1. Bryan Adams
He had hits in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s — and, admit it, you can sing along with every word when they come on the radio.
2. Arcade Fire
Yeah, they have a reputation for treating people poorly, but their music is just. so. good.
3. Barenaked Ladies
“One Week,” “If I Had $1000000,” “It’s All Been Done,” “Call and Answer” — they were the upbeat, make-you-smile songs that got you through the ’90s.
4. Broken Social Scene
Its members came and went (*cough* No. 7 *cough*), but this collective kept producing glorious, experimental, chaotic albums.
5. Leonard Cohen
“Hallelujah.” That is all.
6. Crash Test Dummies
All it takes is reading the band’s name and now you have “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” stuck in your head, don’t you?
Popping in and out of Broken Social Scene to produce solo efforts, Leslie Feist released her best-selling album, The Reminder (featuring “1234”), in 2007.
8. Nelly Furtado
She went from being “Free Like a Bird” to “Promiscuous,” an almost unpredictable transformation from indie darling to R&B superstar.
9. Hot Hot Heat
You’ve probably heard this band more on TV shows and commercials than you have on the radio.
Formed after the breakup of the Unicorns, the band produces neo-psychadelic indie pop.
11. Diana Krall
Talented. Gorgeous. Married to Elvis Costello. Need I say more?
12. Avril Lavigne
You fell in love with her a little bit when this video debuted, and fell out of love when she married the dude from Nickelback. That’s the music industry for you …
Led by blonde bombshell Emily Haines, this band is just getting started.
14. Joni Mitchell
Her wide-ranging vocals, her distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions make Joni Mitchell rock royalty.
15. Alanis Morissette
Ignore the rumors that “You Outta Know” is about Dave Coulier. Alanis has racked up a full house (sorry, I had to) of awards, not to mention the millions in album sales.
16. The New Pornographers
Catchy, energetic pop from a group you weren’t sure you were allowed to listen to in public.
They’ve been around for decades and just got inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll of Fame, mostly thanks to Neil Peart.
18. Tegan and Sara
Identical twins churning out delectable indie pop. What more do you want?!
19. Shania Twain
I’m fairly sure she’s a cyborg since she hasn’t aged in the past 20 years. Or maybe I’m just jealous. Nah, she’s definitely a cyborg.
20. Neil Young
He’s Canada’s second best-selling musician (behind Celine Dion) and his career has spanned more than 40 years. This genius songwriter is still at it, even as he creeps up on the seven-decade mark.
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