The Top 100 Songs of 2018 in Canada

Billboard Canada released the year-end top 100 singles of 2018 which are listed below. The biggest song of the year in maple land is “Havana” by Cuba’s Camila Cabello, formerly with United States based R&B group Fifth Harmony. The top track by a Canadian artist is “God’s Plan” by Drake at #3. There are 15 entries with a Canadian as the main, co-main, or lone featured artist. Eight of these involve Drake. The Canadian Hot 100 is determined by a weighting system of radio airplay, online streaming, and purchased downloads.

1 Havana Camila Cabello
2 Perfect Ed Sheeran
3 God’s Plan Drake
4 Rockstar Post Malone
5 Body Loud Luxury Ft. Brando
6 Girls Like You Maroon 5
7 Meant To Be Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
8 Psycho Post Malone
9 Nice For What Drake
10 I Like It Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
11 In My Feelings Drake
12 The Middle Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
13 No Tears Left To Cry Ariana Grande
14 Better Now Post Malone
16 Friends Marshmello & Anne-Marie
17 New Rules Dua Lipa
18 Thunder Imagine Dragons
19 One Kiss Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
20 Lucid Dreams Juice WRLD
21 Love Lies Khalid & Normani
22 Finesse Bruno Mars & Cardi B
23 Look Alive BlocBoy JB Ft. Drake
24 Never Be The Same Camila Cabello
25 Despacito Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
26 Youngblood 5 Seconds Of Summer
27 Wolves Selena Gomez X Marshmello
28 Silence Marshmello
29 River Eminem
30 Taste Tyga
31 Jackie Chan Tiesto & Dzeko Ft. Preme & Post Malone
32 Back To You Selena Gomez
33 Pray For Me The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
34 In My Blood Shawn Mendes
35 This Is America Childish Gambino
36 Delicate Taylor Swift
37 Let You Down NF
38 Whatever It Takes Imagine Dragons
39 Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
40 All The Stars Kendrick Lamar & SZA
41 Gucci Gang Lil Pump
42 Feel It Still Portugal. The Man
43 Him & I G-Eazy & Halsey
44 Call Out My Name The Weeknd
45 Mine Bazzi
46 Say Something Justin Timberlake
47 Too Good At Goodbyes Sam Smith
48 I Fall Apart Post Malone
49 Ric Flair Drip Offset & Metro Boomin
50 FEFE 6ix9ine
51 Sicko Mode Travis Scott
52 Walk It Talk It Migos Ft. Drake
53 Solo Clean Bandit
54 Plug Walk Rich The Kid
55 Unforgettable French Montana
56 What Lovers Do Maroon 5
57 No Limit G-Eazy
58 Let Me Go Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso
59 Freaky Friday Lil Dicky
60 Eastside Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
61 How Long Charlie Puth
62 Nonstop Drake
63 MotorSport Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B
64 IDGAF Dua Lipa
65 No Brainer DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber et al.
66 God Is A Woman Ariana Grande
67 Mi Gente J Balvin & Willy William
68 Happier Marshmello & Bastille
69 Bad At Love Halsey
70 Bodak Yellow Cardi B
71 I’m Upset Drake
73 Nevermind Dennis Lloyd
74 Yes Indeed Lil Baby & Drake
75 Stir Fry Migos
76 Not A Love Song Bulow
77 Plain Jane A$AP Ferg
78 I Love It Kanye West & Lil Pump
79 Bartier Cardi Cardi B
80 These Days Rudimental
81 Young Dumb & Broke Khalid
82 Ball For Me Post Malone
83 Powerglide Rae Sremmurd & Juicy J
84 Ain’t Easy Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
85 Wait Maroon 5
86 Simple Florida Georgia Line
87 Echame La Culpa Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato
89 Natural Imagine Dragons
90 Zombie Bad Wolves
91 I’m A Mess Bebe Rexha
92 Remind Me To Forget Kygo
93 Heaven Kane Brown
94 Dusk Till Dawn Zayn
95 X Nicky Jam x J Balvin
96 OTW Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign & 6LACK
97 King’s Dead Jay Rock, K. Lamar, Future & J. Blake
98 Gummo 6ix9ine
99 Marry Me Thomas Rhett
100 Praise The Lord A$AP Rocky

Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Tops iTunes Worldwide Chart

“Head Above Water”, the new single from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne, has topped the iTunes Worldwide Chart with #1 placements in a number of countries. This is the singer songwriter’s first single in three years, the last offering being “Fly” dedicated to the Special Olympics.

Having battled Lyme disease, Lavigne has not been able to release a new album since her self-titled disc in 2013. That album spawned a number of hits including “Here’s to Never Growing Up” and “Let Me Go” featuring Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.

“Head Above Water” follows along the course of piano driven power ballads like “Let Me Go” and “Fly” and lyrically focuses on her determination to survive the brutal effects of Lyme.

For those who were longing for an Avril Lavigne comeback, all we can say is … boy, what a comeback!

Avril Lavigne has received 13 Vevo Certified Awards and sold an estimated 90 million records worldwide.

Marie-Mai Builds an Empire

Marie-Mai is a platinum recording artist from Canada, one of the biggest names in the country when it comes to Franco pop and has been able to sell out Montreal’s Bell Centre with back-to-back shows. She launched her career as a finalist of the first season of the reality show Star Académie. During the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, Marie-Mai performed “Emmène-moi”. Below is her latest music video, “Empire”. Enjoy.

The 10 Biggest Songs of 2017 in Canada

Below are the 10 biggest hits of 2017 in Canada according to the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 year-end chart. Britain’s Ed Sheeran takes the cake with “Shape of You”. The top song by a Canadian artist is “Starboy” by The Weeknd.

1. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
2. Despacito by Fonsi & Yankee Ft. Justin Bieber
3. Closer by The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey
4. Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5. Unforgettable by French Montana Ft. Swae Lee
6. Starboy by The Weeknd
7. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
8. It Ain’t Me by Kygo x Selena Gomez
9. Rockabye by Clean Bandit Ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
10. I’m the One by DJ Khaled Ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, et al.

Canada’s Henry Drops New K-Pop Song

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Henry Lau learned piano to level 10 and won the gold medal for violin from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He also studied various forms of dance. South Korea’s SM Entertainment held auditions in Toronto in 2006, and Henry was one of only two people of 3,000 chosen. Relocating to Korea, he became a member of popular singing group Super Junior-M. In addition to Mandarin Chinese and his native English, he became fluent in Korean. And now, with 3.3 million Twitter followers, he is championing the K-pop genre as a soloist. He is as talented as they come. Henry recently released new song “I’m Good”. We embed the MV below.

Kiesza Welcomed by the Bakermat

Dutch DJ/producer Bakermat is best known for 2013’s “One Day” a huge hit across Europe. The track featured audio clips of speeches by U.S. activist Martin Luther King Jr. Bakermat dabbles in dance pop with his new single “Don’t Want You Back” which features Canadian singer Kiesza. The latter scored a #1 hit in the UK, Netherlands, and Belgium with “Hideaway”. The new track has quite a nice music video. We embed it below.

A Win for Canada’s The Strumbellas

Canada recently held its flagship music awards gala, the JUNOs. Of all the big Canadian names in music recently, The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, and Alessia Cara, it was folk-pop group The Strumbellas who won the Single of the Year award for hit “Spirits”. The song charted internationally, most notably in a number of European nations. In Canada itself, it was certified platinum. The “Spirits” music video, filled with colourful costumes, has amassed an impressive 40 million views. We embed it below but be forewarned, it is so catchy it just might get stuck in your head. But maybe that’s a good thing.

The Most Popular Canadian Song of 2016?

The Billboard Canadian Hot 100 year-end chart for 2016 tells us that the most popular Canadian song as judged by Canadians themselves was “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. It came out at the end of 2015 and was the second single off his Purpose album, so most of its chart success was in 2016. An interesting note is that most Canadians pronounce sorry as rhyming with story as opposed to starry, but Justin opted for the less common pronunciation when singing the song. Justin Bieber is from Stratford, Ontario and relatively quickly became a global teen sensation in 2009. To date, he has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. The Biebs holds a number of records, one of which is that he became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views on Vevo. So … let’s watch the music video for “Sorry” below which has racked up over 2 billion views to date.

Let Me Love You

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After topping a number of charts around the globe with Major Lazer (thanks to “Cold Water”), Canada’s Justin Bieber joins forces with France’s DJ Snake on “Let Me Love You”. It is not the most original composition, a combination perhaps of “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots and the former track by DJ Snake and Major Lazer, “Lean On”. “Let Me Love You” continues the proclivities of 2016 EDM to favour giddy-up beats. The track appears on DJ Snake’s just-released debut album Encore. He is fairly new at the game first releasing music in 2013 and his real name is William Sami Etienne Grigahcine. Justin Bieber has become a highly sought after vocalist especially for electronic dance music makers. Arguably, his preferred singing style is more in the vein of R&B than pop, warbling over the melody (if there is one) rather than carrying the melody. The Biebs burst onto the scene as a teen star releasing his first single “One Time” in 2009. He has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide and has to date scored more than forty Top 40 hits in his home country both as the main and as a featured artist.

Wanting Qu Drops Two New Tracks


Originally from Harbin, China, singer-songwriter Wanting Qu (female soloist) has been based in Vancouver, Canada since age 16. Both Canadian networks CBC and CTV have televised documentary features on her. Wanting hit the music scene as a breath of fresh air, for in the midst of a western music industry that stands largely as a Blacks and Whites only club, she became in 2009 the first Chinese artist to be signed to the Nettwerk label (Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Chromeo). As the city of Vancouver is roughly 30% ethnically Chinese with about 20% through the metropolitan area, such a recruitment was long overdue. It came with recognition of a songwriter that had an extraordinary gift. Wanting’s songs are just beautiful. Terry McBride was the man who awakened to this reality and took it upon himself to manage her. In the west, Wanting’s music is being absorbed gradually, while in her native country, she became an overnight superstar. Her debut album, Everything In the World, achieved platinum sales within its first week of release largely owing to her multiple award winning song “You Exist in My Song”. Wanting’s first two albums were bilingual releases with songs in English and in Chinese. While the media likes to consult the grapevine in writing about her for a couple of reasons, it is her music that we find the most worthy of attention because it is so good. Wanting is working on her third studio album and recently released two brand new tracks, the English “Your Girl” which is sweet and fun, and the Chinese “Best Plan” which is powerful and uplifting. We embed them below to whet your appetites.

Drake On Cusp of Dethroning Fellow Canadian From UK Chart Record

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The United Kingdom does not seem like the sort of place where chart records are set by Canadian recording artists. Brits have been more intent to lap up music made by the country that turned its back on them becoming a bloody republic. Throughout the 1980s, not a single Canadian artist topped the British charts, and the only Canadian band to ever do this did so recently (MAGIC!). It is ironic then that a current Canadian superstar is close to dethroning his fellow Canuck from holding the British chart record of the most weeks spent by a single at number one. That record is currently held by Bryan Adams for his global 1991 blockbuster “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” which spent 16 weeks on top in the UK. Bryan Adams’ fellow Canadian artist Drake, who is very different in musical style, is tailgating the record with his current hit “One Dance” which has thus far spent 14 weeks at #1 in Britain. The two songs themselves have considerable British content of sorts. “I Do It For You” was co-written by British-based Robert “Mutt” Lange (though he was born in Zambia and grew up in South Africa) while Drake’s “One Dance” is actually a re-working of Crazy Cousinz and Kyla’s 2008 UK song “Do You Mind?”

Céline Dion Is Ready for One More Night

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Mourning the loss of her husband and manager René Angélil plus her brother Daniel, Céline Dion is returning to the spotlight. We got a glimpse of the Canadian superstar November 22, 2015, when she brought the world to tears in her touching performance of Edith Piaf’s “Hymne à L’Amour” at the American Music Awards in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Céline will be releasing new single, “Encore Un Soir” on May 24, 2016, which will appear on her upcoming 26th studio album. Dion has already gifted the world with a cover of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” which features electronic violin sensation Lindsey Stirling. It is available at iTunes as of May 20. She will perform this song with Lindsey at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22 where she will be honoured with the ICON Award.

With the launch of new music, Dion will be hitting the tour circuit. She wraps up her Las Vegas shows June 4 and plays two in Antwerp, Belgium June 20-21 at the Sportpaleis. From June 24 – July 9, she plays nine shows in Paris at the AccorHotels Arena. From there she proceeds to Montréal’s Centre Bell for 10 concerts from July 31 – August 17 and five shows at Québec City’s Centre Vidéotron (August 20-27). She caps things off with a one-night performance August 30 at Amphithéâtre Cogeco in good old Trois-Rivières. She then returns to her Las Vegas residency starting September 20.

Céline Dion is the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all-time. It is estimated that she has sold in excess of 200 million records worldwide.

MAGIC! Wants to Lay You Down Easy

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Sometimes artists get discovered first by a country outside of their own. For example, the UK discovered Canada’s Kiesza first via “Hideaway”. Toronto’s MAGIC! broke through down under before the rest of the world with smash hit “Rude”. A little known fact is that MAGIC! became the first Canadian band to top the UK singles chart (many Canuck soloists have done so). With its debut album, the reggae fusion group scored a total of four Top 40 hits in its own country and has now dropped a new single as it prepares release of album #2. MAGIC!’s “Lay You Down Easy” features an artist from the birthplace of reggae—Jamaica. Sean Paul adds his vocals on it. His album Dutty Rock was a triple platinum seller in Canada.

Lead singer Nasri Atweh has written songs with Grammy-winning production team The Messengers, a project that began prior to the formation of MAGIC!. The Messengers have penned songs for a slew of A-listers including Justin Bieber, David Guetta, Shakira, Cody Simpson, Jason Derulo, Akon, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Iggy Azalea, and Michael Bolton. Have a listen to MAGIC!’s new song “Lay You Down Easy” featuring Sean Paul.

Shawn Hook Gears Up for Jimmy Kimmel

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Shawn Hook is a Canadian recording artist who also happens to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for standing the longest time on an exercise ball: 3 hours, 16 minutes and 16 seconds! Musically, he released debut album Cosmonaut and the Girl in 2012 through EMI. That album placed a couple tracks on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. When EMI got absorbed by Universal, Shawn found himself with a new team who … hooked … him up with new co-writers including Grammy award winner Victoria Horn. Single “Million Ways” generated a lot of buzz with its scaling up to #44 on the aforementioned chart. His followup single “Sound of Your Heart” however, saw his big breakthrough. It went platinum in Canada attracting the attention of Hollywood Records in the United States which helped the song recently top the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Shawn will be appearing on American chat show Jimmy Kimmel tonight hoping to reach more ears with his infectious song which is now included on his second album, Analog Love. Check out the MV below.