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Folkdj-l Top Canadian Songs 2009

This posting is the third part of an examination of the 2009 airplay received by Canadian performers as playlisted on the Folkdj-l listserve.ll.

THE TOP CANADIAN SONGS – 2009

1. The Wailin’ Jennys “Deeper Well” (65)
2. James Keelaghan “House Of Cards” (51)
3. Bop Ensemble “Buckets Of Rain” (43)
4. James Keelaghan “Safe Home” (40)
Jesse Winchester “Bless Your Foolish Heart” (40)
5. Cori Brewster “Trono” (38)
6. Bruce Cockburn “Wondering Where The Lions Are” (35)
7. Bop Ensemble “Peace Like A River” (32)
8. The Wailin’ Jennys “Driving” (31)
Jesse Winchester “It’s A Shame About Him” (31)
9. Ray Bonneville “I Am The Big Easy” (30)*
Jory Nash “Our Time Again” (30)
The Wailin’ Jennys “One Voice” (30)*
10. Dala “Alive” (29)
11. Stan Rogers “Mary Ellen Carter” (27)*
The Wailin’ Jennys “Glory Bound” (27)*
The Wailin’ Jennys “Summertime” (27)
12. Genticorum “Le Moine Blanc” (26)
James Hill & Anne Davison “Ev’ry Night” (26)
Nathan Rogers “Jewel Of Paris” (26)
13. Kim Beggs “Lay It All Down” (24)
Bop Ensemble “California Dreamin” (24)
Cori Brewster “My Familiar Sky” (24)
14. Crabtree & Mills “Price Of Freedom” (23)
Dala “Levi Blues” (23)
15. Nathan Rogers “Land Of The Living Skies” (22)
Jesse Winchester “I Turn To My Guitar” (22)
16. Dala “Northern Lights” (21)
Maria Dunn “Katie Comes A-Callin” (21)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Little Wheel Spin And Spin” (21)
Jesse Winchester “Stand By Me” (21)
17. James Keelaghan “Circle Of Stone” (20)
Jory Nash “God Don’t Know Me Anymore” (20)
18. Dala “Horses” (19)
19. The Duhks “Mighty Storm” (18)*
James Hill & Anne Davison “Ode To A Frozen Boot” (18)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “No No Keshagesh” (18)
April Verch “Slip Away” (18)
The Wailin’ Jennys “Racing With The Sun” (18)
20. Crabtree & Mills “I Can’t Wait” (17)
James Keelaghan “Since You Asked” (17)
The Wailin’ Jennys “Motherless Child” (17)
Rufus Wainwright “Albatross” (17)
21. Dala “Stand In Awe” (16)
The Duhks “You Don’t See It” (16)
Nathan Rogers “Gauntlet” (16)
Nathan Rogers “Willie O’ Winsbury” (16)
Stan Rogers “Field Behind The Plow” (16)
The Wailin’ Jennys “Bring Me Li’l Water Silvy” (16)
22. Jon Brooks “When We Go” (15)
Maria Dunn “The Peddler” (15)
James Hill & Anne Davison “Oh! Susanna” (15)
James Hill & Anne Davison “Richard’s Reel” (15)
James Keelaghan “McConnville’s” (15)
James Keelaghan “Medusa” (15)
Catherine MacLellan “Water In The Ground” (15)
Le Vent du Nord “Rosette” (15)*

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Number One Canadian Albums:

Total Plays

1998 114 Eileen McGann “Heritage”
1999 209 Lynn Miles “Night In A Strange Town”
2000 174 Jory Nash “Tangle With The Ghost”
2001 146 Fred Eaglesmith “Ralph’s Last Show”
2002 233 James Keelaghan “Home”
2003 213 Various Artists “Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot”
2004 374 The Wailin’ Jennys “40 Days”
2005 426 The Duhks “The Duhks”
2006 408 The Wailin’ Jennys “Firecracker”
2007 238 Jory Nash “Folk Jazz Blues and Soul”
2008 236 Ray Bonneville “Goin’ By Feel”
2009 266 The Wailin’ Jennys “Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House”

Number One Canadian Songs:

Total Plays

1996 32 Lynn Miles “You Don’t Love Me Anymore”
1997 35 Bruce Cockburn “Pacing The Cage”
1998 20 Jory Nash “Terrible Man”
1999 43 Lynn Miles “Rust”
2000 27 Night Sun “Parrish Waltz”
2001 23 Tim Harrison “Gonna Ride That Train”
23 Stan Rogers “Mary Ellen Carter”
23 April Verch “Ross’ Reel #4”
2002 68 James Keelaghan “Red Winged Blackbird”
2003 42 Stan Rogers “Northwest Passage”
2004 75 The Wailin’ Jennys “One Voice”
2005 62 David Francey “Waking Hour”
2006 80 The Wailin’ Jennys “Devil’s Paintbrush Road”
2007 53 Eve Goldberg “Let Me Rise”
2008 81 Ray Bonneville “I Am The Big Easy”
2009 65 The Wailin’ Jennys “Deeper Well”
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“There’s A Bright Side Somewhere” by Jorma Kaukonen was the #1 international song with 106 plays.

The following songs recorded by Canadians received the most Folkdj-l airplay in 2009. The top Canadian song was The Wailin’ Jennys‘ “Deeper Well” which came in at #7 on Richard Gillmann’s international top song list.

Richard cut off his song list at 24 plays but I have extended this list down to 15 plays by adding songs noted under his top albums list. Songs noted with a * after the number of plays were on last year’s list as we

That’s it for my annual Canadian stats. My thanks to folk DJs everywhere for turning me on to some great music, Canadian and international, that I might not have discovered otherwise.

cheers, Vic

Vic Bell is the artistic director of Calgary’s Nickelodeon Music Club. He’s been tracking Canadian performer airplay on folkdj-l since 1996.

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