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  1. Washington DC from Canada writes: one vote per day? i just voted 20 times. someone might want to look into that.
  2. Michael Thompson from Taiwan writes: I'm appalled. I know it's difficult to create lists like this, but how can you possibly consider this a list of great Canadian tunes without an entry from Rush? I just checked the Wikipedia entry on their song 'Spirit of Radio' and it was named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.

    Clearly the creators of this list were trying harder to be inclusive and trendy, instead of accurate.
  3. James Duke from Halifax, Canada writes: I just voted for the Hip 50 times (to see if it was flawed) . As this site stands, it's not going to work.
  4. Tim London from Canada writes: James Duke from Halifax, Canada writes: I just voted for the Hip 50 times (to see if it was flawed) . As this site stands, it's not going to work.

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    Why would you pick the Hip?? And why is there no Rush listed? Fiest give me a break nobody is going to remember that song on 2 years let alone 30 years
  5. Rachelle W from Kirkland, United States writes: Say, I thought Quebec was part of Canada!!! Not a single French song?
  6. Leslie Hobson from King City, Canada writes: I love The Weight but this song takes place in a small town in Pennsylvania and was inspired by a Spanish director Brunel. Cultural mosaic perhaps but I still remember the thrill the first time I heard 'Helpless' on the radio and heard the word 'Ontario'.
    That's what makes a great 'Canadian' song.
  7. tablogloid sadmanwhosane from Toronto, Canada writes: Why not call this the poppycock pop tunes list of Canada? It certainly does not recognize the broad range of musical talent produced by Canadians. Where's Oscar Peterson? Where's Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass? Where's Gordon Lightfoot? Where's Hank Snow? Where's Joni Mitchell? Where's the Hockey Night In Canada tune? At this point, my characters remaining for this post reads 1613. Thats much less than the many Canadian tunes and artists more worthy than the list being offered for votes.
  8. Daniel Plainview from Canada writes: I echo the comments where are Rush and Gord Lightfoot? And more Hip songs.

    Rachelle - please.
  9. Tim London from Canada writes: No Maestro
    No K-os
    No Rush
    No Lightfoot
    and so on and so on

    Well at least Nicklecrap and Simpleton Plan aren't on there
  10. Paul S from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada writes: Rachelle W from Kirkland, United States writes: Say, I thought Quebec was part of Canada!!! Not a single French song?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Most people in Quebec listen to English music. My roommate doesn't speak very good English, but all he ever listens to is the Rolling Stones and Metallica.
  11. John Doucette from Canada writes: Another Toronto list of the medocre. Gian Gomeshi would love it.
  12. Brooke Batchelor from toronto, Canada writes: Process is flawed and the 'choices' are pathetic. The Band, although wonderful, is BARELY Canadian, and, indeed, Fiest but no Lightfoot or Mitchell? And where is Bruce Cockburn ?. His 'Coldest Night of the Year' just plain SOUNDS canadian. And finally, I hate to say it, but what about Anne Murray's 'Snowbird'? Maybe not the hip choice, but it was Elvis' favorite song...
  13. S Piercey from Orangeville, Canada writes: Good god, what an awful list......Feist? How the hell is that a 'canadian' tune?

    What about the Hips' Bobcaygeon? Or Lightfoots' The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?

    Who picks this stuff?
  14. Keystone Provincial from NOT Winnipeg, Canada writes: What about The Guess Who or BNL? What about Great Big Sea or any of the other east coast greats? Sure, we're stuck on the hits of 40 years ago but that's when Canadian music found its voice and had a distinctively Canadian sound. I can totally hear 2,000 guitars banging out the opening riff of American Woman (not a bad anthem about the Bush years anyway). Feist on 2,000 guitars??? I shudder.
  15. Jacques Saint-Cyr from Quebec, Canada writes: Quebec does not exist, of course. A song by Robert Charlesbois would beat many songs mentioned here, easily. But who's Robert Charlesbois?
  16. Marie Verschuuren from Toronto, Canada writes: Couldn't agree more with the foregoing comments about the poor quality of this list.

    Appreciating that somebody's got to pick the starting list, it's beyond my understanding that, given the cultural status that Luminato seeks, this embarassing representation has been allowed to stand. If these were picked to generate conversation, it worked. But if the Luminato gang is serious about this, they would re-visit the list and re-issue a new one. Sure, they won't please everyone but let's not over-think Canada's best. They are obvious because so many Canadians loved them and made them popular - why stick our heads in the sand on that?

    I wouldn't worry about votes already cast. Based on written comments, a few people have already accounted for a good share of cast votes!
  17. P James from Ottawa, Canada writes: A Tragically Flip set of tunes. Presumably there was a decision to exclude any songs that could not be played by an aspiring guitarist in his or her second week of lessons - okay, second or third month. Les Quebecois should be please that, with the exception of Mr. Cohen, they have been excluded from this list .

    But one purpose is served: while these are not the best of Canadian music, they are still very good pop tunes and serve to remind us of just how much great Canadian music there is. Hallelujah indeed!
  18. ann shortell from Canada writes: Where is Joni Mitchell? Where is K.D. Lang? Where are the women???
  19. Kim Philby from Canada writes: Oscar Peterson? The Boss Brass? Are you forgetting the list must comprise songs that 2,000 guitarists can bang away to? That means fairly simple, catchy riffs.

    Cool your jets, and stop taking this so seriously.
  20. Kevin Sutton from Toronto, Canada writes: Not particularly a large fan of most of these songs. I certainly wouldn't call any the Great Canadian Tune.
  21. Beaver Paladin from Canada writes: Oh the outrage! The list doesn't reflect your tastes! I think people are secretly happy to be offended by the list so as to get the chance to leave comments demonstrating their superior tastes.
  22. Stan Dupp from Uzbekistan writes:

    The selection will be for an attempted record setting jam session.

    The tune must be simple.

    Simple tune, more jammers.

    Simple.

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  23. Lynn from TO from Canada writes: While they're being flip, I suggest adding the Arrogant Worms' Canada is Really Big. Or the Mountie Song. Or the Last Saskatchewan Pirate. 'Farmers bar your doors / when you see the Jolly Roger on Regina's mightly shores. Ha, ha, harrrr....eh.'

    I'm with others. No BNL, no Great Big Sea, no Rush, no Lightfoot, no Stompin' Tom, no Guess Who, no April Wine, no Arcade Fire, Stampeders, Trooper, Five Man Electrical Band, heck, Max Webster's Missing too, and their lead singer still yaks on the radio every day.

    I could go on. I like Feist, I like 1,2,3,4...but it's not quintessentially Canadian. Then again, I'm not sure I ever considered Luminato to be a festival put on by those with an understanding of Canadian music's history.
  24. Hung Long from Hong Kong writes:
    What could be greater than the mellifluous tones of Celine Dion belting out 'My Heart Will Go On' as the theme of Canadian auteur James Cameron's 'Titanic?'
  25. Charles Blattberg from Montreal, Canada writes: Looking at your list, it's evident you really mean 'great English Canadian tune.' Why are you trying to make non-anglophone Canadians feel like they're not really Canadian?
  26. Cameron Boyer from Toronto, Canada writes: Brooke Batchelor from toronto, Canada writes 'The Band, although wonderful, is BARELY Canadian....' Actually The Band are all Canadians except for one member, Levon Helm - who is American.

    Joni should be on here as should Alanis, The Guess Who, Bruce Cockburn, Lightfoot and even Stomp'n Tom. Martha & The Muffins, Doug & The Slugs and the late BB Gabor should also be considered. And does anyone even remember Teenage Head whose lead singer Frankie Venom died recently? 'Picture My Face' is a punk classic!!!
  27. Frank Mahovlich from Canada writes: RUUUUUBBBBIIIISHH. Here are my T0P10 Canuck tunes of all time: 1. The Diodes - Tired Of Waking Up Tired 2. Crash Vegas - Sky 3. Stars - Ageless Beauty 4. Go Four 3 - Just Another Day 5. Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach 6. The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed 7. Teenage Head - Picture My Face 8. 54-40 - Baby Ran 9. 54-40 - One Gun 10. The Lucy Show - Leonardo Da Vinci 11. The Pursuit Of Happiness - Two Girls In One 12. The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature 13. The Government - Flat Tire 14. 54-40 - Grace And Beauty 15. The Grapes Of Wrath - O Lucky Man 16. The Diodes - Catwalker 17. First Man Over - Umbrella Man 18. Martha And The Muffins - Danseparc 19. Bob Segarini - Gotta Have Pop 20. Martha And The Muffins - Indecision 21. The Grapes Of Wrath - Misunderstanding 22. The Box - Closer Together 23. Pointed Sticks - The Real Thing 24. The Grapes Of Wrath - A Dream (About You) 25. The Tragically Hip - Music At Work 26. Sloan - I Gotta Try 27. Andrew Cash - Time And Place 28. The Bureaucrats - Feel The Pain 29. The Pursuit Of Happiness - New Language 30. Michaele Jordana And The Poles - CN Tower ...and thank you David Marsden for all the memories listening to these tunes...
  28. Mark Bruvelaitis from Waterloo, Canada writes: 'The Band, although wonderful, is BARELY Canadian' I would consider 80% slightly more then 'BARELY'.
  29. JOHN JONES from Nashville, United States writes: Not a big fan but no Rush? 'Doesn't make sense.
  30. Another Opinion from Toronto, Canada writes: I'm seriously beginning to wonder about some of you people.

    Ok, I agree there could be better songs on the list but do you even know what this is FOR? Do you seriously want to hear a bunch of amateurs trying to beat out a guitar riff to K-OS or Oscar Peterson? Get real!

    If anything, I'm disappointed that the list includes so many choices that are apparently as dumb as you people are. How do you do a guitar riff to Feist? Please.

    Sub out some of the ballads with solid guitar tunes. There are certainly plenty to choose from including (as people have mentioned) Rush and Guess Who. For the record, I voted for BTO. Great guitar rock tune, and familiar enough that plenty of people can recognize it and enjoy it.

    Again... OSCAR PETERSON? I'm a HUGE jazz fan, but this is supposed to be for a record-setting guitar jam session. Smarten up!
  31. Deadly Sinner from Toronto, Canada writes: Frank Mahovolich. Are you Manning???

    They couldn't find a better Neil Young song? After the Gold Rush comes to mind.

    What about the song 'Northern Touch' by Rascalz and all those Canadian dudes?

    Obviously no one is ever going to agree on this type of thing because it is so subjective. For example, in my opinion, the best Canadian music comes from a BC metal band called Three Inches of Blood. I don't think you'll find very many who agree!
  32. Deadly Sinner from Toronto, Canada writes: Furthermore, if you're going to put these songs by Feist and Sarah Harmer, why not just use Alanis Morissette or Sarah McLaughlin who were much more popular in their time and whose music is still played regularly?

    Also, I think 'Big League' is the better and more Canadian song by Tom Cochrane. Remember when he sang it at the Canucks' season opener in tribute to Luc Bourdon this year???
  33. peter jennings from Toronto, Canada writes: This List should include more songs that have great guitar riffs, like American Woman. I can't believe how crappy this list is. I will not bother voting at all.
  34. Kristian Klima from Ottawa, Canada writes: Apparently, the list was compiled in a great RUSH.....

    ... and, in the process... Modern day warrior got lost in the mean Spirit of the Radio, not any closer to the Canadian heart....

    Shame on the list
  35. Sheldon B. from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands writes: Needs to be simple and needs to be truly Canadian.....where the hell is Stompin' Tom?!?!
  36. Frank Mahovlich from Canada writes: PS Sally Seltmann, an Austalian, wrote 1-2-3-4, with Feist suggesting minor edits...Sally provided the launching pad for this song. Feist padded out the song with extra lyrics and instruments and contributed her undoubted talent but let's give Sally a fair go as the true originator...
  37. guy tozer from Saskatoon, Canada writes: This list sucks!!Too many other good Canadian performers left off. But of course then, this comes from the center of the universe!!
  38. Felix De Lodez from St. Ignace de Stanbridge, Canada writes: errrrr...what happened to Stompin Tom's 'Good Old Hockey Game'????
  39. Frank Mahovlich from Canada writes: RUUUUUBBBBIIIISHH. Here are my T0P10 Canuck tunes of all time: 1. The Diodes - Tired Of Waking Up Tired 2. Crash Vegas - Sky 3. Stars - Ageless Beauty 4. Go Four 3 - Just Another Day 5. Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach 6. The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed 7. Teenage Head - Picture My Face 8. 54-40 - Baby Ran 9. 54-40 - One Gun 10. The Lucy Show - Leonardo Da Vinci 11. The Pursuit Of Happiness - Two Girls In One 12. The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature 13. The Government - Flat Tire 14. 54-40 - Grace And Beauty 15. The Grapes Of Wrath - O Lucky Man 16. The Diodes - Catwalker 17. First Man Over - Umbrella Man 18. Martha And The Muffins - Danseparc 19. Bob Segarini - Gotta Have Pop 20. Martha And The Muffins - Indecision 21. The Grapes Of Wrath - Misunderstanding 22. The Box - Closer Together 23. Pointed Sticks - The Real Thing 24. The Grapes Of Wrath - A Dream (About You) 25. The Tragically Hip - Music At Work 26. Sloan - I Gotta Try 27. Andrew Cash - Time And Place 28. The Bureaucrats - Feel The Pain 29. The Pursuit Of Happiness - New Language 30. Michaele Jordana And The Poles - CN Tower ...and thank you David Marsden for all the memories listening to these tunes...
  40. Mike Witcher from Montreal, Canada writes: The best way to compile a list is to let the listeners decide
    who makes the list from an open vote.

    To reiterate what people exclaimed above; What? No Rush!!!!??

    Guess Who's not there? (hehe).

    Helpless is my least favorite Neil Young. What about 'Old Man'

    Feist? Where's Alannis Morisette ?

    This list stinks like a corporate office in Toronto.
  41. Calgary Cyclist from Canada writes: The voting seems to reflect the age and demographic of Globe readership, rather than the quality of any particular song.
  42. B Fenlon from Canada writes: Update: Luminato has fixed the voting mechanism and stripped multiple votes from the tally. As for missing song choices, keep 'em coming. (Remember, however, the Luminato list is meant to reflect great Canadian songs that can be played easily by a mass number of guitarists during the record-breaking attempt June 6).

    Brodie Fenlon
    globeandmail.com
  43. bob strome from Toronto, Canada writes: Where did this list of 10 'Top Canadian Songs' come from?? IS this at ALL representative of the best Canadian songs in history?? Sarah Harmer?? Feist?? Tom Cochrane??..while these ARE good songs how can they possibly displace bands such as April Wine? The Guess Who? Joni Mitchell, Foot In Cold Water, Gordon Lightfoot??...even Nickelback (while NOT my personal favorite), The Barenaked Ladies, OLP The Odds, Big Sugar all omitted??... This is ASSUMING that the songs are derived from the pop/rock genre...otherwise the list is too long to attempt - but STILL does not include the like of Sarah Harmer....(sorry, Sarah - I like your eco-action, though...)
    Perhaps the initial list could have been more comprehensive - and then refined to reflect a truly democratic representation of 'The GREAT Canadian tune'.... certainly this could have easily been done...
    Leaves me a little less than enthusiastic, I'm afraid.... our plans to truck our kids and a half dozen guitars to Dundas Square are fading......
  44. Theo Zivo from Canada writes: Any top 10 music list that doesn't include Rush is fundamentally flawed.
  45. Deadly Sinner from Toronto, Canada writes: If you want an easy Canadian guitar song, just play Keep on Rockin' in the Free World or Life is a Highway and get it over with.
  46. Sean M from Toronto, Canada writes: I was hoping to cast my vote for 'Rebellion (Lies)'. And if you're going to have a Neil Young tune, 'Harvest Moon', 'Keep on Rocking in the Free World' would be better than 'Helpless' - one of my least favourite Young songs. And while not a big fan, I'll agree with the calls to put Rush up there. And instead of BTO, how about 'American Woman'?
  47. M.J. B from Canada writes: Frank Mahovlich from Canada writes: ...
    i'm sorry but that list is brutal. and its kind of evident you love 54-40 and not neil young or anything else that is great for that matter.
    ..
    but i think you should post your top 20 list again so we can all read it and go: 'ha. why would you pick that song?'
  48. M.J. B from Canada writes: if nickelback was on this list i would have to leave canada as well. worst band.
  49. Mike Capizzano from Toronto, Canada writes: Three comments:

    1) if you include the Hip it's gotta be Wheat Kings - 'sundown on the Paris of the praries' ??? who other than a Canadian writes that???
    2) where the bleep is Gordon Lightfoot with the Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald? that's so Canadian it hurts.
    3) ignoring Rush is insane. period.
  50. Life Insurance Bribe from Canada writes: No 'American Woman' ???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????!!!!!!!
  51. David Elias from Winnipeg, Canada writes: None of these songs are the greatest.

    There is no Guess Who.

    Metric's song 'Help I'm Alive' is better than many of these.

    Or the STILL's 'Being Here' - way better than most of what's on the list.

    Bran Van 3000 'Drinkin' in L.A.' is one of Canada's best of all time.

    And it is a sin to exclude Gordn Lightfoot from this.
  52. David Elias from Winnipeg, Canada writes: Oh Yeah...geeze...how could I forget K-Os. The man is one of Canada's greatest. Perhaps the most authentic musician alive.
  53. F. T. Liberals from Canada writes: Blue Rodeo, that song always made me homesick when I was away from Canada for extended travel. That CD has played at every cottage, boat trip etc I have been on. All great tunes on the list, although I think Gordon Lightfoot, and Rush are way more relevant the Feist. (Great song, but I can't think that a tune from an I POD ad is worthy of our all time top ten.)
  54. Paul Rainsberry from Canada writes: This list a total joke. Only two songs on this list even merit consideration and the fact that so many quality artists are not even on the list suggests something about the age of those who made this one up. Stan and or Garnet Rogers? Robert Charlebois? Bruce Cockburn, Sarah McLachlan, Murray McLauchlan,K. D. Lang plus all the others noted above. -- Feist? Bryan Adams? Tom Cochrane? OMG!!!! And for some of the acceptable artists are we really serious that the songs chosen are their best work?
  55. William Hanlon from London, Canada writes: Wow, this list blows.
  56. Brooke Batchelor from toronto, Canada writes: My apologies - The Band is composed of mostly canadian-born musicians, and so technically are MOST canadian. I'm a huge fan, but from my point of view, being a 'canadian' is more than providence. They headed south as soon as they could, and stayed there. They produced incredible music which inarguably has a uniquely 'american' sound to it, not 'canadian', whatever that special, unquantifiable thing is. And although Mitchell, Young and Lang et al also headed south of the border, they have continued to write & sing about places and experiences unique to Canada.
  57. J S from Canada writes: Leonard Cohen all the way with this one.
  58. Life-Long Conservative from Throckmere, writes: .

    Greatests songs?

    Who even are 'Sarah Harmer' and 'Feisty'?

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  59. Brian Leith from Naples, United States writes: Strange selection of songs. Where are the Guess Who?? Bryan Adams did better songs than the one selected and so did Neil Young.
  60. Life-Long Conservative from Throckmere, writes: I was going to ask what about Teenage Head, but then I figured the guitar parts would be too difficult.

  61. Mackenzie Gray from Toronto, Canada writes: Where are Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Crowbar, Valdy, Murray MClaughlin, Barenaked Ladies, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Ron Sexmith, The Payolas, Downchild Blues Band, Alanis Morisette, David Wilcox, The Jitters, Rush, Avril Lavigne, Burton Cummings, The Guess Who, Lighthouse, April Wine, Wildflower, Great Big Sea, Klaatu, Gino Vanelli, Anne Murray, Sloan...
    ETC ETC!!!!!
    Just to name a few!
    There are so many great songs to choose from.
    This list is a botch.
  62. Matthew Perro from Calgary, Canada writes: I'll echo the not a fan of this list comments, I'm going to go out on a limb and say 'Rockin' in the Free World' for best Canadian song IMO I have a better selection of Canadian songs on my iphone just by doing a random selection of what I have in itunes lol
  63. Homer S from Springfield, Canada writes: No Rush? No Max Webster/Kim Mitchel? No Triumph? No Guess Who?

    Was this list compiled by the producers of the Lawrence Welk Show??
  64. dominic solntseff from Ancaster, Canada writes: Let's Shake by TEENAGE HEAD.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlZGyPywouw

    The rest of that list is GARBAGE. What the hell if Feist? What is that? And 'The Boy Inside the Man?' That tune freakin' SUCKS!
  65. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: What's this!? No Billy Talent? No Paul Anka? No Bobby Vinton? No Trooper? No Loverboy?
  66. Claudio D'Andrea from Canada writes: What about Tom Sawyer? Limelight? Spirit of Radio?

    Bad enough that Canada's greatest band gets shafted by the so-called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now we're seeing it happen on this side of the border too.

    Take your list and shove it Luminato.
  67. David Speirs from Fenelon Falls, Canada writes: Nothing by Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot Rush or Joannie Mitchell, yet crap like Feist, Sarah Harmer and Bryan Adams and surely Photograph is Blue Rodeos' best song. Similarily Susanne or First we take Manhattan for Leonard Cohen.
  68. KANUK SHMUK from Vancouver, Canada writes: I agree, many great Canadian artists were not featured on the list. That said, IMHO ' Taken Care of Business ' is probably the most played 'Canadian' song in Canada and the U.S.
    It has been used in movies, T.V. and radio ads in both countries as well.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takin%27Careof_Business
  69. counteri intel from Canada writes:
    Bunch of crap. Those songs aren't even close to being great Canadian songs of all time ...

    Is this a joke ??

    Is this for teenagers and those lingering in their teen years ?? Into their 40's ?
  70. counteri intel from Canada writes:
    Not necessarily in this order:

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy Lightfoot
    Song For a Winter's Night '
    American Woman Guess Who
    Four Strong Winds Tyson
    Big Yellow Taxi Mitchell
    Out on The Mira MacGillivary
    Snowbird - Gene Mcllelland
    Early Morning Rain - timeless. Lightfoot
    I'll never Smile Again Ruth Love
    Northwest Passage Rogers

    Dozens more.
  71. Jill MacRae from Toronto, Canada writes: No Lightfoot? No Rush?

    No way is this a serious list
  72. Dan P from Calgary, Canada writes: The artist list could be better - Rush, Lightfoot, Rogers, Mitchell, Morissette, Guess Who, etc.

    But the song list is what really sucks. Do you really think that picking ballads like Hallelujah or Helpless will get people to come out to the 'world's biggest guitar jam'? Forget it. Pick something rocking, 3 to 4 chords, G C D A or sometime similar. For Neil Young, Rocking in the Free World would be great if it wasn't kind of a serious tune; I'd suggest Hey Hey My My. Bryan Adams has some great guitar tunes, but Run to You or Summer of 69 would be much better choices that CLAK. Leonard Cohen is a songwriting genuis, but his stuff doesn't really feature the guitar and as such should probably be eliminated. Ditto for Feist and Harmer (were these chosen just to get some women on the list? In that case, McLaghlan and Mitchell would be far superior choices). From the list, TCOB is probably appropriate although I think it's kind of boring.

    And sorry Quebec - I love la belle province very much and believe strongly in bilingualism, but no francophone tunes would be good choices for this list.
  73. Al DeMar from Canada writes: Having lived, worked and travelled to 50 countries around the world in the last 15 years I can say from experience that no other song gets a group of Canadians out of their seats singing and dancing faster than 'Summer of '69' (young or old, east or west, whether you like it or not, everybody knows that song). It easily has the most recognizable guitar riff out of all those songs listed. And it's easy to play. So if this thing is supposed to be about a record setting guitar jam with a great Canadian song that would seem to me to be the obvious choice.
  74. Phil T from Quebec City, Canada writes: 'Vote now for The Great ENGLISH Canadian Tune'

    There, fixed that for you.
    Is this really the best English Canada has to offer? I knew Nickelback was horrible, but this list sucks.
  75. va donc chier from Canada writes: No Daniel Lavoie? No Offenbach? No Gilles Vigneault? No Jean Leloup? No 1755? No Plume? No Dan Bigras? No Paul Piché? No Richard Desjardins? Oh wait, if its not in English, it's not Canadian, right? Too bad, cause any of those apparently NON CANADIAN singers knock the entire list out of the water.
  76. va donc chier from Canada writes: Dan P from Calgary, Canada writes: The artist list could be better - Rush, Lightfoot, Rogers, Mitchell, Morissette, Guess Who, etc.

    And sorry Quebec - I love la belle province very much and believe strongly in bilingualism, but no francophone tunes would be good choices for this list.
    Posted 07/05/09 at 3:14 PM EDT | Alert an Editor | Link to Comment

    What a load of cr!!ap, and why do you adress this to Quebec, there are lots of english bands from quebec, and lots of french bands out of quebec. Dan, you do NOT know your country AT ALL.
  77. va donc chier from Canada writes: And you obviously do NOT know Canada's French music. After all, French Canada gave Canada its national anthem.

    Anti-quebec calgarian.
  78. Red Storm Shadow from Vancouver, Canada writes: Where's the Guess Who? No Time Left for You...
  79. Frank Mahovlich from Canada writes: RUUUUUBBBBIIIISHH. Here are my T0P10 Canuck tunes of all time: 1. The Diodes - Tired Of Waking Up Tired 2. Crash Vegas - Sky 3. Stars - Ageless Beauty 4. Go Four 3 - Just Another Day 5. Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach 6. The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed 7. Teenage Head - Picture My Face 8. 54-40 - Baby Ran 9. 54-40 - One Gun 10. The Lucy Show - Leonardo Da Vinci 11. The Pursuit Of Happiness - Two Girls In One 12. The Guess Who - No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature 13. The Government - Flat Tire 14. 54-40 - Grace And Beauty 15. The Grapes Of Wrath - O Lucky Man 16. The Diodes - Catwalker 17. First Man Over - Umbrella Man 18. Martha And The Muffins - Danseparc 19. Bob Segarini - Gotta Have Pop 20. Martha And The Muffins - Indecision 21. The Grapes Of Wrath - Misunderstanding 22. The Box - Closer Together 23. Pointed Sticks - The Real Thing 24. The Grapes Of Wrath - A Dream (About You) 25. The Tragically Hip - Music At Work 26. Sloan - I Gotta Try 27. Andrew Cash - Time And Place 28. The Bureaucrats - Feel The Pain 29. The Pursuit Of Happiness - New Language 30. Michaele Jordana And The Poles - CN Tower ...and thank you David Marsden for all the memories listening to these tunes...
  80. toby schnauzer from larryville, Canada writes: These are some weird finalists indeed. I love Sarah Harmer - but that's not even her best or most popular song! And why that particular Leonard Cohen tune?

    If Feist is on the list why not Alanis Morrissette or Shania Twain?

    I agree that the lack of Lightfoot or Rush is a big problem. Frankly, If you are going for 'true blue' Canadian how about Stompin' Tom! the Rheosatics! Even better: Stan Rogers!

    In fact I am going to ignore this list and pretend that 'Northwest Passage' by Stan Rogers narrowly beat out 'Wondering Where the Lions Are' by Bruce Cockburn and 'River' by Joni Mitchell.
  81. N. Ontarian from Canada writes: Pretty limited list, for what it purports to be: 'The Great Canadian Tune'?
  82. Wendy Middleton from Barrie, Canada writes: As much as I love Leonard Cohen and 'Hallelujuah', I have to vote for 'Takin' Care of Business' as the best rock anthem ever, and it's Canadian as well.
  83. Great Southwest from Essex, Canada writes: I'm with a lot of people here - the list is useless.
    A study of the Lightfoot catalogue would yeild some candidates. Neil Young's Helpless song isn't his best. I second the nomination given here for Rockin in the Free World, or barring that, Cinnamon Girl, Comes a Time, even Heart of Gold.
  84. West Coast Not West from Canada writes: O.K I'm not going to comment on what's on or not on the list, but when that's what you have to work with, there is only one song that makes any sense for this gig. And that song is of course, Taking Care Of Business, and what do you bet that it's a set up and Bachman is going to be there to play along.
  85. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: va donc chier from Canada writes: No Daniel Lavoie? No Offenbach? No Gilles Vigneault? No Jean Leloup? No 1755? No Plume? No Dan Bigras? No Paul Piché? No Richard Desjardins? Oh wait, if its not in English, it's not Canadian, right?

    ==============================

    As talented as many of them are in various ways, the French can't rock.
  86. Bill Bixby from Canada writes: The best Canadian song writers right now are a bunch of guys from Montreal called 'Yesterday's Ring.' Please do yourselves a favour and check them out.
  87. Jimmy Hogs from White Pigeon, Canada writes: Yes, 'Wondering Where the Lions Are' by Bruce Cockburn - greatest opening line of any song ever, with the possible exception of Rick James, of course...

    But, I think the essence of reality in Canada is best captured in the song 'Layin' Pipe' by David Wilcox. Truly reflects genuine Canadian values in the real world.

    'Dust and mud is in my blood...'
  88. Morris Dancer from Canada writes: Those are the only choices?
    What about Four Strong Winds By Ian Tyson?
    Raised on Robbery by Joni Mitchell?

    ....count me as abstaining...
  89. R. M. from Regina, Canada writes: What a lame list!!!! Lightfoot? Mitchell???? Can go on and on.
  90. Jim F from Winnipeg, Canada writes: All I'm going to say is, it's a damn shame that Rush's 'Working Man' wasn't on that list.

    Also, more votes for the Tragically Hip than Neil Young? That is just sick.
  91. dfsf dfsd from Canada writes: This is a well thought out and comphrehensive list. You’ve covered the broad spectrum of Canadian music as well as humanly possible.
    It covers all styles and I can't imagine 10 better songs! I am certain NO ONE will disagree based on their own personal tastes and preferences.
    Well done for organizing this and I think the result are already showing an outcome that will truly recognize the best Canadian tune.
    I am sure the process and the final result will be one all of Canada, in fact all of humanity) can agree with!
    Thank you!
  92. E F from West, Canada writes: As a voice for anyone under the age of 40.. Rush are horrible. I love classic rock and they are absolutely the worst band ever.

    Also, the lead singer is the ugliest woman I have ever seen... oh wait...
  93. Randy Vogel from Grande Prairie, Canada writes: I concur with some of you. Where is Gordon Lightfoot, Rush, perhaps Payolas or Chilliwack?
  94. Bernard Shakey from Canada writes: !,2,3,4 was mainly written by an Australian, Sally Seltmann, so that disqualifies that. How Four Strong Winds isn't on there is beyond me.
  95. Boris Dostoevsky from Russian Federation writes: What about Stairway to Heaven and Smoke on the Water?
  96. Karen Morris from Canada writes: Sheesh, someone living in a very tiny bubble world must have come up with this list. Tons of great Canadian music missing, and much better than anything that's on the list. Typical 'salon' choices. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz
  97. David Black from Mississauga, Canada writes: The Greatest Canadian song is Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy. No Contest-it's about our history, sung by our greatest songwriter and performer. What's with Feist???
  98. David Black from Mississauga, Canada writes: ...and to include la Belle Province there is no more inspiring song than 'Mon Pays ' by I believe Gilles Vigneault. I cast my vote for ''Helpless'. At least it mentions Ontario.
  99. Jim Mohagan from Funkytown, Canada writes:
    counteri intel from Canada writes:
    Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Lightfoot
    Song For a Winter's Night - '
    American Woman - Guess Who
    Four Strong Winds - Tyson
    Big Yellow Taxi - Mitchell
    Snowbird - Gene Mcllelland
    Early Morning Rain - timeless. Lightfoot


    Great choices. If you're talking about the best song, those writers, along with Leonard Cohen & Neil Young, are the A-List.
  100. DDB 9000 from Ithaca, NY, United States writes:
    Although from the US, I am fairly familiar with a fair amount of Canadian music. People missing (some whom others already mentioned) that should have been on the list: Bruce Cockburn (numerous songs), Murray McLaughlin (ditto), Gordon Lightfoot (did anyone mention ...Edmund Fitzgerald?), Ian Tyson (Someday Soon), Guess Who (No Time), Crowbar (Oh, What a Feeling, among others)- and let's face it, how can you ignore a band whose singer Kelly Jay was known as Captain Canada, and who also had the great song 'Tts Up On The Pavement' featuring the immortal lyric 't*ts up on the pavement in Wawa, Ontario'? And while I see Feist listed, there are any number of great songs from Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers, Stars, Arcade Fire, etc., etc.

    And while I am not that familiar with much French music, they need to include something (but not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, Celine Dion) or they should call the contest The Great Canadian English-Language Tune.

    For what it's worth (joke not intended), of what's listed, I would have to pick 'Helpless' - a classic and it does mention Ontario by name (on the other hand so does Crowbar's 'T
    ts Up..., but I don't think it's would fly - Wawa goose or otherwise)...
  101. DDB 9000 from Ithaca, NY, United States writes:
    Ah! So an asterisk turns things into bold type - or something. And here I was just trying to avoid the censors...

    Forgot to mention The Diodes' 'Tired Of Waking Up Tired' - my personal theme song...
  102. Robert Cameron from Canada writes: American Woman was my first thought before I saw the choices. Should be there. Thousands of guitars on that? Awesome. Way better than the Smoke On The Water festivals in the USA....
  103. Ivan Wilson from Canada writes: Where's the Billy Bob Thornton song?

    'Canadians are so f@cking boring
    Like mash with out the gravy.
    And I'm so f@cking wonderful
    That's why I'm going home.'

    Now that's a great Canadian tune!
  104. grzegorz brzęczyszczykiewicz from Canada writes: Whoever said that there's nothing more Canadian than 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' is obviously unaware that the E.F. was an American ship that sank in American waters. The only thing Canadian about it is Lightfoot.

    Great song though.
  105. Susan Davidson from Toronto, Canada writes:
    Toby Schnauzer wrote: 'In fact I am going to ignore this list and pretend that 'Northwest Passage' by Stan Rogers narrowly beat out 'Wondering Where the Lions Are' by Bruce Cockburn and 'River' by Joni Mitchell.'

    Great idea. That's what I'm going to do too.
  106. Terry Labach from Canada writes: They list one of Bryan Adams' generic American-style pop-rock pieces and that is supposed to be 'Canadian'? Even most of the songs I like on this list aren't particularly Canadian, except for the artist. (And how long has it been since Leonard Cohen lived in Canada?)

    How about some Stan Rogers, Stephen Fearing, Spirit of the West, Ian and Sylvia, Stomping Tom? And definitely more Tragically Hip.
  107. cathryn evans from lower forty, Canada writes: ...a sad list of choices from a sad ?arts group. arbitrary - ?30 years? - that just tells me how old most of that group is. and surely there are rockers in la belle province. tooo sad for more...
  108. LOUD NOISES!!! from Tronna, Canada writes: I'M ANGRY AS ANYTHING ABOUT THIS LIST THAT WAS CHOSEN BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT I'VE NEVER HEARD OF FOR A CULTURAL EVENT THAT I WON'T ATTEND. I TAKE AGGRESSIVE POSITIONS ABOUT THINGS LIKE 'BEST CANADIAN SONGS' BECAUSE MY LIFE IS REALLY EMPTY AND I DON'T WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ITS LACK OF MEANING. I ATTACK AND ATTACK EVEN THOUGH THE STAKES COULDN'T BE LOWER AND THE SUBJECT MATTER MORE IRRELEVANT. I'M ANGRY!!! Also, what about Platinum Blonde and Moxy Fruvous?
  109. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: Jim F from Winnipeg, Canada writes: All I'm going to say is, it's a damn shame that Rush's 'Working Man' wasn't on that list.

    Also, more votes for the Tragically Hip than Neil Young? That is just sick.

    ======================

    Just think of it as more votes for 'Courage' than for 'Helpless'. :-)
  110. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: dfsf dfsd from Canada writes: ... I can't imagine 10 better songs!

    ==================

    PR shill.
  111. Dan Thomas from Canada writes: Everybody cry some more, oh my favourite artist didn't make the list, boo hoo hoo. And what is with you people attacking someone for liking a different song? Sorry just because you don't like The Hip or BNL doesn't mean everyone else has to hate them too. Just because you think Rush is the greatest ever doesn't mean everyone agrees or must agree. This is exactly what I expected to see in response to a top list. The book one a few months back was the same damned thing.
  112. Nigel Smith from Guelph, Canada writes: Ok. This list is garbage. I think it's safe to assume that people would vote for ANY song from this list (with the exception of the two on the G&M list)
    - Rush - Spirit of the Radio
    - Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
    - Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
    - Sarah Mclachlan - Adia
    - Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
    - The Guess Who - American Woman
    - Alanis Morrisette - Ironic
    - The Band - The Weight
    - BTO - Takin' Care of Business
    - Leonard Cohen - Suzanna
    - Neil Young - Heart of Gold

    I'm not necessarily a fan of all these songs, but each one has definitely had far more success/impact than any of the songs on this list (as before, with the exception of those with are the same on both list)

    Shameful...and you call yourselves Canadians!
  113. Nigel Smith from Guelph, Canada writes: P.S. I know there are eleven songs..I don't care, and I didn't put the Hip because NO ONE OUTSIDE OF CANADA KNOWS WHO THEY ARE!!

    If you're going to have a 'Best Canadian Song for Canadians', that's one thing, but you cannot have a 'Greatest Canadian Song' with zero international appeal.
  114. J H from Thunder Bay, Canada writes: I am like a lot of people responding. I won't be as critical. It is difficult to pick 10 songs out of the thousand quintessential Canadian songs. I am quite shocked that Lightfoot's 'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' is not there. I agree that at least one Rush song should be up there considering their influence on Rock as well as having one of the best drummers of all time. I am also disappointed to see that Stompin Tom Conners 'Hockey Song' or 'C-A-N-A-D-A (Cross Canada)' isn't up there. Hockey is arguably the most popular national sport and a vast minority if not majority can identify with this song. I am happy Cohen is on the list, but I'm really not sure about The Band being up there.

    To compose this list you have to consider the song and the artist. I am not going to criticize who is on the list because they are all excellent artists. For the most part, I don't think that certain songs are Canadian. Feist is a great artist but I don't think 1,2,3,4 is a song that is identifiably Canadian. If current Canadian songs are to be included to satisfy generations, why not Serena Ryder. Again, I know it is difficult but that is why lists like this are dumb.

    I voted for Blue Rodeo because this song has the deepest meaning for me. I can say that Helpless is about my hometown and it was hard not to vote for it. Futhermore, taking care of business. I loved BTO when they were called the Guess Who.
  115. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: By the way, I'm amazed that no-one objects to the anti-social name of one of these bands.

    'Sarah Harmer'???

    Seriously, what's next 'Paula Killer'? 'Janine Beater'? 'Molly Kicker'?

    How about a little social conscience for a change?

    Sheesh.
  116. Nigel Smith from Guelph, Canada writes: I need to reiterate how unbelievable it is that Caline Dion is not on your list. She made it in VEGAS!!! She performed the theme song for THE BIGGEST MOVIE OF ALL-TIME!!!! (grossing well over $1 billion). GEEZ!!!

    By the way, good call on Lightfoot, and I forgot Joni Mitchell...and I guess BNL.
  117. Mister Pete from crystal beach, Canada writes: Is there any time limit on a 'great song'? How about The Kings with their 2-in-1 hit 'This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide'?

    Even at over five minutes in length, the song(s) caught on all over the USA and Canada and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for over six months. It was named one of the Top 100 U.S. Radio Programmers Picks of the Decade by Album Network Magazine and The Kings were named most promising group by Cashbox Magazine.

    This one's in my top 10... Google the song and enjoy the listen.

    'Nothin' matters but the weekend... from a Tuesday point of view.'
  118. Doug Anglin-Bodrug from London, writes: Easy to play, so Rush is out. Lots of people should know it, so dreams of the Hopping Penguins getting their big break are out... What are you writing about. Most of you are way off topic.

    Get off the web, dust off your guitars and practice a few of these songs, and maybe you can join the band. Otherwise wait for a list of the most important Candian songs or something like that, and you can cut and paste your comments there.

    In the mean time think 'easy to play' and 'won't drive me crazy after hearing it 100 times', then VOTE.
  119. Cyrus Of Persia from Canada writes: No thought of Cockburn? Gad.
  120. Donald Ericson from Penticton, Canada writes: How can we overlook a great Canadian artist like Gordon Lightfoot and a song like 'The Canadian Railroad Trilogy'? And doesn't Brian Adams have better songs than 'Cuts Like a Knife'? Perhaps 'Everything I Do, I Do for You'
  121. John Millett from Halifax, Canada writes: Northwest Passage by the late and great Stan Rogers should be considered in this contest.
  122. Jonathan L from Canada writes: I realize you can't possibly make everyone happy with a list like this. But this list is crap. I'd be ashamed to put my name on it if I was the author.
  123. iconoclast intoronto from T.O., Canada writes: Ooooooooooooooooooh What a Feeling! What a rush!!!!!!!!!
    Crowbars great rocking anthem. Played everywhere in Canada in the 70's.
    Easy to play, easy to sing to and truly Canadian.

    A big shout out to Sonny Bernardi and Captain Canada, Kelly J.

    Other iconic Canadian bands like April Wine and Foot in Coldwater also should have been considered. Of course the second choice has to be American Woman.
  124. Linda Wooding from Toronto, Canada writes: Where is Tyson's timeless Four Strong Winds?
  125. Tim Fromhere from Mexico writes: Certainly this vote will prove once and for all exactly what the greatest Canadian tune is. The songs seem to have been chosen entirely at random and voting is also pretty random with real freedom in deciding how many times one votes or how many songs one votes for. The fact that most people don't see their favorite there eliminates prejudices towards certain 'pet' songs.

    As far as Canadian content in the lyrics go, American Woman sounds pretty Canadian. I wouldn't expect an American to say such things.
  126. ryan rankin from Canada writes: No Gordon Lightfoot?????? Are you kidding me!!
  127. Homer Gibson from Canada writes: ??? Edward Bear....Aldo Nova....Zon....the Spoons...Klattu????
  128. Christopher Kiely from Canada writes: I wonder if the people or person who put this list together even listen to music???
  129. andrew cragg from ajax, Canada writes: OK, I understand that it needs to be simple to play on the Guitar, and Canadian

    - WHERE'S STOMPING TOM!!!!!

    And all of the people insisting that Celine Dion should be on the list - Point me to a video clip of her riffin' one of her songs on 6 strings...... Celine Dion - The Heavy Metal Tour.....
  130. John Kostoff from Canada writes: I can't believe how seriously some people are taking this. I thought the object was to select a tune that 2000 people could play on the guitar. All of the songs listed should have a strong, easy-to-pick-up guitar riff. A lot of them don't... so why are they on that list? The list should have been entitled: The Top Ten Easy-to-Play-on-the-Guitar Canadian tunes and the songs chosen with that in mind. 2000 people playing 'Hallelujah' on guitar? I don't think so.
  131. S C from Victoria, Canada writes: Beneath it's snowy mantle cold and clean,
    The unborn grass lies waiting for its coat to turn to green.
    The snowbird sings the song he always sings,
    And speaks to me of flowers that will bloom again in spring.
    When I was young my heart was young then, too.
    And anything that it would tell me, that's the thing that I would do.
    But now I feel such emptiness within,
    For the thing that I want most in life's the thing that I can't win.

    Spread your tiny wings and fly away,
    And take the snow back with you where it came from on that day.
    The one I love forever is untrue,
    And if I could you know that I would fly away with you.

    The breeze along the river seems to say,
    That he'll only break my heart again should I decide to stay.
    So, little snowbird, take me with you when you go,
    To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow.

    Spread your tiny wings and fly away,
    And take the snow back with you where it came from on that day.
    The one I love forever is untrue,
    And if I could you know that I would fly away with you.
    Yeah, if I could I know that I would fly away with you.
  132. sandra birder from Calgary, Canada writes: Does this not become meaningless as soon as we can vote more than once - it's not the favorite tune but the tune that has the most people willing to spend time voting 1000 times.
  133. The Emperor's Paparazzi from Canada writes:
    Get your motor runnin'
    Head out on the highway
    Lookin' for adventure
    And whatever comes our way
    Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
    Take the world in a love embrace
    Fire all of your guns at once
    And explode into space

    I like smoke and lightning
    Heavy metal thunder
    Racin' with the wind
    And the feelin' that I'm under
    Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
    Take the world in a love embrace
    Fire all of your guns at once
    And explode into space

    Like a true nature's child
    We were born, born to be wild
    We can climb so high
    I never wanna die

    Born to be wild
    Born to be wild
  134. Donald Wilson from Toronto, Canada writes: Aside from the other great muscians (Rush etc.) that have been missed on this list, the omission of Joni Mitchell is the most egregious error of all. She is considered by many in the industry to be one of the greatest song writers of the 20th century. Hasn't anyone at the Globe & Mail heard 'Both Sides Now', 'Big Yellow Taxi', 'I Could Drink a Case of You', 'Help Me', etc.?

    From Wikipedia:
    Mitchell's work is highly respected both by critics and fellow musicians. Rolling Stone magazine called her 'one of the greatest songwriters ever,'[3] while Allmusic said, 'When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century.'[4]
  135. Alison H from chicago, United States writes: Maybe they're too hard to play -- but I gotta say: COWBOY JUNKIES!!!
  136. Pure Laine from Longueuil, Canada writes:

    Helpless, by Neil Young is leading the way... weird... I'm trying to picture all these guitarists strumming on this particular song at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto and I'm thinking... what a ball this is going to be... a memorable Canadian moment.... really?
  137. Craig Cooper from Toronto, writes: What a crap selection.

    How about Let's Shake by Teenage Head. Or In Love With The System by The Forgotten Rebels?
  138. kc ramone from toronto, Canada writes: Agreed. They left out way too many groups. Stupid AM list
  139. John Hinkley from Canada writes: What a horrible list!

    No Lightfoot.

    No Anne Murray.

    No folk songs from The Rock.

    No Ian & Sylvia.

    No............................. meaningful content!
  140. A Doomedhuman from Canada writes: BUFFY - Univesal Soldier - easy to play - hard to listen to - impossible to forget
  141. Wally Wauhkonen from Edmonton, Canada writes: Takin' Care of Business should be our National Anthem. This is 1 of 2 songs that give me chills when I hear it. The other being Jerry Doucette's 'Mama Let Him Play'
  142. Gerry Lafleur from Brantford, Canada writes: No Rush? Limelight maybe? Spirit of Radio? Closer to the Heart, even? And the Bare Naked Ladies' One Week. Max Webster's classic, Hangover - 'Alka Seltzer, Tang and a Fifty' - also comes to mind this Sunday morning. Then there's another side of Canadian sensibility in Signs, from Ottawa's Five Man Electrical Band. There are way too many great tunes and bands from around here for this exercise. Is it possible that CanCon regulations did what they were supposed to do?
  143. Keyser Soze from Canada writes: What a pathetic list!
  144. Dan Sider from writes: What...no Ren & Stimpy?? The Royal Canadian Kilted Yacksman?? Come on!!
  145. Hockey Guy from Canada writes: Were is none of the above?
  146. Sharon Domster from Welland, Canada writes: There are many great Canadian artists and their music and voices reach Canadian and international ears besides those of early generations. I do wish there had been a fair representation of past and present music. That said, I believe the best essence of Canadian music would be better represented with at least some choices from GORDON LIGHTFOOT, and JONI MITCHELL. Their music is timeless. Please take a few moments to alter your list to those requesting something from these artists.

    I do agree with others on the list that there could have been better choices of the music from great artists such as Neil Young.

    Better days ahead????
  147. E C from United Kingdom writes: Where is the hockey song?
  148. you can leave here for 4 days in space but when you return it's the same old place from Canada writes: 4 strong winds....you can't get more canadian even if you fried bacon all day and watched reruns of Henderson's goal...
  149. Rachelle W from Kirkland, United States writes: Uhh... does anyone here know the translation of 'va donc chier'? Hehee...
  150. Rachelle W from Kirkland, United States writes: I was referring, of course, to the moniker used on this board, not making a statement. Still, I agree with many posters that too many artists were not mentioned.
  151. Fred Garvin MP from Canada writes:

    .....................

    Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song

    Payolas - Eyes of a Stranger

    Aldo Nova - Fantasy

    Rough Trade - All Touch

    Stampeders - Wild Eyes

    Headpins - Don't It Make You Feel

    Max Webster - A Million Vacations

    Rock and Hyde - Dirty Water

    Toronto - Start Telling the Truth

    Nickelback - Rockstar

    .........................
  152. dennis cape from United States writes:
    Now for those Canadians who wish they were more like Europeans than AMericans I would just say look at how tied into Amrica most of the musicians you mention for your lists:

    Neil Young - Married to an American wife, his kids are Americans. He's lived in USA since 1960s.

    Joni Mitchell - made her career working and playing in America. Lives in Los Angeles. Her last name is from American husband.

    The Guess Who - most famous song, 'American Woman' is about well, an American.

    Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald. An American ship with American crew.
  153. Dan xxxxxx from Canada writes: dennis cape from United States writes:
    Now for those Canadians who wish they were more like Europeans than AMericans I would just say look at how tied into Amrica most of the musicians you mention for your lists:

    Dennis; You forget one thing, they still ARE CANADIAN!
    And 'American Woman'; it's about not wanting to emulate the type of society you guys espouse. We're still trying to shake off the 'Dubya' influence. Unfortunately, our current PM is a clone.
  154. Michel Pointu from Victoriaville, Canada writes: @ va donc chier. Relax my friend. There's no need to get all worked up... that song list sounds pretty American to me. Canada is still in search of its own identity.
  155. dennis cape from United States writes:
    Dan xxxxxx from Canada writes: Dennis; You forget one thing, they still ARE CANADIAN!
    =================================

    Yea, sort of.
  156. Nicole Stoffman from Toronto, Canada writes: I would like to nominate 'The Log Driver's Waltz' by Wade Hemsworth as the greatest Canadian Song.
  157. Melissa Mokler from United States writes: I will only vote for songs by Stompin' Tom Connors. He is the greatest Canadian musician and the most patriotic Canadian songwritter. I can't imagine a list of great Canadian Tunes without a tune by Stomoin' Tom.
  158. Leon Russell from Gatineau, Qc, Canada writes: Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: 'va donc chier from Canada writes: No Daniel Lavoie? No Offenbach? No Gilles Vigneault? No Jean Leloup? No 1755? No Plume? No Dan Bigras? No Paul Piché? No Richard Desjardins? Oh wait, if its not in English, it's not Canadian, right?

    ==============================

    As talented as many of them are in various ways, the French can't rock.'

    Err, Offenbach would have blown Tragically Hip OUT OF THE ARENA.
  159. B D from Saskatoon, Canada writes: It's obviously The Weight by the Band...

    That's gotta be top 5 ever. BTO, give me a break.
  160. Leon Russell from Gatineau, Qc, Canada writes:
    If Helpless is an iconic Canadian song (which it is), why isn't Four Strong Winds in there. It's so Canadian iconic that even Mr. Young himself covered it (as well as a hundred other artists).
  161. nick b from Orlando, Florida, United States writes: Yes, we need Stompin Tom
    Rush,
    Gordon Lightfoot,
    and even Coney Hatch 'Monkey Bars'
    And I am wondering, is it best to vote for a song like 'Taking care of Business' that everyone in the world knows, or to expose people (who check Guiness) to something new and more unique to Canada.
  162. George Lawrence from Thunder Bay ON, Canada writes: WHAT!! No, The Maple leaf forever on that is and One final thought Did a Canadian not compose Canadian Sunset? I know Andy Williams had a huge hit with it.but I am not sure it was in fact composed by a Canadian. Many Canadian recording artists did have records or CDs with that song on it, that's for sure including I believe Ann Murray.
  163. George Lawrence from Thunder Bay ON, Canada writes: Stompin Tom Connors? A plywood sheet The local Canadian Legion Hall and a glass of your favourite Suds.= The Canadian Music Hall of Shame on us. My apologies to Tom and his many loyal fans. But Mr Connors was not obviously, one of my favourites
  164. George Lawrence from Thunder Bay ON, Canada writes: Re my earlier posting should have read on that LIST and not on that IS???
  165. k Hboone from Canada writes: did she mention my name by gordon lightfoot is the best canadian song ever. i hate to say it but 'never surrender' is even better than some of the songs listed.
  166. Paul Robins from West St. Paul, Canada writes: All I know is that whatever tune is picked it will still smell like Yonge St. and sound worse than two pipers trying to play Amazing Discrace on Remembrance Day or even one fumbling their way through it. The best tunes would be the opening credits to the Friendly Giant or Mr. Dressup. Keep it simple and have a nice time.
  167. Mike Baker from Iqaluit, Canada writes:
    I can relate to the poster who described the delight at hearing 'Hasn't Hit Me Yet' abroad.

    I'll always recall the buzz caught during the virtually annual Blue Rodeo gigs at Whelan's Pub in Dublin, typically during the encore when the tightly packed crowd of Guinness-primed Canucks would pick up immediately on Greg Keelor's teaser ... 'You say that you're leaving, well that comes as no surprise ...' (Not to worry Greg; drunk as we were, we could have handled the vocal chores from front to back!) And then the big tension wind-up leading up to those wonderful lines that somehow transported the lot of us back to Canada in 8 seconds flat: '... Out in the middle of Lake Ontario ... the same snow's falling ... on the deep silent waters ... the great dark wonder ... into the waves of my heart.'

    What defines the great Canadian song? There's that special moment when you hear it and it makes you feel more Canadian than you’ve ever felt and you’re absolutely sure that the Manitoban to your right and the Nova Scotian to your left and the ‘Knifers behind you are all catching the very same vibe and you’re all standing on a drink-soaked pub floor in Ireland.
  168. R. Taylor from Canada writes: I know they're trying to pick a song that's easy to play for a book of records stunt, but they probably should have chosen a different name for the list.

    By the way, the actual Great Canadian Song is 'A Case of You' from Joni Mitchell's album 'Blue'.
  169. K S from Toronto(ish), Canada writes: Tim London from Canada writes: No Maestro
    'Well at least Nicklecrap and Simpleton Plan aren't on there '

    AMEN to that!!!
  170. Tor Hill Sask. from Canada writes: Glad to see Leon Russell mention Offenbach. A tremendous group from Quebec. I found a Youtube clip of Offenbach doing 'Quand les hommes vivront d'amour' (a world classic, not just a Canadian classic). A tremendous version by Offenbach, heavy rock but fully respectful of the original and rightly so, when you think of what the song is about. Can't find the clip any more. Will have to shell out for a CD.
  171. Tor Hill Sask. from Canada writes: Blow at High Dough, by Tragically Hip, especially for its connection to maybe the best Canadian television show ever. But what does blow at high dough mean?
  172. Pure Laine from Longueuil, Canada writes:

    1,000 guitarists strumming on a Robert Charlebois song at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto is too much to ask. But a few French Canadian titles in the list would have been nice and more in tune with our Canadian reality. Here are some figures for the top Canadian sellers in the week ending May 7, 2009, to illustrate my point.

    1. Mille excuses Milady, Jean Leloup (Qubcois)
    2. Fais-moi de la tendresse, Ginette Reno (Qubcoise)
    3. Ailleurs - volume 1, ric Lapointe (Qubcois)
    4. Together Through Life, Bob Dylan (American)
    5. Hannah Montana Movie Soundtrack (American)
    6. Wooden Arms, Patrick Watson (Qubcois)
    7. Annie Villeneuve, Villeneuve Annie (Qubcoise)
    8. Quiet Nights, Diana Krall (Canadian)
    9. Only By The Night, Kings of Leon (American)
    10. Passione, Paul Potts (British)

    http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html

    Canadian content is important.
  173. Chicoine or Ciccone or Kikkoine from Montréal, Canada writes: I'm with R.Taylor on 'A case of you' by Joni Mitchell.
  174. Chicoine or Ciccone or Kikkoine from Montréal, Canada writes: E C from United Kingdom writes: Where is the hockey song?

    Hmmm.... it's from a UK composer.
  175. Chicoine or Ciccone or Kikkoine from Montréal, Canada writes: An' how 'bout 'O Canada'? Would that make everyone happy?
  176. R. Taylor from Canada writes: Right on, man.

    'Just before our love got lost you told me
    I am as constant as the Northern Star
    and I said Constantly in the Darkness?
    Where's that at? If you want me I'll be in the bar

    On the back of a cartoon coaster
    In the blue TV screen light
    I drew a map of Canada
    O, Canada
    With your face sketched on it twice

    You are in my blood, like holy wine
    Taste so bitter, and so sweet
    I could drink a case of you
    And I would still be on my feet,
    I would still be on my feet.'

    I have no desire to hear a billion twits with guitars strum it to set a record, but for me, that's the Great Canadian Song, and no debate.
  177. Spending our money from Canada writes:

    Why weren't the readers picking the songs to make up the best 10 list?

    Spoon fed someone's list doesn't cut it.
  178. Yogi Bear905 from Mississauga, Canada writes: Yes, there are a lot of worthy Canadian songs, singers, bands and performers that are not on the list. However, of the songs on the list, I had to vote for Neil Young's 'Helpless', of course. However, the Guess Who were one of Canada's best rock bands ever. So, I nominate their hit songs 'American Woman' and 'These Eyes' to be on the list. Also, the Steppenwolf with lead singer Johnny Kay and their universal road anthem 'Born to be Wild'. Who doesn't love that song. Also, David Clayton Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears and their great hit, 'Spinning Wheel'. Gord Lightfoot and his song the 'Edmund Fitzgerald'. Stompin Tom and his 'Hockey Song'. What could be more Canadian than that? Joni Mitchell's 'Clouds' and her 'Woodstock'. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Ohio' and 'Wooden Ships', and their version of 'Woodstock' was rockin'. Without Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne', there would be no Canada. and who could forget Anne Murray's 'Snowbird'. How about Bryan Adams' 'The Summer of '69' or, 'Im Gonna Run to You'? I know I forgot a few great songs, but that's all for now.
  179. Hugh Andrew from Canada writes: For sure, it can't have anything to do with the NHL. That belongs to the Americans.
  180. simon blackadder from the big smoke, Canada writes: SKINNY PUPPY: 'SMOTHERED HOPE'. As good a national anthem as one could ever hope for!
  181. Earl Tunnley from Winnipeg, Canada writes: No 'Letter From An Occupant' by the New Pornographers?
  182. Sin Chou from Tottenham, Ont, writes: This list is awful!

    I thought that it was supposed to be the best Canadian guitar song. I can't imagine playing any of these songs for fun on the guitar. C'mon! The record holders played 'Smoke on the Water', one of the best riffs of all time!

    At least 'Closer to the Heart' should be up there. But really, Leonard Cohen? Feist? Blue Rodeo? Where is the great riff? None of these songs have 'em. I mean really, 'American Woman' isn't on there? Do any of these organizers play the guitar? 'Helpless'? That'll be fun to play. What about 'Rockin in the Free World' or 'Cinnamon Girl'? 'Hey Hey My My'?

    I was going to go down but now that I see the list, forget it.

    And why does it have to be Canadian? A lot of Canadian music sucks and we wouldn't even be hearing it if the government didn't make privately owned radio stations play Canadian music.
  183. rita guigon from Canada writes: Buffy St. Marie, Kashtin, The Stampeders, Lighthouse, Stan Rogers, Jann Arden, Joan Mitchell, Northern Pikes, Lightfoot, Stomping Tom...
  184. Hee Hoo Sai from Canada writes: Dief is the Chief, by Stringband. Others need not apply.
  185. Grunter Grimm from Victoria, Canada writes: I'm with YogiBear905
  186. Stude Ham from Canada writes:
    whatever happened to old ESSO theme for hockey night in canada?
  187. Kris Hendricks from Coast to Coast, Canada writes: Love Rush but seriously....for any semblance of order where a few thousand axe hacks gather to try and break a 'record' (whatever) you need SIMPLE tunes. St. Mike's would be filled with all sorts of hand and wrist trauma if you forced an inexperienced mob to try that in sync. BTO will win for it's simplicity - and I do believe the record was set using that tune at least once.

    Stunned there were no teens pushing Simple Plan or Billy Talent - or anyone with a sense of humour pushing Helix for the goof.
  188. D K from Canada writes: What a lame list. My guess is this is a way for the G and M to do another TWITter story.

    Way to ignore Canadian music G&M. The only way you could have made it worse would be by putting an American band in the mix.

    The best response is not to vote..... voters are lame
  189. Jimmy K from Toronto, Canada writes: My personal favorite is entitled There's no such thing as a good Canadian, by billybobneck.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDhCW-dY2tI
  190. Westcoast Dino from Canada writes: where's stompin tom?
  191. Wayne Atack from Canada writes: Dayglo Abortions. "I'm proud to be a Canadian, pass me another........"
  192. Alec Robertson from Canada writes: Some of these songs are okay but none have a memorable guitar lick i.e Shakin' all Over, American Woman, Little Bones
  193. Montreal Guy from Montreal, Canada writes: Who the hell put this list together? Feist .. is this a joke?

    Payolas Eye's of a Stranger clobbers all of these these tracks except Mr. Cohen's perhaps. Saga's Don't Be Late (live .. of course!). 54-40 is one of the greatest Canadian bands ever with Baby Ran among one of the best Can rock tracks. Our Lady Peace's Naveed? Anyone?

    This list is made of the usual musical mush.

    And for the they guy above who spoke about Qc french music I'd suggest Jean Le Loup's is excellent .. Isabelle being one of my favorite tracks. Mind you that could be because I dated an Isabelle but that's another story.

    Sorry T.O. can't vote for this.
  194. posted on behalf of a knowledgeable person from Calgary, Canada writes: If Canadian Railroad Trilogy is not on the list, and then doesn't get the most votes, I'm sorry, this contest is completely irrelevant.

    What are you thinking? Did someone pay you to put this Short List together? What criteria are you using? Whether there is a guitar solo?

    If it were me, I would take into account, Longevity - Subject matter - Canada -The Country and Historical context.

    For there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run
    When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun
    Long before the white man and long before the wheel
    When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
    When the green dark forest was too silent to be real
    And many are the (A) dead men too (C) silent (Cmaj7) to be (D7) real

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