In 2007 Bob Merserau released a national bestseller: “The top 100 Canadian Albums”. It got so much attention it was ridiculous. The 2007 collection was the pinnacle of most of my arguments that year. I was worried to hear a new collection like it was to be released. However, in the opening pages of Meserau’s new book, “The Top 100 Canadian Singles”; which is to be released on September 30th 2010, he discusses how generating some controversy and disagreement is his goal. He has crafted this book based on thousands of different opinions, if you disagree with any of the list, then, power to you. Mersereau explains that if you argue over this book you are only manifesting the fact that there is a copious amount of amazing music produced by our true north strong and free.
I won’t spoil who wins the whole thing, but I will tell you that the usual suspects of Canadian greats made the list. The book is a neat blend of artists both young, and old. Artists like Neil Young, The Guess Who, and Joni Mitchell are of course on the list, but I was thrilled to see more recent artists like Wintersleep, Arcade Fire and K-os on there too. Mersereau has masterfully crafted an incredibly diverse list as he interviewed such a diverse group of music buffs to help him come up with the list.
Overall, the book is just really well laid-out. Each single is given at least an entire page with the top 10 having four pages dedicated to them. The amount of new interviews and perspectives, inside this collection make it a must-read. Opinions from artists, producers, and press people are directly quoted and just make the reader feel like they were on the inside of producing the single. The book also contains personal top 10 lists from some current Canadian icons like Buck 65, Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys, and Joel Plaskett to name a few. The book also contains a two page spread with a list of the top 100 French-Canadian singles. This list was necessary as francophone music is not as popular as it should be in Canada. With this book, Bob Mersereau will definitely generate some heated arguments as well as some interest. I found a few Canadian music gems that I would have never heard of before. Thanks Bob.