80. Loverboy – “The Kid Is Hot Tonight”
“Working For The Weekend” may get more attention, but leather pant rockers Loverboy’s first real hit was “The Kid Is Hot Tonight” from the band’s self-titled 1980 debut. Bob Rock, later to become a producer for the likes of Bon Jovi, Metallica and Aerosmith, was an engineer on this album.

 

 

79. D-Sisive – “Nobody With A Notepad”
Prolific and brilliant Toronto rapper D-Sisive, along with his longtime collaborator Muneshine, won SOCAN’s ECHO Songwriting Prize for this complex and confessional look at his life and career from the 2009 album “Let The Children Die.”

 

 

78. Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”
This 1981 song by the Tom Cochrane-led Red Rider was written to address the wave of anti-Semitism which took place in the late-1970s. Mixed martial arts champ Dan Henderson has used the song as his walkout music before fights.

 

 

77. Jane Siberry – “Mimi On The Beach”
This single from ethereal Toronto singer/songwriter Jane Sibbery’s 1984 album “No Borders Here” accomplished what few seven and a half minute-long art rock epics have ever managed: it received massive radio play and became a breakthrough hit for the ethereal Toronto singer/songwriter.

 

 

76. Shad – “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home”
Shad’s self-deprecating throwback track captured everything that was right about old-school hip-hop — clever references, catchy rhymes and a sense of humour. That this song about a grown man too broke to move out was released during the Great Recession adds some strong subext, too.

 

 

75. Payolas – “Eyes Of A Stranger”
This Police-style new wave/reggae song “Eyes Of A Stranger” was a Canadian hit in 1982. Perhaps more notable was that the band, anchored by super-producer Bob Rock and Paul Hyde, also featured David Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson and future Last Gang Records owner Chris Taylor at various points.

 

 

74. Skinny Puppy – “Assimilate”
The first track on Skinny Puppy’s first full-length album, “Bites,” released in 1985, is one hell of a way to kick off a disc and is the perfect introduction to the Vancouver industrial gods in general. “Assimilate” is Skinny Puppy at their most melodically sinister.

 

 

73. Klaatu – “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft”
This hit 1976 song by Klaatu was inspired by the idea of earthlings trying to contact alien races telepathically. Though written by Canadians and Klaatu band members Terry Draper and John Woloschuk part of the song’s success can be attributed to the rumours when it came out that it was a secret Beatles side-project.

 

 

72. New Pornographers – “Mass Romantic”
This title track from indie supergroup The New Pornographers’ 2000 album featured Neko Case on lead vocals.The song has appeared in a number of places, including the TV show “Queer As Folk” and the curling movie “Men With Brooms.”

 

 

71. Tegan and Sara – “Closer”
This instant synthpop classic from Calgary’s beloved singer/songwriter twins Tegan and Sara was the lead single from their massively successful 2012 album “Heartthrob.” The platinum-certified single scored the duo “Single of the Year” honours at the 2014 Junos and got the “Glee” treatment in March of 2013.

 

 

70. Deborah Cox – “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”
Think of this song as a dual citizen. It was written by American singer Montell Jordan of “This is How We Do It” fame and his songwriting partner Anthony “Shep” Crawford, but it was performed by Canada’s own R&B star Deborah Cox. It was a massive breakthrough for Cox, topping the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in October of 1998 and staying there for a record 14 weeks.

 

 

69. Change Of Heart – “There You Go”
In a perfect world, Toronto indie rock gods Change of Heart would have dominated the airwaves throughout their decades-long career. In the real world, they did have one moment of unexpected top 40 glory. This beautifully delicate little song from their epic 1992 album, “Smile,” briefly charted in Saskatchewan.

 

 

68. Barenaked Ladies – “Jane”
College rock goofballs the Barenaked Ladies named the titular character of this sweet love gone wrong song from 1994 after the intersection of Jane and St. Clair in Toronto. Stephen Duffy, who cowrote the song with BNL singer Steven Page, thought that it sounded like the most beautiful intersection in the world. Page didn’t have the heart to tell him it wasn’t.

 

 

67. Peaches – “Fuck The Pain Away”
This breakthrough single from Toronto electroclash art rocker Peaches’ 2000 album, “The Teaches of Peaches” is about, well, fucking the pain away (and staying in school). The unabashedly dirty and undeniably addictive tune been featured on a bevy of film soundtracks and has been covered of Montreal and Bollo from The Mighty Boosh. Oh, and in “30 Rock” Liz Lemon used it as her ringtone.

 

 

66. Lowest Of The Low – “Salesmen, Cheats and Liars”
Toronto indie rock legends The Lowest of the Low were/are one of the smartest, sharpest, and most literate bands that Canada has ever produced. And this tune from their 1991 debut album, “Shakespeare My Butt,” is one of the smartest, sharpest, and most literate songs they ever produced.

 

 

65. Mystery Machine – “Brand New Song”
Vancouver shoegazers Mystery Machine scored their biggest hit with this swirling and swoony single from their second album, “10 Speed.” If social media had been around in 1994, all of the indie rock kids would have been tweeting about all of the feels this song gave them.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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