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Canada 150: 15 super Canadian songs to sing along to

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are shining a light on our amazing country. In the weeks leading up to July 1st, we will be releasing articles on the best Canada has to offer. Get ready for some useful information, beautiful photos and, of course, some laughs.

When a melody makes you homesick, when the strum of a note takes you back to the smell of summer grass, when the tune of a chorus fills up your insides with emotion, you know you’ve felt the power of a song. There is always that one song that emits who we are, that gets at the root of our ideas about identity, country and home. That’s exactly what these fifteen songs about our incredible country do. Sit back and listen to some classics while cheersing to the breath-taking country we call home.

“Bobcaygeon” - The Tragically Hip

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic when this Ontario classic comes on the radio and you hear the line, “It was in Bobcaygeon, I saw the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time.”

“Runnin’ back to Saskatoon” - The Guess Who

This Canadian tune gives shout outs to some familiar prairie names, including Moose Jaw, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat.

“The Rest Of My Life” - Sloan

These Toronto born rockers not only wrote one catchy hit, but have said what most of us Canadians want to do, and that’s spend the rest of our lives in our beautiful nation.

“Wheat Kings” - The Tragically Hip

You can’t have a Canadian playlist without the Tragically Hip, and this song leaves of us dreaming of a breezy summer eve on the farm watching the hour long sunsets of the prairies.

“Electric Pow Wow Drum” - A Tribe Called Red

By infusing traditional First Nations music into their hard and heavy dubstep mixes, you can’t help but think of Canada and our rich culture when you hear any of their songs.

“One Great City!” - The Weakerthans

Before you get your LongJohn’s in a bunch, don’t go blaming this band for their "I hate Winnipeg" line - after all, what Canadian doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with his hometown? JK we love you Winnipeg!

“Seventeen” - Hey Rosetta

The group of Newfoundlanders wrote this Canadian pop song as they were on the road, driving along Highway 17, one of Canada’s longest stretches of highway. Not only is this a tribute to that portion of the Trans-Canada Highway, it's a ballad to that reckless and curious age of a young adult.

“Hockey Song” - Stompin’ Tom Connors

It is this one, single song that made Connors a household name across Canada: “The Hockey Song.” Hockey fans have been singing this anthem since 1973 and since then it has absolutely became hockey’s version of baseball’s iconic “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

“Comin’ Home” - City and Colour

It’s hard not to picture all the places Dallas Green mentions in this totally Canadian song. If you’ve been travelling, it’s no surprise this song will form a lump in your throat while reminiscing about the Rocky Mountains, Halifax, Highway 1, Saskatoon, Sydney and Nova Scotia.

“Oh...Canada” - Classified

This is one of the most hilariously-amazing tribute songs to Canada, ever. We love Canada as much as Classified does!

“Canadian Girls” - Dean Brody

“Canadian girls, Canadian girls Irresistible, lovable, trouble though sometimes - girls”...well we’ve never heard song lyrics so true before! This song brings any girl back to growing up in this amazing country, spending hot summer nights at the cabin and snowy winter days on the slopes!

“Canada In My Pocket” - Michael Mitchell

How many of us sang this song at our elementary school assemblies? We’ll have this song about our Canadian coins stuck in our head all day!

“Western Skies” - Blue Rodeo

“Well I'd rather be walking through the tall pine trees high up above Lake Louise” Us too Blue Rodeo, us too.

“This Land Is Your Land” - The Travellers

This classic was actually once an American themed song. In 1955, The Travellers changed the lyrics to this catchy tune to make it an anthem for their home country, Canada! The verse once went “This land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York Island, From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, This land was made for you and me.” We now proudly sing it, “This land is your land, This land is my land, From Bonavista, to Vancouver Island From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes waters, This land was made for you and me.”

“Where I Can Roam” - The Sheepdogs

A song that goes through where The Sheepdogs are from, the Canadian prairies!

What are some of your super Canadian songs? Let us now in the comments below!

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