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Bryan Adams in the Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, on June 3, 2007.

"Summer of '69" is a song written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance originally for Adams' fourth studio album Reckless (1984). It was the fourth single released from the album. It is one of Adams' most recognizable and popular songs.

The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand in 1985.

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"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is a song that was written, composed, and performed by Canadian Gordon Lightfoot in commemoration of the sinking of the bulk carrier S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.

The single reached #2 on the Billboard charts in November 1976, making it Lightfoot's second most successful (in terms of chart position) single, with "Sundown" having reached #1 in 1974.

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Alexander Muir, ca. 1901 - 1906.

"The Maple Leaf Forever" is a Canadian song written by Alexander Muir (1830–1906) in 1867, the year of Canada's Confederation, after serving in the Battle of Ridgeway against the Fenians in 1866.

Muir was said to have been inspired to write this song by a large maple tree which stood on his property: "Maple Cottage", a house at Memory Lane and Laing Street in Toronto. The song became quite popular in English Canada and for many years served as an unofficial national anthem.

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"The Ryans and the Pittmans" is a popular Newfoundland folk song. It tells of the romantic entanglements of a sailor named Bob Pittman, and his desire to sail home to finally marry his "sweet Biddy".

The most famous recent version of the song was recorded by Great Big Sea, who are best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island's 500-year-old Irish, English, and French heritage.

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"The Hockey Song" is a Canadian song, written and sung originally by Stompin' Tom Connors. The song first appeared on Connors' 1973 album, Stompin' Tom and the Hockey Song. The verses of the song are split up, so that each one describes a period of play in a typical hockey game.

The song did not reach its tremendous popularity until the 1990s. The Hockey Song (aka "The Good Old Hockey Game"), is now frequently played over sound systems at National Hockey League (NHL) games in both Canada and the United States.

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Nickelback, Wembley Arena, London, 2008.

"How You Remind Me" is a single from rock band Nickelback's 2001 album, Silver Side Up. The song was named the #1 most played song on U.S. radio of the decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves since its release in 2001.

The song went on to rack up four Grammy Award nominations, four Billboard Awards, four Juno awards, and countless radio accreditations. Due to the high sales, it was ranked as the top single of 2002 by Billboard magazine..

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive in Örebro, Sweden, 1991.

"Takin' Care of Business" is a billboard chart #1 single, written by Randy Bachman. Bachman (formerly of The Guess Who) released his new band's first album under the name Bachman–Turner Overdrive in spring 1973, which won two Juno Awards despite being largely ignored in the US. Their second album Bachman–Turner Overdrive II hit #4 in the U.S. BTO II was certified gold in eight countries.

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"'This Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide" was a 1980 North American hit for the rock band The Kings.

On the strength of this single and two others they appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and earned the closing spot at the Heatwave festival in August 1980.

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Neil Peart Ouroboros symbol on drumset.

"The Spirit of Radio" is a rock single from Rush's 1980 album, Permanent Waves and was inspired by the Toronto radio station CFNY's slogan.

"The Spirit of Radio" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, Rush's only such entry.

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Loverboy at the 2009 Junos

"Turn Me Loose" is a hit song recorded by the Canadian rock band Loverboy. It was released on their eponymous debut album in 1980, and as a single in 1981. With a solid rock synthesised start to the song, followed by a steady build on the guitars, it proved to be a huge hit and peaked at #7 on the RPM singles chart in 1981 and #6 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart in the US.

The song was used in the movies Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Crank (2006), and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006).

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