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#97

 

Alone Again- Alyssa Reid

 

 

 

"Alone Again" was released in November 2010, entering the Canadian Hot 100 at no. 79 for the week of January 1, 2011, and peaked at no. 11 the week of April 23, 2011. Alone Again was the top-selling and highest-charting single by a Canadian artist at Canadian radio in 2011. A different version with Jump Smokers was released internationally, becoming a major hit in parts of Europe, peaking within the top ten of the charts in Poland and the United Kingdom. Another version was made, which features vocals sections from both Jump Smokers and P. Reign.

It's a cover of Heart's monster hit Alone. But it updates the lyrics and has a guest appearance by rapper P. Reign.

I've heard a few covers of Canadian artists, to mixed results. This one, in my opinion is one of the better ones. It still has the same DNA as Heart's rendition. It still has the desperation of the person who is hoping beyond all hope to have her love call her or even recognize her. It's one of the most aggravating and hopeless feelings, especially as a younger person.....having feelings for someone but not having them reciprocated.

Reed created a beautiful version of the song. It never caught on in the US, but it did well here in Canada and in the UK.

 

 

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Rude- Magic
 
Rude is the debut single by Magic! from their debut studio album, Don't Kill the Magic. It was originally released on October 11, 2013 as a promotional single and then re-released on February 24, 2014 by Sony Music Entertainment. The official remix for the song features Kid Ink, Ty Dolla Sign and Travis Barker on the drums.
"Rude" was an international commercial success amidst mixed reception from music critics. The song peaked at number six on the Canadian Hot 100 and internationally topped the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. "Rude" was the ninth best-selling song of 2014, with global sales of 8.6 million units, and won the Juno Award for Single of the Year.
"Rude" was named after the reggae term "rude boy" and originally based on a real-life situation. The lead singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been in an unhealthy relationship with a previous girlfriend. After the two of them got into a fight with each other, the band based the song off that headline. The couple was in a "mean time" when they were both being rude to each other, as Nasri says in what he describes as a "dark vibe."
I love stories like this. Here's a song that was kind of ripped by critics and yet it was a massive hit world wide. Selling almost 9 million copies of one song is just incredible.
 
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5 hours ago, Ethan Hunt said:

Rude ahead of Call Me Maybe :apocalypse:

 

Well, music is incredibly subjective, right?

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#95

 

Let's Go by Shawn Desman

 

"Let's Go" was released in 2005 as the second single from his album Back for More. The song heavily features a synthesizer phrase sampled from the British new wave band Yazoo's 1982 single "Don't Go."

The song peaked at number 6 on the Canadian Singles Chart, another top 10 hit for Desman. The song's music video also gained heavy airplay on VH1.

The synthesizer at the beginning gets you right into the mood quickly. This is another song that is just about having fun. I'll have songs on here later in the countdown that deal with much heavier topics, but how can you not love songs that just tell about having a good time. In this one, Desman finds a hot woman at the club and then leaves with her. That's basically the gist of the song. It's got a catchy beat, Desman's voice is strong and soothing all at the same time and the synthesizer really gives is a throwback kind of vibe.

I kind of love this song.

 

 

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#94

 

Pornstar Dancing- My Darkest Days (featuring Chad Kroeger)

 

"Porn Star Dancing" is the debut single by My Darkest Days from their self-titled debut album released on September 21, 2010. The single itself was released on June 21, 2010, preceding the release of the album by three months. The song spent 26 weeks on Billboard's Rock Songs chart where, on December 11, 2010, it peaked at number seven. It performed better on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent two weeks at number one. Chad Kroeger of Nickelback sings a verse in the "Porn Star Dancing" video, which was filmed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, as does American rapper Ludacris, and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde does a guitar solo. The music video was directed by Brendan Cochrane. Ludacris was originally featured only in the Canadian release of the video; however, due to the popularity of the track, it was subsequently adopted as the mainstream video release.

Chad Kroeger kind of discovered My Darkest Days. When he heard their demo, he was so impressed with their music that he signed them to his label. He then asked friend and former lead guitarist for Ozzy Ozbourne to also make a cameo in their first song.

The result of all of this is a sleazy, sexed up rollicking good time. The lyrics are fun and comical and the guitar riffs are pleasing to the ears. If there was ever a rock and roll anthem, the first one I'd choose is Kickstart my Heart by Motley Crue, the second would be this one.

 

 

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#93

 

Hold me Tender by Paul Janz

 

Paul Janz is a former theologian who then went on to be a lead singer to his band., He made quite a few hits including Every Little Tear, Rocket to My Heart and Go To Pieces. IMO, none of them were as well done as Hold Me Tender. It was nominated for a Juno in 1990.

Hold me Tender is a straight up love song, a power ballad from the early 90's. Janz wrote some beautiful lyrics and this song reminds me of my high school relationship. The good memories I remember fondly and this song had hand in those reveries.

 

 

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#92

 

We Three Kings/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen- Bare Naked Ladies and Sara McLachlan

 

I love Christmas. The decorations, the movies and of course the music. In 2004 two of Canada's biggest musical acts got together to do their rendition of We Three Kings/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. They took both songs and did a mash-up of the two.

The song was originally recorded in 1996 backstage at a BNL concert. McLachlan and the band recorded the song with one mic and did it in one take.

IMO, all the greatest Christmas songs were recorded decades ago. It's tough to come up with something new that still has that classic sound to it. This one has that classic sound because it has the pure angelic voice of McLachlan juxtaposed to the more gruff and crooner sounds of BNL. It's a song that has become of my favourites and it gets a lot of play over the holidays.

 

 

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#91

 

Numb- Holly McNarland

 

"Numb" was released as the first single from her debut studio album, Stuff. The song was very successful in Canada, peaking at number nine on the RPM Top Singles chart and number five on the RPM Alternative 30. The song is featured on MuchMusic's Diamond certified compilation album, Big Shiny Tunes 2.

Numb tells the story of a woman who seems to be in a perpetual abyss. She's constantly in some kind of emotional pain, an albatross of hate and self destruction. She feels better when she's numb. The lyrics are subliminal in ways and forthright in others. I can imagine many of us have felt the same way at times in our lives and maybe that's why the lyrics are so penetrating.

 

 

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Greatest Canadian songs of all time.
This brings us to the top 90. We've gotten through 35 songs. There are some iconic Canadian artists who haven't appeared yet on the list. When will they make their first appearance? Stay tuned. I'll keep plugging away tomorrow.
Here's what we have so far.
91) Numb- Harley McNarland
92) We Three Kings/God Rest- BNL & Sara
93) Hold Me Tender- Paul Janz
94) Pornstar Dancing- My Darkest Days
95) Let's Go- Shawn Desmond
96) Rude-Magic
97) Alone Again- Alyssa Reid
98) Back in Your Head- Tegan and Sara
99) Call me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen
100) I Will Remember You- Sara McLaughlin
101) Bad Day- Daniel Powter
102) Hideaway- Kiesza
103) Turn the Lights on- Big Sugar
104) Dangerous- Kardinal Offishal
105) Having my Baby- Paul Anka
106) Power of Love- Celine Dion
107) One Hand in My Pocket- Alanis Morissette
108) Fancy- Drake
109) Drop the Needle- Maestro
110) Million Dollars- Bare Naked Ladies
111) Life is a Highway
112) Patio Lanterns- Kim Mitchell
113) Somebody Somewhere- Platinum Blond
114) Drinkin in LA- Bran Van 3000
115) Soul City- Partland Brothers
116) Hard Sun- Indio
117) Try- Blue Rodeo
118) New Girl Now- Honeymoon Suite
119) Whatcha Do to My Body- Lee Aaron
120) I Rhyme the World- Kish
121) Put Your Head on My Shoulders- Paul Anka
122) Body Loud Luxury
123) God's Plan- Drake
124) Komarde Kiev Corey Hart
125) The Good ole hockey Game: Stompin Tom Connors
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#90

 

The Hills by The Weekend

 

"The Hills" was released on May 27, 2015, as the second single from his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness. "The Hills" was a critical success, appearing on several year-end lists. In Canada, the song peaked at number one. In the United States, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, replacing his own "Can't Feel My Face". It also made the top 10 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

In May 2019, "The Hills" was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than ten million copies, making it the Weeknd's first diamond-certified record.

In an analytical piece for Pitchfork, Hannah Giorgis called "The Hills" "a dark, almost discordant meditation on lust, drugs, and fame" while noting that "to those familiar with his repertoire, the only twist in 'The Hills' is how it ends: as the final chords fade, a woman's voice, syrupy and sedate, closes with a lullaby of sorts—not in English, but in Amharic, the primary language of Ethiopia and the Weeknd's own native tongue."

To me, this is a song about lust. It's an anthem only for the rich and famous in ways. Or to those addicted to sex. Here's a man lusting after a woman who is in a relationship but her "man is on the road doing promos." So their friendship turns to sex and everything changes. He's also heavily into drugs and tells her he doesn't want anything more than just the occasional roll in the hay. And yet the song is very likable because of the Weekend's delivery of the lyrics and the melodic sound he is able to give us.

 

 

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#89

 

Superman's Dead- Our Lady Peace

 

"Superman's Dead" was released in January 1997 as the lead single from their second album Clumsy. This has become one of Our Lady Peace's most popular songs in both Canada and the U.S., as well as many other parts of the world.

The song has become the definitive example of Our Lady Peace's staple sound, highlighted by vocalist Raine Maida's unusual yet powerful falsetto. This song, in contrast to some others on the album, contains very heavy electric guitar, especially in comparison to tracks like "4 A.M." and Carnival". It peaked at number 17 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart while spending five weeks at number 2 on the RPM Alternative Chart. In the U.S, it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Alternative/Modern Rock Chart, while reaching number 14 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. Between 1995 and 2016, "Superman's Dead" was the 15th most played song by a Canadian artist on rock radio stations in Canada.

I always thought parts of this song sounded like Elmer Fudd was delivering the lines. And yet there is something clearly enjoyable about not only the song but lead singer Maida's voice.

"Superman's Dead" was seen by the band as a dark statement on how much television kids watch and the content of it. It looks at the dark expectations that are garnered from media images:

An ordinary girl an ordinary waist

But ordinary's just not good enough today.

Raine Maida stated, "I grew up with the old Superman, the black-and-white one. There was something so honest about it, and it's evolved into Beavis and Butt-Head". He also says of youthful TV pleasures, "Their images are defined by television: How they should think or what they should wear. It's kind of sad that way"

 

 

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#88

 

Criminal Mind- Gowan

 

In a 2015 interview with Huffington Post Canada, Gowan stated that his inspiration for the song was a Kingston Penitentiary prison cell exhibit at the Canadian National Exhibition to represent the Canadian penal system. The empty cell was attended by a single guard, with whom Gowan had a conversation after sitting in the cell alone for a while. The discussion about recidivist inmates led to the creation of the song.

In April 1999, Gowan received a call from a member of the band Styx, which was interested in inviting him to fill in for Dennis DeYoung, who refused to perform for concerts. He met the band at the house of Tommy Shaw, where they performed a few songs, the first of which was "A Criminal Mind". The band suggested to make it "a Styx song". After the band's acrimonious split with DeYoung Gowan was asked to become a permanent member. He agreed, and they performed their first concert together in Branson, Missouri later in 1999. The song appeared on the album Styx World: Live 2001.

 

 

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#87

 

Angel Eyes- Jeff Healey Band

 

"Angel Eyes" is a song written by John Hiatt and Fred Koller for The Jeff Healey Band's first album See the Light (1988). It was first released as the album's second single in June 1989 and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 24 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was later covered by Australian Idol series one contestant Paulini and became her first No. 1 single in Australia.

The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on June 17, 1989, at No. 85,] eventually peaking at No. 5 and spending 22 weeks on the chart. It was the 70th highest selling single in the U.S. for 1989. Hiatt's own version of the song finally appeared on his 1994 live album Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan.

The Jeff Healy Band starred as a house band in the Joel Silver movie Road House starring Patrick Swayze. They didn't sing Angel Eyes in the movie, mush to my chagrin, seeing as Road House is everyone's favourite guilty pleasure.

 

 

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#86

 

My Town- Glass Tiger featuring Rod Stewart

 

"My Town" was written by Glass Tiger bandmates Alan Frew, Alan Connelly and Wayne Parker, as well as Jim Cregan, who co-wrote two of Stewart's other hits. The song's lyrics are a tribute to Frew's hometown, Coatbridge, Scotland, and Stewart was invited to record the song with Glass Tiger because of his Scottish nationality.

It became Glass Tiger's sixth top-ten hit in Canada, climbing to number eight on the RPM Top Singles chart in November of the same year and ending the year as Canada's 52nd-most-successful single. In the United Kingdom, due to Stewart's appearance, the single became the band's first song to hit the charts since Diamond Sun.

"My Town" was written about Glass Tiger member Alan Frew's hometown of Coatbridge, Scotland. In an interview with Metal Express Radio, Frew said that he initially did not think to recruit Rod Stewart as a featured artist, despite spending time with him prior to the song's conception. The two men were having dinner one night when a person Stewart recognized asked Frew why he had not asked Stewart to sing on "My Town". Frew explained, "Rod asked me why he'd not been asked to sing on it and I'd said that I didn't want to play that card on him. He just said he wanted to sing on it, so he did and that`s how he ended up singing on it."

I think the reason this song resonates with me, and perhaps so many others, is that many of us have moved several times. First from Windsor to London. Then London to the GTA. There's a bit a magical feeling when I go back to Windsor to see friends and the same with London. I have so many really good friends from both places. And there's also memories of certain locales in each city. Forest Glade, the river front, Riverside high school in Windsor. In London, it's Pond Mills, The South area, Springbank Park. This song tells of missing your home town. The breeze will take you and carry you over to your town. It's a really nostalgic song and one that I like immensely.

 

 

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I'm hoping by now, you are starting to recognize the names of these artists.  Glass Tiger, Drake, Jeff Healey, these are all pretty famous names.  

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#85
 
Don't Wanna Fall in Love- Jane Child
 
"Don't Wanna Fall in Love" is a song by Toronto-born singer Jane Child. Released in January 1990 as the second single from her self-titled debut album, the single went to number two for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 from April 14 to April 28, 1990. In addition, a new jack swing remix of the song was produced by Teddy Riley and reached number six on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and number eleven on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.
When released around Europe, it also became successful albeit more modestly. In the UK, the single stalled at number 22 after Child refused to appear on the popular British TV program Top of the Pops while the single was climbing the charts, considering the program to be a "sellout". In April 1990, the single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping over half a million units.
Child was born in Toronto, and is the daughter of noted Canadian classical musician Ricky Hyslop. She joined Canadian Opera Company's children's chorus in her youth. Child was classically trained as a pianist during her youth, but at 15 she dropped out of school and joined a touring band, playing the synthesizer and singing in their shows. While she had various musical jobs such as organ player in churches or piano bars, or doing commercial jingles.
Eventually Child cut a demo tape and was signed to a label which relocated her to New York and then Los Angeles. Adamant on producing her own music, Child left the label and, after negotiations with other labels, settled with Warner Bros. Records, who agreed to sign her on her own terms. Her debut album, Jane Child, released in 1989, was fully written and produced by Child, who also performed all the vocals and played all the instruments (except for the guitar parts), a rarity for a debut artist signed to a major label. Due to her musical style and her emphasis on control over her music, she was at the time labelled by the press as "the female Prince".
 
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#84

 

Safety Dance- Men Without Hats

 

"The Safety Dance" is a song by Canadian new wave/synth-pop band Men Without Hats, released in Canada in 1982 as the second single from Rhythm of Youth. The song was written by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for pogo dancing.

The song entered the Canadian top 50 in February 1983, peaking at number 11 on May 14. In the meantime, "The Safety Dance" was released in the US on March 16, but did not enter the US charts for a few months. When it finally did, the record became a bigger hit than it had been in Canada, spending four weeks at its peak position of number 3 in September and October 1983, and staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks.

The writer/lead singer, Ivan Doroschuk, has explained that "The Safety Dance" is a protest against bouncers prohibiting dancers from pogoing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was declining and new wave was coming in. Unlike disco dancing, which is done with partners, new wave dancing is done individually and involves holding the torso rigid while thrashing about; pogoing involves jumping up and down (the more deliberately violent evolution of pogoing is slamdancing). Club goers doing the newer pogo dance were perceived as posing a danger to disco dancers on the dance floor, and so club bouncers would tell pogoers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression.

 

 

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#83

 

Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf

 

"Born to Be Wild" was the band's third single off their 1968 debut album Steppenwolf, and became their most successful single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. It was kept from the No. 1 spot by "People Got to Be Free" by the Rascals. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed "Born to Be Wild" at No. 129 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Also in 2004, it finished at No. 29 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In 2009, it was named the 53rd best hard rock song of all time by VH1. In 2018, the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a new category for singles.

The song is often invoked in both popular and counter culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is most notably featured in the 1969 film Easy Rider. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric "heavy metal thunder" marks the first use of this term in rock music.

For me personally, I became a fan of this song in the 1984 film The Wild Life. It's from the same writer and producer of Fast Times At Ridgemont High. At the very beginning of the movie, Jim, the young slacker who is obsessed with rock music, Vietnam and chaos in general, breaks into his school during the summer break. He sits in the dark halls and drinks a beer and jams to Born to Be Wild. It was the first time I'd heard the song, as I didn't see Easy Rider until much later in life. The scene in the movie started my love affair with the song.

 

 

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#82

 

Promiscuous Girl- Nelly Furtado

 

"Promiscuous" is a song off Nelly Furtado's third studio album, Loose (2006), featuring Timbaland. The song was written by Furtado, Anthony Motz, Timbaland, and Nate "Danja" Hills. The song's lyrics, which were penned by Furtado and Clayton, feature a conversation between a man and woman who call each other promiscuous. The overtly-sexual song was released as the second single from the album in early 2006.

The song was well received by music critics, with some critics calling it the highlight of the album. "Promiscuous" was an international success and became Furtado's first number-one single in the US. It was the first number one by a Canadian female artist since 1998's "I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly and Celine Dion on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also topped the chart in New Zealand and peaked within the top ten on many charts across Europe.

Furtado's collaboration with mega producer Timbaland completely overhauled Furtado's image. Before this song, I knew her as the singer of I'm Like a Bird. But this song her physical image changed and her "attitude" seemed to change. And it worked because this song sold a ton of copies.

My favourite part of the song is the shout out to Canadian superstar basketball player and two time MVP, Steve Nash.

The reference to basketball player Steve Nash in the song's lyrics led to speculation that he and Furtado were romantically involved, but both deny the link with Nash commenting, "I'm flattered that she put me in her song, but I'm completely in love with my wife and two little baby girls". Furtado decided to include him because she and Nash are both from Victoria, British Columbia, and due to frequent citations of basketballers in songs, she decided to "give him the props".

The very end of the video features a cameo by Justin Timberlake. The three of them (Furtado, Timbaland and JT) would collaborate a couple years later on the monster hit Give it to Me.

 

 

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