The Most Canadian Songs Of All Time

There are a number of Canadian songs that just scream “Canadian pride,” whether they’re about our country, its people, our sports, or more. So here are just a few of the most Canadian songs of all time.

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“The Hockey Song”

Written and originally performed by Canadian folksinger Stompin’ Tom Connors, “The Hockey Song’s” first release was on Connors’ 1973 album, Stompin’ Tom and the Hockey Song. It can now be heard in ice arenas across the country and beyond.

“Life Is A Highway”

Tom Cochrane’s road-riding hit, which appeared on his album Mad Mad World, topped a number of charts. It has also been covered by numerous artists like Rascal Flatts (for the Cars soundtrack) as well as by Chris LeDoux, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Home Free.

“Wheat Kings”

This Tragically Hip classic, which appeared on their Fully, Completely album in 1992, was based on a real Canadian criminal case in which David Milgaard was wrongfully accused of a crime and released from prison after serving 23 years in jail.

“Takin’ Care Of Business”

Written by Randy Bachman and first recorded by Canadian rock group Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) for their 1973 album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II, this Canadian classic is often referred to as “the Provincial rock anthem of Manitoba.”

“Constant Craving”

kd lang’s soulful voice is showcased at its best in this easy-listening hit. It appeared on her Ingénue album, and won the artist the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993.

“Summer of ’69”

You can’t help but play the air guitar and spew forth the lyrics from this classic summer tune. From Bryan Adams’  fourth album, Reckless, the track has made a number of “best of” lists since its 1984 release.

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