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Statistics Say That the Most Successful Canadian Band EVER Is…

I once heard the Tragically Hip described as “Canada’s house band.” That sounded good, but was there a way to prove that?

The10And3 is a website that does statistical analyses of all things Canadian. They took a look at a number of metrics–chart success, longevity, album breadth–and came to the conclusion that the Hip is this country’s most successful band ever. Yeah, there are solo artists who have done better, but when it comes to a group, no one has a higher aggregate score than the Hip–even Rush. Here are their charts:




The full analysis can be found here.

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One thought on “Statistics Say That the Most Successful Canadian Band EVER Is…

  • The Hip are certainly a great band. I think it is hard to actually point out one most successful band. With any research you can find numbers that will give you the outcome you want to have. There are many successful artists and bands in Canada and all of them are successful in their own way. I think both this research and the fight about who is the best band of Canada is futile. Let’s just enjoy the fact that Canada has such great influence in such different genres of music all over the world.


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