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The 20 Essential Piano Songs

Elton John is celebrating a big birthday today! The legendary singer turns 70.

John is still going strong–he released his latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night, last year to rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The Independent, and The Guardian.

Elton is not only recognized by his powerful pipes, but he’s known for his piano prowess. The Red Piano was a tour that started with a Las Vegas residency featuring the signature scarlet grand piano seen above.

To honour the man behind the keys, we’re counting down our Top 20 favourite songs featuring the piano.  Did your favourite make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

20. The Beatles – Hey Jude

19. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Supertramp

Supertramp In 20 Songs

A big happy birthday goes out to the one and only, Roger Hodgson!

The former frontman and co-founder of Supertramp turns 67 today.

Hodgson was a part of the first seven albums with the band, including the Diamond-certified albums Breakfast In America and Crime of the Century (over one million units each!) Supertramp would go on to sell over 60 million albums across the globe.

After leaving the band in 1983, Hodgson embarked on a solo career, releasing three albums: 1984’s In the Eye of the Storm, 1987’s Hai Hai and 2000’s Open the Door.

To celebrate Hodgson’s big day, we’re taking a look at the Top 20 Supertramp songs, many of which he wrote. Enjoy!

20. Another Man’s Woman

19. Ain’t Nobody But Me

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Smashing Pumpkins In 20 Songs

Happy birthday, Billy Corgan! The Smashing Pumpkins frontman celebrates 50 rotations around the sun today.

Along with his involvement in the “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” band, Corgan also helped form the short-lived Zwan project (alongside members of Collective Soul, Tortoise and more) as well as forging a solo career.

But nothing gained traction like The Smashing Pumpkins: the group’s blend of blunt and jagged instrumentation with Corgan’s pillow-soft vocals propelled the members to become one of the most influential rock acts of the ’90s.

From the 10x platinum double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness to the universally acclaimed Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins captured hearts worldwide over nine albums.

With a revolving door of members, Corgan has been the only member to remain with the band since its inception. However, Jimmy Chamberlin has been present for the majority of its career.

To commemorate his dedication to music, and making some of the most memorable records of the last 25 years, we’re looking back at the Top 20 Smashing Pumpkins songs!

Happy birthday, Billy:

20. The Celestials

19. Ava Adore

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Top 20 Telephone Anthems

The telephone was patented this week in 1876 by none other than Canadian innovator Alexander Graham Bell.

Thanks to this nifty little invention, music fans have been able to do so much more. Things like calling our loved ones about new records being released, order concert tickets remotely, and even take our music on-the-go with us… it’s been an incredible 141 years since!

Bell’s contribution to society has also affected the way musicians write songs: once distant lovers can now be reached on a whim (or they can ignore voicemails much easier…)

Even as phones have become smaller, more portable, and closer to our hip than ever, it still continues to be a focal point in many lyrics.

Phones have inspired many countless hits, and we’re counting down our Top 20 landline anthems!

Blondie – Call Me

Todd Rundgren – Hello It’s Me

The Beatles – Hello, Goodbye

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Tea Party

The Tea Party: 20 Essential Songs

The Tea Party‘s Transmission turns 20 this year, and we can’t believe that much time has flown by.

Songs like “Temptation” and “Release” dominated alt radio and the MuchMusic countdown, helping to push Canada’s music scene to the forefront for well-written, respected rock.

In honour of the big anniversary (and the vinyl rerelease that comes with–see below!), we’re counting down 20 of our favourite Tea Party songs.

If you’d like to hear these songs live, the band is currently on tour. Click here for all upcoming dates.


20. “Gone”

19. “Angels”

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