89. Bass Is Bass – “Funkmobile”
“I Cry” is the song that gave North York’s Bass is Base a top 40 hit, but the far superior sing-song jam “Funkmobile” is the song that scored the R&B trio their record deal in the first place. It’s also a lot more fun to break out at parties.

 

 

88. Martha And The Muffins – “Echo Beach”
This hit 1980 single by Toronto new wave artists Martha and the Muffins was so good they named a concert venue after it. Echo Beach, the venue, is located along Toronto’s waterfront, but it’s more fun if you tell people that it’s far away in time.

 

 

87. Rush – “The Spirit Of Radio”
One of the all-time classic tributes to the wireless music transmission, Rush’s “The Spirit Of Radio” was a worldwide hit from their 1980 album “Permanent Waves.” The song was a nod to Toronto alternative radio station CFNY, who were one of the first outlets to play Rush songs.

 

 

86. Ashley MacIsaac – “Sleepy Maggie”
The second single from Cape Breton native Ashley MacIsaac’s 1995 debut album “Hi, How Are You Today?” Only in Canada could an enfant terrible fiddler hook up with a Celtic folk singer and produce a ridiculously catchy, chart-topping pop hit sung in Scottish Gaelic.

 

 

85. Edward Bear – “Last Song”
This Toronto-based group who had neither an Edward or a Bear in the band, were one of the earliest Canadian acts to sign to a major U.S. label when they joined Capitol Records in 1969. Their 1972 hit “Last Song” reached number one in Canada and number three in the States, their best chart performance.

 

 

84. A Tribe Called Red – “Electric Pow Wow Drum”
First Nations DJ crew A Tribe Called Red have radically flipped what it means to make aboriginal music, combining modern beats and drops with traditional powwow drums and singing to create something completely new. “Electric Pow Wow Drum” is the signature song for the Ottawa trio.

 

 

83. The Parachute Club – “Rise Up”
One of the pillars of Toronto’s innovative Queen Street scene, The Parachute Club’s new wave dance track “Rise Up” was a hit in 1983. The self-titled album this came from was produced by future U2 conductor Daniel Lanois.

 

 

82. Helix – “Rock You”
One of ’80s most iconic songs, “Rock You,” with its helpful lesson “Gimme an R-R, O-O, C-C, K-K, whatcha got?” taught hair metallers everywhere how to spell Rock. Years later Sum 41 would cover the song and start a minor feud with the band.

 

 

81. Lee Aaron – “Whatcha Do To My Body”
Belleville, Ontario’s own Lee Aaron, further cemented her status as the Metal Queen with this 1989 single from her most successful album, “Bodyrock.” The record was nominated for Album and Rock Album of the Year at the Junos and “Watcha” received a nomination for Video of the Year.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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