Canada 150: Celine Dion & Shania Twain Lead Nielsen Music Canada's Top Canadian Artists Chart

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Celine Dion attends the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. 

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday — Billboard's top Canadian artists, albums and songs in the Nielsen Music Canada era

The official 150th birthday of Canada — commemorating  confederation — is this Saturday, July 1,  known as Canada Day, but it’s been a year-long celebration with the government putting in a half-billion dollars towards the branded ”Canada 150” festivities and businesses commemorating the sesquicentennial their own way. Nielsen Music Canada, in collaboration with Billboard, has compiled its own celebratory lists of the biggest artists, albums and songs since the data-tracking system came into Canada in 1996 (and cut off Dec. 31, 2016).

“We’re excited to celebrate the success of Canadian artists at home, in partnership with Billboard, as we honour [sic] Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Paul Shaver, Head of Nielsen Music Canada.

Nielsen Music Canada’s recap charts include all-format and radio charts (started April 1995), album sales (1996 -) and digital song sales (2005 - ). The most recent chart for streaming (July 2014 -) extends to March 2017.

The top-selling Canadian artist (by album sales in Canada) during the 20-year “Nielsen Music Canada era,” is, not surprisingly, Celine Dion when tallying up all her physical and digital sales for the Top Overall Artist chart. She’s followed by Shania Twain and Michael Bublé at Nos. 2 and 3, both of whom are massive outside Canada. Next, however, is The Tragically Hip (No. 4), the rock band that does not have the same profile in the rest of the world as it does at home but has been one of the country’s biggest acts for decades and played its final tour in 2016 following singer Gord Downie’s announcement he has brain cancer. Also among the top 25 artists: Sarah McLachlan (No. 5), Nickelback (No. 6), Diana Krall (No. 7) and Avril Lavigne (No. 8), but the appearance of DIY artists Johnny Reid (No. 17) and Loreena McKennitt (No. 20) is impressive and francophone acts Francois Perusse (No. 19) and Isabelle Boulay (No. 24) show the power of the Quebec market.

The Top Overall Albums chart — combining physical and digital album sales — finds Twain holding two positions in the top 10, Nos. 1 and 3 for Come On Over and Up!, respectively. Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love is sandwiched between at No. 2, while the diva also holds down Nos. 9 and 10 with Falling Into You and These Are Special Times, respectively. The top 10 also includes McLachlan’s Surfacing at No. 4, Lavigne’s Let Go at No. 5 and Our Lady Peace’s Clumsy at No. 8.

When we get into the digital era, the dominating names are quite different, pointing to the buying habits of a younger generation. Sitting at No. 1 on the Top Digital Songs chart (ranking the best-selling digital song downloads) is Canadian passport-carrying Robin Thicke with “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough hit, “Call Me Maybe” (No. 2), and East Coast rapper Classified with “Inner Ninja” (No. 3), that comes in before hits by international smashes by Bieber, The Weeknd and Magic! Bieber takes three positions in the top 10 with “Love Yourself” (No. 4), “Sorry” (No. 5) and “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 9), while pop band Hedley, which hasn’t broken the U.S. but headlines arenas at home, is at No. 6 with “Kiss You Inside Out.” The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” is No. 7 while Magic!’s “Rude” takes No. 8 and Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

The same familiar Canadians that have been dominating the U.S. charts lately also pepper the top 10 of the Top Streamed Songs chart: Bieber, The Weeknd, Drake and Shawn Mendes.  Bieber’s “Sorry” is No. 1 and “What Do You Mean?” No. 2, but he also takes No. 5 with “Love Yourself.” Drake takes a pair of spots in the top 10 with “One Dance” and “Hotline Bling” at Nos. 4 and 7. The Weeknd claims a trio of tracks in the top 10 (“Starboy” at No. 3, “The Hills” at No. 6 and “Can’t Feel My Face” at No. 8) while Mendes is at Nos. 9 and 10 with “Stitches” and “Treat You Better.”

When it comes to airplay, taking into account all format spins, the No. 1 on Top All Formats Songs belongs to Armin Van Burren’s “This Is What It Feels Like,” featuring Canadian Trevor Guthrie on vocals. The ubiquitous “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen comes in at No. 2, and Martin Solveigand Canadian band Dragonette with “Hello” at No. 3.  A pair of songs by rock band Finger Eleven are next at Nos. 4 and 5,  “One Thing” and “Paralyzer.” 

Scroll down to view Nielsen Music Canada's top Canadian artists, albums and songs of the Nielsen Music Canada era:

Top Overall Artist (by album sales, physical and digital combined)
RankArtist 
1Celine Dion 
2Shania Twain 
3Michael Buble 
4The Tragically Hip 
5Sarah McLachlan 
6Nickelback 
7Diana Krall 
8Avril Lavigne 
9Our Lady Peace 
10Bryan Adams 
11Justin Bieber 
12Leonard Cohen 
13Neil Young 
14Blue Rodeo 
15Barenaked Ladies 
16Great Big Sea 
17Johnny Reid 
18Alanis Morissette 
19Francois Perusse 
20Loreena McKennitt 
21Jann Arden 
22Nelly Furtado 
23Amanda Marshall 
24Isabelle Boulay 
25Matthew Good/Matthew Good Band 
   
Top Overall Albums (physical and digital sales combined)
RankArtistTitle
1Shania TwainCome On Over
2Celine DionLet's Talk About Love
3Shania TwainUp!
4Sarah McLachlanSurfacing
5Avril LavigneLet Go
6Celine DionAll The Way - A Decade Of Song
7Michael BubleChristmas
8Our Lady PeaceClumsy
9Celine DionFalling Into You
10Celine DionThese Are Special Times
   
Top Digital Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and PharrellBlurred Lines
2Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
3ClassifiedInner Ninja
4Justin BieberLove Yourself
5Justin BieberSorry
6HedleyKiss You Inside Out
7The WeekndCan't Feel My Face
8Magic!Rude
9Justin Bieber featuring Nicki MinajBeauty And A Beat
10Drake featuring WizKid & KylaOne Dance
   
Top Streamed Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Justin BieberSorry
2Justin BieberWhat Do You Mean?
3The Weeknd featuring Daft PunkStarboy
4Drake featuring WizKid & KylaOne Dance
5Justin BieberLove Yourself
6The WeekndThe Hills
7DrakeHotline Bling
8The WeekndCan't Feel My Face
9Shawn MendesStitches
10Shawn MendesTreat You Better
Source: Nielsen Music Canada — Album sales tracked from 1996-2016; digital song sales tracked from 2005-2016; streaming songs tracked from July 2014-March 2017.
   
Airplay — Top All-Formats Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor GuthrieThis Is What It Feels Like
2Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
3Martin Solveig & DragonetteHello
4Finger ElevenOne Thing
5Finger ElevenParalyzer
6Serena RyderStompa
7Magic!Rude
8Avril LavigneComplicated
9Bedouin SoundclashWhen The Night Feels My Song
10Drake feat. Majid JordanHold On, We're Going Home
   
Airplay — Top Rock Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Big WreckThat Song
2Finger ElevenParalyzer
3Sam RobertsBrother Down
4Matthew Good BandHello Time Bomb
5Big SugarDiggin' A Hole
6Big WreckThe Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted)
7Finger ElevenOne Thing
8SloanMoney City Maniacs
9Matthew GoodLoad Me Up
10DefaultWasting My Time
   
Airplay — Top AC (Adult Contemporary) Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Daniel PowterBad Day
2Bedouin SoundclashWhen The Night Feels My Song
3Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
4Avril LavigneComplicated
5Nelly FurtadoI'm Like A Bird
6Nelly FurtadoSay It Right
7Martin Solveig & DragonetteHello
8Deborah CoxBeautiful U R
9Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor GuthrieThis Is What It Feels Like
10Michael BubleHaven't Met You Yet
   
Airplay — Top Country Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Paul BrandtMy Heart Has A History
2Jason McCoyBorn Again In Dixieland
3Deric RuttanWhen You Come Around
4Paul BrandtThat's The Truth
5Paul BrandtI'm Gonna Fly
6Shane YellowbirdPickup Truck
7Carolyn Dawn JohnsonI Don't Want You To Go
8Shania TwainNo One Needs To Know
9Paul BrandtYeah!
10Aaron LinesTurn It Up (I Like The Sound Of That)
   
Airplay — Top CHR (Mainstream Top 40) Songs 
RankArtistTitle
1Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor GuthrieThis Is What It Feels Like
2Martin Solveig & DragonetteHello
3Drake feat. Majid JordanHold On, We're Going Home
4Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
5Kardinal Offishall feat. AkonDangerous
6Magic!Rude
7Edward Maya & Mia MartinaStereo Love
8Classified feat. David MylesInner Ninja
9The WeekndCan't Feel My Face
10AnjulieBrand New Chick/B*tch
Source: Nielsen Music Canada, for airplay monitored from April 1995-2016.
   
Digital Songs by Decade — 1960s 
RankArtistTitle
1SteppenwolfBorn to Be Wild
2SteppenwolfMagic Carpet Ride
3The BandThe Weight
4The Guess WhoThese Eyes
5Joni MitchellBoth Sides Now
6Leonard CohenSuzanne
7The BandUp on Cripple Creek
8The Irish RoversThe Unicorn
9The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie
10Gordon LightfootEarly Mornin' Rain
   
Digital Songs by Decade — 1970s 
RankArtistTitle
1Neil YoungHeart of Gold
2Neil YoungOld Man
3TrooperWhere Here for a Good Time
4Stompin' Tom ConnorsThe Hockey Song
5TrooperRaise a Little Hell
6Gordon LightfootThe Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
7Gordon LightfootSundown
8The Guess WhoAmerican Woman
9Bachman-Turner OverdriveYou Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
10Gordon LightfootIf You Could Read My Mind
   
Digital Songs by Decade — 1980s 
RankArtistTitle
1Bryan AdamsSummer of '69
2The Tragically HipNew Orleans Is Sinking
3Leonard CohenHallelujah
4Blue RodeoTry
5RushTom Sawyer
6Bryan AdamsHeaven
7Alannah MylesBlack Velvet
8The Tragically HipBlow at High Dough
9Neil YoungRockin' in the Free World
10The Tragically Hip38 Years Old
   
Digital Songs by Decade — 1990s 
RankArtistTitle
1Sarah McLachlanAngel
2Tom CochraneLife Is a Highway
3Celine DionMy Heart Will Go On
4Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
5Spirt of the WestHome for a Rest
6The Tragically HipWheat Kings
7Shania TwainMan! I Feel Like a Woman!
8The Tragically HipBobcaygeon
9Sarah McLachlanI Will Remember You
10Neil YoungHarvest Moon
   
Digital Songs by Decade — 2000s 
RankArtistTitle
1HedleyPerfect
2K'NaanWavin' Flag
3NickelbackBurn It to the Ground
4NickelbackRockstar
5Deadmau5 feat. Rob SwireGhosts 'N Stuff
6HedleyFor the Nights I Can't Remember
7Finger ElevenParalyzer
8NickelbackGotta Be Somebody
9Karl Wolf feat. CultureAfrica
10HedleyCha-Ching
   
Digital Songs by Decade — 2010s 
RankArtistTitle
1Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & PharrellBlurred Lines
2Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
3Classified feat. David MylesInner Ninja
4Justin BieberLove Yourself
5Justin BieberSorry
6HedleyKiss You Inside Out
7The WeekndCan't Feel My Face
8Magic!Rude
9Justin Bieber feat. Nicki MinajBeauty and a Beat
10Drake feat. WizKid & KylaOne Dance
Source: Nielsen Music Canada — The top selling digital songs of the Nielsen Music Canada era from each decade.

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