The votes are in! CBC Radio 2 announces top 49 songs for Obama

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - After two weeks of submissions and voting, CBC
Radio 2 listeners have selected their top 49 songs from North of the 49th
parallel that help define our country to U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama,
many carrying messages of hope and pride. More than 130,000 votes were cast
for the final list of songs, which cover a range of genres and both official
languages, and boast some of Canada's most lauded artists.
    "I want to congratulate Radio 2 listeners for their heartfelt and well
crafted nominations, and for their robust voting of the top-100 to reach the
final 49 songs," said Denise Donlon, executive director of English Radio.
"This is a unique and diverse list that represents a wide variety of artists
and songs, both historic and current. It was an exciting process, and I think
the results celebrate the great talent, artistic perspective and even humour
of some of our finest musicians."

    Voters chose songs from the top-100 shortlist in four categories.
Highlights include:
    -  Oscar Peterson's civil rights anthem 'Hymn to Freedom' was the runaway
       favourite in the Jazz section.
    -  In classical, Glenn Gould's recording of 'Goldberg Variations' moved
       out to an early lead with voters and never looked back.
    -  There was a tight race for the top voted song in the
       Pop/Rock/Urban/Country/Etc. category, with Rush's 'Closer to the
       Heart' narrowly edging out Gordon Lightfoot's 'Canadian Railroad
    -  On the Francophone list, the number one song was Gilles Vigneault's
       timeless anthem 'Mon Pays'.

    Submissions began Jan. 5, and voting on the shortlist took place from
Jan. 12 to 16.
    The final 49 songs are posted online and available for purchase through
iTunes at Selected tunes will be played throughout
the day today starting at 6 a.m. on CBC Radio 2's daytime programs, including

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