All The President’s iPods


CBC radio conducted a pole to select songs President Obama should include on his iPod that give him a flavor of Canada. For the most part I am in agreement with what they came up with (an early draft had no Quebec content). 

I would only add this… if you want to understand the Quebec soul, you should look no further than Les Cowboys Fringants, La Grand-Messe.  It’s inexplicable why this is absent from consideration.
Here are the final 49 (49th parallel… get it?):

Arcade Fire: Rebellion (Lies)

The Arrogant Worms: Canada’s Really Big

Barenaked Ladies: If I Had $1,000,000

Beau Dommage: La complainte du phoque en Alaska

Daniel Bélanger: Rêver mieux

Measha Brueggergosman: I’m Going Up a Yonder

Michael Bublé: Home

Bruce Cockburn: Wondering Where the Lions Are

Leonard Cohen: Democracy

Leonard Cohen: Suzanne

Jesse Cook: Mario Takes a Walk

James Ehnes: Barber Violin Concerto

Glenn Gould: Goldberg Variations

Great Big Sea: Ordinary Day

The Guess Who: American Woman

Harmonium: Pour un instant

Ben Heppner: We’ll Gather Lilacs

Ian & Sylvia: Four Strong Winds

Karkwa: Oublie pas

Moe Koffman: Swingin’ Shepherd Blues

Diana Krall: Departure Bay

k.d. lang: Hallelujah

Daniel Lanois: Jolie Louise

Daniel Lavoie: J’ai quitté mon île

Raymond Lévesque: Quand les hommes vivront d’amour

Gordon Lightfoot: Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Gordon Lightfoot: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Malajube: Montréal -40°C

Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now

Joni Mitchell: A Case of You

Mes Aïeux: Dégénérations

Marjan Mozetich: Affairs of the Heart

Parachute Club: Rise Up

Oscar Peterson Trio: Hymn to Freedom

Oscar Peterson: Place St. Henri (from Canadiana Suite)

The Rankin Family: Rise Again

Sam Roberts: The Canadian Dream

Stan Rogers: Northwest Passage

Rush: Closer to the Heart

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Universal Soldier

Shad: Brother (Watching)

Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Hockey Song

Marie-Jo Thério: Évangeline

The Tragically Hip: Wheat Kings

The Tragically Hip: Bobcaygeon

Gilles Vigneault: Mon pays

The Weakerthans: One Great City!

Neil Young: Rockin’ in the Free World

Neil Young: Helpless

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