Ahead by a Century

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"Ahead by a Century"
The Tragically Hip Ahead By A Century.jpg
Single by The Tragically Hip
from the album Trouble at the Henhouse
Released April 22, 1996 (1996-04-22)
Format Promo-CD Single
Genre Alternative rock, Folk rock
Length 3:43
Label MCA
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 from The Tragically Hip's fifth studio album, Trouble at the Henhouse. The song reached number one on Canada's singles chart,[1] and was nominated for "Best Single" at the 1997 Juno Awards.[2] It is the band's most successful single in their native Canada. The song was certified Platinum in Canada in 2016.[3]

The song was the final one performed by the band at their final concert on August 20, 2016.[4] CBC also used the song for their highlight montage to close their coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[5]


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".[6]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Eric Yealland and filmed on a small farm in Brooklin, Ontario. The music video won the award for Best Video at the 1996 MuchMusic Video Awards.[7][8] The video was also nominated for "Best Video" at the 1997 Juno Awards.[9]


Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[1] 1
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[10] 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Chart[11] 14
Chart (2016) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 32
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. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Noronha, Charmaine. "Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip holds final show". The Associated Press. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gowWDfltXJE
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Best Video Winners 1991-2003". MuchMusic. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  8. ^ Howell, Peter (1996-09-20). "Morissette wins 4 more trophies at video awards" (Pay-per-view). Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  9. ^ "1997 Best Video". junoawards.ca. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  10. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 63, No. 14, May 20 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  11. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 63, No. 22, July 15 1996". RPM. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  12. ^ "The Tragically Hip – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for The Tragically Hip. Retrieved 2016-08-30.

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