Ahead by a Century

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"Ahead by a Century"
Single by The Tragically Hip
from the album Trouble at the Henhouse
Released April 22, 1996
Format Promo-CD Single
Genre Alternative rock, Folk rock
Length 3:43
Label MCA
Writer(s) The Tragically Hip
Producer(s) Mark Vreeken, The Tragically Hip
The Tragically Hip singles chronology
"Ahead by a Century"
"Gift Shop"

"Ahead by a Century" is the first single by The Tragically Hip from the band's fifth studio album, Trouble at the Henhouse. The song reached #1 on Canada's singles chart,[1] and was nominated for "Best Single" at the 1997 Juno Awards.[2] It is the most successfully charted single in Canada in the band's history.

The song is one of several Tragically Hip singles which were developed from improvised bridge jams during live performances of the band's signature song "New Orleans Is Sinking".[3]

The song is featured in the 2008 film, Jumper. The song is also remixed in the 2008 Trailer Park Boys special, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys".

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Eric Yealand and filmed on a small farm in Whitby, Ontario. The music video won the award for Best Video at the 1996 MuchMusic Video Awards.[4][5] The video was also nominated for "Best Video" at the 1997 Juno Awards.[6]


Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[1] 1
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[7] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Chart[8] 14

Preceded by
"Machinehead" by Bush
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
May 20, 1996
Succeeded by
"Pretty Noose" by Soundgarden


  1. ^ a b "Top Singles - Volume 63, No. 21, July 08 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  2. ^ "1997 Juno Awards". MetroLeap Media. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  3. ^ Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
  4. ^ "Best Video Winners 1991-2003". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  5. ^ Howell, Peter (1996-09-20). "Morissette wins 4 more trophies at video awards" (PAY-PER-VIEW). Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  6. ^ "1997 Best Video". junoawards.ca. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 63, No. 14, May 20 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 63, No. 22, July 15 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 

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