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Essential Tragically Hip Songs: HuffPost Canada Editors Share Their Favourites

October 18, 2017 3:48 PM
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Essential Tragically Hip Songs: HuffPost Canada Editors Share Their Favourites

Canada's soundtrack today is brought to you by Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.

The Hip have an enormous catalogue that spans 14 albums, full of songs that have touched countless people at different moments in their lives.

In honour of Gord Downie, who died today at age 53, HuffPost Canada editors decided to compile a list of essential Tragically Hip songs, to pay tribute to one of Canada's greatest rock bands and its incomparable frontman.

"He'd tell me It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken. He'd tell me about this cop who's in love with a girl from the country. He'd tell me about Wheat Kings and pretty things," wrote senior politics editor Ryan Maloney in a blog upon learning of Downie's terminal cancer diagnosis.

This list isn't just for the fans who want to reminisce — it's also for those who want to get to know The Hip and Downie's music a little more.

These are the songs that led us to ourselves. No dress rehearsal. This is our life.

"Gord Downie is famed for injecting poetry into pub rock but '38 Years Old,' one of the Hip's finest hits, avoids his later enigmatic lyricism in favour of the straightforward storytelling of Downie's national forebears Stompin' Tom and Gordon Lightfoot.

"Growing up in Port Colborne, Ont., so many of my most important summer nights were spent on the shores of Lake Erie, where we entertained ourselves with bonfires, banter, and whatever beer we could get our hands on. And, of course, the stories of The Tragically Hip.

It's impossible for me to hear 'Lake Fever,' an underrated song from the underrated Music @ Work album, and not think back to those days with my friends when so much seemed possible. The song always felt like a playful jaunt about a budding romance or at least courtship — something that also happened a time or two on those beaches.


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