Quiz: Can You Match the Canadian Musical Artist to Their Song?: HowStuffWorks
Can You Match the Canadian Musical Artist to Their Song?
By: Heather Cahill
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
In Canada, we get to hear music from all around the world. One Canadian law by the CRTC states that stations have to play a minimum of 35% of Canadian music or other content during their broadcasts. That means that we get to hear seasoned as well as up-and-coming talent from across the country. It's great to support the artists, but it's also amazing to see Canadian talent getting worldwide recognition!
With this rule that helps to support Canadian-made music, we get to listen to it quite often. Over the years, amazing artists like Celine Dion, Tom Cochrane and Rush have dominated the airwaves not only in Canada but also internationally. Newer artists such as Shawn Mendes and Tegan and Sara have also made a huge impact and set a great example of Canadian music. To celebrate our amazing artists is the Canadian award show, called "The Juno Awards," which gives out awards to outstanding examples of musicians. Of course there is a live performance, and it also travels around the country in a different city each year.
So, think you're an expert on the music and the musicians who make it in Canada? Take the quiz to show that you can recite the songs that made our artists famous!
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One of Shania Twain's most-loved songs goes by what name?
This song put Shania on the map not only in Canada, but also internationally. Despite being a country song, it was remixed to appeal to pop audiences as well. The formula worked, and it's now one of her biggest songs to date.
At one point, this song by Tom Cochrane was an anthem to every Canadian's life. Can you name it?
Before Rascal Flatts covered the song for the movie "Cars," Tom Cochrane recorded this legendary song on his 1991 album "Mad, Mad World." It's no doubt that this became Tom's biggest song of his career, as it shot up the charts all around the world.
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When you think of iconic Canadian artists, Bryan Adams is probably one of the first to come to mind. Do you know which of the following songs is his?
For Bryan Adams, there was no better year than 1969. An important year for him, in the song he mentions picking up a "real six-string." It's made its way onto many "best songs of all time lists," being one of Bryan's biggest hits.
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Iconic singer Celine Dion sings which one of these songs?
Celine released this classic song on her own album titled "Let's Talk About Love" as well as the "Titanic" soundtrack. It's commonly thought of in the same breath with the "Titanic" for this reason, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
With many hits on their hands, can you guess which one belongs to the Barenaked Ladies?
The Barenaked Ladies may be known most of all for this famous song. Out of Scarborough, Ontario, the band is made up of four members, with only Ed Page still remaining of the two original members.
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Carly Rae Jepsen is known for giving us many infectious anthems, but which song is hers?
Carly Rae Jepsen had a great music career in Canada for a time, and then she released this infectious pop anthem. It took her career to new heights worldwide, and she was promoted by Justin Bieber.
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Neil Young definitely has one of these. What is it?
This song has been covered by many artists, most notably by Willie Nelson. The song was loved worldwide, shooting up the charts in Young's home of Canada as well as the United States and Europe. Neil is known almost as much for his politics as his music.
Stompin' Tom Connors loved Canada and often made it the subject of his songs. Which of the following is one of his most popular tracks?
This iconic song detailed all of the best things about attending a hockey game. As excitement builds up to who will score next on the ice, it's not uncommon to hear this classic song on the speakers. In the words of Stompin' Tom himself, "It's the best game you can name!"
Sarah McLachlan wrote what beautiful and touching song?
In 1998, Sarah McLachlan released this song that has been remixed countless times. It's a timeless classic where she talks about a person she loves. The beautiful video for the song also won a Juno Award.
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What song is Nelly Furtado known for recording?
In 2000, everyone felt like a bird when this song came on! One of Nelly's most famous songs to date, it was also one of her first. Her venture into music started at age 12, when she first started writing music.
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What is the name of Justin Bieber's song out of the following?
You can't get much more Canadian than Justin Bieber's song "Sorry!" There's no denying that Canadians love to apologize, and this song proves it. It also proved to be a big hit on the international scale. Bieber may have some personal issues, but there's no denying the popularity of his music.
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What song is by Gordon Lightfoot, who hails from Orillia, Ontario?
Gordon Lightfoot has had a long career filled with hits over the years. "Sundown" was arguably one of his biggest, one that is still very well-loved today. Americans know him more for "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," one of the classic story songs of '70s.
Creating an anthem for all Canadians was Anne Murray with which song?
Many Canadians consider themselves to be snowbirds, making this song the perfect anthem. Anne Murray released it on her album titled, "This Way Is My Way." 2019 marks the song's 50th birthday!
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Jann Arden is known for many things, but most notably by one of her biggest hits called what?
Jann has had a music career that brought her to new heights. "Insensitive" was released on Jann's album "Living Under June." Not only has her music brought her success, but she's also a great actress.
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It's hard to find a song more catchy than what k-os song?
When iconic artist k-os released "Crabbuckit" in 2003, he had the whole country dancing. The catchy song gets even more Canadian in the music video where you can catch some famous Canadian faces such as Nelly Furtado.
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Do you know what song K'naan wrote for his home country?
Promoting peace and love was this K'naan single that changed Canada for the better. The song became a huge success and was written for Somalia. The song was so impactful that Coca-Cola picked it up to use in its promotions in South Africa.
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Legendary Canadian group A Tribe Called Red is known for which colorful song?
A Tribe Called Red is known for their unique style. Currently made up of 2oolman and Bear Witness, the two create incredible music that also does good. Aboriginal rights are something that they often fight for, along with other worthy causes.
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Alanis Morissette had a huge hit on her hands with which of the following songs?
There's no irony that this song made its way up the charts after it was released on her hit album, "Jagged Little Pill." One of Alanis' biggest hits, it not only charted in Canada but also worldwide.
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Every time you hop in one of these, you'll think of Joni Mitchell. Do you know what song she recalled?
"Ladies In The Canyon" was the name of the album that this song was found on. Joni touched on the topic of the environment most -notably in the song. Her take is interesting and thought-provoking and left an impact on all Canadians who listened.
You know it's Kim Mitchell when what song comes on?
Everyone goes for a soda now and then! The song made its way up the charts here in Canada, but also found its way up in the United States. It's been used in many Canadian TV shows as well, such as the "Trailer Park Boys."
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If you're Canadian, an Avril Lavigne song was probably playing in your head pretty often. Which of the following would be one of them?
Avril is Canada's pop-punk princess who has given us countless hits that have been stuck in our heads. "Sk8r Boi" was just one of those which she released in 2002 at the start of her long career. Every Canadian teen was singing this one at some point!
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What song was recorded by Michael Buble?
One of Michael Buble's most popular songs is "Feeling Good" which he released in 2005. Though it has been recorded previously, Michael's cover did especially well in the United Kingdom.
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Shawn Mendes is a Canadian artist who has also partnered with Tim Horton's. Can you guess which song belongs to him?
One of Shawn Mendes' breakout hits, "Stitches" hit the charts and started moving up quite quickly. It became an international hit, launching Shawn's career to new heights. You don't get invited to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" for nothing!
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The Weeknd has had quite a few hits, but there's only one of them here. What is it?
From his album "The Beauty Behind The Madness," this was one huge hit for not only The Weeknd but for Canada as well. It's been certified multiple times platinum all around the world.
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Fans of Arcade Fire will know which song is theirs, but do you?
Arcade Fire released this awesome song in 2010 as part of their album titled, "The Suburbs." The song became a huge hit and even won a few Juno Awards that year. Though it charted highest in Canada, it did make it onto the charts worldwide.
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Blue Rodeo is one band that all Canadians love to enjoy now and then. Can you name a song of theirs?
In Blue Rodeo's world, there are only 5 days in this month! In reality, the song is all about the love that took place over five days between two people. They met "in a hurricane" in the words of Blue Rodeo.
Leonard Cohen is considered a legendary songwriter and throughout his life made many great hits. What is the name of one of his songs?
Leonard Cohen speaks of many people in the lyrics of this song, namely Suzanne and Jesus. Released in 1967, it's often known as one of the greatest Canadian songs of the decade. In fact, it was very popular in Europe as well.
When Snow recorded this song, it was stuck in everyone's heads. What was it called?
Snow had everyone singing this infectious hit in 1992 when he released it on his album "12 Inches of Snow." He couldn't have picked a more perfect stage name or album name for a Canadian artist!
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Simple Plan has had many hits that rocked the nation, but can you guess which is one of them?
"I'm Just A Kid" was the first single that Simple Plan ever released, introducing them to not only Canadians but the world as well. Released in 2002, it was the first of many hits throughout the decades for Canadians to enjoy.
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Iconic Canadian band Rush recorded which song?
Set 21 minutes aside if you want to listen to this classic song! A popular track on the album of the same name, it's also the longest track. It's also broken into multiple parts by names, such as "The Temples of Syrinx."
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Feist has been a Canadian icon for many years, but what song did she record?
Feist recorded this hit song in 2007 for her album "The Reminder." The catchy song is one that can be difficult to get out of your head and found itself charting in the United States as well. She's also known for her time with the group Broken Social Scene.
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Marianas Trench is a band known for their hits, but what one belongs to them?
A fun single from the album titled "Masterpiece Theatre," it's all about being a celebrity and how people can take advantage of you. It became one of the band's biggest hits in 2009, and you'd hear it just about every time you turned on the radio!
What song belongs to City and Colour out of the following?
City and Colour is actually a solo act which consists of Dallas Green, who is known for this breakout single. Once playing with another Canadian band, Alexisonfire, he decided to break into his own band. Since this, he's made 5 albums with a sixth one on its way.
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Pop duo Tegan and Sara released which of these songs?
The sister duo has had many hits, but "Closer," which was released in 2012 was a huge success for them. It won them a Juno Award and hit number one in the United States. It didn't reach as high in Canada but hit number seven at one point.
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Drake is proud to be a Canadian artist hailing from Toronto. Do you know what song belongs to him?
"Nice For What" made a huge impact around the world, charting high in countries like the UK, the US and Canada. The music video was also star-studded with powerful women such as Olivia Wilde, Rashida Jones and Letitia Wright just to name a few.
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