iHeartRadio 150: Songs 75 to 51
In its first 150 years, Canada has created a massive — and impressive — collection of music that is distinctly its own.
From coast to coast to coast, indigenous stories set to music and traditional maritime shanties resonate as much as contemporary rock ballads and pop anthems.
From Paul Anka to Zappacosta, Canada has given the world artists as diverse as the country itself. Many have conquered the globe, others have found that success at home is enough.
It is impossible to come up with a list of only 150 memorable Canadian songs. For each one you can name, there are 10 others just as worthy.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th, iHeartRadio asked its hosts and station music directors across the nation — as well as fans — to name their top songs by Canadian artists.
The result is a genre-blurring collection of tracks. Not all of the songs on the list were written by Canadians, and not all will be familiar to everyone — but each of them has earned a place in our hearts.
Like Drake, we started from the bottom.
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Stay tuned as we reveal the complete list, 25 songs at a time, leading up to Canada Day.
75. Céline Dion - “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”
Composed by American songwriter Jim Steinman, this power ballad was first recorded by girl group Pandora’s Box for their 1989 album Original Sin. It wasn’t until Céline Dion put her stamp on it for her 1996 album Falling Into You that the song became a hit.
74. Sloan - “Money City Maniacs”
The first single from the Halifax band’s 1998 album Navy Blues was used in beer commercials and appears in the hockey-themed movie Goon. How much more Canadian does it get?
73. Spirit of the West - “Home For A Rest”
This song starts out slowly but, 45 seconds in, it becomes a foot-stomping party anthem about longing for the comforts of home after a booze-soaked London vacation. The track, from Vancouver band Spirit of the West’s 1990 album Save This House, was written by John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly.
72. Jean Leloup - “1990”
Québécois singer-songwriter Jean Leloup (aka Jean Leclerc) enjoyed success in Canada and abroad with this song, which was added to the 1991 re-issue of his album L'amour est sans pitié.
71. Rush - “The Spirit of Radio”
Rush released “The Spirit of Radio” — inspired by the slogan of a radio station in their hometown Toronto — on their 1980 album Permanent Waves.
70. Big Wreck - “That Song”
The second single from Big Wreck’s 1998 debut album In Loving Memory Of… was written by frontman Ian Thornley. “Man, I love that song,” he sings. “I really love that song / I love that song.” So do we.
69. City & Colour - “Comin’ Home”
“Comin’ Home,” penned by Dallas Green, came out in 2006. It’s about a traveling man who misses his woman and can’t wait to get home.
68. The Weeknd - “Earned It”
This song, from Toronto’s The Weeknd, appears on both the soundtrack to the 2015 Vancouver-shot film Fifty Shades of Grey and on The Weeknd’s second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness. Released as a single just before Christmas 2014, the song won Best R&B Performance at the Grammys and earned an Oscar nomination.
67. Sum 41 - “Fat Lip”
Ontario’s Sum 41 included “Fat Lip” on their 2001 album All Killer No Filler — and it became the band’s biggest hit ever. It earned them a spot as musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
66. Len - “Steal My Sunshine”
Born in Montreal but raised in Toronto, Marc Costanzo created Len with his sister Sharon Costanzo and released “Steal My Sunshine” on their third studio album, 1999’s You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush. The massive hit, which samples Andrea True Connection’s 1976 disco classic “More, More More,” was reportedly inspired by The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” Marc Costanzo told Stereogum last year that the song is about how he felt during an EDM festival. “I wrote part of it on my leg and a lot of it on a napkin,” he recalled.
65. Barenaked Ladies - “If I Had $1,000,000”
This sing-along song became a hit when it was released as a single from BNL’s 1992 debut, Gordon. The song references Kraft Dinner, which is only sold with that name in Canada.
64. The New Pornographers - “Twin Cinema”
The title track from the Vancouver band’s 2005 album was written by frontman A.C. Newman and helped the album get shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.
63. Neil Young - “Rockin’ in the Free World”
The Toronto-born music icon released this political anthem in late 1989 and it became one of Young’s signature songs. It ranked No. 216 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
62. Gilles Vigneault - “Gens du pays”
“Gens du pays” on a list of memorable Canadian songs? Written by Quebec nationalist Gilles Vigneault (with Gaston Rochon), this 1975 song is aligned with the Quebec sovereignty movement and is considered to be the unofficial “national” anthem of the province.
61. Drake - “One Dance”
Featured on Drake’s 2016 collection Views, “One Dance” features the Toronto rap superstar with Nigerian artist Wizkid and British singer Kyla. It went to No. 1 on charts all over the world, despite never having an official video.
60. Nelly Furtado - “Promiscuous”
This 2006 track from the Victoria-born, Toronto-based singer’s third album, Loose, became Furtado’s first No. 1 hit in the U.S. It also won Best Pop Single at the Billboard Music Awards and earned a nom at the Grammys.
59. Loverboy - “Working for the Weekend”
Vancouver’s Loverboy got lucky with this song from their second studio album, 1981’s Get Lucky. A hit at home and elsewhere, the track went on to be featured in movies and video games.
58. Bran Van 3000 - “Drinking in L.A.”
Co-writer James Di Salvio has said the song is about “me being in L.A. trying to make a movie and getting really bored with it and going out clubbing and DJ-ing, eventually taking the jump into making the record.” It was the biggest hit for the Montreal-based collective.
57. BTO - “Takin’ Care Of Business”
"Takin' Care of Business" was written by Winnipeg’s Randy Bachman for the 1973 album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II. The song was inspired by a recording technician for Bachman’s former band The Guess Who.
56. Corey Hart - “Sunglasses at Night”
Almost everyone knows one or two lines from this Canadian ‘80s classic — but few have figured out every word Montreal’s Corey Hart belts out. Is he singing: “Don’t mess around with the Diet 7-Up” or “Don't masquerade with the guy in shades oh no?”
55. Gordon Lightfoot - “If You Could Read My Mind”
This song was so popular following its release in 1970 that the album on which it appears, Sit Down Young Stranger, was renamed If You Could Read My Mind. Gordon Lightfoot has said he wrote it at home in Toronto about his divorce. The song has been covered by dozens of artists over the years, including fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Diana Krall, but got the biggest boost when a dance version was done by Stars on 45 in 1998 for the Toronto-shot film 54.
54. Roch Voisine - “Hélène”
Released in 1989, “Hélène” was the first single from New Brunswick singer Roch Voisine’s first studio album. An English version was also recorded.
53. Hedley - “Never Too Late”
B.C. band Hedley put “Never Too Late” on their 2008 album Famous Last Words. The video is a parody of Duran Duran’s video for their 1982 single “Rio.”
52. Sloan - “The Rest of My Life”
Released in 2003 as part of Sloan’s Action Pact, this song is about the fear of not growing up fast enough.
51. k-os - “Sunday Morning”
The Toronto artist released “Sunday Morning” in 2006, ahead of his album Atlantis: Hymns for Disco.