At first, making a list of Sloan's best songs didn't seem like it would be a particularly difficult task, given our staff's collective insanely high level of Sloan expertise. Once we started trying to make this list however, we realized that this was actually going to be an incredibly difficult task because of our staff's collective insanely high level of Sloan expertise.
Going over a catalogue that spans over 20 years was overwhelming. It should be noted that Sloan is perhaps the only Canadian band that started in the '90s that has not yet had to make a comeback, due to the fact they've been consistently releasing music for the past two decades that has kept them on the Canadian music landscape.
So, long story short we had to up the list from top 15 to top 20 and and yes, we know, lots of great Sloan songs did not make the cut. Our follow-up playlist might be ranking the best second-best Sloan songs of all time (which, in case you're interested, already contains "She Says What She Means," "The Rest of My Life," "The Other Man" and everything else off Twice Removed).
Amazingly, we not only have every single one of the songs available on our site, but we have the complete Sloan catalogue up to 2010 (as well as their latest release Commonwealth) available to be streamed as you read this.
We've made a playlist of our 20 favourites below.
What are you favourite Sloan songs? Did we miss any on our list? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @cbcradio3.
Listen to Sloan and other Canadian indie artists on CBC Radio 3 with hosts Emma Godmere, Alanna Stuart and Lana Gay.
First Play: Sloan, Commonwealth