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Today, my roommate and I were at Starbucks and I saw a new collection of Canadian artists called Northern Songs. I liked a handful of the choices but wasn't pleased by a few omissions. Googling the album to see what others thought. Doing so, I came across an assignment from a professor of Canadian studies at the University of Vermont (Where else would they have a major like that?) to come up with their own list of tracks. I would love an assignment like this so I'm doing it!

The original list:

1. Feist - "Mushaboom"

2. Pilot Speed - "Knife-Grey Sea"

3. Cowboy Junkies - "Sweet Jane"

4. The Band - "The Weight"

5. k.d. lang - "Constant Craving"

6. Rufus Wainwright - "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk"

7. Sarah McLachlan - "Angel"

8. Ron Sexsmith - "All in Good Time"

9. Kate and Anna McGarrigle "Entre la Jeunesse et la Sagesse"

10. Great Lake Swimmers - "Your Rocky Spine"

11. The Be Good Tanyas - "Ootischenia"

12. Broken Social Scene - "Swimmers"

13. Holly Cole - "I Can See Clearly Now"

14. Diana Krall - "Temptation"

15. Leonard Cohen - "Anthem"

My list, with comments but not in a particular order:

1. Sarah McLachlan- "Stupid" (Better than their choice.)

2. Cowboy Junkies- "Sweet Jane" (That was a good choice. Awesome version.)

3. Neil Young- "Long May You Run" (You gotta have Neil!)

4. Jann Arden- "Insensitive" (I rediscovered this song recently and love it all over again.)

5. Bryan Adams- "Back to You" (You gotta have Bryan!)

6. k.d. lang- "Constant Craving" (Yeah, I liked this one as well...)

7. Bare Naked Ladies- "The Old Apartment" (It was a hard decision between this one and "Call and Answer.")

8. Joni Mitchell- "Both Sides Now" (It had to include either this one or "Big Yellow Taxi.)

9. The Guess Who- "American Woman" (I love the irony with this choice...)

10. Alannah Myles- "Black Velvet" (I have no comment.)

11. Bachman-Turner Overdrive- "Taking Care of Business" (I have no comment here either...)

12. Shania Twain- "That Don't Impress Me Much" (It was either this or Celine, m'kay?)

13. William Shatner- "You'll Have Time" (You must have comedy!)

14. Alanis Morrisette- "Crazy" (This Seal cover is actually pretty good.)

15. Tom Cochrane- "Life is a Highway" (I just discovered he was Canadian...)

There's my list. Sure, some may argue it's a "safe list" but you must have the best!

What would you choose?


Paul Martin said…
Good list! It is a bit safe, but you're right that those are all great tunes. I'm not a huge fan of Black Velvet, but I like the choice of Shatner!

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