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…

2016 in Music – Links

2016 Overview

2016 Year in Review

2016 Charts and Analysis

The Most Successful Canadian Albums Released in 2016
The Most Successful Canadian Singles of 2016
List of All Canadian Artist Songs That Debuted on the Hot 100 in 2016
14 Canadians Who Debuted on the Hot 100 in 2016
Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum 2016 Report
CKOI Year-End Top 50
Nielsen Year-End Report
2016 Canadian International Hits

2016 Billboard Year-End Charts

Hot 100 Singles of the Year 2016
Top 50 Albums of the Year 2016
Top 25 Hot 100 Artists of 2016
Hot Digital Songs of 2016
Hot 100 Airplay of 2016
Emerging Canadian Artists of 2016
All-Format Airplay
CHR/Top 40 Airplay
Rock Airplay
Country Airplay
AC Airplay
Hot AC Airplay
Top Artists by Radio Format

Canadian Music Blog 2016 Picks

Canadian Music Blog’s 10 Best EPs of 2016
Canadian Music Blog’s 15 Best Music Videos of 2016
Canadian Music Blog’s 25 Best Songs of 2016
Canadian Music Blog’s 25 Best Albums of 2016
Canadian Music Blog’s International Music Picks of 2016

Awards for 2016 Music

ADISQ Félix Awards: Part 1 Part 2

Juno Awards: Part 1 Part 2 Gala Summary

From Starboy to Lost Boy: 2016 in Music




While 2016 lost a number of A-list recording artists, including those who bear the maple leaf, it was a year that saw the Canadian invasion of the globe reach new heights. To cite one impressive feat, Justin Bieber became the first artist in history to hold the #1, #2, and #3 spots simultaneously on the UK’s official singles chart. His labelmate Carly Rae Jepsen became the 9th artist, 3rd female, 2nd Canadian, and first British Columbian to receive a diamond single award from the RIAA in the United States. Alessia Cara, Drake, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, and the Weeknd were names all over global music charts and nominated for international awards. Drake’s “One Dance” topped the year-end British charts, Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” the U.S. chart, and, tipping its tuque to renowned tendencies for giving polite apologies, Canada put The Biebs at #1 of the year for his song “Sorry”. Canadian country artists, still struggling to break out internationally, won a few small victories. (More on that later.) At home, Dallas Smith reached #1 at country radio with “Autograph”, and Jess Moskaluke became the first female country soloist from Saskatchewan in all history to achieve platinum status.

Domestically, 14 new artists debuted on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, most notably Edmonton’s Ruth B who scored triple platinum single “Lost Boy”. The music industry’s infrastructure was given fresh support. Calgary opened the National Music Centre and Nunavut its first record label. British Columbia, not quite the powerful music hub it once was, received a hearty government grant in the hopes the BC Music Fund rekindles the province’s clout. For the first time, Canada received a seat on the IFPI board, and Music Canada’s Gold and Platinum Program introduced new branding badges to certified music and the new single award which includes streaming data in certifying tracks.

Canadians proved admirably resilient in dealing with tragedy. A massive Fire Aid concert was held in Alberta to raise funds for the Fort McMurray fires. Among the long list of performers were Nickelback and Blue Rodeo. Gord Downie, frontman of diamond band The Tragically Hip, was diagnosed with cancer. The band went on a final cross country tour. When large numbers of tickets were bought by profiteers for scalping purposes, the CBC helped out by airing a show on national television. Gord himself released a solo album in his Secret Path project to address Canada’s historical mistreatment of Aboriginal peoples in residential schools. Ill heath also struck the Bublé family, as one of Michael’s children was diagnosed with cancer. Michael had been slated to host both the 2017 JUNO awards as well as the BRIT awards in the UK.

A bright spot of the year was Canada Day. A concert on Parliament Hill featured the diverse lineup of Alex Cuba, Alex Nevsky, Coeur de Pirate, Coleman Hell, Metric, Les Hay Babies, and Indian City.

Most Successful Singles

justin-bieber-sorryFor the first time since Alanis Morrisette in 1996, a Canadian artist had the #1 and #2 songs of the year. Justin Bieber topped the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 with “Sorry” and “Love Yourself”. Both singles were certified at 7x platinum by the end of the year. Up from 21 last year, 32 of the top 100 songs of the year were by or featured Canadian artists, a new record in Canadian chart history. On the weekly charts, five songs involving Canadians reached #1: the aforementioned pair from Justin Bieber as well as Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” which features him, “One Dance” by Drake as well as Rihanna’s “Work” which features him, and The Weeknd’s “Starboy”. The most successful (and only) Franco song to make the Hot 100 through the year was Céline Dion’s “Encore un soir” which peaked at #92. Les Cowboys Fringants’ “Marine marchande” was the top Franco song on CKOI’s year-end Top 50, at #6 overall.

On the weekly charts, 106 songs involving 43 unique Canadian artists debuted on the Hot 100. Of these, 47 reached the Top 40, nine the Top 10, and four #1. Regarding songs that reached their peak chart position by the end of 2016 (which includes songs that debuted in 2015 and songs which may achieve new peaks in 2017), 49 made the top 40, ten the Top 10, and five #1. By the end of the year, 7 of these 49 songs were awarded multiplatinum certification at Music Canada. Additionally, 10 of them made platinum, and 5 are at gold.

Canadian Songs Slay Abroad


Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes were #1, #2, #7, and #9 on Billboard USA’s year-end Hot 100 artists chart. The top 4 songs on their year-end Hot 100 involved Canadian artists: #1 – “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber, #2 – “Sorry” by Bieber, #3 – “One Dance” by Drake, and #4 – Rihanna’s “Work” featuring Drake. Twenty-six entries on that chart involved Canadian artists. In Japan, the world’s second largest music market, but a non-English language one, four songs from Canadians made the year-end Top 100, two from Bieber and two from Carly Rae Jepsen. In the world’s third biggest market, the United Kingdom, Drake’s “One Dance” topped the year-end chart in addition to 15 more Canadian artist entries.

Most Successful Albums

Celine Dion - Encore un soirThe only Canadian artist album released in 2016 to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year was Céline Dion’s Encore un soir. The year-end Billboard Canada albums chart has as the top Canadian artist album Justin Bieber’s Purpose (released in 2015) at #2. The top 2016 album from a Canadian on the chart was Drake’s Views at #3. Eight 2016 Canadian albums topped the weekly albums chart through the year. On the year-end Top 50, 13 albums were Canadian, only three of which were released in 2016. Thirty-six Canadian albums peaked in the weekly Top 10 through the year: 18 from Ontario artists, 12 from Quebec artists, 2 from BC artists, 1 from Nova Scotia, 1 from Alberta, 1 from Saskatchewan, and 1 from New Brunswick. By the end of the year, 1 of these albums went multiplatinum (as mentioned above), 3 platinum, and 4 gold.

First-Time Charting Artists


In 2016, 14 artists made the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 for the first time. They are Jonathan Roy, Sleepy Tom, The Strumbellas, Lucky Rose, Yan Etchevary, Bit Funk, Ruth B, PartyNextDoor, Kai, Delaney Jane, Shaun Frank, Michelle Treacy, Leonard Cohen, and Bobby Bazini. As mentioned, Edomton’s Ruth B went triple platinum with “Lost Boy”. Toronto’s Kai, featured in Flume’s “Never Be Like You” struck double platinum and is up for a Grammy Award. Roots group The Strumbellas went Platinum with “Spirits”. “Be Right There”, Sleepy Tom’s collaboration with Diplo, became a Top 10 hit in Britain and went gold there.

Domestic Awards


The ADISQ Félix Awards honouring the best mainly in Canada’s Francophone music released in 2015-2016 were held in the fall in Montréal. Safia Nolin was named Best New Artist. Song of the Year went to Marc Dupré for “Ton depart” and Pop Album of the Year went to 2Frères for Nous autres.

The 2016 JUNO awards were held April 3 at Calgary’s Saddledome to recognize the best in 2015 music. The event was hosted by Calgarian recording artist Jann Arden and Olympic gold medalist (skeleton) Jon Montgomery from Manitoba. Brampton, Ontario teen star Alessia Cara won Breakthrough Artist of the Year. As of this writing, she has two triple platinum singles. Guess Who frontman and successful soloist Burton Cummings was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame. The Weeknd won Single of the Year for “Can’t Feel My Face” and Album of the Year for Beauty Behind the Madness. The 2017 JUNO Awards recognizing the best of 2016 Canadian music will be held in Ottawa April 2, 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Canadian Artists Nab International Trophies

Brit Awards 2016 - Show

Canadian artists won awards at international galas like the People’s Choice Awards. Justin Bieber won his first Grammy award (USA) for Best Dance Recording while The Weeknd was given trophies for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance. Justin Bieber won the BRIT award (UK) for Best International Male. At the Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd won eight, Bieber two, and Drake one. Céline Dion was given the Icon Award. At the MTV Video Music Awards, Drake won Best Hip Hop Video for “Hotline Bling” from Canada’s Director X, the latter’s “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla Sign winning Best Collaboration Video. At the European MTV Awards, Bieber won three, Shawn Mendes two, Drake one, and The Weeknd one. At the American Music Awards, where Canadians were nominated for a whopping 23 awards, Drake and Justin Bieber won four awards each.

Unsung Canadian Heroes


Canadian songwriters and producers were behind some of the most successful works from international recording artists. The best-selling album of 2016 in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. was Adele’s 25. The music video for lead single “Hello” was directed by Canada’s Xavier Dolan and popular track “When We Were Young” was co-written by North Vancouver’s Tobias Jesso Jr. Another best-seller of the year was Rihanna’s Anti which had writing and production duties handled by a number of Canadians including Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib, and Frank Dukes. Canada’s Nikhil Seetharam, T-Minus, and the aforementioned Tobias Jesso Jr. worked on another big album this year, Sia’s This Is Acting. Canada’s Director X was behind two of the year’s biggest music video’s – Rihanna’s “Work” featuring Drake and Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home”.

In the field of country music, Canada’s Steven Lee Olsen co-wrote Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Colour”, one of the biggest hits of the year in the genre. Blake Shelton’s, “Came Here To Forget” was co-written by Canada’s Deric Ruttan. “Sleep Without You” by Brett Young was co-written by Canuck Kelly Archer. Joey Moi from The Yukon is a producer for Florida Georgia Line who had another stellar year.



The biggest news stories of the year, in the minds of some, concerned the large number of A-list celebrities who passed away, many of them being untimely deaths secondary to organ damage from drug use and alcoholism and in some cases gun violence. The prominent Canadian music related stars did a bit better, coasting into their 70s and 80s but still left empty voids and broken hearted fans after remarkable careers. In January, Céline Dion’s husband and manager René Angélil, one of Canada’s most successful music producers, succumbed to throat cancer. He was 73. In June, early 60s rock-a-ballad superstar Bobby Curtola died, also at the age of 73. Shortly after releasing a new album, world-famous bard-musician Leonard Cohen passed away at age 82.

The Year’s Best Music


While magazines, as usual, were listing their best albums of the year based on which artists were endorsers of the brands that paid the magazines the most for advertising, the Canadian Music Blog, untouchable from such interests, revealed its favourite EPs (10), albums (25), songs (25), and music videos (15) of 2016. The CMB named Lexi Strate’s Waves as EP of the Year, Alexe Gaudreault’s self-titled LP as Album of the Year, Bobby Bazini’s “C’est La Vie” as Song of the Year, and Jason Bajada’s “Demain vendredi” as Music Video of the Year.

And that’s a wrap. It’s time for 2017.

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.



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


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


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


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


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.



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


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


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


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!



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


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


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


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


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


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.

All Canadian Artist Songs that Charted on the Hot 100 in 2016


We are pleased to provide a detailed list of all Canadian artist songs that debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. There are 106 of them from 43 unique Canadian artists. We included tracks by international artists that feature a Canadian in a major way. International artists appear in a grey box. Canadian artists who made the Hot 100 for the very first time have their names bolded in green; there are 14 of them. The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charts debuted in June 2007. We have included the peak position achieved on the chart, the date of that chart peak (“PDATE”), the number of weeks spent on the chart, the start date (“SDATE”) when the song debuted and the end date (“EDATE”) when the song last appeared on the chart. The dates are from Nielsen which are normally 10 days behind the Billboard charts published online. Note too that many of these with the end date of December 27 will continue on the charts into 2017. Songs that debuted on the chart in 2015 and carried over into 2016 are not included here. Some of the 2016 songs may have dropped off and re-entered the chart, so the total weeks are not necessarily continuous weeks. We have screen-captured the data from Excel in five batches; click to enlarge the images so that the text is clearer.

The Billboard Hot 100 combines digital sales of tracks, radio airplay, and streaming data to give a comprehensive picture of how relatively popular the songs are for the week in which the chart was published. These Canadian artists and their songs were successful in large part because of your support. Let’s celebrate the songs and the artists that made the chart through the year! We hope you will all find the information below useful and encouraging.






The 15 Best Music Videos of 2016


We are counting down our favourite music videos of 2016. A good music video is one that keeps your attention even with the sound turned off. We admire MVs that are cinematic, adventurous, fun, sentimental, clever, artistic, original, that have attractive wardrobe choices, breathtaking shots, architectural or natural wonders, or a stellar message. With high standards, we prefer MVs that are low on violence, lechery, expletives, self-mutilation, and do not display the use of toxic substances, all of which are ugly to us. We select videos that are beautiful to look at, colourful, with crisp, clear photography and brightness/contrast controls properly balanced. Below is a list of our 15 favourite Canadian MVs released in 2016. As YouTube often changes the addresses of videos, we have not embedded the MVs here but have provided links to them for your convenience. (Do note that these may become invalid in the future). As usual, we allowed only one entry per artist on the list and have provided a screen capture for each video below.

15Black Moon by Amaara

New Canadian singer and dream pop specialist Amaara, based in Toronto, launched debut single “Black Moon” complete with a music video that is filled with mystical themes and dark ambience. Find Amaara near a misty forest joined by some real animals—horse, wolf dog, and owl—lightning, and a rising supermoon. The MV was shot in Alberta.  Link

14Time by Dean Brody

Time is a subject many recording artists like to address. Country superstar Dean Brody does a fine job especially when singing about how time can alienate generations. “He takes her fishing but he feels bad; she can’t take her eyes off that Facebook page”. And then speaks of how taking time for granted will result in missed opportunities. “But someday soon, who knows how long, she’ll look up from that phone and he’ll be gone.” The wonderful music video does the song justice with many beautiful, related shots that are often dark, damp, and leafy.  Link

13How Far I’ll Go by Alessia Cara

Alessia performs the song from the Disney animated film Moana on the beach. She has the mother of all sticks and has fun drawing intricate patterns in the sand.  Link

12Faint of Heart by Tegan and Sara

The Calgary twins put out a number of impressive MVs for tracks off the Love You to Death album. We liked this one best. It features a number of music fans dressing up as their favourite icons with suitable backdrops. Included are Madonna, Elvis, David Bowie, and more.  Link

11Armageddon by Michelle Treacy

Michelle Treacy was one of the breakout artists of the year; her song “Armageddon” made the Billboard Hot 100. She’s from Ottawa. In the MV, she takes notes in her big journal with a plume and decks herself in colourful attire surrounded by a crowd of teddy bears. Can she make it through the Armageddon?  Link

10Mea Culpa by Automat

Quebec City’s Automat knew just where to find some picturesque landscapes heading over to Iceland for the shoot. It’s always a good idea to use a decent camera to take advantage of the climes which the band has done here. Exploring a new land is always fun and the MV perfectly captures that spirit.  Link

9Je Reviens by Marie-Mai

Pop-rock platinum superstar Marie-Mai released this MV at the end of last year after we published our best MVs of 2015 list, so we’ve given it a home on 2016’s. The song is a supercharged rock juggernaut with electronic pulses and a cool oriental vibe; the MV is a feast for the eyes.  Link

8World Princess Part II by Grimes

Vancouver’s Grimes treated us with a number of music videos in 2016 and just about any of them could be placed here. We like this one best with its raindrops falling on green grass next to a dilapidated castle and footbridge backed by great architecture among other sights.  Link

7Shore by Daniela Andrade

This popular Edmonton indie pop whiz delighted us with 4 music videos for the 4 tracks on her 2016 EP, Shore. They are all spectacular, shot in Canada, Cuba, and Morocco. We settled on the MV for title-track “Shore”.  Link

6So Far Away by Bridgeway ft. Stéphanie Bédard

One of the year’s best bilingual version songs came from Bridgeway and features Drummondville, QC’s Stéphanie Bédard. It has a nice pop/rock feel with rich textures reminiscent of Take That. The MV for “So Far Away” presents some spectacular views of snowy land surrounding a tower.  Link

5Need You Now by Gelsea Mae


Newcomer Gelsea Mae from Vancouver Island put out the perfect video for pop song “Need You Now” as she dances amidst jiving neon lines, kaleidoscopes, and flashes of glitter.  Link

4Too Young by Zeds Dead

One of the cleverest videos of the year, one can only imagine how much work went into it. A model with various rooms and sets showcases the goings on with the animated figures. Zeds Dead is from Toronto.  Link

3Underside by You Say Party

This music video deserves an award. Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s classic movie Princess Mononoke, we watch a little one journeying through vast terrain to find something or perhaps hoping to be found. The group filmed 4,000 km around Japan. This is pretty amazing.  Link

2Diamond Eyes by Lexi Strate

Making effective use of contrasts between shadowy turquoise verses and a glittering peachy chorus, as well as adding a mixed emotion pink/blue combo for the bridge before going for the kaleidoscope at the close, this is fabulous music video art that complements an artistic pop track perfectly. A delicious dessert for both the ears and eyes.  Link


Canadian Music Blog’s 2016 Music Video of the Year

The iceman cometh. When grief-stricken in a cold and very sad, blue world, one must be careful lest the sudden arrival of the warmth of love cause the heart to melt and the body too! Being thrown from one world to the opposite one may be a relief but sometimes the change is too much. Our protagonist is melting like wax and his beautiful companion is rushing to save him with a bag of ice. But will it be too late? However you may interpret it, what an amazing music video, beautifully shot, and with all kinds of meanings. Canadian Music Blog declares “Demain vendredi” from Jason Bajada as 2016’s music video of the year!  Link


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

The 25 Best Songs of 2016


After listening to several thousand songs released in 2016 whether as singles, on EPs, or LPs, we have settled on our 25 favourites. To create a fairer and tidier list, we allowed only one entry per artist. Regardless of genre, language, and relative popularity of the artist, here are our 25 favourite Canadian artist songs of 2016 including our Song of the Year for 2016. We have included songs by international artists that feature Canadians. Charting songs released in 2015 which achieved peak Billboard Hot 100 positions in 2016 are included. We have included the artwork for the single when one exists, failing that, the LP or EP that includes the song.

25I Didn’t Fall in Love with Your Hair by Brett Kissel Ft. Carolyn Dawn Johnson


Flat Lake and Grande Prairie Albertan JUNO winners Brett Kissel and Carolyn Dawn Johnson teamed up for this beautiful Hot 100 charting country song about cancer that had us whipping out the tissues.   iTunes

24Firestorm by Rachel Woznow


After enjoying radio spins in the U.S. for “Big and Loud”, Edmonton’s Rachel Woznow launched sparkly dance-pop anthem “Firestorm” that further bolstered her rise as one of pop music’s up and comers with great vocals to boot.  iTunes

23Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes

Giving us plucky strings that burst into an infectious chorus, Pickering, Ontario teenthrob Shawn Mendes is growing better with age. It’s no surprise that “Treat You Better” became a Top 10 hit and platinum single.   iTunes

22Dive In by Dani & Lizzy

This Vancouver twin sister duo launched debut album Work of Heart this year, a fun mishmash of pop, R&B, and dance. You could place just about any track from the album here but we shall settle on “Dive In”, a good representation of the Dani & Lizzy sound.  iTunes

21Animal by Graph

Toronto’s Graph sounds like she had a blast making her debut 80s themed album Lipstick Graphiti. Track “Animal” did for 2016 what Cyndi Lauper did for the decade of Rubik. It’s playful, upbeat, and a party anthem for all times.  iTunes

20Slow Down by Memorecks & Jenna Pemkowski

Brantford, Ontario’s Jenna Pemkowski released her debut album, Follow, in collaboration with Toronto producer Memorecks. Just about any track could be placed here. We’ll settle on atmospheric electronic pop jam “Slow Down” for chilling out in the lounge.  iTunes

19One Dance by Drake

Drake topped the charts for the first time with this reworking of “Do You Mind” by Crazy Cousinz and Kyla. The Toronto urban artist slowed it down a little and turned it into a tropical thumper with Caribbean guitar. It was the essential summer jam.  iTunes

18Air I Breathe by Crystalyne

This Toronto band released its third EP Follow in 2016 led by single “Air I Breathe”. Pop music doesn’t get much better than this. It flutters around playing with contrasts, an upbeat song about heartbreak all led by the heart melting vocals of Marissa Dattoli.   iTunes

17After All by Charlotte Day Wilson

This smoking hot newcomer from Toronto brought sultry R&B back into fashion on her EP. “After All” is like spending a scorching afternoon on the porch with an ice cold lemonade, too drowsy to focus and too wakeful to crash. All thoughts are lost in the haze of dream and contentment.  iTunes

16Witch Trials by Traitrs

This new Toronto duo sent a delicious wave of shivers down our spines with debut album Rites and Ritual which explores the shadowy realm of witch trials, youth cults, and burnt offerings all offered up in a gritty post-punk cold wave with atmospheric guitars. This alternative rock track is a pure delight.  iTunes

15I Don’t Remember by Linda Chung

2016 was a busy year for Vancouver’s Linda Chung. She gave birth to daughter Kelly in August and managed to release album Under the Stars. Linda performed this beautiful ending theme song of TV drama Inspector Gourmet which aired on Hong Kong’s famous TVB network.  iTunes

14Cinquante fois by Bruno Pelletier

One of the nation’s finest male vocalists Bruno Pelletier surprised fans by launching his 13th career album in 2016. Track “Cinquante fois” is a blast and is all about enjoying life while in one’s fifties. Those who have viewed the MV will agree that it is the sort of song made for carpool karaoke, especially when sung with clones.  iTunes

13Let Me Love You Featuring Justin Bieber

Stratford, Ontario’s Justin Bieber made a huge comeback in 2015 with his blockbuster album Purpose, but that return all started with his feature in a Skrillex and Diplo track. In 2016 he offered up his salty vocals to be used by more EDM crafters like Major Lazer and France’s DJ Snake. The latter’s “Let Me Love You” was a Top 5 platinum smash with an irresistible hook.  iTunes

12Chasing Shadows by Vito V

Canada has a lot more to offer in EDM territory than deadmau5 (though the mau5 is fab). A specialist of the genre is Montreal’s Vito V, originally from Venezuela. He puts the D back in EDM and outshines many of his contemporaries by offering a nice variety of beats. “Chasing Shadows” from his 2016 album is mainly instrumental and will get your feet shuffling in no time.  iTunes

11Face the Arrows by Stef Lang

Vancouver Island bred Stef Lang released the second of two EPs called Arrows this year. The EP is so good, it was tough to pick a standout track. In the end, we chose the more dreamy and subdued “Face the Arrows” which caps off the two-part project perfectly.  iTunes

10Pékin (Les amitiés) by Jason Bajada

This fantastic driving pop-rock jam complete with molten hot guitar solos was the most popular track from Jason Bajada’s album Volcano. It’s perky but hypnotic, intense but relaxed, and so completely wonderful.  iTunes

9Pharaoh by Louise Burns

British Columbia’s Louise Burns has been making admirable music whether with bands like Lillix and Gold & Youth or as a soloist. Here is a true artist, talented musician, solid singer, and brilliant songwriter. Louise has a new album coming out in 2017 and released this super cool single in 2016.  iTunes

8Starboy by The Weeknd

“Starboy” was the song that won over many of those who hadn’t really been into The Weeknd’s music. It topped the charts in December and is the title track of the Torontonian’s blockbuster album. The Weeknd wrote this slick R&B track with French electronic duo Daft Punk and Canadians Daheala, Cirkut, and McKinney.  iTunes

7Deer in the Dark by Ominar

Halifax raised Ominar (Tawny Lucas) knows how to make ominous music. “Deer in the Dark” off album Leaving offers exciting dark-wave indie pop that is melodic and gothic with heartbreaking lyrics delivered by reflective and beautiful vocals.  iTunes

6Underside by You Say Party

The hypnotic drone of this post punk charmer is the “Are ‘Friends’ Electric” of 2016. The Abbotsford, BC band, devastated by the passing of its drummer, try to find meaning amidst the seized-up waterfall of emotion, and the fruit of such searching is both devastating and glorious.  iTunes

5Mirage by Alexe Gaudreault


It was difficult to pick a track from our favourite album of 2016, but the opener does the trick with its peppy swagger and ultra confident, creamy vocal delivery from this finalist of The Voice. First-rate writing and slick production, this is pop music that shines.  iTunes

4The One by Carly Rae Jepsen

With only a few exceptions, the world’s best pop music is being made by the female soloists of British Columbia (Grimes, Louise Burns, Victoria Duffield, Stef Lang, Paige Morgan, etc.) Mission, BC’s Carly Rae Jepsen delighted us all with the surprise release of a companion disc to her critically acclaimed album Emotion. Extremely addictive, “The One” has arguably the best pop hook of the year.  iTunes

3Moonlight by Rosemary Fairweather

Perhaps the most obscure recording artist on this list, Rosemary is a newcomer from Toronto, and she’s just getting started, releasing her first singles this year. “Moonlight” is a gorgeous electronic pop track, that glides like clouds aglow before the moon, and is presented with patience and seductive calm.  iTunes

2Diamond Eyes by Lexi Strate

2016 Western Canadian Music Award winner for Pop Artist of the Year, Alberta’s Lexi Strate dropped this masterpiece of alternative pop early in the year. It’s fresh and mysterious, moves at a stately pace, and provides a nice touch of funky guitar.  iTunes


Canadian Music Blog’s 2016 Song of the Year

He’s a soul singer who hails from the province of Quebec and has scored two platinum albums, the second of which was the best-selling album domestically in 2014. Album #3 landed in 2016, his finest work to date. The lead single was the first of his to receive significant airplay on radio stations across the nation, mainly AC and Hot AC. It also championed CBC’s Radio Two chart. Those bluesy keys were simply irresistible. It was catchy and gave those of us a bit tired of the same old at radio something different for a change. The Canadian Music Blog declares “C’est La Vie” by Bobby Bazini 2016’s Song of the Year.  iTunes


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