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A look at Her Madgesty's most-played songs, Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and more reader-voted songs that should've been singles

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Hi Gary,

There's rarely any coverage of the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 on So, being a Canadian chart geek, I'm wondering about the most successful Canadian singles of recent years.

This week, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" marks the return of a Canadian artist to the chart's summit. Considering that approximately 40% of songs played on Canadian pop radio must be Canadian content, I find it quite interesting that more titles by Canadian artists don't often reach No. 1 on the chart.

My question is, how many singles by Canadian acts have risen to No. 1 since the establishment of the chart almost five years ago?

Thank you very much,

Mitchell Mervyn
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Hi Mitchell,

Jepsen's "Maybe" marks the fifth Billboard Canadian Hot 100 No. 1 by a Canadian act since the chart launched the week of March 31, 2007.

Fittingly, two of the country's own artists ruled the inaugural six rankings. Here is a look at the five Canadian acts that have reigned:

March 31, 2007, "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne (four weeks)
April 28, 2007, "Give It to Me," Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake (two)
Feb. 27, 2010, "I Believe," Nikki Yanofsky (four)
March 27, 2010, "Wavin' Flag," Young Artists for Haiti (six)
Feb. 11, 2012, "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen (one to-date)

With the previous two No. 1s by Canadian acts tied to promotion for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Jepsen's new leader impressively marks the first song by a Canadian devoid of such support to top the tally in almost five years.

Jepsen, who first reached a Billboard chart when her fresh take on John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders" rose to No. 15 on the Canada AC chart in December 2008, tells Billboard that representing her homeland atop the Canadian Hot 100 invokes pride not just for a personal achievement but as a Canadian.

"There are no words," says the Mission, B.C. native. "I feel so blessed, so honoured.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart."