As we have previously reported on several occasions, the number of Canadian artists appearing on the national weekly charts, and certainly within the Top 40, has sharply declined since the chart metrics began to incorporate streaming data.
The number of Canadians who debuted a song as the main artist in 2019 that made the weekly Canadian Hot 100’s Top Forty is an abysmal nine. They are Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Drake, Nav, PartyNextDoor, Ali Gatie, JP Saxe, Felix Cartal, and Lights (the latter two co-authored a track). Our concern is not for the A-Listers, as these are doing well. The C-Listers (indie artists) are always chipping away doing their own thing. Our concern is primarily for the B-Listers, the middle class if you will, who are disappearing.
If we compare the pitiful figure of nine in 2019 to 2013’s number, the last full year before streaming data was in the mix, we find that 26 Canadian artists made the cut. That’s a mighty drop.
The good news this year is that more Franco tunes appeared on the weekly Hot 100: six in all. “Tu Trouveras La Paix” from various artists with proceeds to Alzheimer’s research reached the highest peak position of #51. The song was dedicated to Canadian singer Renée Claude who was diagnosed with the illness. Two Franco tracks (still on the charts as of December 31, 2019) have managed to remain for 12 weeks each. A side note is that, when we began this blog in 2011, one of our dreams/goals was to witness a Francophone performance at the JUNO Awards. That dream came true this year, and we are extremely grateful and were driven to tears.
Thirteen tracks by Canadians as the main artist made the Top 40 through the year. None reached the top but two made it to #2. One of them, Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” spent an impressive 29 weeks on the charts before bowing out in late November. A dozen entries graced the Top Forty that were partially credited to Canadians, whether featured in tracks by international artists or co-credited as the main artist. Only one of these crowned the Hot 100, that being “Seniorita” from the aforementioned Mendes and Cuban singer Camila Cabello of former R&B group Fifth Harmony.
For the 31 tunes listed below, we have indicated those that debuted on the charts prior to 2019 (there are two) with an asterisk (*) as well as tracks that were still on the charts as of December 31 (there are 11) with a cross (†). The latter may reach higher peak positions in 2020. Interestingly, Michael Bublé‘s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, released in 2011, reached its highest peak position in 2019 at #14 and is looking to be a perennial favourite.
Below are 2019’s significant hits with Canadian artist involvement divided into three categories: Franco hits that made the Hot 100, Canadian artist hits that made the Top 40, and partially Canadian hits that made the Top 40.
Canadian Hot 100 Franco Hits
Tu Trouveras La Paix – Various Artists, #51 on Mar 19
Coton Ouate† – Bleu Jeans Bleu, #56 on Nov 19
L’amerique pleure† – Les Cowboys Fringants, #64 on Oct 15
Sometimes, All the Time – Loud ft. Charlotte Cardin, #72 on Jun 04
L’etrange pays – Jean Leloup, #76 on Jun 04
Fallait y aller – Loud, #99 on Jun 04
Canadian Artist Top 40 Hits
If I Can’t Have You – Shawn Mendes, #2 on May 14
Blinding Lights† – The Weeknd, #2 on Dec 10
Heartless† – The Weeknd, #3 on Dec 10
Money in the Grave – Drake, #5 on Jun 25
Omerta – Drake, #8 on Jun 25
…Look a Lot Like Christmas*† – Michael Buble, #14 on Dec 31
Price on My Head – Nav ft. The Weeknd, #18 on Apr 02
Loyal† – PartyNextDoor ft. Drake, #19 on Dec 03
It’s You – Ali Gatie, #25 on Oct 29
Behind Barz – Drake, #28 on Oct 01
With You* – Tyler Shaw, #34 on Jan 08
If the World Was Ending† – JP Saxe, #34 on Dec 24
Love Me – Felix Cartal & Lights, #38 on Aug 13
Top 40 Hits Partially Credited to Canadians
Seniorita† – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, #1 on Aug 27
I Don’t Care† – Justin Bieber & Ed Sheeran, #2 on May 21
10,000 Hours† – Dan+Say & Justin Bieber, #2 on Oct 15
Con Calma – Daddy Yankee ft. Snow, #6 on Jun 18
No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake, #7 on Jun 18
Lalala† – Y2K & bbno$, #10 on Oct 01
I’m Not Alright – Loud Luxury & Bryce Vine, #13 on Oct 08
Lost in the Fire – The Weeknd and Gesaffelstein , #14 on Jan 22
Takeaway – Chainsmokers & Illenium ft. Lennon Stella, #31 on Aug 06
Gold Roses – Rick Ross ft. Drake, #33 on Aug 06
Won’t Be Late – Swae Lee ft. Drake, #34 on Aug 27
Jerry Sprunger – Tory Lanez & T-Pain, #34 on Nov 26