Category Archives: Canada’s Best Music

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 32

We move up to number 345 in this edition of Canada’s Best Music.  We have another entry from the Spoons, some classic rock, some new rock from Billy talent and a song from a Canadian staple known as The Tragically Hip, who are, well, hip.  Nice set if you like rock.

345. Spoons

“Those Old Emotions”

Romantic Traffic
Romantic Traffic (Photo credit: stevec77)

The Spoons were in my last post, Part 31.  An 80’s hairband, they had several hits back in the day, including this one in 1983.  Not a great video, but, hey, pretty lucky to find it at all, I’d say.

344. The Watchmen

“Boneyard Tree”

In the Trees
In the Trees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winnipeg band, The Watchmen had a string of hits in the mid 90’s, including this song off their 1994 album “In the Trees”.  Very good band in their time.

343. Billy Talent

“Turn Your Back”

Billy Talent
Billy Talent (Photo credit: NRK P3)

Billy Talent has been around since the early 90’s (known as the Pezz until 1999), but struck it big over the last couple of years, earning a deserved world-wide following.  Turn Your Back is from Billy Talent III, released in 2009.  They have been nominated for Junos every year since 2004, winning 7 times.  The video is a live version.  Great rocker voice.

342. 5440

“Baby Have Some Faith”

The Canadian band 54-40; from left to right: D...
The Canadian band 54-40; from left to right: Dave Genn, Neil Osborne & Brad Merritt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5440 has been rocking Canadians since the 1980’s, releasing albums as recently as 2011.  One of my favourite bands at one point.  Still enjoy hearing them.

341. The Tragically Hip

“Three Pistols”

English: The Tragically Hip performing in Aspe...
English: The Tragically Hip performing in Aspen, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A legend to many Canadians, The Hip consistently release quality material, time after time.  This tune was released in 1991 on their Road Apples album.  Great song.

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 16

The Real Canadian Music Blog

Another interesting set, from movie music to classic rock, some surprisingly good stuff.

1. Pukka Orchestra

“Listen to the Radio”

An interesting new wavish rock song from 1984 by the band with the sick name.  They released 3 albums in the 80’s and the early 90’s and broke up in 1992.

2. David Foster

“St. Elmo’s Fire Theme”

One of Canada’s major exports, David Foster, composed this song as the theme song from St Elmo’s Fire in 1985.  The song was originally written for Rick Hansen‘s “Man in Motion” tour of the world for spinal research.

3. Three Days Grace

“I Hate Everything About You”

Three Days Grace make another appearance in the list with their classic song “I Hate Everything About You”.  They definitely let loose their angst in this one.

4. Corey Hart

“In Your Soul”

A classic from Corey Hart.  He doesn’t wear…

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Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 31

Today’s list makes a change.  Time to go to a countdown.  Only 350 songs to go. The play-list includes both classic rock and a classic player.  Yes, the great one, Neil Young, makes another appearance here.  It also includes Skinny Puppy, which is a new one on me.

346. Skinny Puppy

“Pro-Test Song”

Skinny Puppy live!
Skinny Puppy live! (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Skinny Puppy was a Vancouver based electronic band, formed in 1982.  They have recorded 15 albums, including a new one “Weapon” this year.

347. Spoons

“Romantic Traffic”

Romantic Traffic
Romantic Traffic (Photo credit: stevec77)

The band, Spoons, hail out of Burlington and were your prototypical 80’s synth-pop hair band that were everywhere back then.  This song was one of their bigger hits and was recorded in 1984, only hitting 55 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

348. Trooper

“Two for the Show”

Trooper have played since 1965.  I have seen them on two occasions.  Once sitting in the front row at a bar in Winnipeg way back in the day, the second, about 10 years ago at the Brier (Canada’s Men’s Curling Championship) in Saskatoon.  Don’t really remember either performance that well.  This song was recorded in 1976.

349. Corey Hart

“Never Surrender”

Singles (Corey Hart album)
Singles (Corey Hart album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corey Hart was never my favourite, other than “I Wear My Sunglasses At Night” which was kind of cool. To me, he epitomized pretty much everything that I didn’t like about 80’s music.  I am sure there will be some disagreement on that, or maybe not.

350. Neil Young

“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

English: Neil Young in Ruisrock Festival, Turk...
English: Neil Young in Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And now, The Master.  Enjoy!!  As an added bonus, live at the Fillmore East with Crosby Stills & Nash.

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 30

With this post, we have now covered the first 150 songs on this list I discovered.  Only 350 to go, blogger gold.  This set has some drinking songs and lots of rock and roll, some classic, some newer and some that raises hackles on some people.  Enjoy.

1. The Irish Rovers

“Unicorn Song”

Cover of "Unicorn"
Cover of Unicorn

This one is for Hotspur.  It isn’t pissing rainbows, but it is purple.  One of the great drinking songs, done by the Irish Rovers in 1967, it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.  Glen Campbell played guitar on the original.  I think most people can sing at least a little of this one.


2. Rush

“2112”

2112 (album)
2112 (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush, one of the greatest bands ever.  2112 is not a song, but one side of an album, broken into 7 pieces.  The total length is 20:33.  One of the best albums of all time.  The video here is a live 6 minute piece of the song, taped in 1976.


3. Treble Charger

“American Psycho”

American Psycho (song)
American Psycho (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A little more recent is Treble Charger’s song, American Psycho.  Recorded in 2000 on their album “Wide Awake Bored“, it reached number 4 on Billboard’s Canadian Alt chart.


4. Helix

“Heavy Metal Love”

English: Canadian hard rock band Helix in conc...
English: Canadian hard rock band Helix in concert at the Friendship Festival in Fort Erie. From left to right, Rick VanDyk, Brian Vollmer, Brent Niemi, Jim Lawson, Paul Fonseca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helix was popular in the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.  Their sound was definitely heavy rock, a classic 80’s style.


5. Nickelback

“Photograph”

Nickelback
Nickelback (Photo credit: cjmod)

Get your hate on.  Nickelback, like em or leave em, are Canadian and are successful.