Amidst all the year-end lists, it's nice to know about your favourite band's favourite records. Specifically when they're all about Canada.

Call it the maple syrup effect, if you will, but there is a substantial amount of talent tucked between B.C. and Newfoundland. We asked 55 of Canada's best bands for their top five albums, and they delivered.

In the gallery above, you'll find the usual suspects like Arcade Fire and Tegan and Sara, a few standout artists who appear on a number of lists (Hayden, Dirty Beaches, Lightning Dust) and some great underground picks and regional delights to keep you listening for days.


This is the topic of discussion today on CBC Radio 3 with hosts Graham Wright, Lana Gay and Alanna Stuart.

Click through the photo gallery for top five lists from:

Young Liars
Tough Age
Renny Wilson
Bif Naked
The Pack A.D.
The Darcys
Language Arts
Thought Beneath Film
Jay Arner
Sam Cash
Rolla Olak
Gold & Youth
JB the First Lady
Don Brownrigg
The Rival Boys
The Nautical Miles
Brendan Canning
Jordan Klassen
Dinosaur Bones
Rae Spoon
Small Town Pistols
Marianas Trench
The Matinée
Casey Mecija
Ian Kelly
Jenn Grant
The Everywheres
The Burning Hell
Royal Wood
Poor Young Things
Tim Hicks
Molly Thomason
Tim Chaisson
Robyn Dell’unto
The Strumbellas
Hannah Georgas
The Abramson Singers
Fake Shark Real Zombie
Del Bel
Said the Whale
Fast Romantics
Jef Barbara
Louise Burns
The Sadies

What were your favourite releases of 2013? Let us know in the comments below!

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Canadian bands' top 5 Canadian albums of 2012

posted by Andrea Warner on Dec 10, 2013