The last half dozen or so blogs of mine gives you a fairly clear idea as to how my mind works. The randomness, and eclectic topics, only is the tip of the iceberg for what insanity is in there every day. Today I had the urge to share with you my list of favorite Canadian singers/groups. Why? Who the hell knows? Enjoy.
Not making the list, but surely deserving some mention are: (In no particular order) Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Shawn Mendes, Drake, Diana Krall, Arcade Fire, KD Lang, Avril Lavigne, Michael Buble`, Alanis Morissette, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, and Anne Murray.
10 - The Guess Who. I actually like them more now than when they were popular. I think I hated that some people confused them with The Who, my favorite band. I admit they had a few hits I secretly liked like These Eyes, New Mother Nature, and American Woman.
9 - The Band. From 1965-1967 they toured with Bob Dylan and that is what shot them to stardom. Music critic Bruce Eder described the Band as "one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world" and music journalist Al Aronowitz called it "country soul, a sound never heard before". They are arguably one of the most famous bands of all time.
8 - Paul Anka. He wrote more songs then you ever knew he wrote including the theme for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the words to My Way, and She's a Lady. He had some hits of his own including Diana, Lonely Boy, and Put Your Head on my Shoulder. A way bigger star than you thought and talent out of his mind.
7 - Justin Bieber. Sure he is goofy, and yes he is a pain in the ass, and of course he does some stupid stuff, but there is no denying his talent and success. The Biebs has had quite the run of success in his career. The past eleven years has seen him score number one hits from every one of his released albums to date. Plus he loves hockey so how bad can he be?
6 - Gordon Lightfoot. Everyone knows him from the mega hit, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but he scored big hits with If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, and Rainy Day People to name a few. A mainstream artist that brought folk, folk rock, and country music to a wide group of people who never might have listened to that.
5 - Rush. Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee make up one of the loudest bands on earth. The members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each winning numerous awards in magazine readers' polls. Crazy popular in Canada and the US Midwest, so, so, success elsewhere in the USA for some crazy reasons.
4 - Celine Dion. Holy crap, if she is number 4 who are the top three? When you talk mega star you have to talk about her in the opening sentence. She was a huge hit in French speaking Canada before she even crossed over to the English side. Too many hits to list, and if you can't think of five on your own then you have lived in a cave for the last 20 years.
3 - Shania Twain. Be still my beating heart. She has sold over 100 million records making her one of the most successful country singers of all time. From 1994 to 1996 there was no artist with more hit songs then her. It seemed like every month she was releasing another number one hit song. Today she is still on top of the world in Las Vegas with one of the top two shows in town.
2- Bryan Adams. He wrote, and sings, one of my all time favorite songs and yet I have him at number 2 on my list. Like his fellow country woman, above, he has sold over 100 million records, also making him another of the best selling artists of all time. Here is my all time number two favorite song. Goose bumps already.
1 - Bachman Turner Overdrive. Was there ever any doubt as to who this was going to be? I can't say their name without images of my youth flashing before me, and the memory of slamming one of their 8-tracks into the player in my 1968 Pontiac Lemans. They had a massive string of hit songs from 1971 - 1976, which neatly coincided with my discovering recreational drugs and alcohol. Every time I hear this song I want to get in my car and drive about 150 MPH with the windows down and the radio on at full volume. Enjoy.
I hoped you enjoyed this trip through my mind. Kind of fun to be me isn't it?