Celebrate Canada Day with the ultimate playlist featuring songs from Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees. From rock anthems to heartfelt ballads, this curated collection highlights the diverse talents and enduring legacy of Canadian artists.
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
“Ironic” is Alanis Morissette’s famous and widely recognized hit from her album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ (1995). With its clever and relatable lyrics exploring ironic situations in life, the song quickly climbed the charts, winning the JUNO Award for Single of the Year and solidifying its status as a beloved 90s anthem.
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” is Shania Twain’s iconic hit from her album ‘Come On Over’ (1999). With its catchy pop-country blend and empowering message, the song quickly became a global sensation, propelling Twain to superstardom. Celebrating self-expression and defying gender stereotypes, the success of “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” cemented Twain’s position as one of the most successful country-pop artists in history.
Nickelback – How You Remind Me
Released in 2001 as the lead single from their album “Silver Side Up,” Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” became an instant sensation, dominating the airwaves and propelling the band to mainstream success. The emotionally charged lyrics and powerful sound struck a chord with listeners worldwide, earning the band a variety of accolades including the 2002 JUNO Award for Single of the Year.
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” is a timeless folk-rock classic. Released in 1970 as a single from her album ‘Ladies of the Canyon,’ the song quickly became a hit. Known for its catchy melody, the socially conscious song begs the listener to reconsider the destruction human industrialization is causing to the natural world – a message that will resonate with all Canadians, especially those spending the long weekend surrounded in Canada’s natural splendor.
Neil Young – Heart of Gold
Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” is a beloved folk-rock hit from his album ‘Harvest’ (1972). With its heartfelt vocals and acoustic guitar melodies, the song resonates with audiences as it explores themes of searching for meaning and connection. Its melodic simplicity and gentle acoustic guitar create a soothing atmosphere, making it an ideal companion for relaxation or reflection during the extended break.
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” is an iconic anthem of youthful nostalgia. Featured on his album ‘Reckless,’ the energetic rock song effortlessly captures the essence of youth, freedom, and boundless adventure. Its the perfect soundtrack to embrace the joyous spirit of carefree summer days of years past, while making long weekend memories for years to come.
Deborah Cox – Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here (Dance Remix)
Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” is a standout hit from her album ‘One Wish’ (1998). The song’s powerful vocals and uplifting message of finding love after heartache struck a chord with listeners, propelling it to the top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. From the very first beat, the Dance Remix radiates energy. It’s a surefire way to get everyone on the dance floor.
Bruce Cockburn – Lovers in a Dangerous Time
While Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” may not be your typical upbeat summer anthem, it possesses a certain depth and essence that resonates with the season. Just like summer, the song encapsulates a mix of emotions: the exhilaration of falling in love, the uncertainty of navigating uncharted territories, and the recognition that life itself can be unpredictable and even dangerous. But amidst these challenges, there’s an undeniable allure, a sense of adventure that beckons us to embrace the risks and seize the fleeting moments.
Jann Arden – Insensitive
Jann Arden’s “Insensitive” is a poignant and widely loved song. Released in 1994 from her album ‘Living Under June,’ it resonates with listeners through Arden’s heartfelt vocals and relatable lyrics about unrequited love. The lyrics themselves evoke a sense of emotional vulnerability and introspection, encouraging you to let go of the world’s demands and focus on your own well-being. This song is a perfect playlist addition for those who plan to spend the long weekend reconnecting with themselves.
The Guess Who – These Eyes
The Guess Who’s “These Eyes” is a timeless classic that showcases their signature blend of rock and pop. The song’s melodic beauty and emotional depth have made it one of The Guess Who’s most beloved and successful tracks, leaving a permanent mark on the rock music landscape.
Tom Cochrane – Life Is a Highway
“Life Is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane is a timeless rock anthem from his acclaimed album ‘Mad Mad World’ (1991). Known for its infectious sound, unforgettable melody, and universal message about the journey of life, the song has connected with listeners around the globe, becoming a summer roadtrip staple while establishing itself as one of Cochrane’s most iconic compositions.
Trooper – Raise A Little Hell
Trooper’s “Raise a Little Hell” is a rock anthem that has stood the test of time. With its energetic sound, rebellious lyrics, and lasting popularity, the song continues to captivate audiences with its popularity at sporting events – most notably the NHL and MLB. For those with big party plans for the weekend, “Raise a Little Hell” is the perfect playlist addition.
k.d. lang – Constant Craving
k.d. lang’s “Constant Craving” is a timeless and critically acclaimed hit from her album ‘Ingenue’ (1992). With its emotive lyrics and lang’s remarkable vocals, the song garnered widespread acclaim and earned lang a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993. To this day, the song remains a testament to her artistry and impact in the music industry.
Diane Dufresne – J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie
Diane Dufresne’s “J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie” is a beloved hit released in 1976. The combination of Dufresne’s captivating performance, the catchy melody, and the heartfelt lyrics struck a chord with audiences, solidifying the song’s place as a beloved classic in the Quebec music landscape.
The Tragically Hip – Ahead by a Century
“Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip is a cherished and timeless song from their album ‘Trouble at the Henhouse’ (1996). The introspective lyrics, captivating sound, and emotive vocals of “Ahead by a Century” have secured its place as an iconic masterpiece in The Tragically Hip’s discography, becoming a fan favourite over the years. This song is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Anne Murray – Snowbird
Released in 1970, Anne Murray’s “Snowbird” became a chart-topping hit and remains one of her signature tracks. With its beautiful melody and relatable lyrics about longing for freedom, “Snowbird” helped establish Anne Murray as one of Canada’s most beloved and successful artists, with the song becoming a classic in the country-pop genre. The imagery of snow-covered fields, icy winds, and longing for a place where the sun shines year-round is a reminder to all to enjoy the beautiful summer weather – while it lasts!
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
“Hallelujah” stands as Leonard Cohen’s most renowned song. Released in 1984, it has transcended time with its profound lyrics and haunting melody. Delving into themes of love and spirituality, the song left a mark with listeners and solidified Cohen’s status as a legendary artist and songwriter.
Rush – Tom Sawyer
Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” (1981) showcases the band’s signature blend of progressive rock and intricate musicianship with Geddy Lee’s distinctive vocals, Neil Peart’s masterful drumming, and Alex Lifeson’s guitar work. With its memorable riffs and dynamic energy, “Tom Sawyer” has become synonymous with the band’s legacy and continues to be celebrated by fans around the world.
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier
“Universal Soldier” is a powerful and thought-provoking song by Buffy Sainte-Marie. Released in 1964, the song became a significant anthem during the Vietnam War era and remains one of Sainte-Marie’s most notable compositions. The song’s timeless message has made it an anti-war anthem that continues to inspire and provoke reflection.
Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy
“Canadian Railroad Trilogy” (1967) by Gordon Lightfoot is a captivating tribute to Canada’s railway history. The song tells the story of the country’s ambitious railroad expansion and the spirit of those who built the Canadian Pacific Railway. Lightfoot’s poetic lyrics and beautiful melodies have made the song a timeless ode, celebrating Canada’s proud heritage and sense of adventure.