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Older Classics Dominate 2023's Top Canadian Albums Year-End Chart

They weren't released this year, but albums by Drake, The Tragically Hip, Shania Twain and more were in heavy rotation this year.

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The Billboard Canadian Albums chart measures the most popular albums in Canada each week. The 2023 year-end Top Canadian Albums chart is out.The year-end chart takes into account chart performance throughout the year, with longevity sometimes counting for more than high placement. (Read more about how the year-end charts are calculated here.)

The top five is dominated by the biggest albums of the year: Morgan Wallen's One Thing At A Time at No. 1 and his Dangerous: The Double Album at No. 5. Taylor Swift's Midnights comes in at No. 2 while SZA's SOS is at No. 3. Drake is the only Canadian artist in the top five, coming in at No. 4 with Her Loss, his 2023 collaborative album with 21 Savage. (Scarborough-born artist The Weeknd is also in the top 10, coming in at No. 7 with his 2021 greatest hits album The Highlights.)


Plenty of rising Canadian artists also released big albums this year, from Charlotte Cardin's 99 Nightsto The Beaches' Blame My Ex, to Karan Aujla & Ikky's Making Memories, but many of the highest-charting albums on the year-end Top Canadian Albums chart came out before 2023. That didn't hinder their popularity or longevity. Canadians kept these major artists on the charts this year, long after their records came out.

Drake, Certified Lover Boy, Scorpion and Views

In Canada, Drake always remains current. The Toronto artist had the most Canadian albums on the 2023 Top Canadian Albums chart — his highest placement is Certified Lover Boy at No. 24, while 2018's Scorpion and 2016's Views are still racking up plays. Scorpion landed at No. 41 and Views at No. 63 on the year-end chart.

Drake is showing no signs of slowing down, but if he ever decides to stop releasing, he can take solace that Canadians are still spinning his older material years later — 2011's Take Care also did well, coming in at No. 104.


Shania Twain, Greatest Hits

Shania Twain had a comeback in 2023 with the album Queen of Me, which landed at No. 189 on the year-end chart, but Canadians were still buying and streaming her classics the most. The Queen of Country Pop landed at No. 66 on the 2023 Top Canadian Albums with Greatest Hits, her 2004 compilation which features all her No. 1 Hot Country Hits (and karaoke go-to-songs) like 1995's "Any Man Of Mine" 1997's "You're Still The One."

Nickelback, The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1

Western Canada rockers Nickelback released this compilation album in 2013, and ten years later, it charted at No. 67 on 2023's Top Canadian Albums. The record features material from 2001's Silver Side Up through 2011's Here And Now and peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 when it came out.
Nickelback put out a new record last year — Get Rollin' — which helped them cross into the touring country circuit, helping that album reach No. 185 on the year-end list.

The Tragically Hip, Yer Favourites

This two-disc compilation album from the Kingston, Ontario alt-rock group originally came out in 2005, and has become a Canadian favourite in the nearly two decades since. It placed at No. 68 on this year's Canadian Albums chart, six years after the passing of Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie.
The Tragically Hip also reissued Phantom Power this year and will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2024, so expect to see more of them on the Canadian Albums chart.

Christmas Classics by Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber and More

Canadians are keeping Christmas albums in heavy rotation every December. Michael Bublé's first Christmas album, Christmas, is the seasonal record of choice, placing at No. 58, while Bieber's holiday record Under The Mistletoe came in at No. 159 (both albums were first released in 2011). Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong — featuring a cover Joni Mitchell's "River," which has become a seasonal favourite — comes in at No. 273.

Check out the full year-end 2023 Top Canadian Albums chart here.

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