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The top 20 Canadian country songs, according to you

Monika Platek

In the spirit of the upcoming Canadian Country Music Association Awards, we asked Canadians to share their favourite country songs of all time. The responses painted a wide-ranging picture of what the country scene looks like in Canada: on one hand, there was a love and respect for legendary songs by artists like Ian and Sylvia, and on the other, a genuine excitement for new acts bursting with energy and talent like James Barker Band and Madeline Merlo.

We'll start our playlist — as decided by you — with country classics by national icons like Shania Twain and move to some newer jams by CCMA-nominated groups like Saskatchewan's Hunter Brothers. Paul Brandt and Dean Brody were so popular in your responses that their top songs made our list more than once.

Shania Twain, 'Man I Feel Like a Woman'

Paul Brandt, 'Alberta Bound'

Ian and Sylvia, 'Four Strong Winds'

Gord Bamford, 'When Your Lips Are So Close'

Terri Clark, 'Northern Girl'

Doc Walker, 'Rocket Girl'

Paul Brandt, 'My Heart Has a History'

Corb Lund, 'Truck Got Stuck'

Aaron Pritchett, 'Hold My Beer'

Jess Moskaluke, 'Take Me Home'

Dallas Smith, 'Wastin' Gas'

Dean Brody, 'Canadian Girls'

Madeline Merlo, 'Warpaint'

Tim Hicks, 'Slide Over'

Kira Isabella, 'Quarterback'

Dean Brody, 'Time'

James Barker Band, 'Lawn Chair Lazy'

High Valley, 'Make You Mine'

Hunter Brothers, 'Born and Raised'

Jessica Mitchell, 'Workin' on Whiskey'

Do you have any songs to add? Let us know by tweeting with us @CBCMusic.

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