National music charts began in 1964 when Walt Grealis, OC, eager to develop a dynamic music industry in Canada, published RPM magazine. Critics scoffed at the project saying it would not last more than a few weeks. It lasted for 36 years. It never made any money. It was Walt’s labour of love. Single-handedly, he contacted record stores and radio stations across the country and painstakingly compiled the charts every week often working into the night. Later, Stan Klees joined him in the work. They stood up to broadcasters who devalued Canadian music and successfully pushed for Canadian content and MAPL regulations. They began an annual Gold Leaf awards, the embryonic form of the JUNOs which we know today. RPM magazine folded in the new millennium and Walt passed away in 2004. By this time, Nielsen was tracking sales and radio airplay of singles. The Canadian Singles Chart published the results up until mid-2007 when the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 debuted.
The Canadian Music Blog has eye-balled through the digital scans of Top Singles charts from all issues of RPM magazine that are available online to determine peak positions of all Top 40 singles by Canadian artists. We have done the same for the archives of the Canadian Singles Chart and the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. We have summarized each of these in annual lists, the links to which are below. From 1976, we have also listed the most popular Francophone songs in Canada according to year-end charts posted on radio station CKOI’s website. Also find below all singles by Canadian artists that reached #1, a list of all multiplatinum albums by Canadian artists (from the database of Music Canada), and visual presentations of Canada’s all-time highest certified albums and singles. We will continue to update these listings as new information becomes available.
Hit Canadian Singles By Year
Year-End Top 100 Singles in Canada
(Greyed out years indicate chart either does not exist or is unavailable.)
Nielsen SoundScan Charts