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The 100 best songs in the history of Quebec

The 100 best songs in the history of Quebec

and Le Journal, Agency QMI MISE À DAY

The lament of the seal in Alaska, When men live on love< /strong>, Ordinary, Ode to the beauty of the world , Do you love me? These songs are among the most beautiful in the Quebec repertoire. Unsurprisingly, they are at the top of our list of the 100 most beautiful songs in the history of Quebec. 

The selection you will find in the Weekend section is the result of a great collaboration, that of sixteen journalists and columnists, specialists in local music, linked to the Journal, the QMI Agency and to QUB music.

For this exercise, we used a simple method. Each of the sixteen members of the jury chose the 50 titles which, in their view, are the most significant of the Quebec repertoire. Then, we compiled the results and retained the first 100 titles from all the selections of our jury. 

It is this work that we present to you today.

< p>Our track record reflects the wealth of music here. Vigneault, Leclerc, Lévesque generated a varied and generous lineage: Charlebois and Dufresne, Fiori and Rivard, Reno and Dion, Bélanger and Moffatt, Koriass and Cœur de Pirate. Our list brings together their essential hits, but also some unexpected gems.

We hope you enjoy this selection.

Happy listening!

Danny Vear
Director of Les Cahiers, Le Journal de Montréal 

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100 A Sandcastle (1988)   

Paul Piché

One of the greatest hits of the songwriter during the 1980s, this title with a nationalist flavor also stood out for one of its verses in Spanish. (Raphaël Gendron-Martin)

99 The Dawns (2001)  

Mara Tremblay 

A country and folk piece, sweet and sad at the same time like the singular voice of its singer-songwriter: Mara Tremblay. (Sarah-Émilie Nault)

98I miss you (2000)  

La Chicane 

Yes, their Calvary made us sing loudly in our cars, living rooms, and even karaoke. But I miss you always touches our hearts. (Bruno Lapointe)

97 What It Was (2016)  

Alaclair Ensemble  

The most iconoclastic of our rappers have succeeded in expanding their audience with this earworm which opened the doors of the ADISQ Gala to them. (Cédric Bélanger)

96 I still remember (1966)   

Claude Dubois  

One of Dubois' oldest successes, J'ai Souvenir Encore particularly marked people's minds because of the rare use of the flute in Quebec popular song. (CB)

95Dry Your Tears (1992)  

Daniel Belanger 

Rare are the broken hearts who have not shed tears and galls of disappointed love on this piece by Daniel Bélanger which has quickly become a classic of Quebec song. (SEN)

94 I will forget you, I will forget you (1998)  

Isabelle Boulay 

Both the pen of Luc Plamondon and the voice of Isabelle Boulay are at their peak in I will forget you, I will forget, an unforgettable ballad indeed. (BL)

93 Isabelle (1991)  

Jean Leloup  

Supported by a superb black and white music video, the uplifting Isabelle is directly inspired by rock/punk/Latin-influenced ska practiced by Frenchman Manu Chao. (CB)  

92 Standing (2015)  

Ariane Moffatt 

Ariane Moffatt sings loud and clear that you can have a great need to be loved without it being a sign of weakness. (SEN) 

91I Hear Knocking (1972)  

Michel Pagliaro 

Enormous success of our national Pag, I hear knocking would be the best-selling 45 rpm of all the history of music in Quebec. A home run. (Yves Leclerc)

90 As I Always Want to Love (1970)  

Marc Hamilton 

Written during a stay in Montpellier, France, this huge love song has been translated into 15 languages, covered by several artists and a success in 70 countries with eight million copies sold. (YL)

89Liberals Us Liberals (2004)  

Loco Locass 

Jean Charest's government had barely been elected when the most popular rap trio of the time launched into this pleasurable charge at full speed of trains. (CB)   

88Get Me Out of Me (1996)  

Daniel Bélanger  

This is the perfect example of a song with a timeless message, here that of the guy who isolates himself from the life that revolves around his navel, of which Daniel Bélanger has the secret. (CB)  

87 Montreal (2005)  

Ariane Moffatt

“I'm coming back to Montreal, my head swollen with clouds,” sings Ariane Moffatt on this joyful piece that has become an anthem for travelers returning to Quebec. (SEN)

86Before I Say Goodbye (1964)  

Les Classels 

It was with Avant de me dire farewell that Les Classels became legendary. And even after all these years, we will never be ready to say goodbye to them. (BL) 

85 Republic Square (2011)   

Pirate Heart 

A key piece in the work of Béatrice Martin, her soft piano and her words on a complicated love situation are enough to tear tears away. (RGM)

84 Bye bye my cowboy (1988)  

Mitsou  

Bye bye my cowboy is remembered as much for its irresistible and catchy pop melody as for its music video which made of Mitsou a sex-symbol. (CB)

83 The sky is backorder (2017)   

Tire le coyote

It is in a very singular and poetic way that Benoît Pinette approached the illness of a friend. A colorful pen that goes straight to the heart. (RGM)

82 The Black Eagle (1992)  

Marie Carmen 

A revival of Barbara's 1970 play, Marie Carmen's The Black Eagle (1992) marked the whole a generation. It is still sung with great conviction at karaoke nights. (SEN)

81The World Is Crying (1996)  

Jean Leloup

“Come on, a little sincerity/The world is crying” launches John The Wolf on this dynamic song from the album The dome that hasn't aged a bit. (RGM)

80 Again and Again (1993)  

Laurence Jalbert 

A sad reminder of the ravages of violence against women, this anthem remains timeless – and sadly relevant – even nearly 30 years later. (BL)

79 For the Love We Have Left (1989)  

Francine Raymond  

Second entry from this exceptional singer-songwriter, the heartbreaking For the love we have left is a little-known treasure of the song from here. (CB)

78The Coming Day Is Brand New (2012)  

With no helmet  

In cinema or in music, Stéphane Lafleur has established himself as one of our most beautiful feathers and this indie folk anthem is irrefutable proof of that. (CB)

77 Marie-Noël (1965)  

Claude Gauthier 

Popularized by Charlebois in 1967, this winter song was written with Claude Gauthier, at his home, on Christmas Eve in 1964. Recorded by Claude Gauthier, it was then taken over by Charlebois. (YL)

76 The Beginning of a New Era (1970)  

Renée Claude 

Renée Claude announced in 1970 the “beginning of a new era”. And it was carried by his divine voice that it was inaugurated in good and due form. (BL)

75 Harmonium (1974)  

Harmonium 

Launched by acoustic guitar sounds and Fiori's unique voice, this piece that allowed Harmonium to take off and settle illico in the history of Quebec music. (YL)

74Hawaiian (2003)  

Les Trois Accords 

This piece with more than original lyrics and style introduced us to the trio from Drummondville with their festive sound and delicious absurd humor . (SEN)

73 Love Took Its Time (1984)   

Nathalie Simard  

Written in 1984 for the dramatic finale of Conte pour tous La guerre des tuques– oh no, not Cleo! –, this song capsized more than a generation. (RGM)

72 To love with love (1978)  

Boule Noire 

“To love with love is to love as I love you”, sang Georges Thurston dit Boule Noire, one of rare symbols of disco-funk in Quebec disappeared in 2007. (SEN)

71 Useless things (1998) &nbsp ;

Sylvain Lelièvre 

A “jazzy” song about small quiet pleasures that cost nothing, the poet from Limoilou offers beautiful images of all those things that make you want to dream and sing. (YL) 

70 Desise (1999)  

Daniel Boucher 

“My sick gang, where are you? asked the eccentric Daniel Boucher to Quebecers who did not hesitate to embark on his madness by reproducing the choreography of La désise. (SEN) 

69Crying in the Rain (1993)  

Mario Pelchat 

From the first notes, we recognize this piece from 1993, which has become a true classic, highlighting the powerful voice of Mario Pelchat. (SEN)

68Bitter America (1988)  

Luc De Larochellière 

Luc De Larochellière had flair when he wrote this great song, which revealed him. A text that is fair, powerful and still relevant. (YL)

67 It's Zero (1990)  

Julie Masse 

“Your departure hurt me like a knife in the skin”, sang Julie Masse, expressing all the pain of losing the loved one. (SEN) 

66 Dream Woman (1972)  

Claude Dubois 

The young Claude Dubois whistled this piece when he had long hair, he wore sequins and he already had the powerful voice that we know him. (SEN) 

65Kill Me (1992)  

Dan Bigras 

Long hair, hoarse voice and intense performer, Dan Bigras introduced himself to Quebecers with this piece written by Frank Langolff, with such eloquent lyrics than his talent. (SEN)

64 Corridor (1993)   

Laurence Jalbert 

Remaining in first place on the French-language radio charts for seven weeks, this piece from the second album by the singer-songwriter confirmed her place among the great artists of her generation. (RGM)  

63 Batiscan (2012)   

Keith Kouna  

Best known for his caustic punk rock projects, Keith Kouna moved to tears as he addressed his late father accompanied by an acoustic guitar. (CB)  

62Once upon a time there were happy people (1981)  

Nicole Martin  

Written by Stéphane Venne, theme song of the film Les Plouffe and performed with exquisite abandon, this title is Nicole Martin's greatest success. (CB)

61 World Map (2013)   

The Boulay sisters

An impossible love song, often recognized as a lesbian anthem, in 2013 she put this friendly duo of Gaspé sisters “on the map”. (RGM)

60The Heart is a Bird (1988)   

Richard Desjardins

“Higher, higher/The heart is a bird. Desjardins makes us vibrate here in this poignant hymn to freedom. (RGM)

59 Hélène (1989)  

Roch Voisine  

A guitar and a broken heart: at the turn of the 1990s, the success of the ballad Hélène triggered a Voisinemania in Quebec and France. (CB)

58 Degenerations (2006)  

My Ancestors 

Degenerations is an atypical success. Without refrain and on a simple percussive crescendo rhythm, this composition by Stéphane Archambault has achieved the feat of rallying… several generations. (CB)  

57 A Little Higher (1975)  

Ginette Reno 

Written by Jean-Pierre Ferland in 1969, A little higheris one of the mythical songs of the Quebec repertoire. The performance of the trio Reno, Ferland and Dion during the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City in 2008 will be long remembered. (SEN)

56 Fille de personne II (2018)  

Hubert Lenoir 

No need to try to deny it: we all swayed our hips on Fille de personne II, biggest hit of the year 2018. (BL)

55You'll Never Know (1994)  

The BB 

If we could shout to the sky… we would certainly try to tell Patrick Bourgeois how much You'll never know continues to inhabit us today. (BL) 

54 Y’a les mots (1993)   

Francine Raymond 

This superb song, which features the ethereal voice of Francine Raymond, has not aged. Always effective, with a huge chorus, it transports us elsewhere and into another world. (YL)  

53 The Lady in Blue (1977)   

Michel Louvain 

We already loved this guilty pleasure song; it touches our hearts even more since the departure of the singer with the velvet voice in April 2021. (SEN)

52 The cat from the artists' café < /em>(1970)   

Jean-Pierre Ferland

Found on Jaune, Ferland's masterpiece, this piece is considered by many to be his finest. Even Charlotte Gainsbourg took it over, per Beck's suggestion. (RGM)

51 Get Away From Here (1998)  

Les Colocs 

Huge song from Les Colocs, Get out of here, sounds like a ton of bricks. A unifying chorus with the voices of the Diouf brothers and a hellish rhythm, it's still very good to listen to 24 years after its creation. (YL)

50 A musician among many others (1974)   

Harmonium 

Classic Harmonium and campfires, this title, composed by Serge Fiori, with its progressive rock instrumental portion, remains a staple of Quebec music. The chorus, at the end of the piece, is sung by a dozen passers-by picked up one fine Saturday among the fauna of rue Sainte-Catherine. (YL)

49 Bobépine (1975)   

Plume Latraverse 

The Bobépinede Plume, who perfumes herself with turpentine and roams rue Sainte-Catherine with her boots, is an explosive song. Big square rock at the start, followed by a psychedelic passage, it becomes a kind of blues, to end with a guitar solo and a loud cry. (YL) 

48 Me, My Shoes (1951)   

Félix Leclerc 

Me, my shoesis one of the first songs by Félix that comes to our ears when we think of the poet from La Tuque. With this song, Félix, who lived on the island of Orléans, will be one of the first Quebec artists to achieve success in France. Which will lead him to become popular in his hometown. (YL)

47 Between Light and Shadow (1992)   

Marie Carmen  

After the gigantic success of the cover The Black Eagle, Marie Carmen would again reach the first position of the French-speaking Quebec charts with Between the shadow and the light, in 1992. She will stay there for five weeks with this piece which marked her career. (SEN)

46 When we're in love (1984)   

Patrick Normand 

“If you think love has let you down again…”. Patrick Norman knows how to breathe hope into each of our heartaches with Quand on est en amour. He alone knows how to make us smile by reminding us that “the sun always comes after the rainy days. (BL)

45 Still Alive(1988)   

Gerry Boulet 

Three years after the separation from Offenbach and suffering from cancer, Gerry Boulet surprises with the variety of songs on his second solo album < em>Make you sweet. On Always Alive, with lyrics written by Michel Rivard, Gerry faces his destiny with combativeness and strikes in life with great blows of love. (YL)

44 Day of America(1988)   

Richard Séguin 

Song written on the road, during the tour of the album Double Vie, Journée d' Americaaddresses the daily life of men who struggle. Séguin abandons the sounds of synths and reconnects with folk rock. An album and a song that would become hits and give new impetus to his career. (YL)

43 Two by Two Gathered (2006)   

Pierre Lapointe  

A festive piece par excellence in the songwriter's repertoire, it has quite dramatic origins. To write it, Lapointe had mentioned in an interview that he was inspired by the patriotic songs of the Soviet Union of the 1960s as well as the tunes that Japanese suicide bombers sang while drinking their poison before going to kill themselves! (RGM) 

42 I Am Just a Song(1979)   

Ginette Reno  

There is a moment during Ginette Reno's shows that is worth the price of the ticket. For the last rehearsal of the chorus of I'm just a song, title written by Diane Juster, the singer lowers her microphone and, in her powerful voice alone, reminds us that she has just made love to us as best she can. Grand! (CB) 

41 If it was necessary (1995)   

Marjo 

It's hard not to be moved by the great rocker who reveals here a softer facet of her talent. The raw emotion, the voice of a Marjo at the top of her game, the heartbreaking text… it's all there. A gentle and vulnerable ballad that has nothing to envy to its Provocante and other Wild Cats. (BL) 

40 The Staircase ( 1980)   

Paul Piché 

Paul Piché's talent as a storyteller has never been better showcased than with L'Escalier, an anthem without refrain that we have enjoyed humming for more than 40 years. Candidate for Song of the Year at the 1980 ADISQ gala, this success was at the time bowed to Je ne suis qu'une chanson, by Diane Juster. (BL)  

39 Love (2012)   

Karim Ouellet 

Drilling, soaring and, above all, unforgettable. Loveis probably the greatest legacy left by the singer-songwriter who left us much, much too soon this year. He will have marked us forever with his sense of rhythm, rhyme, and his divine poetry. (BL) 

38 La Manic (1966)   

Georges Dor  

In a Quebec champion of hydroelectricity, La Manicrecalls how heavy loneliness weighed on the workers who built our great dams. The success of La Manic is very much due to Georges Dor's artistic choice to draw inspiration from a letter from a worker to his beloved. The result is as intimate as it is universal. (CB)

37 I will make a garden (2003)   

Clémence Desrochers 

The great comedian wrote this song and featured it on the album De la factrie au jardinreleased in 2003. “This summer I will make a garden, If you want to stay with me, A few more months, It will be small, that's for sure, I'll take good care of it, So that it is as beautiful as you”, she sings there. (SEN)

36 Mile After Mile (1972)   

Willie Lamothe 

Adaptation of a song by Ontarian Greg Joly, Mille après milleis a landmark song of country music, which was called, at one time, western. Classic, Willie Lamothe's version has been taken up by many artists. As a duo, by Céline Dion and Fred Pellerin, by Isabelle Boulay, by Roch Voisine and Plume Latraverse. (YL) 

35 Around the Island (1975)   

Felix Leclerc 

A precursor, the father of Quebec song already sang of love for his homeland, his territory and the Earth that we must protect, while the themes of the environment and identity were new challenges for the Quebecois. (SEN)

34 Little Happiness (1951)   

Félix Leclerc 

Félix Leclerc's most famous song, recorded on an album that included the piece Me, my shoes. Singer Dalida slightly modified the lyrics when she covered it in 1976. Since then, many artists, including rockers Groovy Aardvark, have appropriated this hit by the singer who died in 1988. (SEN)

< strong>33 Madness in Four (1992)   

Daniel Bélanger  

“If one of these four/My soul were to disperse…” Bélanger addresses here with accuracy and sensitivity the problems mental. Alone on the guitar, he delivers one of his most touching songs in his career. Thirty years later, the piece is still cherished by concert audiences. (RGM)

32 They Love Each Other(1983)   

Daniel Lavoie 

From the album Tension attention, this bittersweet play was written by Daniel Lavoie when he had just seen on television a couple of teenagers walking through the rubble of Beirut. “They love each other as before, Before threats and great torments,” he was inspired to write, contrasting the atrocities of war with the beauty of vulnerable adolescent love. (SEN)

31 The Essential (1991)   

Ginette Reno 

This great song, written by Charles Aznavour for Ginette Reno, quickly became a classic of Quebec song. “The main thing is to be loved,” she has been singing with power and conviction since 1991. This piece will have punctuated important events on our cultural scene, in particular during Guy Lafleur's funeral on April 22.

30 Love Still Exists (1991) &nbsp ; 

Celine Dion 

Whenever we realize that “the world is run by madmen”, that the planet screams its suffering, buried by the noise of wars and conflicts, we must remember that, despite everything, love still exists. And who better than Celine Dion to do it. “Beyond violence/Beyond madness/Despite falling bombs/Around the world”, these are words that sadly still remain relevant. (BL)

29 My blues go through the door (1978)   

Offenbach 

Key song in Offenbach's repertoire, the text by Pierre Huet, written in a chalet in the Laurentians, sung by Breen Leboeuf, which tells the blues of a guy who no longer want to leave his apartment, is particularly captivating and colorful. Like during this passage where the man wonders if Drogue-secours delivers illicit substances. This title, found on the album Traversion, has always been a must and a highlight of the shows of the Quebec formation. (YL)

28 I would like to see the sea (1987)   

Michel Rivard  

After the immense success of Beau Dommage, Michel Rivard brilliantly pursued a solo career. On his fifth album, A Hole in the Clouds, the songwriter delivered what would become one of his most beloved and timeless songs. “I would like to see the sea/And dance with it/To defy death”, he sang on this hovering piece that gives us the taste to take to the open sea. (RGM)

27 The World Is Stone(1978)   

Fabienne Thibeault 

“My head is bursting…” These five words alone are enough to bring the crystalline voice back to mind, even ethereal, by Fabienne Thibeault. Since taken over by half of the directory of the Union des artistes (we're hardly exaggerating!), Le monde est stone is forever engraved in the rock of our collective imagination, certainly evoking all the pain and despair of Marie-Jeanne, unforgettable waitress automaton of the rock opera Starmania. (BL) 

26 If it was enough to love (1998)  

Celine Dion 

Another pearl born from the meeting of Celine Dion and Jean-Jacques Goldman, who only needs a few notes to move. The sober interpretation, all in nuances of the diva comes to resonate the words with even more power than all the artifices could do. She deploys the full extent of her immense talent, recalling, in the end, that love is often the simplest of solutions. (BL)

25 So That You Still Love Me (1995)   

Celine Dion 

Celine Dion instantly came to seek our souls “in the cold, in the flames” thanks to the pen of Jean-Jacques Goldman. Cornerstone of the repertoire of Charlemagne's diva, Pour que tu m'aime encore transcends language barriers, and has since been part of her concert program all over the world. She promised to “cast a spell” on us. And it's well done, because even nearly 30 years later, we still obviously love it. (BL)

24 Frédéric (1961)   

Claude Léveillé  

By setting the nostalgia of a happy childhood to music, Claude Léveillé bequeathed to the Francophonie a hymn that has stood the test of time. Even today, the piano chords of Frédéric are recognizable among a thousand. Adapted, the tune of Frédéric was even briefly used to sell the hamburgers of a fast food chain in a popular television commercial of 1988. Written for his brother Jean, the song took the title of Frédéric for the sake of having a three-syllable title. (CB)

23 We Will Love Each Other Again(2009)   

Vincent Vallières 

Vincent Vallières has managed to encapsulate the infinite beauty of daily acts, sometimes banal, but always imbued with tenderness with On va s' love again. It didn't take long to make it the love anthem of the new millennium. After all, what could be more beautiful than a couple who “will love each other again”, “through good times, through setbacks, in life, in death”? Nothing, of course. (BL)

22 America Cries(2019)   

Les Cowboys Fringants  

Since the beginnings of Les Cowboys Fringants, the group's lyricist and composer, Jean-François Pauzé, has cultivated the art of translating into song in tune with the times. With America Cries, he outdid himself. After the election of Donald Trump, in an increasingly divided world, the rhythmic harmonica poetry of this immense radio hit touched Quebecers in the heart. There may not be much love left in the soup du jour, but between the Cowboys and the public there has never been so much. (CB) 

21 If I Were A Man (1980)   

Diane Tell 

Diane Tell performed this song, written between Montreal and New York, during her participation in the Festival de la chanson française de Spa, in Belgium, in 1980. Success in Quebec, Félix for song of the year in 1981, If I were a man is shunned by French radio stations. It will become a huge success on the waves of the new private French station NRJ in 1982. This will lead it to settle in Europe. (YL)

20 Illegal (1981)   

Corbeau 

Singer Marjolène Morin, alias Marjo, joined the group Corbeau in 1979 and was part of it for five years. Title track from the album released in 1981, Illegalwas one of the band's greatest hits. Written by Marjo, the rock song won both a place in the hearts of Quebecers who know its lyrics by heart and in the industry, which awarded the group various awards, including the trophy for best song in 1983. (SEN)

19 The Blues of the Metropolis (1975)   

Beau Pity 

We would recognize this Quebec song that has become cult among a thousand simply by hearing its first chords! Taken from the album Where is the wedding, released in 1975 by Beau Dommage, the song written by Michel Rivard and Pierre Huet recounts, with a sometimes happy sometimes cynical nostalgia, the time of the Expo and “flower power”. This song about passing time and people who, like places, change continues to resonate – 40 years later – in our realities. (SEN) 

18 If God Exists (1996)   

Claude Dubois  

Overwhelming, If God Exists “evokes that moment when people feel that their strength is abandoning them, that they knock on the door of death”, explained its creator and interpreter, to Radio-Canada, a few years ago. Its comforting message and the exceptionally sensitive interpretation of Claude Dubois (this vocal rise in the chorus is nothing short of sublime) have made it one of the most popular mourning songs in Quebec. (CB)

17 A chance we have (1995)   

Jean-Pierre Ferland 

“A chance that I have you, I have you, you have me, a chance that we have” sings the great Jean-Pierre Ferland for more than two decades. If the singer, now 87 years old, has already confessed to having written this magnificent piece for… a cat, the fact remains that thousands of Quebecers and members of the Francophonie have been – and are always – turned upside down by the depth of the artist's words and interpretation on this piece filled with vulnerability repeated many times by artists from here, including Céline Dion. (SEN)

16 Let's Love Each Other (1970)   

Yvon Deschamps

Written in 1970 by Yvon Deschamps to accompany his monologue, Le P’tit Jésus, this poignant song, composed by Jacques Perron, has spanned the ages, being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. More than fifty years later, this ode to love and peace is still as topical as ever. “Two thousand years of hate/Haven't changed anything in love/To break our chains/Sound guns and drums. » (RGM) 

15 Shooting Stars (2004)   

The Dashing Cowboys  

Hyper nostalgic, this piece from the group from Repentigny struck a chord with thousands of chicks and chicks with its references to Passe-Partout and to a childhood where everything seemed simpler. 

“After having existed to save time/We will say to ourselves that we were finally only shooting stars”, wrote the lyricist Jean-François Pauzé in this very beautiful song which sends the message of enjoying life while there is still time. (RGM)

14 For a Moment (1974)   

Harmonium 

For a Moment may not be the biggest and best song on Harmonium's debut album, but it is certainly the most significant. Launched on 45 rpm, Pour un moment became the greatest commercial success of the trio. 

It will even be adapted in symphonic mode, 46 years later, on the opus Stories Without Words – Symphonic Harmonium. It can also be heard in an alternative version on the Harmonium XLV reissue with a harmonica solo. 

Composed by Serge Fiori and Michel Normandeau, with lyrics by the latter, Pour un moment is taken up, in French, by the Canadian artist Gowan, when he comes to give performances in Quebec. (YL)

13 The Little King (1970)   

Jean-Pierre Ferland

Title that opens the classic Yellow, a landmark album of Quebec song, Le Petit Roi tells the story of Boule de Gum, transformed and who becomes a man. 

Composed with Michel Robidoux, guitarist of Robert Charlebois, Le Petit Roi propels Ferland into a whole new musical dimension, more complex and more elaborate. 

Among the musicians who worked on this album and on this piece, we find the guitarist David Spinozza, who will work with Paul and Linda McCartney and Paul Simon, and the virtuoso bassist Tony Levin who was part of King Crimson and who played with Peter Gabriel. (YL)  

12 Dreaming Better (2001)   

Daniel Bélanger

In the fall of 2001, when we were barely recovering from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, Daniel Bélanger arrived with the album feel-good par excellence, Dream better

The luminous title-track then acted like a balm on our somewhat battered hearts. “You only asked for a shoulder/To lean on my bed/In your bruises. »  

More than twenty years later, the piece is still just as effective. 

To say that Bélanger has already admitted in an interview to having originally written this piece for the model Ève Salvail, who had refused it! The musician then decided to keep it for his own album, a wise choice. (RGM)

11 Locals (1975)   

Gilles Vigneault 

Yvon Deschamps and Louise Forestier challenged Gilles Vigneault. That of writing a song to replace the traditional Happy Birthday

Performing it for the first time on June 24, 1975, on Mount Royal, at the occasion of the national holiday, the author, composer and performer from Natashquan has more than succeeded in his mission. 

The song, with altered lyrics, has become a staple at birthday parties. It has also become an anthem associated with the sovereignist movement. Gens du pays is considered by many to be the anthem of Quebec. This song, which can be found on the opus I planted a oak… is an immortal of the Quebec repertoire. (YL)  

10 So fragile (1990)   

Luc De Larochellière  

“Because life is so fragile”, sang De Larochellière in this 1990 song that has become a classic of Quebec song today.   

In an interview two years ago, the songwriter spoke about So fragile : “People have appropriated it in their lives and it is often sung at funerals, to accompany this sort of passage. It is anchored in the hearts and memories of many people, and I am proud of it. (RGM)

9 The Businessman's Blues (1978)   

Claude Dubois  

This story of a businessman who “would have liked to be an artiiiiiste” resonated strongly in the French-speaking world when it was released, as part of the legendary musical show Starmania, in 1978. &nbsp ;

“Since I have a sense of business/I succeeded and I'm proud of it/Deep down I have only one regret/I'm not doing what I 'would have liked to do', sang Claude Dubois in the original version which has since been taken up by countless performers.  

Written by Luc Plamondon and composed by Michel Berger, this piece is one of the most striking and timeless that the duo of Franco-Quebec creators will have produced. (RGM)

8 1990 (1991)   

Jean Leloup and the Dirty Affair  

“Ladies and gentlemen, watch out, I'm going to make a song for you…” In 1991, after a decade of the 1980s that left them hungry, all young Quebecers fell in love with local music again thanks to this stunning anthem antiwar. Originally a rock song, 1990 turned into a disco hit under the influence of James Di Salvio before ending up on the reissue of the classic album Love Is Without Pity. The success is dazzling. As Charlebois had done with Lindberg, 1990 brought Quebec song into a new modernity and the iconoclast Leloup became the hero of an entire generation. (CB) 

7 Hymn to the beauty of the world (1979)   

Diane Dufresne

Thanks to a statement as grand and powerful as its interpreter, the Ode to the beauty of the worldhas spanned the ages, taking on different meanings over the years. But what remains, what touches above all, is the masterful interpretation that Diane Dufresne once made of it. “Let us make the earth a great garden for those who will come after us”, this is a message that has not taken the slightest wrinkle, and to which we should return more often. And we tend to forget all the tragedy at the origin of this song: Luc Plamondon took over the last words of the poetess Huguette Gaulin, pronounced just before she set herself on fire in Montreal, in 1972. Poignant, you say? (BL)

6 The Answering Machine (1998)   

Les Colocs

Released in 1998, on the album Dehors Novembre, this piece took on a heartbreaking meaning barely two years later, after singer Dédé Fortin took his own life.  

“It's because of my answering machine/Y' there is absolutely nothing on the cassette/I tell you that tonight, in my little heart/Y does frette ” sang the leader of the Colocs in this poignant song about the loneliness which ruined his existence. &nbsp ;

One can only acquiesce when hearing the artist invaded by a malaise launch this now famous phrase imbued with wisdom: “Life is short, but it's long little bits”. (RGM) 

5 Ordinary (1970)   

Robert Charlebois

It is certainly a tad masochistic on the part of a group of journalists to raise to the fifth rank of such a track record a song that reduces us to the simple status of “nice failures”. Our lack of resentment is explained. After that of the seal in Alaska, Ordinaryis certainly the most beautiful and moving lament in the entire Quebec repertoire. On a remarkable text by his girlfriend at the time, Mouffe, Robert Charlebois exposes in a superb dramatic rise the torments of a popular artist. The piece is autobiographical since he is recovering from a record failure that leaves him pensive. It is also a look of a rare lucidity on the other side of the medal of a profession, that of artist, less glamorous than the public can imagine. Ordinaryalso allows Robert Charlebois, whose impact on the local music scene will undoubtedly be felt for decades, to be the only artist to place two titles in our top 5. This is anything but ordinary. (CB)   

4 Do You Love Me (1990)   

Richard Desjardins

It took Richard Desjardins to succeed in writing one of the most beautiful love songs by slipping into it a “dare-devil Nefertiti” and a cleaning lady who wants to “change character”. And it is probably this singularity – in addition to her potential for perilous vocal flights – that makes her Do you love mea timeless juggernaut of Quebec song that has spanned the ages, marking each of the generations that came after. The genius of the singer-songwriter takes on all its grandeur, all its sublime, with his skillful and colorful pen. No doubt possible, this is a song that is indeed “so, so, so beautiful”. The album to which she gives her name was also awarded three Félix awards at the 1991 ADISQ gala, including those for songwriter and popular album of the year. (BL)

3 Lindberg (1968)  

Robert Charlebois and Louise Forestier 

During the effervescent 1960s, when the Beatles exploded the codes of pop music on the international scene, Robert Charlebois took off his career on the wings of Quebecair, Transworld, Northern Eastern Western and Pan American. 

This is far from being the only feat of arms of this hovering duo with Louise Forestier, a masterpiece of the old lion's repertoire. Composed in a single night with the poet Claude Péloquin, in 1968, Lindbergbrings the Quebec song, hitherto rather wise, into a magnificent zone of psychedelic turbulence. It doesn't need to rhyme anymore, it needs to sound. 

To chaste and pure ears and to the oppressive Catholic Church, Lindberg sends the finger of honor by aligning the “crisse” and the expressions in joual. “A monumental work”, had decided SOCAN, paying homage to this aerial epic which has not aged a bit, almost 55 years after its creation. (CB)

2 When Men Live of Love (1956)   

Raymond Lévesque

Often considered the national anthem of Quebecers, this timeless work by Raymond Lévesque has become a worldwide success over time and has been covered hundreds of times by artists from around the world. 'here and elsewhere.  

It was in 1956, when he was not yet 28, that the young Lévesque wrote this vibrant piece. Having settled in Paris two years earlier, hoping to launch his musical career there, the songwriter was marked by the conflict that had broken out in Algeria.  

« When men live on love, there will be no more misery… »  

This touching message for peace, he had first presented it to Eddie Constantine, who had agreed to record it shortly afterwards.  

Still unknown in Quebec, the song won the hearts of the public almost 20 years later, during the 1974 Superfranco-fête. On the Plains of Abraham, in Quebec, Félix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault and Robert Charlebois made an interpretation that marked the spirits. (RGM) 

1 The Lament of the Seal in Alaska (1974)   

Beau Dommage 

A great and enormous song. Fourth title of the very first collection of Beau Dommage songs, launched in 1974, this song written by Michel Rivard, is one of the classics of Quebec music. 

Success on the radio waves, The Seal's Lament in Alaska has crossed borders, it was even covered by Félix Leclerc in 1975 and is one of the campfire classics. 

The most popular song of Beau Pity, it tells the story of a seal, in Alaska, who has been bored since his girlfriend left him to go and earn a living in a circus in the United States. It is the most popular in the group's repertoire, on Spotify, with over three million listens. seal in Alaska is a must and deserves its place at the top of this list. (YL)

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