150 Canadian albums for 150 years


The Ontarion staff curated 150 Canadian albums to celebrate Canada 150.

We also created a playlist of our favourite songs from those albums on Spotify: search for “150 Canadian Tracks for #Canada150” or follow this link for almost 10 hours of Canadian music. And, in case you were wondering, yes, the song are in chronological order!

Did we miss your favourite Canadian song? Leave us a comment below to let us know!

Artist Album Song Title Year
1 Buffy Sainte-Marie It’s My Way Universal Soldier 1964
2 Steppenwolf Born to Be Wild Born to Be Wild 1968
3 Anne Murray This is My Way Snowbird 1969
4 Joni Mitchell Clouds The Gallery 1969
5 The Band The Band Up on Cripple Creek 1969
6 Gordon Lightfoot Sit Down Young Stranger If You Could Read My Mind 1970
7 The Guess Who American Woman American Woman 1970
8 Lighthouse One Fine Morning One Fine Morning 1971
9 Joni Mitchell Blue California 1971
10 Joni Mitchell For the Roses Woman of Heart and Mind 1972
11 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Bachman-Turner Overdrive II Takin’ Care of Business 1973
12 Joni Mitchell Court and Spark Just Like This Train 1974
13 Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns The Jungle Line 1975
14 Joni Mitchell Hejira Blue Motel Room 1976
15 Rush Hemispheres La Villa Strangiato 1978
16 April Wine First Glance Roller 1978
17 Max Webster A Million Vacations Paradise Skies 1979
18 Loverboy Loverboy The Kid is Hot Tonite 1980
19 Martha and the Muffins Metro Music Echo Beach 1980
20 Anvil Metal on Metal Metal on Metal 1982
21 Men Without Hats Rhythm of Youth The Safety Dance 1982
22 Leonard Cohen Various Positions Hallelujah 1984
23 Bryan Adams Reckless Summer of ’69 1984
24 Helix Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge Rock You 1984
25 54-40 54-40 I Go Blind 1986
26 Spirit of the West Save This House Home for a Rest 1990
27 Bryan Adams Waking Up the Neighbours · 1991 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 1991
28 Tragically Hip Road Apples Fiddler’s Green 1991
29 Neil Young Harvest Moon Harvest Moon 1992
30 Barenaked Ladies Born on a Pirate Ship Old Apartment 1992
31 k.d. lang Ingénue Constant Craving 1992
32 Tragically Hip Fully Completely Fifty-Mission Cap 1992
33 Sass Jordan Racine Make You A Believer 1992
34 Blue Rodeo Five Days in July Bad Timing 1993
35 Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Possession 1993
36 Jann Arden Living Under June Insensitive 1994
37 54-40 Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret Ocean Pearl 1994
38 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill · 1995 Hand in my Pocket 1995
39 Shania Twain The Woman in Me Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under 1995
40 Amanda Marshall Amanda Marshall Fall From Grace 1995
41 Big Sugar Hemi-Vision Diggin’ A Hole 1996
42 Holly Cole It Happened One Night Calling You 1996
43 Sarah McLachlan Surfacing Adia 1997
44 Our Lady Peace Clumsy Clumsy 1997
45 Celine Dion Let’s Talk About Love My Heart Will Go On – Love Theme from “Titanic” 1997
46 Great Big Sea Play When I’m Up – I Can’t Get Down 1997
47 Shania Twain Come On Over You’re Still The One 1997
48 Prozzak Hot Show Omobolasire 1998
49 The Moffatts Chapter 1: A New Beginning Miss You Like Crazy 1998
50 Big Sugar Heated Turn the Lights On 1998
51 Arrogant Worms Dirt! I Am Cow 1999
52 Amanda Marshall Tuesday’s Child Love Lift Me 1999
53 Nelly Furtado Woah, Nelly! I’m Like a Bird 2000
54 Treble Charger Wide Awake Bored American Psycho 2001
55 Gob The World According to Gob I Hear You Calling 2001
56 Nickelback Sliver Side Up How You Remind Me 2001
57 Our Lady Peace Gravity Somewhere Out There 2002
58 Broken Social Scene You Forgot it in People Anthems for Seventeen Year Old Girl 2002
59 Emerson Drive Emerson Drive I Should Be Sleeping 2002
60 Avril Lavigne Let Go Complicated 2002
61 Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls Addicted 2002
62 Chantal Kreviazuk What If It All Means Something Weight Of The World 2002
63 Shania Twain Up! I’m Gonna Getcha Good! 2002
64 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace I Hate Everything About You 2003
65 Constantines Shine A Light Shine A Light 2003
66 Billy Talent Billy Talent Try Honesty 2003
67 Sloan Action Pact The Rest of My Life 2003
68 Sam Roberts Band The Inhuman Condition Don’t Walk Away Eileen 2003
69 Celine Dion One Heart I Drove All Night 2003
70 Bedouin Soundclash Sounding A Mosaic When the Night Feels My Song 2004
71 Stars Set Yourself on Fire Your Ex-Lover is Dead 2004
72 Carolyn Dawn Johnson Dress Rehearsal Simple Life 2004
73 Diana Krall The Girl In The Other Room Stop This World 2004
74 Sum 41 Chuck Some Say 2004
75 Tegan and Sara So Jealous Where Does the Good Go 2004
76 Paul Brandt This Time Around Alberta Bound 2004
77 Arcade Fire Funeral Wake Up 2004
78 Death From Above 1979 You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine Blood On Our Hands 2004
79 Annie Villeneuve Quand Je Ferme les Yeux Quand Je Ferme Les Yeux 2005
80 City and Colour Sometimes Save Your Scissors 2005
81 Daniel Powter Daniel Powter Bad Day 2005
82 Amanda Stott Chasing the Sky Homeless Heart 2005
83 Hot Hot Heat Elevator Goodnight Goodnight 2005
84 Joel Plaskett Make a Little Noise Nowhere With You 2006
85 Chantal Kreviazuk Ghost Stories All I Can Do 2006
86 Finger Eleven Them vs. You vs. Me Paralyzer 2007
87 Hedley Famous Last Words For The Nights I Can’t Remember 2007
88 Do Make Say Think You, You’re a History in Rust A Tender History in Rust 2007
89 Shad The Old Prince The Old Prince Still Lives at Home 2007
90 Feist The Reminder My Moon My Man 2007
91 Alexisonfire Crisis Rough Hands 2007
92 Faber Drive Seven Second Surgery Second Chance 2007
93 Arkells Jackson Square Oh, the Boss is Coming! 2008
94 The Waking Eyes Holding On To Whatever It Is All Empires Fall 2008
95 Tokyo Police Club Elephant Shell Your English is Good 2008
96 Hannah Georgas The Beat Stuff The Beat Stuff 2008
97 City and Colour Bring Me Your Love Sleeping Sickness 2008
98 Coeur de pirate Coeur de pirate Comme des enfants 2008
99 Protest the Hero Fortress Sequoia Throne 2008
100 Kreesha Turner Passion Bounce With Me 2008
101 The Trews No Time for Later Hold Me in Your Arms 2008
102 Hey Rosetta! Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) Red Heart 2008
103 Matthew Barber Ghost Notes Where the River Bends 2008
104 Serena Ryder is it o.k All For Love 2008
105 Marianas Trench Masterpiece Theatre Cross My Heart 2009
106 MSTRKRFT Fist of God Heartbreaker 2009
107 Down With Webster Time to Win Vol.1 Woah is Me 2009
108 Metric Fantasies Gimme Sympathy 2009
109 Great Lake Swimmers Lost Channels Pulling On a Line 2009
110 Michael Buble Crazy Love Haven’t Met You Yet 2009
111 Devin Townsend Project Addicted BEND IT LIKE BENDER! 2009
112 Theo Tams Give It All Away Lazy Lovers 2009
113 Moneen The World I Want To Leave Behind Hold That Sound 2009
114 Hollerado Record in a Bag Juliette 2010
115 Library Voices Denim on Denim Drinking Games 2010
116 The Sheepdogs Learn & Burn I Don’t Know 2010
117 Justin Nozuka You I Wind Land and Sea Swan in the Water 2010
118 Royal Wood The Waiting On Top of Your Love 2010
119 Dan Mangan Nice, Nice, Very Nice Basket 2010
120 Lights Siberia Suspension 2011
121 Bruce Peninsula Open Flames Pull Me Under 2011
122 Tribe Called Red A Tribe Called Red Electric Pow Wow Drum 2012
123 Kathleen Edwards Voyageur Change the Sheets 2012
124 Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! We Drift Like Worried Fire 2012
125 Hey Ocean! Is Big Blue Wave 2012
126 Japandroids Celebration Rock The Nights of Wine and Roses 2012
127 Alanis Morissette havoc and bright lights guardian 2012
128 Serena Ryder Harmony What I Wouldn’t Do 2012
129 Half Moon Run Dark Eyes Need It 2012
130 Tegan and Sara Heartthrob I Was A Fool 2013
131 Drake Nothing Was the Same Started From the Bottom 2013
132 Walk Off the Earth R.E.V.O. Red Hands 2013
133 Raine Maida We All Get Lighter Montreal 2013
134 Kiesza Sound of a Woman Hideaway 2014
135 Alvvays Alvvays Adult Diversion 2014
136 Mother Mother Very Good Bad Thing Monkey Tree 2014
137 Hedley Wild Life Crazy For You 2014
138 The New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Champions Of Red Wine 2014
139 Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion Boy Problems 2015
140 Justin Bieber Purpose Sorry 2015
141 The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness Can’t Feel My Face 2015
142 Shawn Mendes Handwritten Stitches 2015
143 Shawn Hook Analog Love Sound Of Your Heart 2015
144 PUP The Dream is Over My Life Is Over And I Couldn’t Be Happier 2016
145 Alessia Cara Know-It-All Wild Things 2016
146 Tebey Old School When the Buzz Wears Off 2016
147 The Medicine Hat St. Cecilia St. Cecilia 2016
148 Tanya Tagaq Retribution Centre (ft. Shad) 2016
149 BROS Vol. 1 Tell Me 2017
150 (USS) Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker New World Alphabet Work Shoes 2017