Listen to songs from CBC Music's epic list: 100 best Canadian songs ever
We thought narrowing down last July's list of the 100 greatest Canadian albums was difficult, but just try deciding on the best Canadian songs with a staff of music lovers of all ages sprawled coast to coast. Apparently we love a challenge (and a great fight), but the dust has settled and we're pleased to present CBC Music's 100 best Canadian songs ever.
It's easy to forget just how much talent has emerged from this country, and to further distill what it means to be a Canadian musician is almost impossible. As with last summer's 100 greatest albums, the talent in this country is unparalleled, the scope of our music as vast and diverse as the landscape. A strong foundation of musicians and bands have worked hard and continue to work hard; they are known and proven quantities who hold their own on an international scale, making Canada one of the biggest and most exciting music hotspots in the world.
To help us celebrate these 100 songs, we’ve invited an incredible array of musicians, writers, actors and artists to act as unofficial cheerleaders and endorse each selection. Among the wonderful people who were eager to discuss their favourite Canadian songs are Dolly Parton, Spoon, Sarah McLachlan, the Tenors, the Kaiser Chiefs, Jenny Lewis, Tegan and Sara, Bob Saget and more.
Songs 25-1 are in the gallery above, and you can check out songs 100-26 right here. Press play on the stream at the top of this post to listen to all the available songs from the artists' CBC Music pages, or click on the YouTube playlist farther down to watch all the videos back-to-back. You can also listen to Sonica, which will be counting down the songs every week as well. And you can check out our infographic below for a better breakdown of the stats and figures from our 100 best Canadian songs ever project.
(Design by Heather Collett/CBC Music)
Now that we've shown you ours, how about you show us yours? What's your pick for the #1 best Canadian song ever? Tell us on Twitter #CBC100 or in the comments below.
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