30. Corey Hart – “Sunglasses At Night”
Montreal synthpop singer and heartthrob Corey Hart burst onto the new wave and pop scenes in 1983 with this earworm-worthy single from his debut album, “First Offense.” Since then, the pop rock classic has been featured everywhere from video game soundtracks to an episode of “Daria” and referenced by the likes of Wyclef Jean and “Degrassi.”

 

 

29. Blue Rodeo – “Lost Together”
The title track from Blue Rodeo’s 1992 album “Lost Together” remains a popular and emotional sing-along at the Toronto band’s concerts to this day. And it might just be the best us-against-the-world anthem that roots rock has ever heard.

 

 

28. The Weeknd – “High For This”
Even removed from the mystery of its release — back before we knew who Abel Tesfaye was, much less saw him presenting at the MMVA — or the excitement of hearing such such a new talent, this dark, disturbing debut single remains as powerful and gorgeous as ever, especially when the drums drop.

 

 

27. The Dears – “Lost In The Plot”
Some bands have a song so outrageously good, they will always be primarily associated with it. For the Dears, that songs is “Lost in the Plot,” where Murray Lightburn goes all-in with his Morrissey impression and wings up with his best vocal ever, especially in the epic climax. The guitars and drums amp up the post-9/11 paranoia while Murray warns: “don’t mess our love.”

 

 

26. Paul Anka – “Diana”
The modern music era began in the 1950s, and thanks to then-teenage Anka Canadians were there from the get go. Need proof? “Diana,” his first of many hits, went to number one in the U.S. sandwiched between Elvis’ “All Shook Up” and Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day.”

 

 

25. Sloan – “Money City Maniacs”
It’s not often that good rock and roll and commerce go together so well. “Money City Maniacs” the first single from 1998’s “Navy Blues,” is probably the most commercially successful song that Halifax Nova Scotia’s indie rock royalty Sloan ever released. It even appeared in a beer ad in the late nineties. And yet it’s every bit as brilliant and critically acclaimed as any of the band’s more underground hits like “Underwhelmed,” “Coax Me,” and “The People of the Sky.”

 

 

24. Broken Social Scene – “Almost Crimes”
“Almost Crimes” was one of the anchor tracks from Broken Social Scene’s 2002 commercial breakthrough album “You Forgot It In People.” Featuring a pre-iPod commercial fame Leslie Feist, the song helped pave the way for a generation of indie rock collectives.

 

 

23. Spirit Of The West – “Home For A Rest”
Spirit of the West’s alcoholic anthem mixed Canada’s Celtic influence with folk-rock to create a song that was guaranteed to get dance floors and residence rooms bouncing in unison as everyone chanted “You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best, I’ve been gone for a month, I’ve been drunk since I left.”

 

 

22. Plastikman – “Plasticine”
Canada’s most acclaimed electronic artist, Richie Hawtin, made his name playing techno parties across the river in Detroit, but he cemented his legend with his minimal techno alter-ego Plastikman. The acid-laced “Plasticine”from his landmark “Sheet One” album is considered one of the greatest techno tracks ever and is a bit more dancefloor targeted then some of Plastikman’s more esoteric earphone-focused productions.

 

 

21. K’Naan – “Wavin’ Flag”
The Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup version of this song, “Wavin’ Flag (Celebration Mix)” is a cool sports anthem and the all-star Haiti fundraiser was for a good cause, but we’re even bigger fans of the original “Wavin’ Flag” as it appears on Somali-Canadian hip hop artist’s 2009 album, “Troubador,” for its powerful testament to the hopes and strengths of the people of Somalia.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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