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Rush, Mitchell songs among Obama picks

Songs by Joni Mitchell, Oscar Peterson and Rush are among the Canadian tunes that should be on Barack Obama's playlist, according to CBC listeners.

Songs by Joni Mitchell, Oscar Peterson and Rush are among the Canadian tunes that should be on Barack Obama's playlist, according to CBC listeners.

The list was compiled from submissions and votes sent online over the past two weeks and include a range of genres, both official languages, and some of the country's most lauded artists. CBC Radio 2 asked listeners to choose 49 songs from north of the 49th parallel that help define our country to U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.

The playlist includes Oscar Peterson's civil rights anthem "Hymn to Freedom," Glenn Gould's recording of "Goldberg Variations," Rush's "Closer to the Heart" and Gilles Vigneault's "Mon pays."

Several artists made the cut twice with their signature songs, including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfooot.

CBC says more than 130,000 votes were cast for the final list of songs.

Canadian tunes that should be on Barack Obama's playlist:
• Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)"
• Barenaked Ladies, "If I Had $1,000,000"
• Beau Dommage, "La complainte du phoque en Alaska"
• Ben Heppner, "We'll Gather Lilacs"
• Bruce Cockburn, "Wondering Where the Lions Are"
• Buffy Sainte-Marie, "Universal Soldier"
• Daniel Bélanger, "Rêver mieux"
• Daniel Lanois, "Jolie Louise"
• Daniel Lavoie, "J'ai quitté mon île"
• Diana Krall, "Departure Bay"
• Gilles Vigneault, "Mon pays"
• Glenn Gould, "Goldberg Variations"
• Gordon Lightfoot, "Canadian Railroad Trilogy"
• Gordon Lightfoot, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
• Great Big Sea, "Ordinary Day"
• Harmonium, "Pour un Instant"
• Ian & Sylvia, "Four Strong Winds"
• James Ehnes, "Barber Violin Concerto"
• Jesse Cook, "Mario Takes a Walk"
• Joni Mitchell, "Both Sides Now"
• Joni Mitchell, "A Case of You"
• Karkwa, "Oublie pas"
• k.d. lang, "Hallelujah"
• Leonard Cohen, "Democracy"
• Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne"
• Malajube, "Montréal -40°C"
• Marie-Jo Thério, "Évangeline"
• Marjan Mozetich, "Affairs of the Heart"
• Measha Brueggergosman, "I'm Going Up a Yonder"
• Mes Aïeux, "Dégénérations"
• Michael Bublé, "Home"
• Moe Koffman, "Swingin' Shepherd Blues"
• Neil Young, "Rockin' in the Free World"
• Neil Young, "Helpless"
• Oscar Peterson Trio, "Hymn to Freedom"
• Oscar Peterson, "Place St. Henri (from Canadiana Suite)"
• Parachute Club, "Rise Up"
• Raymond Lévesque, "Quand les hommes vivront d'amour"
• Rush, "Closer to the Heart"
• Sam Roberts, "The Canadian Dream"
• Shad, "Brother (Watching)"
• Stan Rogers, "Northwest Passage"
• Stompin' Tom Connors, "The Hockey Song"
• The Arrogant Worms, "Canada's Really Big"
• The Guess Who, "American Woman"
• The Rankin Family, "Rise Again"
• The Tragically Hip, "Wheat Kings"
• The Tragically Hip, "Bobcaygeon"
• The Weakerthans, "One Great City!"
– Source: CBC

On the Net:
www.cbc.ca/obamasplaylist

 
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