“Century” debuts with three other Tragically Hip songs on the LyricFind Global chart: “Nautical Disaster” bows at No. 8, “Blow at High Dough” at No. 18 and “Bobcaygeon” at No. 22. Notably, none of the four songs on the chart are from the group’s most recent album, Man Machine Poem, released June 17. Rather, the songs are from various albums by the band dating back to 1989.
The songs’ spikes follow the conclusion of The Tragically Hip’s summer tour, which drew added attention due to the dire health condition of lead singer Gord Downie. In May, the artist revealed that he had terminal brain cancer and would be embarking on a 15-stop summer tour with the band throughout Canada. The final stop in Kingston, Ontario, the group’s hometown, was on Aug. 20, and “Century” was the last song in the set. Although it hasn’t been confirmed by the band, it has been widely reported that the Kingston show was the band’s farewell concert.
The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries except the U.S. The company is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 4,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Shazam, Microsoft, Yahoo, SoundHound and iHeartRadio.
While the group has scored much of its success on Canadian charts, its song “Courage” found U.S. audiences, peaking at No. 16 on both Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Songs in 1993. The track became the third of four Mainstream Rock Songs hits for the band, following “New Orleans is Sinking” (No. 30, 1990) and “Three Pistols” (No. 43, 1991). In 1998, “Poets” peaked at No. 39.
Eight of The Tragically Hip’s 13 studio albums charted on the Billboard 200, beginning with its first, Up to Here, in 1990 (peaking at No. 170). The new Man Machine Poem spent a week at No. 179 (July 9). The band logged its best rank, No. 129, with 2012’s Now for Plan A. Man Machine Poem also debuted and peaked at No. 22 on the Top Rock Albums chart, selling 4,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.
Watch The Tragically Hip’s final performance on Aug. 20 below.