You know these songs. They’re campfire anthems, while you sit in your Muskoka chair and burn your marshmallow. They’re the soundtrack to your Molson chugging shenanigans. These are some of the finest musical exports that our country has delivered. Turn it up and celebrate Canada’s 150th! For more, check out our first list here.
Maestro Fresh Wes – “Let Your Backbone Slide”
The Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop, Maestro wore his northern touch on his sleeve, broke into the US Top 40 and held the best-selling Canadian hip-hop single title for two decades. It’s still a throw down.
City And Colour – “Comin’ Home”
Dallas Green redefined himself as a solo artist with this ballad written by driving down Canada’s Highway 1. It also leant another song to the great Canadian campfire.
Kim Mitchell – “Patio Lanterns”
Whatever happened to Joy?
Stars – “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”
Driving in silence across Pont Champlain in Quebec City never sounded so beautiful. Amy Millan has the tendered voice of a car crash slow-motion, perfectly matched with Torquil Campbell. This offshoot of Broken Social Scene deserves more credit and this is why.
Malajube – “-40c”
We couldn’t visit Quebec without recognizing the mighty Malajube. Their tongue and cheek with a dosage of romanticism paints that grey picture of the coldness in the long winter months with a steady hand.
Joni Mitchell – “A Case Of You”
Joni Mitchell’s Blue is an essential listen, so if you haven’t indulged that record, consider that your homework. In a 1979 interview with Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone, Mitchell reflected upon its everlasting magic:“The Blue album, there’s hardly a dishonest note in the vocals,” she said. “At that period in my life, I had no personal defense. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defences there either.”
Barenaked Ladies – “If I Had A Million Dollars”
Is there anything more Canadian than the marriage of big dreams and Kraft Dinner?
Bryan Adams – “Summer Of ’69”
“Nothing lasts forever!”
Men Without Hats – “The Safety Dance”
Singer Ian Doroschuk in fact penned this tune after he was kicked out of a club for pogoing.
Snow – “Informer”
Back then, before the 6ix, it was bold to shout-out Toronto. Respect where its due.
Stompin’ Tom Connors – “The Hockey Song”
It’s the best game you can name… Stompin’ Tom is pure Canadiana.
Thrush Hermit – “The Day We Hit The Coast”
Joel Plaskett became the flag-bearer for the East Coast, his adolescent energy was filtered through one of this country’s finest – Thrush Hermit. They were children of Sloan and this song specifically has influenced many, leading City And Colour’s Dallas Green to call it his favourite Canadian song of all-time.
The Tragically Hip – “50 Mission Cap”
The Hip’s ode to Bill Barilko results in the unofficial anthem for Toronto Maple Leafs. At the end of the day, Gord Downie remains that he is a lifelong Bruins fan.
Neil Young – “Helpless”
Summertime hymn about that town in North Ontario, located 2-hours east of Toronto. Uncle Neil’s childhood home is found there in Omemee and is currently on the market, if you need something to do with your extra $300,000.