Rock this Country

On Sunday night, I was tagged in a strange post from Derek Rhodenizer. I wondered if he was at a Grammy party and needed ammunition from his network of music lovers.

Less I miss it, Derek tagged me and a number of others in a subsequent post. So, I started to think and couldn’t come up with just one song. Derek cut me some slack and let me have 10. I thought about it for a while and returned a list.

  • Guess Who – American Woman
  • Tragically Hip – Wheat Kings
  • Gordon Lightfoot – Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Bare Naked Ladies – If I Had a Million Dollars
  • Anne Murray – Snowbird
  • Max Webster – Diamonds, Diamonds
  • Shania Twain – From This Moment
  • Drake – Best I Ever Had
  • Neil Young – Needle and the Damage Done
  • Rush – Closer to the Heart

Of course, as I pressed reply, all kinds of other songs came into mind. In fact, it wasn’t American Woman that came into mind when I thought of Guess Who. The title of that song inspired me to take a different tack on songs.

“Songs with Canadian locations in their title.”

So, let’s rock this country.

1.  The Guess Who – Running Back to Saskatoon

(This was the very first song I thought of…)

2.  The Tragically Hip – Bobcaygeon

3. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Tillsonburg

4. Murray McLauchlan – Down by the Henry Moore

5. Drake – 5AM In Toronto

Honourable Mention –
Max Webster – Research (At Beach Resorts)
Wasaga Beach but they should have said Grand Bend!
Why is there no live version?

Of course, Hank Snow had been everywhere. He’s probably got a bigger list. How about you? What song did I miss?

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6 thoughts on “Rock this Country

  1. Interesting. Noa Daniel has a BOB where she uses music and history with students that we have been working together to modify for my class with a Canadian theme. Some of these songs have been on our list. We’ve also added Bud the Spud by Stompin Tom, Buffalo Soldier by Buffy Saint Marie and some Great Big Sea tunes as well. Keep adding to your list, we’d love the help!

  2. I suppose I must mention a song by Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers, “Somewhere Near Thunder Bay”. If that counts 🙂

  3. My 10

    Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World
    Ian Tyson – Four Strong Winds
    Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
    Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway
    Amanda Marshall – Dark Horse
    Arcade Fire – Wake Up
    Metric – Help, I’m Alive
    Bruce Cockburn – Barenaked Ladies – Lovers in a Dangerous Time
    The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
    Neil Young – Heart of Gold

    My Second 10

    Parachute Club – Rise Up
    Rush – 2112
    Luba – Let It Go
    Bruce Cockburn – Wondering Where The Lions Are
    Sarah McLachlan – Angel
    Payola$ – Eyes of a Stranger
    Gordon Lightfoot – Canadian Railroad Trilogy
    Alessia Cara – Wild Things
    Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
    The Rankin Family – Fare Thee Well Love

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