Canada's Seven Biggest Back-to-School Songs

SOCAN's list of highly played tunes about school or education by Canadian songwriters

TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - As Canada's youth return to school, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) remembers the three musical R's - recording, redeeming and writing - and taps its data warehouse to determine the most successful songs about or reminiscent of school or education, penned by Canadian songwriters.

Mining a database of registered compositions by the more than 110,000 members of SOCAN, these seven hits have chalked up at least 100,000 domestic radio plays and demonstrate the variety of talent that Canada has to offer. The list was determined by the number of performances that each song has enjoyed and its relevance to school or learning.

  • "High School Confidential" - composed by Carole Pope and Kevan Staples; performed by Rough Trade.
  • "Old Skool Love" - composed by Divine Brown and James McCollum; performed by Divine Brown.
  • "Not Ready to Go" - composed by Sean Dalton, Gordie Johnson, Colin MacDonald, John-Angus MacDonald, and Jack Syperek; performed by The Trews.
  • "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" - composed by Brad Roberts; performed by Crash Test Dummies.
  • "Raise a little Hell" - composed by Brian Smith and Ra McGuire; performed by Trooper.
  • "1234" - written by Feist and Sally Seltmann (APRA); performed by Feist.
  • "All Good Things (Come to an End)" - composed by Nelly Furtado, Nate Hills (SESAC), Chris Martin (PRS), and Timbaland (ASCAP); performed by Nelly Furtado.

"Whether it's back-to-school season or the middle of summer or any occasion, music feeds an essential part of Canadian life, and SOCAN nurtures those who produce what we need," says Eric Baptiste, SOCAN CEO. "Canadians have written some of the world's greatest songs and, without their original music, life in this country wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable. SOCAN connects people to music."

SOCAN is a not-for-profit, member-based organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of more than three-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 110,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. SOCAN collects licence fees from more than 48,000 businesses from coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and music rights organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of their music internationally in collaboration with its peer societies.


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