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The Huffington Post Canada: 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever (2014)

Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:14 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/30 ... 38527.html
Considering the growing discussion about the Tragically Hip in the "Music, music, music" thread, I thought I might as well post this.
100. Toronto - "Your Daddy Don’t Know"
99. Terry Bush - "Maybe Tomorrow (The Theme From Littlest Hobo)"
98. Trooper - "Raise A Little Hell"
97. Joel Plaskett - "Nowhere With You"
96. Daniel Lanois - "The Messenger"
95. Snow - "Informer"
94. Sweeney Todd - "Roxy Roller"
93. Jully Black feat. DeMarco - "Sweat Of Your Brow"
92. Great Big Sea - "Mari-Mac"
91. Andy Kim - "Rock Me Gently"
90. Northern Pikes - "Teenland"
89. Bass Is Bass - "Funkmobile"
88. Martha And The Muffins - "Echo Beach"
87. Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio"
86. Ashley MacIsaac - "Sleepy Maggie"
85. Edward Bear - "Last Song"
84. A Tribe Called Red - "Electric Pow Wow Drum"
83. The Parachute Club - "Rise Up"
82. Helix - "Rock You"
81. Lee Aaron - "Whatcha Do To My Body"
80. Loverboy - "The Kid Is Hot Tonight"
79. D-Sisive - "Nobody With A Notepad"
78. Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"
77. Jane Siberry - "Mimi On The Beach"
76. Shad - "The Old Prince Still Lives At Home"
75. Payolas - "Eyes Of A Stranger"
74. Skinny Puppy - "Assimilate"
73. Klaatu - "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft"
72. New Pornographers - "Mass Romantic"
71. Tegan and Sara - "Closer"
70. Deborah Cox - "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here"
69. Change Of Heart - "There You Go"
68. Barenaked Ladies - "Jane"
67. Peaches - "Fuck The Pain Away"
66. Lowest Of The Low - "Salesmen, Cheats and Liars"
65. Mystery Machine - "Brand New Song"
64. Grimes - "Oblivion"
63. Cowboy Junkies - "A Misguided Angel"
62. Danko Jones - "Cadillac"
61. The Demics - "New York City"
60. The Rheostatics - "Record Body Count"
59. Bachman Turner Overdrive - "Takin' Care Of Business"
58. The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat It's A Lovebeat"
57. Esthero - "Heaven Sent"
56. The Pursuit Of Happiness - "I'm An Adult Now"
55. 54-40 - "Baby Ran"
54. Poppy Family - "Which Way You Goin' Billy"
53. Michie Mee & L.A. Luv - "Jamaican Funk Canadian Style"
52. Kathleen Edwards - "I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory"
51. Melanie Fiona - "It Kills Me"
50. Zaki Ibrahim - "Draw The Line"
49. Bran Van 3000 - "Drinking In L.A"
48. Men Without Hats - "Safety Dance"
47. Joni Mitchell - "A Case Of You"
46. Rough Trade - "High School Confidential"
45. Jann Arden - "Could I Be Your Girl"
44. Sarah McLachlan - "Good Enough"
43. Ian and Sylvia - "Four Strong Winds"
42. Death From Above 1979 - "Romantic Rights"
41. Dream Warrior - "My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style"
40. The Grapes Of Wrath - "All The Things I Wasn't"
39. Rascalz ft. Kardinal Offishall, Thurst, Checkmate, and Choclair - "Northern Touch"
38. Stars - "Elevator Love Letter"
37. Deadmau5 - "Ghosts N Stuff"
36. Anne Murray - "Snowbird"
35. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe"
34. Kardinal Offishall - "BaKardi Slang"
33. Stan Rogers - "Northwest Passages"
32. Weakerthans - "Diagnosis"
31. The Tragically Hip - "Courage"
30. Corey Hart - "Sunglasses At Night"
29. Blue Rodeo - "Lost Together"
28. The Weeknd - "High For This"
27. The Dears - "Lost In The Plot"
26. Paul Anka - "Diana"
25. Sloan - "Money City Maniacs"
24. Broken Social Scene - "Almost Crimes"
23. Spirit Of The West - "Home For A Rest"
22. Plastikman - "Plasticine"
21. K'Naan - "Wavin' Flag"
20. Feist - "Mushaboom"
19. k-os - "Man I Used To Be"
18. Bruce Cockburn - "Lovers In A Dangerous Time"
17. Metric - "Hustle Rose"
16. Neil Young - "Harvest Moon"
15. Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know"
14. K.D Lang - "Constant Craving"
13. Baby Blue Soundcrew - "Love 'Em All"
12. Thrush Hermit - "From The Back Of The Film"
11. Stompin Tom Connors - "Sudbury Saturday Night"
10. Drake - "Started From The Bottom"
9. Bryan Adams - "Summer of 69"
8. Gordon Lightfoot - "If You Could Read My Mind"
7. Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)"
6. The Band - "The Weight"
5. Handsome Furs - "When I Get Back"
4. The Guess Who - "American Woman"
3. Constantines - "Nighttime Anytime (It’s Alright)"
2. Leonard Cohen - "Everybody Knows"
1. Maestro Fresh Wes - "Let Your Backbone Slide"

So, let's see...1 song per artist, yet Rush, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young all chart pretty low (no Nickelback this time, at the very least, and no Bieber). I'm glad Metric made the cut, as I find them way too underrated. But 1) good as it is, is Let Your Backbone Slide really the best Canadian song ever? Better than The Weight or Hallelujah?, 2) I'm surprised there's no Rufus Wainwright, Main Source (while we're talking Canadian rap), or Avril Lavigne, all of whom are ten times better than Paul Anka (at least they didn't put Havin' My Baby), and 3) is Started from the Bottom really the best Drake song they could think of? Not Take Care?
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Re: The Huffington Post Canada: 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever (2014)

Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:09 pm

Just found out that HuffPost Canada has, indeed, made a 50 Worst Canadian Songs list as a companion. onto which Bieber, Nickelback, and "Havin' My Baby" all make the cut:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/28 ... 75538.html

Funny enough, I thought the best songs list was missing a little Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne (though Hello Kitty is, and always shall be, the worst). I forgot Robin Thicke was Canadian. Bryan Adams' worst song is, very clearly, "Everything I Do (I Do for You)."
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Re: The Huffington Post Canada: 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever (2014)

Postby Daniel » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:41 am

StevieFan13 wrote:Just found out that HuffPost Canada has, indeed, made a 50 Worst Canadian Songs list as a companion. onto which Bieber, Nickelback, and "Havin' My Baby" all make the cut:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/28 ... 75538.html

Funny enough, I thought the best songs list was missing a little Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne (though Hello Kitty is, and always shall be, the worst). I forgot Robin Thicke was Canadian. Bryan Adams' worst song is, very clearly, "Everything I Do (I Do for You)."

"Everything I Do" is actually my favourite Bryan Adams song, so I'll respectfully disagree. Interestingly enough, Adams is one of my wife's favourite artists, and singles out "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" as her least favourite song of his. I personally think that "Cuts Like a Knife" contains his most cringe-worthy lyrics, followed by the more obvious "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You." "Kids Wanna Rock" grates on my nerves, and the thought of Adams re-recording "When You're Gone" with Pamela Anderson for his Anthology compilation is somewhat depressing.

For those of you interested in seeing the bottom 50 without having to look at 50 separate pages, here is the condensed list:

50. "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" - Shania Twain
49. "Breathe" - Moist
48. "Inner Ninja" - Classified featuring David Myles
47. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke featuring T.I., Pharrell
46. "(You’re) Having My Baby" - Paul Anka
45. "Roll The Bones" - Rush
44. "Song X" - Neil Young
43. "If Rap Gets Jealous" - K’Naan featuring Kirk Hammett
42. "Jazz Police" - Leonard Cohen
41. "Fallout" - Marianas Trench
40. "I’m Just A Kid" - Simple Plan
39. "Spadina Bus" - Shuffle Demons
38. "Love Monkey #9" - Bootsauce
37. "Pick It Up And Dial It" - Sloan
36. "Rise Again" - The Rankin Family
35. "King of Spain" - Moxy Fruvous
34. "Dancin’ Clown" - Joni Mitchell
33. "Pain" - Three Days Grace
32. "Red Hair" - Shawn Desman
31. "Africa" - Karl Wolf featuring Culture
30. "Be My Squeeze Toy" - Boomtang Boys
29. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" - Crash Test Dummies
28. "I Cry" - Bass Is Base
27. "Skidrow" - Serial Joe
26. "I Don't Know" - The Sheepdogs
25. "Bitch Came Back" - Theory of a Deadman
24. "Pedal To The Metal" - Kazzer
23. "No Means No" - Ricky J
22. "A Hundred Million" - Treble Charger
21. "Broken Bones" - Love Inc
20. "Some Kinda Wonderful" - Sky
19. "Signs" - Five Man Electrical Band
18. "Kimosabe" - Kim Mitchell
17. "Porn Star Dancing" - My Darkest Days feat. Ludacris, Zakk Wylde
16. "It’s My Neighbourhood" - Len
15. "One Week" - Barenaked Ladies
14. "Get Down" - B4-4
13. "In Repair" - Our Lady Peace
12. "My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
11. "Fire In The Head" - The Tea Party
10. "Too Hot To Hold" - Alanis Morisette
9. "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" - Bryan Adams
8. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter
7. "Rock 'em Sock 'em Techno" - Don Cherry
6. "Hello Kitty" - Avril Lavigne
5. "Come On" - Chuggo
4. "Baby" - Justin Bieber
3. "Rude" - Magic!
2. "Sometimes When We Touch" - Dan Hill
1. "Figured You Out" - Nickelback

Nice to see Nickelback, Justin Bieber and Daniel Powter in the top 10. I would have preferred to see "My Heart Will Go On" in the top tier as well. I don't think "Sometimes When We Touch," "Rude," "One Week," "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," or "Blurred Lines" are quite that bad, and in my opinion, Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs," while some of its implausible lyrics have been a source of ridicule for comedians, certainly doesn't belong in the Worst 50 of all time.

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Re: The Huffington Post Canada: 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever (2014)

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:50 am

Daniel wrote:
StevieFan13 wrote:Just found out that HuffPost Canada has, indeed, made a 50 Worst Canadian Songs list as a companion. onto which Bieber, Nickelback, and "Havin' My Baby" all make the cut:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/28 ... 75538.html

Funny enough, I thought the best songs list was missing a little Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne (though Hello Kitty is, and always shall be, the worst). I forgot Robin Thicke was Canadian. Bryan Adams' worst song is, very clearly, "Everything I Do (I Do for You)."

"Everything I Do" is actually my favourite Bryan Adams song, so I'll respectfully disagree. Interestingly enough, Adams is one of my wife's favourite artists, and singles out "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" as her least favourite song of his. I personally think that "Cuts Like a Knife" contains his most cringe-worthy lyrics, followed by the more obvious "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You." "Kids Wanna Rock" grates on my nerves, and the thought of Adams re-recording "When You're Gone" with Pamela Anderson for his Anthology compilation is somewhat depressing.

For those of you interested in seeing the bottom 50 without having to look at 50 separate pages, here is the condensed list:

50. "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" - Shania Twain
49. "Breathe" - Moist
48. "Inner Ninja" - Classified featuring David Myles
47. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke featuring T.I., Pharrell
46. "(You’re) Having My Baby" - Paul Anka
45. "Roll The Bones" - Rush
44. "Song X" - Neil Young
43. "If Rap Gets Jealous" - K’Naan featuring Kirk Hammett
42. "Jazz Police" - Leonard Cohen
41. "Fallout" - Marianas Trench
40. "I’m Just A Kid" - Simple Plan
39. "Spadina Bus" - Shuffle Demons
38. "Love Monkey #9" - Bootsauce
37. "Pick It Up And Dial It" - Sloan
36. "Rise Again" - The Rankin Family
35. "King of Spain" - Moxy Fruvous
34. "Dancin’ Clown" - Joni Mitchell
33. "Pain" - Three Days Grace
32. "Red Hair" - Shawn Desman
31. "Africa" - Karl Wolf featuring Culture
30. "Be My Squeeze Toy" - Boomtang Boys
29. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" - Crash Test Dummies
28. "I Cry" - Bass Is Base
27. "Skidrow" - Serial Joe
26. "I Don't Know" - The Sheepdogs
25. "Bitch Came Back" - Theory of a Deadman
24. "Pedal To The Metal" - Kazzer
23. "No Means No" - Ricky J
22. "A Hundred Million" - Treble Charger
21. "Broken Bones" - Love Inc
20. "Some Kinda Wonderful" - Sky
19. "Signs" - Five Man Electrical Band
18. "Kimosabe" - Kim Mitchell
17. "Porn Star Dancing" - My Darkest Days feat. Ludacris, Zakk Wylde
16. "It’s My Neighbourhood" - Len
15. "One Week" - Barenaked Ladies
14. "Get Down" - B4-4
13. "In Repair" - Our Lady Peace
12. "My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
11. "Fire In The Head" - The Tea Party
10. "Too Hot To Hold" - Alanis Morisette
9. "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" - Bryan Adams
8. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter
7. "Rock 'em Sock 'em Techno" - Don Cherry
6. "Hello Kitty" - Avril Lavigne
5. "Come On" - Chuggo
4. "Baby" - Justin Bieber
3. "Rude" - Magic!
2. "Sometimes When We Touch" - Dan Hill
1. "Figured You Out" - Nickelback

Nice to see Nickelback, Justin Bieber and Daniel Powter in the top 10. I would have preferred to see "My Heart Will Go On" in the top tier as well. I don't think "Sometimes When We Touch," "Rude," "One Week," "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," or "Blurred Lines" are quite that bad, and in my opinion, Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs," while some of its implausible lyrics have been a source of ridicule for comedians, certainly doesn't belong in the Worst 50 of all time.

Agree to disagree. I just don't like Bryan Adams.

I wouldn't even say the Simple Plan song they picked is their worst. "Welcome to My Life" is bottom-10 material if I ever saw any. I actually kinda like "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and "One Week" (then again, I've heard the latter more times than I can count). I also forgot Len were Canadian - "Steal My Sunshine" should've been on the best list (and they should've cleared some room on the worst list for "Informer," IMO).
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Re: The Huffington Post Canada: 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever (2014)

Postby Rob » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:56 am

Just want to add that I'm glad to see Magic!'s Rude on a worst-of list. When it became an ubiquitous hit a couple of years ago I couldn't believe my ears. It's about as bad a song as ever has been made. Especially the writing of the lyrics could be taught in songwriting classes as a warning for how even a simple story can be told in an convoluted way.

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Re: The Huffington Post Canada: 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever (2014)

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:50 pm

Rob wrote:Just want to add that I'm glad to see Magic!'s Rude on a worst-of list. When it became an ubiquitous hit a couple of years ago I couldn't believe my ears. It's about as bad a song as ever has been made. Especially the writing of the lyrics could be taught in songwriting classes as a warning for how even a simple story can be told in an convoluted way.

In that case, I think you'll like this:
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