Billboard Canada Year-End All-Format Airplay of 2017

Ranked by the number of spins, below are the 50 most-played songs on Canadian radio during the 2017 chart year (December 6, 2016 to November 25, 2017). Tops was “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran with a whopping 116,794 plays, 40% more the the number two song. Nielsen BDS compiled the all-format airplay data from more than 130 stations across the country, monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” was tops for a Canadian artist at #4 overall. Twenty of the 50 were tunes by or featuring Canadian artists. Note that the difference between this chart and the Hot 100 Airplay one is that the latter is weighted according to radio listenership whereas All-Format Airplay is not. Canadian artists are bolded in red text in the chart below.

1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran  116,794
2 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay  83,631
3 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez  78,345
4 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes  77,500
5 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
6 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber  71,936
7 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars  68,581
8 Closer The Chainsmokers  66,434
9 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur  65,322
10 Starboy The Weeknd  63,054
11 Believer Imagine Dragons  60,364
12 Slow Hands Niall Horan  57,264
13 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5   53,843
14 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara  53,601
15 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara  52,028
16 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran  51,280
17 24K Magic Bruno Mars  50,885
18 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift  50,371
19 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber  49,335
20 Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt  47,080
21 Attention Charlie Puth  46,037
22 Love Again Hedley  43,568
23 Kinda Complicated Scott Helman  43,446
24 Selfish Virginia To Vegas  43,037
25 Love On The Brain Rihanna  40,177
26 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry  39,366
27 Paris The Chainsmokers  37,293
28 Reminding Me Shawn Hook  37,101
29 Electric Love Serena Ryder  35,015
30 Side To Side Ariana Grande  34,193
31 What About Us P!nk  32,269
32 Cold Maroon 5   32,180
33 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man  31,335
34 Water Under The Bridge Adele  30,592
35 Rockabye Clean Bandit  30,168
36 Can’t Slow Down Hedley  30,120
37 Who Do You Love Marianas Trench  29,891
38 Treat You Better Shawn Mendes  29,715
39 Can’t Stop The Feeling! Justin Timberlake  29,418
40 The Greatest Sia  27,862
41 Passionfruit Drake  26,747
42 Fire In My Soul Walk Off The Earth  26,156
43 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas  25,364
44 Strip That Down Liam Payne  24,914
45 Bend Ria Mae  24,406
46 This Town Niall Horan  24,029
47 Starving Hailee Steinfeld & Grey  23,638
48 Cold Water Major Lazer  23,598
49 Praying Kesha  22,448
50 Mercy Shawn Mendes  21,873

Billboard Canada Year-End Hot 100 Airplay of 2017

Below is a list of the Top 25 tunes that received the most radio airplay in Canada through the year 2017. The data was compiled from selected CHR, AC, hot AC, country, and rock radio stations, throughout the country which were electronically monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Nielsen BDS. Note that the data was taken between the dates of December 6, 2016 and November 25, 2017. This chart, along with Billboard Hot Digital Songs is used to compile the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. The main difference between the Hot 100 Airplay and All-Format Airplay charts is that the former (i.e. the one below) is weighted according to radio station listenership. If a station has more listeners, its spins of songs receive a higher weighting. Entries from Canadian artists are bolded in red in the chart below. The most spun song of the year in Canada was “Shape of You” by Englishman Ed Sheeran. The top song involving a Canadian artist was “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber at #3. And the most successful with a Canadian as the main artist was “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd at #4.

1 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
2 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
3 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
4 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
5 There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back Shawn Mendes
6 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez
7 Closer The Chainsmokers
8 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars
9 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur
10 Starboy The Weeknd
11 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran
12 Don’t Wanna Know Maroon 5
13 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara
14 Slow Hands Niall Horan
15 24K Magic Bruno Mars
16 Believer Imagine Dragons
17 Let Me Love You DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber
18 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift
19 Attention Charlie Puth
20 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara
21 Rockabye Clean Bandit
22 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry
23 Love Again Hedley
24 Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt
25 Selfish Virginia To Vegas

Billboard Canada Year-End Top 30 Emerging Artists of 2017

Billboard Canada finalizes the year-end Top 30 emerging (Canadian) artists chart of 2017, and The Weeknd, still considered an emerger, has the top two spots thanks to “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming” (#1 and #2 respectively). In at the bronze 3rd is Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful”. “Chills” by country act James Barker Band squeaks in at #30. In Nielsen’s words, the chart “represents aggregated numbers from the weekly charts that were compiled for each artist and title, reflecting chart activity from the surveys dated December 6, 2016 through November 25, 2017”. The marketing research firm adds the chart below represents “the most popular songs by emerging Canadian artists according to all-format airplay audience impressions measured by Nielsen BDS and digital sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. To qualify for this chart an artist must a) be Canadian and meet the CRTC ‘A’ definition (music or lyrics principally performed by a Canadian artist) and b) the selection must qualify as Canadian content (CanCon). Artists are considered emerging until 12 months after the date their first Canadian Hot 100 charting entry reaches the top 40”.

1 Starboy The Weeknd
2 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
3 Scars To Your Beautiful Alessia Cara
4 Treat You Better Shawn Mendes
5 Reminder The Weeknd
6 Mercy Shawn Mendes
7 Party Monster The Weeknd
8 Reminding Me Shawn Hook
9 Not Going Home DVBBS X CMC$
10 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes
11 Lights Out Virginia To Vegas
12 Can’t Feel My Face The Weeknd
14 How Far I’ll Go Alessia Cara
15 The Hills The Weeknd
16 Wild Things Alessia Cara
17 Luv Tory Lanez
18 Stitches Shawn Mendes
19 Spirits The Strumbellas
20 Fireproof Coleman Hell
21 Lost Boy Ruth B
22 Kinda Complicated Scott Helman
23 Earned It The Weeknd
24 Figures Jessie Reyez
25 Some Way NAV Ft. The Weeknd
26 Sidewalks The Weeknd
27 Lonely Drum Aaron Goodvin
28 Bend Ria Mae
29 Six Feet Under The Weeknd
30 Chills James Barker Band

Billboard Canada Year-End Top 25 Hot Digital Songs of 2017

Billboard Canada unveils the Top 25 digital tracks of 2017. Find the year-end chart below. These are effectively the most digitally purchased and downloaded songs of the year in Canada. Now certified as a diamond single, Spanish language track “Despacito” (doucement in French in case you were wondering) which features Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber, is ranked at #1. In the words of Nielsen, the chart “represents aggregated numbers from the weekly charts that were compiled for each artist and title, reflecting chart activity from the surveys dated December 6, 2016 through November 25, 2017”. The top track by a Canadian as the main artist is Shawn Mendes‘ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” in at #13 for the year. The Weeknd has a pair in the Top 20, and Alessia Cara‘s collaboration with international artist Zedd makes the chart thanks to “Stay”.

1 Despacito Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
2 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
3 Believer Imagine Dragons
4 Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5 Rockabye Clean Bandit 
6 Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran
7 Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur
8 It Ain’t Me Kygo x Selena Gomez
9 Body Like A Back Road Sam Hunt
10 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever Zayn x Taylor Swift
11 Slow Hands Niall Horan
12 Closer The Chainsmokers
13 There’s Nothing Holdin’… Shawn Mendes
14 That’s What I Like Bruno Mars
15 I’m The One DJ Khaled
16 Sign Of The Times Harry Styles
17 24K Magic Bruno Mars
18 Starboy The Weeknd 
19 Chained To The Rhythm Katy Perry 
20 I Feel It Coming The Weeknd
21 Paris The Chainsmokers
22 Stay Zedd & Alessia Cara
23 Malibu Miley Cyrus
24 What About Us P!nk
25 Million Reasons Lady Gaga

Billboard Top Canadian Albums: 2017 Year-End Chart

Billboard Canada has released its year-end Top 50 albums chart for 2017. The #1 album in Canada for the year was Divide by Ed Sheeran. The top album by a Canadian was Starboy by The Weeknd at #2, which was released last year. The top Canadian artist album released this year was More Life by Drake at #3. Of the 50 albums, 16 (32%) were released this year, 25 last year, four in 2015, and the remaining five prior to 2015. Twelve of the 50 this year are Canadian artist albums. Note that some Canadian artist songs appear in the various artist and soundtrack compilations. In the chart below we have included the album release year and have bolded Canadian artists in red.

1 Divide Ed Sheeran 2017
2 Starboy The Weeknd 2016
3 More Life Drake 2017
4 Hardwired… Metallica 2016
5 Damn Kendrick Lamar 2017
6 24K Magic Bruno Mars 2016
7 Illuminate Shawn Mendes 2016
8 Stoney Post Malone 2016
9 Views Drake 2016
10 Moana Soundtrack 2016
11 Memories… The Chainsmokers 2017
12 Evolve Imagine Dragons 2017
13 Culture Migos 2017
14 Now Shania Twain 2017
15 Beautiful Trauma P!nk 2017
16 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 2005
17 You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen 2016
18 Collage (EP) The Chainsmokers 2016
19 Trolls Soundtrack 2016
20 25 Adele 2015
21 American Teen Khalid 2017
22 Everything Now Arcade Fire 2017
23 Pentatonix Christmas Pentatonix 2016
24 4 Your Eyez Only J. Cole 2016
25 Greatest Hits Guns N’ Roses 2004
26 Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande 2016
27 Birds In The Trap… Travis Scott 2016
28 This Is Acting Sia 2016
29 Blurryface twenty one pilots 2015
30 Harry Styles Harry Styles 2017
31 Grateful DJ Khaled 2017
32 Yer Favorites The Tragically Hip 2005
33 Anti Rihanna 2016
34 X Ed Sheeran 2014
35 Joanne Lady Gaga 2016
36 Future Future 2017
37 Back From The Edge James Arthur 2016
38 Purpose Justin Bieber 2015
39 Witness Katy Perry 2017
40 Suicide Squad Soundtrack 2016
41 Blue & Lonesome The Rolling Stones 2016
42 Dig Your Roots Florida Georgia Line 2016
43 Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 Calvin Harris 2017
44 Cleopatra The Lumineers 2016
45 Ripcord Keith Urban 2016
46 Christmas Michael Bublé 2011
47 Agnus Dei Mario Pelchat/Les Prêtres 2017
48 Traveller Chris Stapleton 2015
49 Summer Is Gone Bobby Bazini 2016
50 Awaken, My Love! Childish Gambino 2016

Billboard Canadian Hot 100 of 2017, Year-End Chart

Billboard Canada has released the year-end top 100 singles of 2017 which are listed below. Justin Bieber, as a featured artist, comes in at #2 for Spanish language song “Despacito”. “Starboy” by The Weeknd is the top entry by a Canadian as the main artist. It made the year-end chart of 2016 at #32 and 2017 at #6. We have cleaned up the list by removing the eyesore of featured artists on this year’s chart unless it was a lone Canadian. Dual main artists are kept. Entries involving Canadians as the main, co-main, or lone featured artist are bolded in red. There are 17 representing only six Canadian artists: Justin Bieber, Drake, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, The Weeknd, and Shawn Hook. The Canadian Hot 100 is determined by a weighting system of radio airplay, online streaming, and purchased downloads. More year-end and other Canadian charts can be found here.

1 Shape Of You  Ed Sheeran
2 Despacito  Fonsi/Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
3 Closer  The Chainsmokers
4 Something Just Like This  The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5 Unforgettable  French Montana
6 Starboy  The Weeknd
7 That’s What I Like  Bruno Mars
8 It Ain’t Me  Kygo x Selena Gomez
9 Rockabye  Clean Bandit
10 I’m the One  DJ Khaled
11 Humble  Kendrick Lamar
12 Believer  Imagine Dragons
13 Say You Won’t Let Go  James Arthur
14 Castle On The Hill  Ed Sheeran
15 Mask Off  Future
16 There’s Nothing Holdin’…  Shawn Mendes
17 Congratulations  Post Malone
18 XO Tour Llif3  Lil Uzi Vert
19 Wild Thoughts  DJ Khaled
20 Attention  Charlie Puth
21 Body Like A Back Road  Sam Hunt
22 Stay  Zedd & Alessia Cara
23 I Feel It Coming  The Weeknd
24 I Don’t Wanna Live Forever  Zayn & Taylor Swift
25 Slow Hands  Niall Horan
26 Paris  The Chainsmokers
27 24K Magic  Bruno Mars
28 Strip That Down  Liam Payne
29 Look What You Made Me Do  Taylor Swift
30 Galway Girl  Ed Sheeran
31 Issues  Julia Michaels
32 Feels  Calvin Harris
33 Passionfruit  Drake
34 Chained To The Rhythm  Katy Perry
35 Mi Gente  J Balvin & Willy William
36 Swalla  Jason Derulo
37 Don’t Wanna Know  Maroon 5
38 Rockstar  Post Malone
39 Slide  Calvin Harris
40 Ispy  KYLE
41 Let Me Love You  DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber
42 Bad And Boujee  Migos
43 Thunder  Imagine Dragons
44 Malibu  Miley Cyrus
45 Black Beatles  Rae Sremmurd
46 Side To Side  Ariana Grande
47 1-800-273-8255  Logic
48 Sign Of The Times  Harry Styles
49 Fake Love  Drake
50 Can’t Stop The Feeling!  Justin Timberlake
51 Sorry Not Sorry  Demi Lovato
52 Signs  Drake
53 Perfect  Ed Sheeran Duet with Beyoncé
54 2U  David Guetta Ft. Justin Bieber
55 Bodak Yellow  Cardi B
56 Havana  Camila Cabello
57 Bank Account  21 Savage
58 Redbone  Childish Gambino
59 What About Us  P!nk
60 Feel It Still  Portugal The Man
61 DNA  Kendrick Lamar
62 Cold  Maroon 5
63 Praying  Kesha
64 New Rules  Dua Lipa
65 Bad Things  Machine Gun Kelly/C. Cabello
66 Too Good At Goodbyes  Sam Smith
67 Heathens  twenty one pilots
68 Silence  Marshmello
69 Bad Liar  Selena Gomez
70 Scars To Your Beautiful  Alessia Cara
71 Treat You Better  Shawn Mendes
72 The Greatest  Sia
73 Love On The Brain  Rihanna
74 Run Up  Major Lazer
75 All Time Low  Jon Bellion
76 Cold Water  Major Lazer
77 Love Me Now  John Legend
78 T-Shirt  Migos
79 What Lovers Do  Maroon 5
80 Starving  Hailee Steinfeld & Grey
81 Tunnel Vision  Kodak Black
82 Symphony  Clean Bandit
83 Friends  Justin Bieber + BloodPop
84 Mercy  Shawn Mendes
85 Young Dumb & Broke  Khalid
86 Reminding Me  Shawn Hook
87 Glorious  Macklemore
88 Now Or Never  Halsey
89 Rolex  Ayo & Teo
90 Swish Swish  Katy Perry
91 Party Monster  The Weeknd
92 Scared To Be Lonely  Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa
93 Butterfly Effect  Travis Scott
94 Dusk Till Dawn  Zayn
95 Portland  Drake
96 Green Light  Lorde
97 Swang  Rae Sremmurd
98 This Is What You Came For  Calvin Harris
99 Bounce Back  Big Sean
100 Know No Better  Major Lazer

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 2016 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 23c 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 31c 4
Starboy The Weeknd 32c 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
c – Also made year-end Hot 100 of 2017


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