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It's no secret that Canada is home to some of the most talented songwriters in popular music, our love of a heartbreaking lyric or witty turn of phrase being second to none.

But sometimes the song itself has a longer shadow than the actual songwriter, living on through some incredible covers that expose it to new audiences. Sometimes the cover is bigger than the original, sometimes it's even better, and sometimes it's an entirely different song all together.

In the gallery above, we've collected our favourite covers of Canadian songs, performed by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone to the White Stripes and Radiohead. Not surprisingly, there are also plenty of covers by fellow Canadian musicians, who are huge fans of the songs just like the rest of us.

You can also listen to the songs in one playlist below.

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The 25 greatest Canadian cover songs

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House of Grouse
#1 posted by
House of Grouse
on Feb 17, 2014

Well done Jesse. I really enjoyed your picks. Justin Rutledge and James Blake were especially interesting and new to me. Thanks !

Jesse Kinos-Goodin
#2 posted by
Jesse Kinos-Goodin
on Feb 18, 2014

Thanks House of Grouse! 

bellybean
#3 posted by
bellybean
on Feb 18, 2014

I really enjoyed that! Some old favourites and some new discoveries. Thanks!

TinaDixon
#4 posted by
TinaDixon
on Feb 18, 2014

Good job you! The whole thing was brilliant...but come KD Lang, still reduces me to tears. Also Sarah Polley ...unexpected , but perfect.

 

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