Happy Canada everyone! To celebrate, we thought it would be great to create a list! Everyone likes lists, right?
And we used some pretty high tech scientific stuff to get this list together – we asked our friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. That’s high-tech enough for us. Specifically, we asked about your favourite and most iconic Canadian songs to help celebrate Canada Day. You can argue that this list and Ben’s list this afternoon isn’t complete, but you can’t say it’s bad. Here they are, in no particular order.
Kim Mitchell, “Patio Lanterns”
The pride of my hometown, Sarnia Ontario. Even the snottiest hipster has to appreciate this pop gem from 1986. It got a lot of play at my high school parties, regardless of the crowd. Even the mohawked punkers knew this one word for word.
Crash Test Dummies, “Superman’s Song”
Rush, “Tom Sawyer”
Ten billion Rush geeks can’t be wrong. I was never a hardcore fan, but always appreciated Rush from a safe distance. Still, I’d love to see them live.
Swollen Members (with Nelly Furtado), “Breath”
Two unbelievable talents, and best buds from high school who promised to help each other out if one of ’em made it.
54-40, “One Gun”
Thanks to Michael Slavitch for this recommendation. 54-40 were always a kick-ass band, but they rarely got as heavy as this.
The Weakerthans, “One Great City”
Only in Canada (well, maybe the UK too) can you make fun of your home town in such a beautiful way, and have your fans eat up every word, every night. John K. Samson, you’re a treasure.
Jane Siberry, “Mimi On the Beach”
Thanks to Lucy Rupert for this suggestion. this is the video that made me fall in love with Jane Siberry, and not just the bathing suit girl.
DOA, “I Don’t Give A Shit”
Never was there a better punk rock band, or a cooler man than Joey Shithead.
Screw it, that whole album is amazing:
Alanis Morissette, “You Oughtta Know”
A global phenomenon. From Ottawa. We still love you, Alanis.
Stan Rogers, “Northwest Passage”
Anything this man wrote is gold. Gold, I tell you. This is a classic.
Ok, and a bonus entry because I really dig metal too….
Kittie, “What I Always Wanted”
Metal madness from London Ontario? Don’t mind if we do.
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