A Comparison of Drake’s Hits Among the Major Anglo Markets

There’s no question that Drake completely cleaned up at last night’s 2017 Billboard Music Awards breaking the record with 13 trophies. As a sole main artist, Drake here at home has thus far placed 74 tracks onto the Billboard Hot 100. Forty of these have made the Top 40, nine the Top 10, with his lone number one hit being “One Dance”. Another way of looking at it is that 19 of the tracks spent more than 20 weeks on the chart, six more than 30, and two more than 40. His success on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 has been even more impressive. In the beginning of his music career, Drake’s success in the United States far exceeded success elsewhere including Canada. As he frolicked his way from rapping over to singing and from rap music over to R&B, dance, and pop, his tracks, while retaining success in the US, did better in the other Anglo markets (The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia). The following table shows this. All Top 10 hits in any of the four major Anglo markets are included. There are a total of 15.

TITLE CA AU UK US
Best I Ever Had 24     2
Forever 26 99 42 8
Find Your Love 10   24 5
Make Me Proud 25 95 49 9
Take Care 15 9 9 7
Started from the Bottom 36 93 25 6
Hold On, We’re Going… 5 8 4 4
Hotline Bling 3 2 3 2
Summer Sixteen 12 25 23 6
One Dance 1 1 1 1
Too Good 9 3 3 14
Fake Love 10 16 10 8
Passionfruit 2 4 3 8
Portland 6   27 9
Blem 8   10 38

Nielsen SoundScan Top 40 Hits in Canada, 2002

Find below all Top 40 hits in Canada for year 2002 during the Nielsen SoundScan era. There are 153 of them, 26 from Canadian artists. Based on the chart performance through the year, we can say that the biggest of the Canadian hits was “Hero” by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, off the Spider-Man soundtrack. In the tables below, sorted by peak position and then alphabetically by song title, we have included the nationality of the artist as well as the date of the chart in which the song reached its peak. More charts…

THE NUMBER ONE HITS:

THE TOP FIVE HITS:

THE TOP 10 HITS:

THE TOP 20 HITS:

THE TOP 30 HITS:

THE TOP 40 HITS:

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…

RANK TITLE ARTIST
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…

RANK TITLE ARTIST
1 Survivor Destiny’s Child
2 Elevation U2
3 Lady/Hear Me Tonight Modjo
4 What It Feels Like For a Girl Madonna
5 Pop NSYNC
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

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Nielsen SoundScan Top 40 Hits in Canada, 2001

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Find below all Top 40 hits in Canada for year 2001 during the Nielsen SoundScan era. There are 144 of them, 12 from Canadian artists. Based on the chart performance through the year, we can say that the biggest of the Canadian hits was “Days Like That” by Sugar Jones. In the tables below, sorted by peak position and then alphabetically by song title, we have included the nationality of the artist as well as the date of the chart in which the song reached its peak. More charts…

THE NUMBER ONE HITS:

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THE TOP FIVE HITS:

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THE TOP 10 HITS:

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THE TOP 20 HITS:

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THE TOP 30 HITS:

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THE TOP 40 HITS:

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About Nielsen SoundScan Charts 2001-2007

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The Canadian Music Blog is pleased to present charts of all Top 40 hits in Canada from 2001 – 2007 on the Nielsen SoundScan charts. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of chart expert Anders Andersen in Denmark who painstakingly screen captured all the weekly Canadian Nielsen SoundScan charts from the old Canoe/Jam website. Forwarding the images to us via email, we converted the images to a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet. Because Canadian charts during the period are very much unavailable and sketchy, we provide all hits from both Canadian and international artists.

As has been acknowledged, there are many shortcomings of the Nielsen SoundScan (NSS) charts, but of course problematic charts are better than none at all. To minimize a misinterpretation of the data, we would like to mention a few points. First, any songs that appeared on the RPM charts have been excluded from the NSS, as it is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. RPM was influenced mainly by radio airplay with some sales data, whereas NSS is based purely on the sales of singles. Canadians usually preferred to buy albums rather than singles. Also, not all songs played on the radio were readily available as singles (whether in vinyl, cassette, or CD), and as the digital era approached and iTunes went online, physical singles became increasingly less popular.

The Nielsen SoundScan charts often included EPs, some of which had four unique tracks. Oddly, some of the entries appear to be various artist compilation LPs. Some singles continued to chart for several years, and some that were several years old began to chart or re-entered the charts. We have excluded these old “catalogue singles”. Another challenge was that Nielsen gave separate entries to various issues of the same song – released by different labels, remixes, maxi singles, extended versions, with different “B-Sides”, etc. We simply looked at which version of the single achieved the highest chart peak. The NSS charts nearly always had tie positions and counted the ranking after with skipped positions, for example: 26, 27, 27, 27, 30, 31, etc.

Despite all its problems, we provide these charts with the purpose of helping keep alive the memories of some of the most popular songs in Canada during the period. Take everything with a grain of salt and enjoy the memories! Find the NSS charts and more charts here.

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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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). 

TOP ALBUMS BY TOTAL CONSUMPTION

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.

TOP ALBUMS BY SALES

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

TOP DIGITAL SONGS

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

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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).

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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

TITLE ARTIST CY
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

TITLE ARTIST HY HW
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

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The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2016

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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.

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The Most Successful 2016 Canadian Albums

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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.

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14 Canadians Who Debuted on the Hot 100 in 2016

The Billboard Canadian Hot 100, the definitive chart for measuring the relative success of songs from week to week, welcomed 14 Canadian artists for the first time in 2016. The chart, which combines measurements of digital purchases of tracks, radio airplay, and streaming data (the latter a recent addition), launched in June 2007 replacing the old, highly problematic Nielsen SoundScan charts which measured the sale of CD singles only. For one of the thousands upon thousands of Canadian artists to make an appearance on the chart, it is a very difficult task. Nevertheless, while the chart was dominated by all kinds of foreign artists and Canadian A-listers like Drake, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd, 14 managed to climb in. Some may have lasted for only a week and some may have gotten in via a credited feature in a track, buy hey they did it, and it’s a huge accomplishment! Who are these 14 artists? Where are they from? What kind of music do they make? We intend in this post to put faces to the names. Here they are in alphabetical order. Watch for some of these slayers in 2017.

Bit Funk

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Now based in New York, this Halifax lad is a producer, remixer and DJ. He is making his mark on the contemporary club scene with his EDM wizardry. In late 2015, Bit Funk released his pop crossover single “Off the Ground”. It gained traction on streaming services, gaining 4 million on Spotify, and the MV did well on YouTube. Some mainstream radio stations picked it up, and it managed to squeak itself into the Hot 100.

Bobby Bazini

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This hot soul singer is known throughout the land. While scoring a pair of platinum albums and four JUNO nominations, a hit single was sure to come at some point. Voila! In 2016, “C’est La Vie” off his third album was picked up by radio, especially AC and Hot AC stations, and rocketed up to the top 20 at iTunes. It is Bazini’s first Hot 100 charting single. There will be many more to come.

Delaney Jane

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Delaney is from Toronto and began making music with Shaun Frank. They teamed up with international chart topping Canadian duo DVBBS in track “La La Land” which made the Hot 100. Delaney is working on her debut EP, and collaborations with other DJs are in store.

Jonathan Roy

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The star hockey player now has a star singer son. The Roys are awesome. Jonathan’s launch was helped by mentor Corey Hart, and his delicious single “Daniella Denmark” popped into the charts in February. He’s from the suburbs of Quebec City.

Kai

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One of the biggest songs of the year, “Never Be Like You” peaked at #21 and stayed on the chart for 28 weeks. The EDM track is from Australia’s Flume and features Toronto singer Kai. She had previously collaborated with Adventure Club, Diplo, Skrillex, and Childish Gambino. She also wrote the song “Sweet Talker” for Jessie J. But, of course, Kai’s big breakthrough came with the Flume track. It is now up for a Grammy Award.

Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen? Yes. Remember that the Canadian Hot 100 has been around only since mid-2007. Following his heartbreaking death, Leonard’s song “Hallelujah” became a hit at iTunes and undoubtedly received some radio spins. It debuted on the chart at #17 remaining for just the one week. The same week, “You Want It Darker” from his last studio album charted at #73. It is a nice way to cap off the Montrealer’s legacy.

Lucky Rose

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Vincent Carrier, a.k.a. Lucky Rose, is a DJ/producer from Quebec City who specializes in tropical pop. Lucky released his first official single “The Way You Want Me” featuring Yan Etchevary, and it was picked up by the Virgin radio group across Canada. It made the Hot 100 in February.

Michelle Treacy

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This youthful star from Ottawa is red hot. She was selected to perform with Lady Gaga and was quickly signed by Sony. Michelle released her debut single “Armageddon” which remained on the Hot 100 for several weeks. Its music video racked up 300,000 views by the end of the year. Keep your eyes on this singer!

PartyNextDoor

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Being the first one signed to Drake’s OVO Record Label doesn’t hurt when it comes to breaking out in the urban music market. This Mississaugan’s real name is Jahron Anthony Brathwaite. He made the chart a few times through the year including as a collaborator. His first charting single (which incidentally featured Drake) was “Come and See Me” which peaked at #73.

Ruth B

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The most successful newcomer in 2016 was Edmonton’s Ruth B who scored a triple platinum single for her delicate piano ballad “Lost Boy”. It was on the Hot 100 for 28 weeks peaking at #14. She may just be western Canada’s answer to Alessia Cara.

Shaun Frank

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Shaun is the Toronto based DJ/producer involved in the aforementioned Delaney Jane and DVBBS track “La La Land”. He has done work with the likes of Borgeous, Kiesza, Down with Webster, and The Chainsmokers.

Sleepy Tom

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Speaking of EDM crafters, Vancouver’s Sleepy Tom (Cam Tatham, born in Squamish, BC) teamed up with Diplo to score the charting single “Be Right There”. It garnered 160 million streams worldwide and went gold in Britain peaking at #8 on the official British charts! Sleepy has worked with Zeds Dead and Martin Solveig.

The Strumbellas

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Another of the bigger successes of 2016 was Toronto roots leaning, JUNO award winning group The Strumbellas. “Spirits” peaked at #23 and went platinum. It also saw big success internationally. The photo above is the band being presented with a gold award by Germany.

Yan Etchevary

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Yan, from The Magdalen Islands, was featured in the aforementioned single “The Way You Want Me” by Lucky Rose. The song was included in Sony compilation album Just the Hits 2016.

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

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ALL-FORMAT CHR
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
  HOT AC AC
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
  ROCK COUNTRY
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