Twenty years ago, when I was 12-years-old, I spent the night camping out for Jann Arden tickets.  I was an old soul.  Now, you must remember, this was before Ticketmaster, so if you wanted front row tickets, the only way you could guarantee being up close is to spend the night. (I’ll let you come to your own conclusions why my parents let a not-yet-a-teenager spend the night outside) But it didn’t matter. I got my tickets and I think I remember every moment of that concert. It may have been my first real concert.

Now I know, that it’s random that I’m just divulging the weird details of my pre-teen enjoyment of Jann Arden, but thanks to constant sponsored ads on Facebook, I happen to know that the songstress is currently on tour right now and it occurred to me how much I still love Jann Arden’s Insensitive. Although, it’s not my favourite Arden song, that would be Good Mother. If that’s not your favourite Jann Arden, then I feel like we’d never get along, Insensitive is probably her most famous song.  After a few seconds of Goolging, it occurred to me that Insensitive is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year!  Isn’t that crazy, twenty years. Wow. That doesn’t seem right, does it?  *Checks again.*  Yup, twenty years.  Wow.

Happy birthday Insensitive!  I think a lot of people probably cried while listening to you. So you have that!

But, if Insensitive is twenty years old, what other Canadian classics are celebrating their 20th anniversary?

Well, there’s Celine Dion‘s epic power ballad The Power of Love:

Fun Fact: “The Power of Love” is actually a cover of the song co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984. (Here’s the original. Wow.)

Barenaked Ladies’ Jane

Fun fact: The Jane St. Clair mentioned in the song is apparently named after the the intersection of Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue in Toronto.


Ocean Pearl 54-40

Fun fact: Even though the song only ever reached #22 on the charts, it’s considered to be the band’s most iconic song!

Moist’s Silver

Fun fact: This song was one of three big hits off of Moist’s debut album of the same name, the others were Push and Believe Me.

Crash Test Dummies’ Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Fun Fact: While technically released in 1993, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm was ranked the 35th biggest song of 1994!

Mike Morrison


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