A number of concern Canadians passed on this list from Ultimate Classic Rock that purports to list Canada’s Top 10 Rock Artists. Let’s review:
- Neil Young
- The Band
- The Guess Who
- Joni Mitchell (!?!)
- Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- Bryan Adams
- Loverboy (!!!)
- April Wine
Okay, take a deep breath. Keep in mind the source of this list is a magazine that is focused exclusivelyon classic rock. That means no Arcade Fire, no Broken Social Scene, no Sam Roberts. And I won’t quibble with Neil Young, Rush, The Band, and The Guess Who. I’ll even concede Bryan Adams.
Joni Mitchell? Brilliant, yes, but as a rock artist? Give her space to Tom Cochrane and/or Red Rider. Loverboy? Hardly. Insert the Tragically Hip in their place. (They’d hate to be lumped in with these other artists, but the band has been around since 1984.)
I was a big fan of Triumph growing up in Winnipeg (so was everyone), but I’d remove them in favour of Sloan. Yes, Triumph has sold a gazillion more records, but I have a soft spot for the boys from Halifax. And if not Sloan, Blue Rodeo.
April Wine remains a guilty pleasure for me, but if it came down to a fight between them and Max Webster, I know who I’d choose.