baby
25 The Weeknd Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)


Top 100 Singles of 2002 in Canada (Unofficial)

From the Niesen SoundScan charts, we have created a Top 100 singles in Canada for the year 2002. It is important to note that it is unofficial.

This chart does not represent radio airplay but strictly the week to week sales of CD singles in Canada. As a number of them continued to sell well for many years, we have excluded singles released prior to 2001 for the chart below. Note that a number of popular songs on the radio were not released as singles, availability was limited, or Canadians opted to buy the full album rather than the single. Thus, take this chart with a grain of salt. It is a snapshot view of the relative popularity of CD single purchases through the calendar year of 2002. We determined the rankings by a points system, taking each weekly Top 40 position, subtracting it from 41, and tallying the results. For example, if a song was in the Top 40 for two weeks in the year, first at #1 and then #31, its points would be 41-1+41-31=50.

From this, we can say that Faith Hill had the biggest song of 2002 (again in terms of CD singles sales) with “There You’ll Be” which was featured in the soundtrack for Hollywood blockbuster film Pearl Harbour starring Kate Beckinsale and Ben Affleck. The top Canadian artist song was “Hero” by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. It was featured in motion picture Spider-Man. Sixteen of the Top 100 are from Canadians. We have bolded the artists’ names in red. More charts…

1 There You’ll Be Faith Hill
2 Hero Chad Kroeger
3 Hot in Herre Nelly
4 Rapture IIO
5 Canadian Man-Hockey Paul Brandt
6 Stuck in a Moment U2
7 Heaven DJ Sammy
8 Murder on the Dance Floor Sophie Ellis-Bextor
9 Without Me Eminem
10 Hindu Times Oasis
11 Girlfriend NSYNC
12 Hands Clean Alanis Morissette
13 Just Like a Pill Pink
14 Days Go By Dirty Vegas
15 Gotta Get Thru This Daniel Bedingfield
16 By the Way Red Hot Chili Peppers
17 Hero Enrique Iglesias
18 Soulbreaking The Tea Party
19 Electrical Storm U2
20 Knives Out Radiohead
21 In My Place Coldplay
22 Moment Like This/B4 Your Love Kelly Clarkson
23 I Won’t Be Home For Christmas Blink-182
24 A Little Less Conversation Elvis vs. JXL
25 I Need a Girl P. Diddy
26 Where’s Your Head At Basement Jaxx
27 Love at First Sight Kylie Minogue
28 Everyday Bon Jovi
29 Super Sex World One Ton
30 A New Day Has Come Celine Dion
31 Whenever Whereever Shakira
32 What It Feels Like For a Girl Madonna
33 Somebody Like You Keith Urban
34 Baby’s Got a Temper The Prodigy
35 Insatiable Darren Hayes
36 Don’t Say Goodbye Paulina Rubio
37 Ketchup Song Las Ketchup
38 In Your Eyes Kylie Minogue
39 Revolution Stone Temple Pilots
40 Cry Faith Hill
41 Points of Authority Linkin Park
42 Life Goes On Leann Rimes
43 Greatest View Silverchair
44 Stop Crying Your Heart Out Oasis
45 Bring It Home Swollen Members
46 Die Another Day Madonna
47 Just a Friend Mario
48 Precious Illusions Alanis Morissette
49 Pyramid Song Radiohead
50 Little by Little Oasis
51 All Rise Blue
52 Star Guitar Chemical Brothers
53 I Am Mine Pearl Jam
54 Nothing Could Come Between Us Theory of a Deadman
55 Hey Sexy Lady Shaggy
56 O Canada Fabian/Foster
57 I’m Gonna Getcha Good Shania Twain
58 Whatchulookinat Whitney Houston
59 A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos
60 Surrender Laura Pausini
61 Dirrty Christina Aguilera
62 Prayer Disturbed
63 Uh Huh B2K
64 Underneath Your Clothes Shakira
65 What’s Your Flava Craig David
66 Hard to Explain/NYC Cops The Strokes
67 Eternal Flame Atomic Kitten
68 My Friends Over You New Found Glory
69 Zephyr Song Red Hot Chili Peppers
70 Elevation U2
71 Radio Mark Farina
72 Through the Rain Mariah Carey
73 Movin’ On Boomtang Boys
74 Always on Time Ja Rule
75 Jenny from the Block Jennifer Lopez
76 Your Song  Elton John ft. Alessandro Safina
77 Dilemma Nelly
78 Thoughtless Korn
79 From a Lover to a Friend Paul McCartney
80 Marry Me Amanda Marshall
81 Help Me Nick Carter
82 It’s Over Tuuli
83 Get the Party Started Pink
84 Like I Love You Justin Timberlake
85 Home and Dry Pet Shop Boys
86 I Want Love Elton John
87 Landslide Dixie Chicks
88 I’ve Been Waiting for You David Bowie
89 Legal Snow
90 U Got It Bad Usher
91 Survivor Destiny’s Child
92 Wanderland Kelis
93 Stillness of Heart Lenny Kravitz
94 Wherever You Will Go The Calling
95 You Rock My World Michael Jackson
96 Feel It Boy Beenie Man
97 Complicated Avril Lavigne
98 In My Memory Tiesto
99 Come Into My World Kylie Minogue
100 Drowning The Backstreet Boys


Top 100 Singles of 2001 in Canada (Unofficial)

From the Niesen SoundScan charts, we have created a Top 100 singles in Canada for the year 2001. It is important to note that it is unofficial.

As a number of singles continued to sell well for many years, for this 2001 chart, we removed songs released prior to 2000 with the exception of Delerium’s “Silence” (1999) as it grew in popularity from a number of remixes over the period. This chart does not represent radio airplay but strictly the week to week sales of CD singles in Canada. A number of popular songs on the radio were not released as singles, availability was limited, or Canadians opted to buy the full album rather than the single. Thus, take this chart with a grain of salt. It is a snapshot view of the relative popularity of CD single purchases through the calendar year of 2001. We determined the rankings by a points system, taking each weekly Top 40 position, subtracting it from 41, and tallying the results. For example, if a song was in the Top 40 for two weeks in the year, first at #1 and then #31, its points would be 41-1+41-31=50.

From this, we can say that Destiny’s Child had the biggest song of 2001 (in terms of CD singles sales) with “Survivor”. The top Canadian artist song was Delerium’s “Silence” featuring Sarah McLachlan followed closely by Sugar Jones’ “Days Like That”. Eleven of the Top 100 are from Canadians. We have bolded the artists’ names in red. More Charts…

1 Survivor Destiny’s Child
2 Elevation U2
3 Lady/Hear Me Tonight Modjo
4 What It Feels Like For a Girl Madonna
6 Sandstorm Darude
7 S*** On You D12
8 Silence Delerium
9 Days Like That Sugar Jones
10 Pyramid Song Radiohead
11 Music Madonna
12 Don’t Tell Me Madonna
13 One More Time Daft Punk
14 Fill Me In Craig David
15 Walk On U2
16 Knives Out Radiohead
17 Desert Rose/Brand New Day Sting
19 Let’s Get Married Jagged Edge
20 O Canada Fabian/Foster
21 South Side Moby
22 Beautiful Day U2
23 Independent Woman Destiny’s Child
24 Get Over Yourself Eden’s Crush
25 Bootylicious Destiny’s Child
26 Astounded Bran Van 3000
27 Dream On Depeche Mode
28 Butterfly Crazy Town
29 Played-A-Live Safri Duo
30 Love Doesn’t Cost a Thing Jennifer Lopez
31 Shape of My Heart The Backstreet Boys
32 Hampsterdance Song Hampton the Hampster
33 Around the World ATC
34 Money Jelleestone
35 Hero Enrique Iglesias
36 Feel the Beat Darude
37 Lovin’ Each Day Ronan Keating
38 All For You Janet Jackson
39 No Means No Ricky J
40 Thank You Dido
41 I Want Love Elton John
43 You Rock My World Michael Jackson
44 I Won’t Be Home For Xmas Blink-182
45 Whiter Shade of Pale Sarah Brightman
46 Nobody Wants to Be Lonely Ricky Martin
47 Stuck in a Moment U2
48 Loverboy Mariah Carey
49 Crystal New Order
50 It Began in Afrika Chemical Brothers
51 I’m Real Jennifer Lopez
52 Jaded Aerosmith
53 Play Jennifer Lopez
54 I Don’t Believe In You Joee
55 Someone to Call My Lover Janet Jackson
56 New Year’s Dub Musique Vs. U2
57 Liquid Dreams O-Town
58 It’s Raining Men Geri Halliwell
59 Where the Party At? Jagged Edge
60 Itch Vitamin C
61 L’amour Toujours Gigi D’Agostino
62 All or Nothing O-Town
63 He Loves U Not Dream
64 H*** Pipe Weezer
65 In a Beautiful Place… Boards of Canada
66 From a Lover to a Friend Paul McCartney
67 Relax Keoki
68 It’s Over Now One Twelve
69 Fiesta R. Kelly
70 Little L Jamiroquai
71 Jonathan David Belle & Sebastian
72 Rapture IIO
73 B.O.B. Outkast
74 Completely Serial Joe
75 And Then There Was Silence Blind Guardian
76 Hit ‘Em Up Style Blu Cantrell
77 Slave 4 U Britney Spears
79 Imitation of Life R.E.M.
80 U Remind Me Usher
81 She Bangs Ricky Martin
82 He Wasn’t Man Enough Toni Braxton
84 Lady Marmalade Christina Aguilera
85 Castles In the Sky Ian Van Dahl
86 Only Time Enya
87 Get UR Freak On Missy Elliott
88 Star Spangled Banner Whitney Houston
90 Stutter Joe
91 Music’s No Good… Cher
92 Drowning The Backstreet Boys
93 Receiver New Deal
94 Romeo Basement Jaxx
95 Holler/Let Love Lead… The Spice Girls
96 Pigin Poetry Bjork
97 Everybody Wants to Be… Snow
98 Emotions Destiny’s Child
99 I Feel Loved Depeche Mode
100 Irresistible Jessica Simpson


Nielsen Year-End Report

Nielsen Music has released a year-end report for 2016. Now we have the actual numbers of album and tracks sales. You can read the whole report here. Some highlights below. Total consumption refers to full albums purchased (whether digital or physical) plus track equivalent albums (10 tracks is equivalent to 1 album) and streaming equivalent albums (1,500 streams is equivalent to 1 album). 


1. Views by Drake, 457,000 units
2. 25 by Adele, 266,000 units
3. Purpose by Justin Bieber, 240,000 units
4. Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots, 172,000 units
5. Starboy by The Weeknd, 171,000 units
6. Anti by Rihanna, 170,000 units.
7. This Is Acting by Sia, 169,000 units.
8. Encore un soir by Celine Dion, 140,000 units.
9. Lemonade by Beyoncé, 138,000 units.
10. Collage by The Chainsmokers, 136,000 units.


1. Views by Drake, 196,000 copies
2. 25 by Adele, 196,000 copies
3. Encore un soir by Celine Dion, 134,000 copies
4. You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, 106,000 copies
5. Hardwired to Self-Destruct by Metallica, 103,000 copies
6. Lemonade by Beyoncé, 101,000 copies
7. Purpose by Justin Bieber, 92,000 copies
8. Starboy by The Weeknd, 79,000 copies
9. Yer Favourites by The Tragically Hip, 75,000 copies
10. Blurryface by Twenty-One Pilots, 73,000 copies


1. Cheap Thrills by Sia, 367,000
2. 7 Years by Lukas Graham, 326,000
3. One Dance by Drake, 323,000
4. I Took a Pill in Ibiza, 303,000
5. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, 293,000
6. Stressed Out by Twenty-One Pilots, 283,000
7. Closer by The Chainsmokers, 276,000
8. My House by Flo Rida, 271,000
9. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber, 258,000
10. Cake by the Ocean by DNCE, 244,000

The 2016 Canadian Invasion


A number of Canadian artist singles made it onto 2016’s year-end charts in various countries. Not all countries have charts and only some who have them formulate annual ones. We looked at charts in the major Anglo country markets (Canada itself, the USA, UK, and Australia) and at Japan which is #2 in the world. In Canada itself, 32 of the Top 100 for the year were by or featured a homegrown artist. This is a new record in Canadian chart history. In the USA, there are 26 Canadian artist entries, 16 in the UK, and 14 in Australia. In Japan where, obviously, Japanese language songs are preferred, four songs from two Canuck label-mates made it into the year-end Top 100.

In the table below, you can see all Canadian artist songs that made it into at least one of the charts in the five countries. Canadian artists had the #1 song of the year in three of them (and all 3 are different songs). Canadians preferred Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” (they are stereotyped as being polite), while Americans went for “Love Yourself” (they are typecast as having narcissistic tendencies). The Brits favoured Drake’s “One Dance” (perhaps they’re asking for one more dance with Europe pre-Brexit) which was the top Canadian entry on the Australian chart at #2. Aussie artist Flume’s “Never Be Like You” which features Kai was 4th of the year down under. “One Dance” and “Treat You Better” were the most agreed upon in the four countries where they made the charts, as the positions were quite comparable. “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake was a much bigger hit in the States (#4) than in Australia (#40). Carly Rae Jepsen continues to sweep the Japanese off their feet. “Call Me Maybe”, now over five years old, still made it onto the 2016 year-end chart. “I Really Like You” finished 6th in 2015 and squeaked into the 2016 chart as well (#95).


2016’s Biggest Canadian Hits, Both English and French

CMB medThe most successful Anglo Canadian song of 2015 was “Sorry” by Justin Bieber which peaked at #1 on the weekly Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and was the biggest song of the year overall. This is the second time since the debut of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 that a Canadian citizen has topped the year-end chart. Dual citizen Robin Thicke accomplished this in 2013 with “Blurred Lines”. Nine of the 2016 year-end Hot 100 songs that involved Canadian artists peaked at #1 on the weekly charts either in 2016 or 2015. Thirty-two songs involving Canadians made the year-end Top 100 songs which is a record, surpassing 31 in 1996. A number of the 32, however, had Canadians as featured artists. In addition, 24 songs involving Canadians made the weekly Top 40 through the year making for a total of 56 Canadian artist hit singles of 2016.

No Franco song appeared on the Hot 100 through the year. Ten Canadian artist Franco songs made the CKOI year-end Top 50 which we list below. Tops was Les Cowboys Fringants’ “Marine marchande”.

HY = Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart position
HW = Billboard Hot 100 weekly charts, peak position
CY = CKOI year-end Top 50 chart position

2016 Franco Hits

Marine marchande Les Cowboys Fringants 6
M’aimerais-tu pareil 2Frères 13
Belle Montrealaise Sam Harvey 15
Pas plus que ça Gabrielle Goulet 24
33 tours 2Frères 29
Plaroid Alex Nevsky 33
Black Black Heart David Usher ft. Marie-Mai 38
Octobre Les Cowboys Fringants 43
Liberte Groenland 46
Crier tout bas Coeur de Pirate 48

2016 Anglo Hits

Sorry Justin Bieber 1b 1a
Love Yourself Justin Bieber 2 1
One Dance Drake 4 1
Work Rihanna ft. Drake 13 1
Cold Water Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber 18 1
What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber 19b 1a
Treat You Better Shawn Mendes 23 7
Hotline Bling Drake 25b 3a
Too Good Drake 26 9
Wild Things Alessia Cara 27 14
Let Me Love You DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber 31 4
Starboy The Weeknd 32 1
Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd 36b 1a
The Hills The Weeknd 39b 1a
Stitches Shawn Mendes 43b 10a
Lost Boy Ruth B 46 14
Never Be Like You Flume ft. Kai 51 21
2 Heads Coleman Hell 54b 15a
Controlla Drake 66 27
In the Night The Weeknd 67 12a
Low Life Future ft. The Weeknd 72 25
Pop Style Drake 76 19
Spirits The Strumbellas 77 23
Here Alessia Cara 79b 19
Luv Tory Lanez 82 28
I Know What You Did… Shawn Mendes/C. Cabello 86 19
Fireproof Coleman Hell 89 30
Lay You Down Easy Magic! 90 36
Lose Control Hedley 91 37
Where Are U Now Skrillex/Diplo/Bieber 92b 5a
Might Not Belly ft. The Weeknd 93 28
Hello Hedley 94 20a
Party Monster The Weeknd   8
Fake Love Drake   10
Summer Sixteen Drake   12
Scars to Your Beautiful Alessia Cara   14
Sidewalks The Weeknd   14
Used to This Future ft. Drake   17
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen   17
Sneakin’ Drake   20
Six Feet Under The Weeknd   20
No Shopping French Montana ft. Drake   25
Rockin’ The Weeknd   25
Bobcaygeon The Tragically Hip   27
Secrets The Weeknd   27
6 Inch Beyonce ft. The Weeknd   31
Hype Drake   31
With You Drake ft. PartyNextDoor   32
True Colours The Weeknd   32
False Alarm The Weeknd   33
Grammys Drake   34
Die For You The Weeknd   35
Still Here Drake   37
All I Know The Weeknd   38
9 Drake   39
A Lonely Night The Weeknd   40

a – Weekly peak achieved in 2015
b – Also made year-end Hot 100 of 2015


More Charts…

The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2016


A total of 32 songs involving domestic artists made the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 in 2016. This sets a new record in the history of the Canadian charts, one that had remained unbroken for 20 years since RPM’s year-end for 1996 which held the record at 31. In 1996, Alanis Morissette had both the #1 and #2 songs of the year for “You Learn” and “Ironic” respectively. Justin Bieber repeats her accomplishment in 2016 with “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” at #1 and #2 of the year. Last year, 2015, saw only 21 Canadian artist singles in the year-end top 100.

The table immediately below shows all songs by domestic artists that made the year-end Billboard Canadian Hot 100 with their position on the chart. Because a number of these songs were cross-overs from 2015, we have included the positions for those in the year-end chart for 2015. Also, find the weekly chart peak position of these songs and the year it reached the peak (either 2015 or 2016). We have also included all Canadian artist tracks that peaked within the weekly Top 40 of the Hot 100 through 2016 but didn’t make the year-end Top 100. Note that a number of these, still on the weekly charts, will reach new peak positions in 2017.

We have also listed any current Gold/Platinum certification levels achieved by the songs (these may receive higher certifications in the future). Those that haven’t received certifications have either not reached the numbers or the artist’s team hasn’t submitted applications for them through the Music Canada program. Later in 2016, the program, in the new Single Award, began including streaming data into the qualifications at the rate of 150 streams equivalent to 1 unit sold. That is in addition to digital downloads or any CD single sales. Gold is 40,000 units; platinum 80,000; double platinum 160,000, triple platinum 240,000; etc.

Because Franco songs have a tough time reaching the chart as they do not receive broadcast-wide airplay, we have included any songs that made the Hot 100 (non-Top 40). This year, Céline Dion’s “Encore un soir” was the only song to achieve this, making it to #92. Below the first table is a second listing all French language Canadian artist songs that made the year-end Top 50 at radio network CKOI. The good folks over there have published year-end Top 50 charts since 1976. The chart includes both Anglo and Franco (and occasionally Allo) tracks and both foreign and domestic ones. You can click on the tables to enlarge them and see the text more clearly.



The Most Successful 2016 Canadian Albums


The only Canadian album released in 2016 to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year was Celine Dion’s Encore un soir (double platinum). Highest up on the Billboard year-end albums chart was Drake’s Views at #3. Eight Canadian albums released in 2016 hit #1 on the weekly charts. Below are two tables. The first in a list of all 2016 albums that received gold/platinum certifications by the end of the year, appeared on the year-end Billboard chart, or made the Top 5 of the weekly charts. The second table has all 2016-released albums that peaked at #6 to #10 on the weekly charts. Note that only albums released in 2016 are included. There were a number of albums released in previous years (especially 2015) that appeared on the weekly and year-end charts for 2016. A number of the 2016 albums will no doubt continue to sell in 2017 and may receive higher gold/platinum certification in the future. Thirty-five 2016 Canadian artist albums made the weekly Top 10 in the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Sarah McLachlan’s Christmas record Wonderland did not make the Top 10 but managed to go gold through steady sales over a number of weeks.



2016 CKOI Year-End Top 50

lettrage-camion-ckoiMontreal radio station CKOI has published a year-end Top 50 chart annually since 1976. It includes international songs as well as both Canadian Anglo and Franco songs. While the latter have a tough time making it onto the national charts, the CKOI chart gives us a good idea of the most popular Franco songs by year. Of all the year-end charts, this one is the most inclusive offering a very balanced presentation. There is greater variety of genres with pop, rock, dance, R&B, folk, soul, and even country. Because of this and other factors, you may find on the chart international Anglo songs that are absent from English language radio playlists. It has been a tough year for Franco music in France, as Anglo music, due to materialistic forces, has taken over the charts in the country. Canada, and the province of Quebec in particular, has more effective legislation to protect music from such interests. The top Canadian Franco song of 2016 on the chart is Les Cowboys Fringants’ “Marine marchande” at #6 overall. In classic radio style, let’s count them down from #50 to #1. Canadian artists are bolded in red. Of the 50, 18 involve Canadian artists.

50. Send My Love, Adele
49. Let It Go, James Bay
48. Crier tout bas, Coeur de Pirate
47. Cold Water, Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber
46. Liberté, Groenland
45. Don’t Wanna Know, Maroon 5
44. Just Like Fire, P!nk
43. Octobre, Les Cowboys Fringants
42. My Way, Calvin Harris
41. Fireproof, Coleman Hell
40. That Love, Shaggy
39. Daniella Denmark, Jonathan Roy
38. Black Black Heart, David Usher ft. Marie-Mai
37. Adventure of a Lifetime, Coldplay
36. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars
35. Starboy, The Weeknd
34. Willing to Die, Gin Wigmore
33. Polaroid, Alex Nevsky
32. The Greatest, Sia
31. Ride, Twenty One Pilots
30. Hymn for the Weekend, Coldplay
29. 33 tours, 2Frères
28. Broken Arrows, AVICII
27. My House, Flo Rida
26. Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin Timberlake
25. I Took a Pill in Ibiza, Mike Posner
24. Pas plus que ça, Gabrielle Goulet
23. Come, Jain
22. Honest Song, Ryan Kennedy
21. Can I Get a Witness, SonReal
20. Castle in the Snow, The Avener
19. Spirits, The Strumbellas
18. Way Down We Go, Kaleo
17. Love Yourself, Justin Bieber
16. Speeding Cars, Walking on Cars
15. Belle Montrealaise, Sam Harvey
14. Make Up, R. City
13. M’aimerais-tu pareil, 2Frères
12. Cake by the Ocean, DNCE
11. Human, Rag’n’Bone Man
10. Heathens, Twenty One Pilots
9. This Girl, Kungs
8. Faded, Alan Walker
7. Lost on You, LP
6. Marine marchande, Les Cowboys Fringants
5. Catch & Release, Matt Simons
4. Don’t Be So Shy, Imany
3. The Sound of Silence, Disturbed
2. 7 Years, Lukas Graham
1. Cheap Thrills, Sia

Billboard Canada 2016 Top Artists by Radio Format


1 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber
2 Adele Drake
3 Twenty One Pilots Alessia Cara
4 Alessia Cara Twenty One Pilots
5 Shawn Mendes The Chainsmokers
6 The Weeknd Selena Gomez
7 Coleman Hell Adele
8 DNCE The Weeknd
9 Drake Coleman Hell
10 Justin Timberlake Hedley
1 Adele Adele
2 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber
3 Hedley DNCE
4 Twenty One Pilots P!nk
5 DNCE Justin Timberlake
6 Shawn Mendes Lukas Graham
7 P!nk Taylor Swift
8 Justin Timberlake Charlie Puth
9 Coleman Hell Hedley
10 Meghan Trainor Shawn Mendes
1 Wintersleep Keith Urban
2 Cage the Elephant Luke Bryan
3 The Struts Carrie Underwood
4 Kaleo Florida Georgia Line
5 Twenty One Pilots Tim McGraw
6 Red Hot Chili Peppers Blake Shelton
7 The Strumbellas Thomas Rhett
8 Monster Truck Jason Aldean
9 Arkells Eric Church
10 Blink-182 Dallas Smith

Billboard Canada’s Top 50 of 2016 at Country Radio


You’ll have to scroll down quite a bit to find a Canadian artist on Billboard Canada’s year-end country airplay chart. Tops was Eric Church’s “Record Year”. Dallas Smith had the most played song by a Canadian; “One Little Kiss” was 30th overall. Eleven of the Top 50 were by Canadian acts representing only 17.6% of the total spins. This is the lowest percentage by far among all radio formats. The 11 is down from 14 Canuck tunes in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in blue in the list below. The data was collected between the dates of December 5, 2015 and November 26, 2016.

1 RECORD YEAR Eric Church 20,486
2 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bentley 18,940
3 YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK Justin Moore 18,782
4 SNAPBACK Old Dominion 18,638
5 MAKE YOU MISS ME Sam Hunt 18,399
6 CONFESSION Florida Georgia Line 18,078
7 BREAK ON ME. Keith Urban 18,064
8 WASTED TIME Keith Urban 17,877
9 T-SHIRT Thomas Rhett 17,793
10 HUMBLE AND KIND Tim McGraw 17,636
11 H.O.L.Y. Florida Georgia Line 17,572
12 HEAD OVER BOOTS Jon Pardi 17,040
13 CHURCH BELLS Carrie Underwood 16,995
14 HUNTIN’, FISHIN’, LOVIN’… Luke Bryan 16,979
16 WE WENT Randy Houser 16,690
17 DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE Brett Eldredge 16,436
18 I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT Rascal Flatts 16,346
19 CAME HERE TO FORGET Blake Shelton 16,302
20 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 16,064
21 HOMEALONE TONIGHT Luke Bryan 15,760
22 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 15,710
23 BEAUTIFUL DRUG Zac Brown Band 15,420
24 THINK OF YOU C. Young/C. Pope 15,262
25 PETER PAN Kelsea Ballerini 15,150
26 HEARTBEAT Carrie Underwood 14,861
27 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 14,815
28 IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO Billy Currington 14,658
29 LIGHTS COME ON Jason Aldean 14,477
30 ONE LITTLE KISS Dallas Smith 14,468
31 LAWN CHAIR LAZY James Barker Band 14,207
32 SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE Kenny Chesney 14,184
33 CASTAWAY Zac Brown Band 14,100
34 YOU SHOULD BE HERE Cole Swindell 13,809
35 MOVE Luke Bryan 13,799
36 NOISE Kenny Chesney 13,758
37 I HATE YOU FOR IT Chad Brownlee 13,302
38 PICK ME UP Brett Kissel 13,246
39 SHOT OF GLORY Washboard Union 13,244
40 GOOD KINDA LOVE Jojo Mason 12,959
41 TAKE ME HOME Jess Moskaluke 12,866
42 FIX Chris Lane 12,841
43 STOMPIN’ GROUND Tim Hicks 2,816
44 I LOVE THIS LIFE LoCash 12,681
45 LOVE WOULD BE ENOUGH Dean Brody 12,663
46 HEARD YOU IN A SONG Gord Bamford 12,571
47 HEARTS ON FIRE Chad Brownlee 12,542
48 NOBODY TO BLAME Chris Stapleton 12,447
49 SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS Blake Shelton 12,393
50 COME ON DOWN High Valley 12,205

Billboard Canada’s Top 40 of 2016 at Rock Radio


Halifax’s Wintersleep topped the rock radio year-end Billboard Canada chart with “Amerika” which received 19,724 spins in 2016, about 3000 ahead of the #2 track. Fifteen of the Top 40 were by Canadian acts representing 38.5% of the total spins. The 15 is up from 12 Canuck tunes in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in green in the list below. The data was collected between the dates of December 5, 2015 and November 26, 2016.

1 AMERIKA Wintersleep 19,724
2 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 16,716
3 BORED TO DEATH Blink-182 15,187
4 AFRAID OF HEIGHTS Billy Talent 14,738
5 PUSH + PULL July Talk 14,135
6 MESS AROUND Cage The Elephant 13,268
7 DITMAS Mumford & Sons 13,207
8 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 13,005
9 SPIRITS The Strumbellas 12,972
10 PRIVATE SCHOOL Arkells 12,013
11 KISS THIS The Struts 10,747
12 OPHELIA The Lumineers 10,380
13 NO GOOD Kaleo 10,369
14 BANG BANG Green Day 9,836
15 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 9,615
16 IF YOU WANT IT Sam Roberts Band 9,541
17 TRIP SWITCH Nothing But Thieves 9,323
18 COULD HAVE BEEN ME The Struts 9,076
19 IN A WORLD POSSESSED… The Tragically Hip 8,858
21 …MY BROKEN HEART Chris Cornell 8,389
22 DON’T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE Monster Truck 8,112
23 I’M GONNA BE MYSELF The Sheepdogs 7,897
24 FOR THE PEOPLE Monster Truck 7,865
25 OH LORRAINE Temperance Movement 7,802
26 S.O.B. N. Rateliff/Night Sweats 7,639
27 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 7,512
28 TROUBLE Cage The Elephant 7,128
29 VICTORIOUS Wolfmother 6,918
31 HEATHENS twenty one pilots 6,518
33 RISE Sixx: A.M. 6,344
34 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 6,208
35 SWOONER The Zolas 6,036
36 SOMETIMES ON A SUNDAY The Glorious Sons 5,962
37 WASTED LOVE City And Colour 5,932
38 LOVER COME BACK City And Colour 5,927
39 RIVER Bishop Briggs 5,823

Billboard Canada’s Top 40 of 2016 at AC Radio

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DNCE topped the Adult Contemporary radio year-end Billboard Canada chart with dance funk smash “Cake by the Ocean”. The top spun Canadian artist track at the format was Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” at #2, the only Canuck tune in the top 17.  Sixteen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist representing 32.7% of the total spins. The 16 matches the number of Canadian tunes on the AC chart in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in purple in the list below. The data was collected between the dates of December 5, 2015 and November 26, 2016.

2 LOVE YOURSELF Justin Bieber 12,530
3 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 11,987
4 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 11,821
5 JUST LIKE FIRE P!nk 10,636
6 SEND MY LOVE Adele 10,040
7 LIKE I’M GONNA LOSE YOU Meghan Trainor 9,578
8 LOCKED AWAY R. City 9,103
9 STAND BY YOU Rachel Platten 8,966
10 CHEAP THRILLS Sia 8,099
11 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 7,957
12 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 7,939
13 HELLO Adele 7,799
14 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 7,725
15 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 7,648
16 LET IT GO James Bay 7,254
17 PIECE BY PIECE Kelly Clarkson 7,226
18 SORRY Justin Bieber 7,096
19 TREAT YOU BETTER Shawn Mendes 6,744
20 WASTED TIME Keith Urban 6,686
22 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 6,516
23 2 HEADS Coleman Hell 6,445
24 WILD THINGS Alessia Cara 6,269
25 WHAT YOU WANTED Andrew Allen 6,262
26 PERFECT One Direction 6,190
28 HELLO Hedley 6,059
29 PILLOWTALK Zayn 5,380
30 EX’S & OH’S Elle King 5,276
31 ON MY MIND Ellie Goulding 5,034
32 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris 4,962
33 GOT YOUR NUMBER Serena Ryder 4,924
34 WICKED Tyler Shaw 4,913
35 SPIRITS The Strumbellas 4,814
36 ONE LOVE Marianas Trench 4,742
37 HOLD ON (THE BREAK) Walk Off the Earth 4,554
38 LOST BOY Ruth B 4,375
39 NOBODY BUT ME Michael Buble 4,033
40 RELAPSE Shawn Hook 4,024

Billboard Canada’s Top 40 of 2016 at Hot AC


DNCE topped the Hot Adult Contemporary radio year-end Billboard Canada chart with dance funk smash “Cake by the Ocean”. The top spun Canadian artist track at the format was Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” at #3.  Seventeen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist representing 40.7% of the total spins. The 17 is up from 14 Canadian tunes in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in orange in the list below. The data was collected between the dates of December 5, 2015 and November 26, 2016.

2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 36,588
3 LOVE YOURSELF Justin Bieber 31,090
4 JUST LIKE FIRE P!nk 30,667
5 SEND MY LOVE Adele 30,069
6 CHEAP THRILLS Sia 29,075
7 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 26,552
8 HELLO Hedley 26,401
9 TREAT YOU BETTER Shawn Mendes 25,937
10 WILD THINGS Alessia Cara  25,427
11 HELLO Adele 24,553
12 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 24,141
13 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris 23,959
14 2 HEADS Coleman Hell 23,836
15 SORRY Justin Bieber 22,736
16 SPIRITS The Strumbellas 22,608
17 PILLOWTALK Zayn 21,317
18 LIKEI’MGONNALOSE YOU Meghan Trainor 20,550
20 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 19,385
21 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA Mike Posner 18,174
22 WICKED Tyler Shaw 18,111
23 ONE DANCE Drake 18,063
24 LOSE CONTROL Hedley 17,068
25 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 15,730
26 STAND BY YOU Rachel Platten 15,720
27 ON MY MIND Ellie Goulding 14,408
28 LOST BOY Ruth B 14,173
29 I DON’T WANNA GO TO BED Simple Plan 14,005
30 WORKFROMHOME Fifth Harmony 13,998
31 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 13,798
32 RIDE twenty one pilots 13,702
33 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers 13,701
34 GOT YOUR NUMBER Serena Ryder 13,691
35 OOH LOVE Ria Mae 13,538
36 COLD WATER Major Lazer Ft. Justin Bieber 13,415
37 HIDE AWAY Daya 13,390
38 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 12,765
39 LET IT GO James Bay 12,501
40 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 12,266

Billboard Canada’s Top 40 of 2016 at CHR


While DNCE and Justin Bieber dominated all-format airplay, when it came to CHR (contemporary hit radio), the king of the airwaves was Drake, as “One Dance” was 2016’s most spun track on the format. Australia’s Sia was in 2nd spot with “Cheap Thrills”. Seventeen of the Top 40 were by or featuring a Canadian artist representing 42.9% of the total spins. The 17 is up from 14 Canadian tunes in 2015. Canadian artists are bolded in red in the list below. The data was collected between the dates of December 5, 2015 and November 26, 2016.

1 ONE DANCE Drake    45,764
2 CHEAP THRILLS Sia 42,434
3 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris  40,977
4 WILD THINGS Alessia Cara 37,593
5 SORRY Justin Bieber  37,277
6 LOVE YOURSELF Justin Bieber  37,195
7 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA Mike Posner  35,708
8 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 35,347
9 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony  32,463
10 DON’TLETMEDOWN The Chainsmokers 31,709
11 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 30,672
12 PILLOWTALK Zayn    30,381
13 TREAT YOU BETTER Shawn Mendes 29,530
14 TOO GOOD Drake 28,015
15 MY HOUSE Flo Rida  27,973
16 COLD WATER Major Lazer Ft. Justin Bieber 27,812
17 2 HEADS Coleman Hell  27,760
18 MIGHT NOT Belly Ft. The Weeknd 27,597
20 HELLO Adele    26,910
21 ROSES The Chainsmokers  26,512
22 CLOSER The Chainsmokers  23,301
23 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez  22,247
24 LOSE CONTROL Hedley 22,135
25 7 YEARS Lukas Graham  21,617
26 DANCING KIZOMBA Alx Veliz  21,456
27 SEND MY LOVE Adele    20,501
28 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd  20,485
29 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez  20,464
30 FIREPROOF Coleman Hell  20,456
31 HOTLINE BLING Drake    20,259
32 ME, MYSELF & I G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha 19,565
33 RIDE twenty one pilots 19,027
34 HELLO Hedley    18,647
35 THIS GIRL Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners 18,632
36 DANGEROUS WOMAN Ariana Grande  17,606
37 HIDE AWAY Daya    17,558
38 JUST LIKE FIRE P!nk    17,468
39 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber 16,566