The 50 Worst Canadian Songs

No need to apologize, Huffington Post.  We’re aware of the (de)merits of these songs–especially #46, which I consider to be World Class when it comes to Awful.  Whenever I hear it, I want to dig out my ears with a rusty trowel.

I do, however, have issues with a number of these picks (45, 39, 22 and 13).  And there’s plenty of bad Cancon from the 70s.  Like this.

Or this.

Then again, any subjective list such as this is designed to poke people with sharp sticks.

Thanks to Fred for the link.  I think.


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6 thoughts on “The 50 Worst Canadian Songs

  • July 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Huh. Moxy Fruvous’ King of Spain is supposed to be silly – seems unfair to add intentionally silly songs to a list of bad songs. Not to mention the vocal harmony on that song is sublime.

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I was surprised by a few on the list. Big fan of Spadina Bus and Moxy Fruvous was awesome. My wife (when she was still my girlfriend) and I saw them at Molson park with Bryan Adams. She is a book hoarder…always has been…and “My baby loves a bunch of authors” was my unofficial theme song for a while.

    If you keep scrolling you get the top 100 Canadian songs…some equally surprising songs there (the littlest hobo theme song?)

    • July 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Illusion shattered!

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Surprised you defended that bad Treble Charger song (great band otherwise!) and not Moxy Fruvous.

    That list did introduce me to “The Bitch Came Back” by Theory of a Deadman which was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. That “Porn Star Dancing” bit was terrible too, but at least they left Fred Penner alone.

    Surprised “Fire In the Head” by the Tea Party was so far up. I wouldn’t say it’s outstanding, but it doesn’t seem so offensively bad compared to this other shit.

    Holy hell that Avril Lavigne track… can’t believe I’d been completely oblivious to it prior. And people thought the Gwen Stefani version was bad and in poor taste.

    I’d somehow managed to mostly avoid Nickelback, only heard snippets here or there, only on the radio once or twice while trapped in a dentist’s chair. I’m going to maintain that policy.

  • July 31, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Just flipped through the songs, and I distinctly remember saying, at a Barenaked Ladies concert a week and a half ago, “If I had a million dollars, I’d pay the band never to play ‘One Week’ again.” I’m a lot older than I feel, because I saw them at my university my first year, and they hadn’t written “One Week” yet, but I don’t remember the show.

    I have to agree with a few other thoughts, though, “King of Spain” is awesome, and “In Repair” is easier for me to get into than a good bunch of Our Lady Peace’s later songs.


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