The Most Famous

SINGERS from Canada

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This page contains a list of the greatest Canadian Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 61 of which were born in Canada. This makes Canada the birth place of the 11th most number of Singers behind Spain and Russia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Canadian Singers of all time. This list of famous Canadian Singers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Canadian Singers.

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1. Celine Dion (1968 - )

With an HPI of 73.71, Celine Dion is the most famous Canadian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 126 different languages on wikipedia.

Céline Marie Claudette Dion (, also UK: ; French: [selin maʁi klodɛt djɔ̃], Quebec French: [- d͡zjɔ̃]; born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. She is renowned for her powerful, technically skilled vocals, and remains the best-selling Canadian recording artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over 200 million worldwide. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, she emerged as a teen star in her home country with a series of French-language albums during the 1980s. She first gained international recognition by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, where she represented Switzerland. After learning to speak English, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. During the 1990s, she achieved worldwide fame after releasing several best-selling English-language albums, such as Falling into You (1996) and Let's Talk About Love (1997), which were both certified diamond in the US. She also scored a series of international number-one hits, including "The Power of Love", "Think Twice", "Because You Loved Me", "It's All Coming Back to Me Now", "My Heart Will Go On", and "I'm Your Angel". Dion continued releasing French albums between each English record; D'eux (1995) became the best-selling French-language album of all time, while S'il suffisait d'aimer (1998), Sans attendre (2012), and Encore un soir (2016), were all certified diamond in France. During the 2000s, she built her reputation as a highly successful live performer with A New Day... on the Las Vegas Strip (2003–07), which remains the highest-grossing concert residency of all time, as well as the Taking Chances World Tour (2008–09), one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop music's most influential vocalists. She has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Billboard named her the "Queen of Adult Contemporary" for having the most number-one songs on the radio format for a female artist. She is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era. In 2003, she was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over 50 million albums in Europe.

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2. Paul Anka (1941 - )

With an HPI of 72.45, Paul Anka is the 2nd most famous Canadian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.

Paul Albert Anka (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor. Anka became famous with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby". He wrote such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady". He also wrote the English lyrics to Claude François and Jacques Revaux's music for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way", which has been recorded by many, including Elvis Presley. In 1983, he co-wrote the song "I Never Heard" with Michael Jackson. It was retitled and released in 2009 under the title "This Is It". An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from the 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", was released in 2014 on Jackson's posthumous album Xscape. The song was also released by Johnny Mathis in 1984.

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3. Bryan Adams (1959 - )

With an HPI of 71.17, Bryan Adams is the 3rd most famous Canadian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 75 different languages.

Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian guitarist, singer, composer, record producer, photographer, and philanthropist. With several number 1 singles and albums in various countries, Adams has sold between 75 and 100 million records worldwide. According to Nielsen Music Canada's 2019 Year-End Report, Adams was the most played artist on Canadian radio stations between 2010 and 2019.Adams joined his first band at age 15, and in 1980 at age 20, his eponymous debut album was released. He rose to fame in Canada and the United States with his 1983 Top 10 album Cuts Like a Knife, with its well-known title track and the ballad "Straight From the Heart", his first US Top 10 hit. His 1984 album, Reckless, made him a global star with tracks like "Run to You" and "Summer of '69", both Top 10 hits in the US and Canada, and the power ballad "Heaven", a US number 1 hit. Reckless reached number 1 in Canada and the US, number 2 in Australia, and the Top 10 in several other countries, becoming the first album by a Canadian to reach diamond in sales in Canada, going 6x platinum in the US, and selling 12 million copies worldwide. Adams' 1987 album Into the Fire went to number 2 in Canada and the Top 10 in several other countries.In 1991, Adams' Waking Up the Neighbours was a worldwide number 1 album which sold 16 million copies, including being certified diamond in Canada. The single "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" went to number 1 in at least 18 countries, including for a record 16 and 18 straight weeks, in the UK, and Europe overall, respectively. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Other international Top 10 hits off the album were the Canadian number 1 songs "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" and "Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven". Beginning in 1993, Adams' hits were mostly ballads, including the worldwide hits "All for Love" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?", which both topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, plus "Please Forgive Me" which reached number 1 or 2 in Canada, the UK, Australia and Europe. "Please Forgive Me" was from his greatest hits album, So Far So Good (1993), a worldwide number 1 album that went 11x, 7x and 6x platinum in Australia, Canada and the US, respectively, with total sales of 17 million.In 1996, Adams' 18 til I Die was a Top 5 album in many countries, but only reached number 31 in the US. He did duets with two female stars, "I Finally Found Someone" with Barbra Streisand in 1996, his last US Top 10 hit, and "When You're Gone" with Melanie C in 1998, an international Top 5 hit. In the 1990s, he had 11 number 1 singles in Canada for a total of 32 weeks, both highs for any artist. Between 1998 and 2019, Adams released seven albums, three going to number 1 in Canada, and most reaching the Top 10 in the UK, Germany and elsewhere. Adams has had 25 Top 15 singles in Canada and a dozen or more in each of the US, the UK and Australia, but none since 2002. In 2008, Adams was ranked 38th on the list of all-time top artists on the Billboard Hot 100. Adams has won 20 Juno Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or Television amongst 15 Grammy nominations, and has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and three Academy Awards for his songwriting for films. Adams has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Canada's Walk of Fame, the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. On 1 May 2010, Adams received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.

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4. Drake (1986 - )

With an HPI of 69.17, Drake is the 4th most famous Canadian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 64 different languages.

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. A prominent figure in popular music, Drake is credited for popularizing the Toronto sound. He first gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2007); intent on pursuing a career in music, he left the series after releasing his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. He released two more independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Young Money Entertainment.Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. He achieved major critical success with Take Care (2011), and commercial success with Nothing Was the Same (2013) and his first commercial mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015); the later two were certified multi-platinum in the US. Drake's fourth album Views (2016) sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over a decade. Marketed as a playlist, Drake's second solo commercial mixtape More Life (2017) set multiple streaming records. In 2018, he released the double album Scorpion, which produced three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake's third commercial mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020) featured the Hot 100 number-one lead single "Toosie Slide". As an entrepreneur, Drake founded the OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator 40 in 2012. In 2013, Drake was announced as the new "global ambassador" of the Toronto Raptors, thereby joining the executive committee of the NBA franchise. In 2016, Drake announced his development with American entrepreneur Brent Hocking of the bourbon whiskey Virginia Black; it eventually broke sale records in Canada. He has also designed fashion, the most notable including a sub-label collaboration with Nike, alongside other business ventures. In 2018, Drake was reportedly responsible for 5% (CAD$440 million) of Toronto's CAD$8.8 billion total annual tourism income.Among the world's best-selling music artists, with over 170 million records sold, Drake is ranked as the highest-certified digital singles artist in the United States by the RIAA. He has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a record 27 Billboard Music Awards, two Brit Awards and three Juno Awards. Drake also holds several Billboard chart records; he has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the most charted songs (209) of any artists ever on the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most continuous time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks), and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22). He also has the most number-one singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Rhythmic Airplay.

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5. Mylène Farmer (1961 - )

With an HPI of 66.92, Mylène Farmer is the 5th most famous Canadian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Mylène Jeanne Gautier (French: [milɛn ʒan ɡotje]; born 12 September 1961), known professionally as Mylène Farmer ([milɛn faʁmœʁ]), is a French singer, songwriter, occasional actress, writer, and entrepreneur. She was born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, to a French family, and brought up in France. She has sold more than 30 million records in France and is among the most successful recording artists of all-time in that country. She holds the record for the most number one hit singles in the French charts, with twenty one to date – eight of which were consecutive. Fifteen of her albums have also reached number one in France.

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6. Justin Bieber (1994 - )

With an HPI of 66.84, Justin Bieber is the 6th most famous Canadian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 145 different languages.

Justin Drew Bieber (; born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Discovered at age 13 by talent manager Scooter Braun after he had watched Bieber's YouTube cover song videos, Bieber was signed to RBMG Records in 2008. With Bieber's debut EP My World, released in late 2009, Bieber became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100.At 16 years old, Bieber released his debut studio album My World 2.0 (2010), which contained the hit single "Baby". The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200, making Bieber the youngest solo male act to top the chart in 47 years. Bieber had quickly established himself as a teen idol. Following his debut album and promotional tours, he released his 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which was a box office success. Bieber's next album, Under the Mistletoe (2011), became the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. In the years following the release of Believe (2012), Bieber faced several controversies for his rebellious nature, and his sound transitioned into R&B and hip hop."Where Are Ü Now", a collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo released in 2015, marked a new era of Bieber's career, as he transitioned into EDM. The song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. In late 2015, Bieber's fourth studio album Purpose was released, which became his most commercially successful album. It produced three Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles: "What Do You Mean?", "Sorry", and "Love Yourself". After the release of Purpose, Bieber had featured on several successful collaborations, including "Cold Water", "Let Me Love You", "Despacito (Remix)", "I'm the One", "I Don't Care" and "10,000 Hours", all of which went top five in the US. After taking some time off to focus on his marriage to Hailey Baldwin, as well as facing complications with Lyme disease, Bieber released his fifth studio album, Changes. It became his seventh chart-topper in the US, making him, at the age of 25, the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number-one albums in the US.With sales of over 150 million records, Bieber is one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has received numerous accolades, including a Grammy Award, 18 American Music Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, two Brit Awards, a Latin Grammy Award, a record 21 MTV Europe Music Awards, and four MTV Video Music Awards. Time magazine named Bieber one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. He was included on Forbes' list of the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world, in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2016, Bieber became the first artist from Vevo to surpass 10 billion total video views.

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7. Denny Doherty (1940 - 2007)

With an HPI of 65.90, Denny Doherty is the 7th most famous Canadian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Dennis Gerrard Stephen "Denny" Doherty (November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007) was a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He was best known as a founding member of the 1960s musical group the Mamas and the Papas.

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8. Shawn Mendes (1998 - )

With an HPI of 64.63, Shawn Mendes is the 8th most famous Canadian Singer.  His biography has been translated into 58 different languages.

Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (; born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He gained a following in 2013, posting song covers on the video-sharing application Vine. The following year, he caught the attention of artist manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton, which led to him signing a deal with the record label. Mendes's self-titled debut EP was released in 2014, followed by his debut studio album Handwritten in 2015. Handwritten debuted atop the US Billboard 200, making Mendes one of five artists ever to debut at number one before the age of 18. The single "Stitches" reached number one in the UK and the top 10 in the US and Canada. His second studio album Illuminate (2016) also debuted at number one in the US, with its singles "Treat You Better" and "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" reaching the top 10 in several countries. His self-titled third studio album (2018) was supported by the lead single "In My Blood". The album's number one debut in the US made Mendes the third-youngest artist to achieve three number one albums. In 2019, he released the hit singles "If I Can't Have You" and "Señorita", with the latter peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100. In December 2020, Mendes became the youngest male artist ever to top the Billboard 200 with four studio albums. Among his accolades, Mendes has won 13 SOCAN awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, eight Juno Awards, eight iHeartRadio MMVAs, two American Music Awards, and received three Grammy Award nominations. In 2018, Time named Mendes as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual list.

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9. Nelly Furtado (1978 - )

With an HPI of 64.62, Nelly Furtado is the 9th most famous Canadian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 78 different languages.

Nelly Kim Furtado (; Portuguese: [fuɾˈtaðu]; born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer. Furtado is known for her musical versatility and constant reinvention, commonly associated with world music. She first gained fame with her trip hop inspired debut album, Whoa, Nelly! (2000), which was a critical and commercial success that spawned two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light". The first of the two singles won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Furtado's introspective folk-heavy 2003 second album, Folklore, explored her Portuguese roots. Its singles received moderate success in Europe, but the album's underperformance compared to her debut was regarded as a sophomore slump. Furtado's third album, Loose (2006), was a smash hit and became her best selling album with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide, also making it one of the best selling albums of the 2000s. Considered a radical image reinvention, Furtado continued to explore her Latin heritage while leaning heavier into hip hop. The album spawned four successful number one singles worldwide; "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "Say It Right", and "All Good Things (Come to an End)". Her Timbaland collaboration "Give It to Me" (2007) in the same era also topped the charts in the US and overseas. Furtado's critically acclaimed duet with James Morrison, "Broken Strings", also topped the charts in Europe in 2008.She released her first Spanish language album, Mi Plan, in 2009, which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012, Furtado released her nostalgia inspired fifth album The Spirit Indestructible. Furtado split with her management and went independent thereafter, releasing her indie-pop sixth album, The Ride, in 2017 under her own label Nelstar Entertainment. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. She has won several awards throughout her career, including one Grammy Award from seven nominations, one Latin Grammy Award, ten Juno Awards, one BRIT Award, one Billboard Music Award, one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, and three Much Music Video Awards. Furtado has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, and was awarded Commander of the Order of Prince Henry on February 28, 2014 in Toronto by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the former President of Portugal.

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10. Shania Twain (1965 - )

With an HPI of 63.70, Shania Twain is the 10th most famous Canadian Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 64 different languages.

Eilleen "Shania" Twain ( eye-LEEN; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop". While Billboard named her as the leader of the '90s country-pop crossover stars.Raised in Timmins, Ontario, Twain pursued singing and songwriting from a young age before signing with Mercury Nashville Records in the early 1990s. Her self-titled debut studio album was a commercial failure upon release in 1993. After collaborating with producer and later husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Twain rose to fame with her second studio album, The Woman in Me (1995), which brought her widespread success. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, spawned eight singles, including "Any Man of Mine" and earned her a Grammy Award. Her third studio album, Come On Over (1997), became the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. Come On Over produced twelve singles, including "You're Still the One", "From This Moment On", "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and earned Twain four Grammy Awards. Her fourth studio album, Up! (2002), spawned eight singles, including "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!", "Ka-Ching!" and "Forever and for Always", selling over 20 million copies worldwide, also being certified Diamond in the United States. In 2004, after releasing her Greatest Hits album, which produced three new singles including "Party for Two", Twain entered a hiatus, revealing years later that diagnoses with Lyme disease and dysphonia led to a severely weakened singing voice. She chronicled her vocal rehabilitation on the OWN miniseries Why Not? with Shania Twain, released her first single in seven years in 2012, "Today Is Your Day", and published an autobiography, From This Moment On. Twain returned to performing the following year with an exclusive concert residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Shania: Still the One, which ran until 2014. In 2015, she launched the North American Rock This Country Tour, which was billed as her farewell tour. Twain released her first studio album in 15 years in 2017, Now, and embarked on the Now Tour in 2018. Twain has received five Grammy Awards, a World Music Award, 27 BMI Songwriter Awards, stars on Canada's Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. According to the RIAA she is the only female artist in history to have three (consecutive) albums certified Diamond by the RIAA. and is the sixth best-selling female artist in the United States. Altogether, Twain is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. Billboard listed Twain as the 13th Greatest Music Video Female Solo Artist of all time (42nd overall).

Pantheon has 61 people classified as singers born between 1920 and 2001. Of these 61, 56 (91.80%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include Celine Dion, Paul Anka, and Bryan Adams. The most famous deceased singers include Denny Doherty, Jon Vickers, and George London. As of October 2020, 9 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Barbara Hannigan, Lee Aaron, and Mark Lee.

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