Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Top 100 Canadian Songs Of All Time: Part 4 (#25-1)

Well this is it...the cream rises to the top! Onward to #1!!

25. "Charlotte" - Kittie

Kittie's coup de grace, most metal bands wish they wrote a song so unique and awesome. It's angry and sweet at the same time. It's ugly and pretty. Just an all around kick ass song of a kick ass album.

24. "Explode" - Nelly Furtado

Off of Nelly's forgotten album Folklore, "Explode" has such a distinct sound if it wasn't for her voice, you probably couldn't tell it was Nelly. I hunted this song for months after I first heard it and even own the album because of it. If you've never heard it, get on it quick son. Cool video too.

23. "So She's Leaving" - The Trews

Such a solid rock song, real guitars, bass, drums and singing ability like the good old days. Can't stop this song halfway through, have to let the whole thing play.  What a solo in the middle there too!

22. "Take A Minute" - K'naan

Though not born in Canada, K'naan did grow up in the GTA and is proud to call Canada his home. Using his turmoil filled past as inspiration K'naan developed a lovely sound for his album Troubadour. "Take A Minute" is just a hope filled track in a sea of depression and sorrow.  Perhaps you remember his song "Waving Flag" from the 2010 Olympics?

21. "Rebellion (Lies)" - The Arcade Fire

This song builds and builds to a thundering crescendo. It's constant beat and down strokes make it impossible to stand still or not to clap along.  The Arcade Fire seem to have to the musical world on it's ear, let's hope they return once again and blow us all away with great songs like this one.

20. "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot

Add a great weaver of tales to G. Light's long list of credentials. When the great ship Edmund Fitzgerald went down in 1975, Gordon came in to honour those lost through an epic song clocking in at over six minutes long. To this day "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is viewed as one of the best Canadian songs ever, even if it's subject matter is American history.

19. "Heaven Sent" - Esthero

Esthero's unique blend of jazzy synth vibes, bass and her own distinct vocals makes her a worthy ambassador of Canadian talent. "Heaven Sent" is a dark, yet playful song. A trippy bass line leads you through a tale of murder and despair. Sounds unlike anything else on this list. Esthero's brother is actually Singer/songwriter J. Englishman. Fun fact!

18. "As Far As I Can Spit" - Rainbow Butt Monkeys

This song is pure energy and intensity. If you can make it through that opening riff without wanting more you are a stronger person than I.

17. "Speak Slow" - Tegan & Sara

This song is a light, fun and EXTREMELY catchy little ditty from our east coast twins. Tegan's voice is really used as another instrument in this one and the whole band seems in sync. Very memorable lyrics as well "When your love lets you go you only want love more" So true.

16. "These Eyes" - The Guess Who

Who can ever forget those opening piano notes? Burton Cummings really came through on the vocals for this one too, singing from his heart, the betrayal that inspired the song can be heard tear for tear on the record. "These Eyes" is a proud Canadian moment in song writing.

15. "Rationale" - King Cobb Steelie

Perhaps the darkhorse of the top 20. King Cobb Steelie formed in Guelph, Ontario and made an impression with this wonderful song "Rationale".  Deep, conscious lyrics brood out over almost industrial or tribal beats, the line between the two is blurred several times throughout the song. It's almost hypnotic the way the song plays out.

14. "You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morissette

This is a fuck you, all out, guns blazin' revenge song. And I love it! It's unclear who the subject of the song is, but it doesn't matter, the rage is timeless, substitute anyone and it works. Not many of Alanis' later songs recaptured this fire, maybe she knew she couldn't top the spitefulness. Either way "You Oughta Know" is here to stay.

13. "Twin Cinema" - The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers exist in their own little corner of the universe, unaware of what the rest of the musical world is doing they trod along in their own blissful genius. Twin Cinema is a must own for any Canadian music buff and the title track is great reason why.

12. "The Needle & The Damage Done" - Neil Young

All you need for greatness is Neil, a guitar and a microphone. Perhaps the most honest and personal drug song ever written, "The Needle and The Damage Done" is Neil's tribute to musicians he knew, famous or not, that were lost due to heroin. Plain and simple. Beautiful.

11. "Enya" - Age Of Electric

Age Of Electric consisted of 2 sets of brothers and lasted for 5 albums before splitting for good. "Enya" always stood out for me, not sure why. Such a sweet, slow song, but gets intense and powerful right at the proper moments. After dissolving the 2 sets of brothers carried on with Limblifter and Static in Stereo.

10. "Apparitions" - Matthew Good Band

Wasn't sure if I needed to say anything about the top ten or not. Can almost let the songs speak for themselves.  "Apparitions" is an impressive song with great pacing and Matt's knack for clever lyric writing. One of the best videos ever as well.

9. "Naveed" - Our Lady Peace

Not sure who or what Naveed is but the song is undeniably immaculate. From Jeremy's own brand of time keeping to Raine's powerful vocals gripping you in an unrelenting squeeze. Doesn't give up until the song's epic final moments. Yes.

8. "Charms" - Philosopher Kings

This song can really capture a moment, even if fleeting, of lust and desire and make an evening out of it. Gerald Eaton's voice has been known to reduce women to trembling chambers of their former selves. I included this one on my Sex Songs list and knew even then it would rank high here. One of my all time faves.

7. "Companion (Lay Me Down)" - Wide Mouth Mason

I'm a guitar player and I have a difficult time figuring out the main riff of this song. Another great one to capture a moment. Sean Verreault conjures up some wonderful imagery here, and the whole band sounds like they are having fun playing, which can really shine through in a song. A perfect song for an evening drive.

6. "The Lines You Amend" - Sloan

Jay Ferguson takes lead vocal duties in this Sloan classic, and speaking of classic it just has that Paul Simon/Beatles-esque vibe to it. Which is great. A sweet short track, but still long enough to captivate me for many years. Still not sick of this one. Why doesn't this guy sing more often? Sloan would be better!

5. "Wheat Kings" - The Tragically Hip

This song starts with fuckin' loons! Loons! You can't get much more Canadian than that! Gordie & co. crafted a great song around true events about a man who was falsely convicted of murder in the 60's I believe? Regardless this is a perfect campfire song, or even one to absorb on your own next to a moon-lit lake.

4. "Red" - Treblecharger

Perhaps the sole reason people knew or got into Treblecharger was because of this song. A slow, moving rock song that launched them into stardom. They'd re-release it a few times, but nothing matches the original. Go with your initial instincts folks.

3. "Hazards Of Sitting Beneath Palm Trees" - Hayden

This is perfection folks. Hayden is able to paint us a detailed painting of a disappointing holiday in under 3 minutes. I didn't realize the full brilliance of some of the lines until years after it's 1998 release. It's almost over before you know it, but too much of a good thing can be detrimental. The original cabin song.
fuck mike bullard

2. "Leave It Alone" - Moist

For a long time this was my favourite album. I played the shit out of it, still makes it in the rounds. "Leave It Alone" is a heart wrenching song that required each member of Moist to dig deep and be at the peak of their performance. Any member was off and the song would have suffered. Near the end of the song is one of my favourite guitar parts in all of song. I love how the song builds and builds and David Usher is literally screaming by the songs climax. What kept it from being #1? Good question, it wasn't an easy decision, song #1 has one little thing that this song doesn't though.

1. "All Uncovered" - The Watchmen

This is it. Canada's greatest song, no question. It starts off at a chill pace with a highway of bass, then the coy little guitar riffs come out to play. Before you know it you're lost in the throes of The Watchmen's brilliance. It has all the build up and emotion you can need from a great song. And a harmonica solo, one thing that Moist's "Leave It Alone" didn't have. Sounds odd to have it come down to that, but it gave "All Uncovered" a slight edge. The vocals are perfect, both lead and backing, the way the instruments come in and out of the foreground. I can't help but get a little overcome hearing this. Thanks for reading everyone who took the time!
Happy Canada Day!! JZ

Top 100 Canadian Songs Of All Time: Part 3 (#50-26)

50. "The Bazaar" - The Tea Party

When I first heard this song via music video on Much Music I couldn't erase it from my mind. I needed more of it, of course this was before the days of downloading and instant media availability, so I had to wait until radio or TV allowed me to hear it. This Windsor trio have been to the top of Canadian music mountain, broke up and reunited. Surely to go down as one of the greats in the Canadian music scene.

49. "Call It Off" - Tegan & Sara

Twin sisters from the East coast Tegan and Sara have crafted a simple, melodic tune, but it speaks to something deep inside all of us. Whether we're willing to admit it or not. "Call it Off" also uses their dual vocal abilities perfectly.

48. "Head Over Feet" - Alanis Morissette

From the sheer juggernaut of an album Jagged Little Pill, "Head Over Feet" was apparently written in under an hour with Alanis' producer Glen Ballard. It's a refreshing love song from the female's perspective, and features a wonderful mix of instruments, including a harmonica solo (Which Alanis learned for this album) a definite bonus in my book.

47. "Morale" - Treblecharger

In the 90's Treblecharger were the epitome of Indie Canadian cool. Writing catchy, yet reflective music which fit perfectly for a generation unsure of itself. Once "Morale" starts its damn near impossible to switch off. Sadly, Treblecharger took another direction on later albums and really lost my interest...and the interest of a whole country apparently.

46. "Unsound" - The Headstones

Featuring Canadian punk legend Hugh Dillon, The Headstones are wildly known for their cover of "Tweeter & The Monkey Man" by the Travelling Willburys. "Unsound" for me, however, was their swan song. It's catchy, in yer face and brought some attitude to Canadian rock. Hugh went on to a moderately successful acting career, perhaps best known for his role in Hard Core Logo.

45. "Political" - Spirit Of The West

From Vancouver, BC Spirit of the West were known to have a tinge of East Coast flair on their songs. Best known for a certain song that is usually played as a bar is closing for the night, "Political" has a constant rhythm and joy that always held it in a higher regard in my mind. Love the mandolin as well. Would have loved to see these guys perform live.

44. "Man I Used To Be" - K-Os

"The things that I said I wouldn't do...I did 'em" One of my favourite opening lines ever! K-Os is Kevin Brereton and is one of Canada's most celebrated hip-hop acts. This song samples Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean", but it really takes on it's own identity through remarkable lyrics and atmosphere. I think we all wish we could be as we once were at some point.

43. "Rockin' In The Free World" - Neil Young

Such an iconic tune, timeless lyrics, a kick-ass vocal performance and just an all around great Canadian song. Another song thats been covered countless times, but an insane number of artists. It really shows why Neil Young is as respected and popular as he is.

42. "Shine" - The Doughboys

Yes even one-hit wonders deserve their spot on the list. The Doughboys were from Montreal and front man John Kastner was often mistaken as the lead singer from Rusty. What, 2 white guys can't have dreadlocks?
It's almost a crime for "Shine" to be so catchy, it demands multiple listens and will forever remain timeless.

41. "Theif" - Our Lady Peace

The best song on Happiness Is Not A Fish You Can Catch is undoubtedly "Theif". Inspired by a young girl with brain cancer, it's a horribly sobering song that boils over with human hope and beauty at the same time. I wish more artists could connect with an audience, fans or not, in a way that Our Lady Peace did so ardently here.

40. "Dreaded Fist" - The Rascalz

Vancouver's Rascalz made a buzz in 1998 when they refused their Juno award for best Canadian Hip-Hop artist. Their protest was that the award wasn't televised live like the rest of the awards, instead it was handed out the night before. Rascalz won the following year and were featured heavily on the televised event. "Dreaded Fist" remains one of Canada's finest hip-hop songs.

39. Jean Leloup - "I Lost My Baby"

Of all the bands from Quebec on this list, Jean Leloup is the first inclusion with a song sung almost entirely en francais. "I Lost My Baby" is a delight, pure and simple, no matter which language you speak. Even if you don't understand the words you can hear the pain and longing in his voice. Love the fact that he left the backing vocal girl's mistake in there as well, helps make the song, like feedback in Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry"

38. "Smoke Baby" - Hawksley Workman

Babies everywhere!!!! Hawksley's 3rd and final appearance is this magnificent offering from Lover/Fighter. A jazzy, noire and sultry song about a toxic relationship. Love the pacing, the rise and fall and the rap break in the middle of the song.

37. "Stadium Love" - Metric

From the thunderous first drum beats to Emily Hine's smokin' sexy voice, how can you consider "Stadium Love" anything but great. Though I feel Metric are very hit and miss with their songs, some are great, some are quite forgettable. There is nothing weak about this one though, must be played loud!

36. "Ahead By A Century" - The Tragically Hip

1996's Trouble At The Henhouse saw a new generation of music fans being introduced to Kingston's Tragically Hip, mainly due to this track. It received gratuitous play on Much Music and why shouldn't it have?  A timeless opening guitar riff and lyrics that remind listeners of their own youth. A time when things were much happier.

35. "Sundown" - Gordon Lightfoot

Often cited as Canada's greatest songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot earns that distinction with classics like "Sundown". Like many great songs "Sundown" was inspired by a woman in Gordon's life, though this one would go on to "hurt him the most". Atleast it didn't stop him from having a celebrated life and many years of great, inspirational and powerful music.

34. "Between Us To Hold" - Hayden

Perhaps my favourite Canadian album is Hayden's The Closer I Get released in 1998. It's one of those you can just put on and get lost in. "Between Us To Hold" is a beautifully simple acoustic track about teaching your girlfriend to play guitar. Only Hayden could make it as heavenly as it became.

33. "Used To Be Alright" - I Mother Earth

It took me a while to get into this one, the 3rd single off I Mother Earth's Scenery And Fish. Once it did though, I was obsessed. Thats how it goes with most unconventional songs I think, once you get passed the initial discomfort you can revel in it's uniqueness. Edwin's vocals are on overdrive in this one too, high, low, high low. Nice.

32. "Misogyny" - Rusty

I'm not too sure what to say about Rusty. A great band that never really got to live up to it's full potential. Thankfully they left behind some truly great songs, "Misogyny" is just one example of that.

31. "Empty Cell" - Rusty

"Empty Cell" is another.

30. "Load Me Up" - Matthew Good Band

The Matthew Good Band dominated the Canadian airwaves in the 90's with albums like Underdogs and Beautiful Midnight. I love the way this song builds and builds to the end. Great guitar solo and really cool video as well.

29. "Quicksand" - Finger Eleven

After changing their name from Rainbow Butt Monkeys, Finger Eleven started picking up some serious steam. Their first album under the new monicker Tip produced 3 singles of which "Quicksand" stood out amongst the crowd. Still it remains one of their best songs even though they are still release quality albums. Sometimes first is best.

28. "Possession" - Sarah McLachlan

She's sailing the ship of female Canadian artists, with that voice, i'd follow her aimlessly as well. "Possession" is a superb song, which took it's lyrics from a letter that Sarah received from an obsessed fan. Hey, if she can see potential in that she deserves a high spot on this list.

27. "The Grace" - Neverending White Lights feat. Dallas Green

Neverending White Lights is Daniel Victor, who along with many fellow Canadian collaborators release a sublime album 2005. The shining jewel of that album was "The Grace" which came with vocals by Dallas Green. Green's pain filled wails accompany the slow, haunted music that Victor composed. Yet you still can't feel a little hope under the surface, 'tis beauty.

26. "The Messenger" - Daniel Lanois/The Tea Party

I couldn't decide which version to honour on this list. Lanois is a visionary songwriter and producer, who has worked with the likes of U2, Brian Eno and Bob Dylan. "The Messenger" is a love song pure and simple. The Tea Party covered it for their 1999 album Triptych which broadened Lanois' audience to the younger generation. I honour them both here. You're goddamned right I did.

The final 25 are next!! Stick 'round.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Top 100 Canadian Songs Of All Time: Part 2 (#75-51)

75. "Hope" - Our Lady Peace

Raine Maida and the boys have definitely left their mark on the landscape of Canadian musicians. They didn't really catch their big break until 1997's Clumsy, but I find some of their best work is on their first album Naveed. "Hope" is an intense song about a mentally unstable woman and it really exemplifies the raw and unique style OLP began with.

74. "Comin' Home" - City and Colour

Alexisonfire's front man Dallas Green takes on this alter-ego when he gets in a mellow mood. I think Dallas has one of the best singing voices i've ever heard. "Comin' Home" is a real sweet and heartfelt song about being in love and all alone. Many artists have done similar songs, but theres something about the way Dallas delivers this one that makes it stand out. Oh and fuck you Lincoln, Nebraska.

73. "YYZ" - Rush

The first instrumental track on the list comes from Canadian rock legends Rush. "YYZ" just shows what these guys do best, harmonized guitar and bass and just wild drumming from the great Neil Peart. "YYZ" is also the code for Toronto's international airport by the way.

72. "In September" - Hayden

Hayden has so many great tracks to choose from. This will definitely not be his only appearance on this list. "In September" was actually one of Hayden's first songs written and recorded, he initially released it in 1994. Thankfully he also re-released it on his major label debut Everything I Long For, because his early demos are damn near impossible to track down these days.

71. "Lady Venom" - Swollen Members

Prevail, Mad Child and Rob the Viking make up Vancouver's Swollen Members. Adding some hip hop flavour to this list which Canada isn't widely known for. When you know where to look however, songs like this featuring heavy beats and quick, clever lyrics are a welcome treasure.

70. "Striptease" - Hawksley Workman

No surprise that Hawksley would be found again on this list, "Striptease" here is possibly his most well-known song. From the initial guitar sounds to his distinct fast-paced vocal style this song burrows into your head with tenacity. It's almost a guaranteed mood changer this one isn't it?

69. "Bad Time To Be Poor" - Rheostatics

To this day Etobicoke's Rheostatics are mentioned among Canada's most iconic groups. Though they never received much fame or fortune they left their musical mark with remarkably poignant and social songs like "Bad Time To Be Poor". In true Canadian style they had songs of all different styles which can be attributed to the varying musical tastes of their band members.

68. "Born Losers" - Matthew Good

Matthew Good is one of Canada's shining exports. His music is honest, habit forming and unapologetic. This one comes from the post-Matthew Good Band era, but we'll get to that don't worry. "Born Losers" is brought alive by Matt's lyrical proficiency and excellent blend of acoustic and electric instruments. "She could never say flat out she don't want me/ 'Cause I could never say that halfway ain't enough"

67. "Hard Sun" - Indio

Indio, also known as Gordon Peterson, wasn't really a household name until Eddie Vedder covered this song in 2007. Sadly, he didn't give permission, but also didn't receive much compensation due to record label turmoil. "Hard Sun" remains a classic Canadian dirge regardless, a perfect companion for a road trip across the country's vast prairies.

66. "Any Sense Of Time" - The Inbreds

The Inbreds were a duo from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They gained a reputation on college radio and some friendly airplay on Much Music which garnered them a modest following (Including Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl). "Any Sense of Time" is a nice, laid back tune that goes well with warm summer days and long weekends. A perfect Canadian tune in my view.

65. "Brackish" - Kittie

I love Kittie; One of Canada's finest metal acts. "Brackish" found on 1999's Spit was the first song by them I heard and it kicked my ass. Morgan's ever versatile voice over top of raging power chords and chugging bass. Throw in some quick spitting from Fallon and you've got something worth noticing.

64. "Making Sunshine" - The Trews

Love the intro to this song, go outside on a warm, summer night and Canada and you can listen to the crickets chirping. I find that relaxing. It's a great lead in to a great song from one of Canada's best modern rock groups. Most people prefer their first album, but I found Den of Theives to be more enjoyable. I think this track had quite a bit to do with that.

63. "Choke" - T.O.E

Eventually changing their name to Cauterize, T.O.E had a short lifespan as far as bands go. They had a high intensity to their songs which made "Choke" a perfect inclusion to one of Nintendo's high energy video game soundtracks, which is how they gained a wider audience. Some great lyrics in this song too, maybe i'll include it on the Great Break-up Songs list...hmmm.

62. "500 Up" - Sloan

Canada's fab four, Sloan are a must have on any Canadian compilation. "500 Up" comes from the days before they were a household name and is one of the only singles that features drummer Andrew Scott on secondary vocals. Maybe thats why it always stood out in my mind, but it's always been one of the best Sloan tracks to me.

61. "Both Sides,  Now" - Joni Mitchell

Ah Joni, the first lady of folk-music. Joni's music has inspired and touched people on both sides of the border and all over the world. "Both Sides, Now" was a sleeper hit for Joni, as she did not expect it be as popular as it did. Since it's release in 1969 it's been covered over 20 times and was even played during the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

60. "Sweet Mary" - Equalizer

I'm pretty sure I punched someone out when I found out these guys were from Montreal. In a good way. Such a great song, and like I said before it gets an immediate plus one for being Canadian. "Sweet Mary" is an introspective look at life, even if that life seems to revolve around the inclusion of one single person. I think we've all been at that point at some period of our lives.

59. "Absolutely Anytime" - The Watchmen

This song will always remind me of my time in radio. It came right at the end of The Watchmen's run, but it's got this unique vibe to it, unlike most other Watchmen tracks. And it's very refreshing when a band is able to present great songs without rehashing a winning formula over and over again.

58. "Believe Me" - Moist

At one point Moist were my all time favourite Canadian group, I had a Phoenix Coyotes hat signed by the entire band, if only they had lasted longer. I'm glad, however that we have great songs like "Believe Me" to remind us of a better time when Moist existed. Yes, that's Bif Naked in the video, a darker video, from a time when artists weren't afraid to create art.

57. "Mushaboom" - Feist

Leslie Feist was present in the background of the Canadian music scene for quite some time, being involved with Chris Murphy from Sloan and singing in Montreal's Broken Social Scene. It wasn't until 2004 when her album Let It Die was released that Feist's popularity exploded. It featured a cover of The Bee Gees "Inside & Out" and this great track "Mushaboom". Of course the rest of the world knows her from that iPod commercial....

56. "Being Here" - The Stills

Such a simple, lovely, straight forward pop song, some Stills fans were disenchanted by this direction, but I feel it's impossible for me not to love it. Nothing much else to say about it, let the song do the speaking.

55. "Dear Sons & Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts" - Wolf Parade

Montreal seems to be the new New York. Every year a plethora of great music flows from it's indie scene and into the ears of music lovers all over Canada and the world. This song was impossible to forget after I heard it once, an infectious beat and very quotable lyrics, how could I?

54. "Lean On Your Peers" - Blackie & The Rodeo Kings

Tom Wilson is a name Canadian music appreciators know well, he's had many bands and groups associated with him: Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond and even his solo work. I'd say it was within Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, however where we find his crowning jewel. "Lean On Your Peers" is a song that demands your attention, it's great storytelling vibe keeps you interested while the slow-paced strum takes you back to a time in your life that you just wish would never end. Sometimes I wish this song wouldn't.

53. "Into The Darkness" - Kittie

2004 saw the return of Kittie and this merciless metal track. "Into The Darkness" has it's detractors but theres not a lot out there that sounds like it. It took a while for me to appreciate the double vocals, but now I can't imagine this song without it. Metal at it's purest.

52. "Ming Tran" - Gob

From Canadian metal to punk, Gob has gone through a slight metamorphosis during their tenure. From short, sophomoric punk ditties to full blown out, methodical punk assaults, it's a welcome change. Especially when it comes to "Ming Tran", an instantly addictive track that continues playing in your head long after the cd stops. Give us more of this Gob. Thanks.

51. "Wake Up" - The Arcade Fire

Since their 2004 debut Funeral The Arcade Fire have gone from a Canadian hipster's secret garden to full-blown as-seen-on-tv household appliances. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I do think however their best work is behind them or yet to be seen. Nothing that they've done since has matched the sheer brilliance of Funeral. Take one listen to "Wake Up" and I think you'll agree with me. But i'm sure there is more to come.


Friday, 24 June 2011

Top 100 Canadian Songs Of All Time: Part 1 (#100-76)

Well here it is: the first official major list here at Voiddrops. Being a proud Canuck I thought with Canada Day a mere week away i'd count down the best 100 songs done by a Canadian group since life began. The other lists I do aren't in any particular order, this one is. Hopefully i'll be able to time getting to #1 with all the July 1st celebrations. This has been tricky, there's many songs i've left out, but hopefully you'll forgive those sins for the joyous anthems i've included. Let's get started shall we?

100. "Surrender" - Billy Talent

It took me some time to warm up to Billy Talent. It was this song in fact that opened a deaf ear and i've since been enjoying their entire catalog. "Surrender" has got an infectious groove throughout it's 4 minute lifespan and I love the sheer brilliance of the line "She wonders why i'm always in a good mood" Think about it.

99. "Try Telling That To My Baby" - The Heavy Blinkers

From Canada's lovely East coast The Heavy Blinkers incorporate many orchestral instruments in their songs to get that unique sound. I first heard this song on Pictoplasma 2, a DVD which featured animated music videos.

98. "Carsick" - Made

This takes me back to my highschool days. I'm not sure Made existed outside my little circle of music appreciators in the late 90's. They did have one stellar album in Bedazzler however. I couldn't find the video on Youtube, so I made it myself! JZ baby!

97. "Fuckin' Up" - Neil Young

Neil will appear many more times on this list...fret not Canadian music fans. This has been one of my favourite Neil Young songs for many years now...though it's easy to see why it didn't get much exposure. Not sure which version I like better plugged in or acoustic....or even Pearl Jam's.

96. "Ilfracombe" - Hawksley Workman

Lover/Fighter is a solid record, possibly even Hawksley's best. This is an unlisted track, I believe the second of 2. It's a pure Canadian tune though, named after a small northern Ontario village near Hawksley's home town of Huntsville. Workman is in a class of his own.

95. "Pretty Life" - Jakalope

Is Jakalope the name of the band or the lady singing the song? I've never known, but what I do know is that a great vocalist mixed with ex-Skinny Puppy founder Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, equals some excellent electronic music.

94. "Rave & Drool" - The Killjoys

All great bands have a great story about how they came up with their name. These Hamilton, ON boys were sitting around in a bar racking their brains about a band name. The Killjoys is the best they could come up with. Guess it's not so great. Sadly their other great songs had to be bumped from this list, see also "Soaked" and "Today I Hate Everyone"

93. "Heartbreaker" - MSTRKRFT feat. John Legend

From the ashes of Death From Above 1979 (see no. 82) came MSTRKRFT, an electro-dance act stationed in Toronto. They've remixed many act's songs like Kylie Minogue, Bloc Party and of course DFA1979. "Heartbreaker" is their highest charting single to date.

92. "Road Regrets" - Dan Mangan

Nobody does the acoustic guitar like Canadians. Ladies and Gentlemen meet Dan Mangan, singer/songwriter from Vancouver, BC. "Road Regrets" is not only a great driving song, but a solid track in general. Great lyrics, great pace and just puts you in a good mood. Check out his website

91. "Leader" - Bif Naked

Bif made a huge splash in 2001 with her album Purge. Bif's success has stemmed from her reluctance to be held to one style of music. Her records are as colourful as her inked skin. "Leader" is a quasi-punk, quasi-electronic tune that scratches an itch i've had for years.

90. "Share The Land" - The Guess Who

One of the most successful Canadian groups of the 60's-70's was The Guess Who. The twin writing and musical abilities of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman help them become a household name worldwide. "Share The Land" was even well known as an anthem of peace during the final years of the free-love era. To this day most critics and listers name "American Woman" as the best Canadian song ever. Will I agree? We shall see....

89. "Andromeda" - Zuckerbaby

Barely edging out one of The Guess Who's songs is Alberta's Zuckerbaby. These guys had so much potential with "Andromeda" being a shining beacon of music to come, unfortunately their subsequent releases were not nearly as interesting and Zuckerbaby faded to the deep background. It should be noted however, that all the members of the band performed their own stunts in this video, by really jumping off the rooftop on to an inflatable safety mat below.

88. "When The Night Feels My Song" - Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash burst on the scene in 2005 with this contagious reggae-influenced track. It's impossible to remain in a bad mood when the first few chords are played. Bedouin continue to tour worldwide and release successful albums to this day, their latest being 2010's Light The Horizon.

87. "Satisfied" - The Odds

The Odds were a unique band from Vancouver who flourished in the 90's. "Satisfied" exemplifies their quirky lyrical style, also an impressive and proficient musical talent. They split in the 2000's and scattered to various seperate projects only to reform in 2007.

86. "Painted Ladies" - Ian Thomas

It's a sad trend of Canadian musicians everywhere, international artists re-recording their songs only to have more success with them than we ever did. Ian Thomas had some of his songs covered by Santana, Manfred Mann Earth Band and even Barbra Streisand. "Painted Ladies" remains his biggest hit though, which it should be as it stand head and shoulders over the majority of American tunes of it's time.

85. "Yeti" - Caribou

Caribou is the stage name of Daniel Viktor Snaith, and i'll pause here to allow you time to think about a more Canadian stage name then Caribou.....right? "Yeti" may take a few listens to grow on you, but it's swelling synthisizers and hypnotic lyrics will find a home in your subconscious. And yes, this song does get a few extra points for being named "Yeti"

84. "Another Sunday" - I Mother Earth

Whenever I hear a song like this I get a little mad, though not as much as how awesome I feel. Mad because it reminds of those sweet years in the mid-90's when radio and Much Music (Canada's MTV) played wicked music. I Mother Earth's Scenery And Fish spawned so many great tracks it was tough to pick the winners. "Another Sunday" was the forgotten single, but I think most of you should guess which other one is coming up later...

83. "Cocaine Cowgirl" - Matt Mays & El Torpedo

Great guitar riffs, great band harmony. Matt Mays & El Torpedo constantly release solid albums. "Cocaine Cowgirl" almost feels like it's from your past, even if it's your first listen. Check out some of Mays' solo material as well.

82. "Romantic Rights" - Death From Above 1979

This duo of James Keeler on Bass and Sebastien Grainger on drums were not long for this world. They arrived in 2005 with You're A Woman, I'm A Machine to a whirlwind response and disolved just over a year later. They left us many pure Canadian rock triumphs however, like "Romantic Rights".

81. "Sons Of Hostage Life" - Hostage Life

Canadian punk is grossly mis-represented. And now that Hostage Life has left us it's worse than ever. 2007's Walking Papers is a great album. I recommend it to anyone who is in need of a fresh sound, or even anyone with ears for that matter. "Sons Of Hostage Life" is a great 'fuck you I quit' anthem and even includes the truly Torontonian chant "Train took forever at Union Station" Amen.

80. "Scared" - The Tragically Hip

The first of 3 inclusions from The Hip on this list, "Scared" is one of their least thought of tracks. It's easy to enjoy "50 Mission Cap" or "Blow At High Dough", great songs, but Gord Downie's sometimes frightening genius is at centre stage in this one. I think his brilliant mind and words is what makes him and the Hip such welcomed ambassadors of Canadian music.

79. "It Can't Rain All The Time" - Jane Sibbery

A truly rare talent, to say the least. Jane's powerful words and cadence were effective enough to be used in the closing scene of 1994's The Crow. It was also left over from my Sad Songs list. Maybe I wanted to save it's introduction for here, maybe I wasn't strong enough for it at that time. One listen and you'll agree, this song has powers.

78. "A Cross & A Girl Named Blessed" - Evan's Blue

I nearly jizzed when I found out these boys were from Burlington, Ontario. I love discovering great new bands, but to find out their Canadian gives them an immediate +1. I put this song on my Pump Up list and it's easy to comprehend why. God, I love that drumming at the end.

77. "Call and Answer" - Barenaked Ladies

This song was featured on some soundtrack to some movie that was forgotten years ago...I think Matthew McCaugnehay was it, however the fuck you spell that. Anyway, it marked a new direction for The Ladies. Yes, we all enjoyed their improvised lyrics and light music melodies, but "Call and Answer" proved they meant business and could connect with fans on multiple levels.

76. "Danananana" - Rainbow Butt Monkeys

Named for what I believe is supposed to be the song's opening riff, this song was off the incredible album Letters From Chutney. The Monkeys, though poorly named, had unmatched energy and limitless musical passion. These skills allowed them to win a battle of the bands for 101.9 The Edge to record this wonderful debut. Oh and they later changed their name to Finger Eleven or something.

Thats it for now! Come back in a few days for Part 2!!! Stay true, north, strong and FREE Canadians!!!
Please let me know what you think so far!! Cheers!