Bonus List: Top 25 Canadian Albums of the Decade


Inspired by Maclean’s list of the Top 10 Canadian albums of the decade, I decided to bang out an all-Canuck version of my top 25 albums of the decade. This has been a fantastic decade for Canadian music, which benefited from the fracturing of pop culture that allowed small acts from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and points in between to gain a foothold in the popular consciousness throughout the world, without having to overcome the traditional barrier in spreading Canadian art: we don’t have a big enough population to warrant attention. This was a problem back when bands had to sell millions of records and dominate the charts to get buzz. Now you just need to get the attention of the proper taste-makers, sell a few units, do the right festivals, and let the internet do the rest. Oh yeah, and have the talent to back it up.

Sure, we still had some artists getting attention the traditional way, like Nickelback and Avril Lavigne, and for that… I apologize. But judging our music by its most popular acts would be just as big a mistake as dismissing American music because of the work of the Black Eyed Peas and American Idol or the UK because of James Blunt and The X Factor. Instead, let’s celebrate the best.

The following is just a short list, with no write-ups, designed to just give an idea of what kind of decade it’s been for the True North Strong and Free (although, if you want to read write-ups for the top 8, see my Best Albums of the Decade list). I didn’t take too much time putting this list together, so don’t get too focused on the order. As always, this list is for entertainment purposes only, and should not be used for wagering of any kind.

1. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
2. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (2007)
3. Stars – Set Yourself On Fire (2004)
4. Kathleen Edwards – Failer (2003)

5. Tegan and Sara – So Jealous (2004)
6. Feist – The Reminder (2007)

7. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People (2002)
8. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)

9. The Stills – Logic Will Break Your Heart (2003)
10. Feist – Let It Die (2004)
11. The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site (2004)
12. The New Pornographers – Challengers (2007)
13. Tegan and Sara – The Con (2007)
14. The New Pornographers – Electric Version (2003)
15. Metric – Live It Out (2005)
16. Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene (2005)
17. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic (2000)
18. The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour (2007)
19. Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (2003)
20. Neil Young – Prairie Wind (2006)
21. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (2005)
22. Hot Hot Heat – Make Up the Breakdown (2002)
23. Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (2004)
24. Sarah Harmer – You Were Here (2000)
25. k-os – Joyful Rebellion (2004)

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