Country music may have its genesis in the southern United States, but geography hasn't stop Canadians from taking it and making it their own. 

From Wilf Carter's Rocky Mountain yodelling to Hank Snow's East Coast horseback songs; from the Maritime-infused sounds of Rita MacNeil, Anne Murray and the Rankins to the Western songs of Paul Brandt, Ian Tyson and Corb Lund; from the Franco-pop-country of Renée Martel, to the Aboriginal country rock of Edward Gamblin, Canadians have adopted country music and helped make it uniquely Canadian.

On the eve of this year's Canadian Country Music Association Awards, CBC Music asked members of the CCMA, as well as producers and writers within the CBC, to help us create a list of the 25 greatest Canadian country acts of all time. The results, based on factors including everything from songwriting to career impact to international influence, have resulted in a list that makes it perfectly clear country music is Canada's, too.

And while you view the gallery, click on the play button below to launch one of our great CBC Music country web radio stations.


CBC Music's Hot Country web stream

Let us know what you think of the list. Leave a comment (or your own top 25 list) below, on Facebook or by using the hashtag #CanCountry25 on Twitter.

posted by CBC Music on Sep 05, 2013