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IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe’s top Canadian songs list misses too many

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL - APRIL 26: James Hinchcliffe of Canada, driver of the #27 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda sits in his pit box after practice for the Honda Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 26, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is rightly very proud of his Canadian heritage and likes to share all that’s good from north of the border to fans in the U.S. and elsewhere.

For example, Hinchcliffe gave a list of some of his favorite Canadian singers and songs, saying he “was feeling extra Canadian and wanted to share some of the greats of music back home.”

Here’s Hinch’s list:

  • Where are U Now (with Justin Bieber) – Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Justin Bieber
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • The Motto – Drake, Lil Wayne
  • Can’t Feel My Face – Def Ghetto Boyz
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • American Woman – The Guess Who
  • If I had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies
  • This Is How It Goes – Billy Talent
  • Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
  • Bad Girlfriend – Theory of a Deadman
  • Courage – The Tragically Hip
  • Monty of May – Arcade Fire

Admittedly, some of the Mayor of Hinchtown’s picks are outstanding, including Bryan Adams and The Guess Who.

But come on, Justin Bieber as No. 1?

And what about all the other Canadian greats that Hinch missed on his list? How could he skip RUSH, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka, Shania Twain and so many others?

So in response and all in good fun, here’s a counter-list to Hinch’s list (and Biebs is nowhere to be found, I might add). Will the Mayor look at the list, slap his forehead and say, “How could I have forgotten them? What the heck was I thinking, eh?”

  • Tom Sawyer -- RUSH
  • Rockin’ In The Free World -- Neil Young
  • Go For Soda -- Kim Mitchell
  • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- Gordon Lightfoot
  • Snowbird -- Anne Murray
  • My Way -- Paul Anka
  • Feel Like A Woman -- Shania Twain
  • My Heart Will Go On -- Celine Dion
  • Big Yellow Taxi -- Joni Mitchell
  • Fight The Good Fight -- Triumph
  • Complicated -- Avril Lavigne
  • You Oughta Know -- Alanis Morissette
  • Takin’ Care of Business -- Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • You’ve Made Me So Very Happy -- David Clayton Thomas (of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame)
  • Constant Craving -- k.d. lang
  • Home -- Michael Buble
  • Sunglasses At Night -- Corey Hart
  • Take Off -- Bob and Doug McKenzie

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