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20 Reasons Canada Is The Greatest Place On Earth For Music

Bring it, Sweden. Bring it.

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1. Bryan Adams

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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

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Yeah, they have a reputation for treating people poorly, but their music is just. so. good.

3. Barenaked Ladies

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"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

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Its members came and went (*cough* No. 7 *cough*), but this collective kept producing glorious, experimental, chaotic albums.

5. Leonard Cohen

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"Hallelujah." That is all.

6. Crash Test Dummies

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All it takes is reading the band's name and now you have "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" stuck in your head, don't you?

7. Feist

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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

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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

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You've probably heard this band more on TV shows and commercials than you have on the radio.

10. Islands

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Formed after the breakup of the Unicorns, the band produces neo-psychadelic indie pop.

11. Diana Krall

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Talented. Gorgeous. Married to Elvis Costello. Need I say more?

12. Avril Lavigne

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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 ...

13. Metric

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Led by blonde bombshell Emily Haines, this band is just getting started.

14. Joni Mitchell

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Her wide-ranging vocals, her distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions make Joni Mitchell rock royalty.

15. Alanis Morissette

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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

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Catchy, energetic pop from a group you weren't sure you were allowed to listen to in public.

17. Rush

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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

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Identical twins churning out delectable indie pop. What more do you want?!

19. Shania Twain

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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

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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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