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Awesome 80′s Weekend: Top 5 Canadian Artists from the 80′s That Buffalo Loves

In celebration of our Awesome 80′s weekend and all the Canadian shoppers who will be here throughout the labor day holiday, we thought we’d countdown Buffalo’s 5 favorite  Canadian artists from the 80′s.

5. Kim Mitchell: Most known for his 1985 song “Go For Soda,” Mitchell also founded the band Max Webster that dissolved in 1981. Buffalo loves Kim Mitchell, but being a radio host on a competitor’s station did not help his stock on this list. Hey, no one said we were unbiased.

4. Saga: Most known for their track “On the Loose,” Saga has sold over 8 million albums worldwide from their inception in 1977. Unfortunately, Saga has been unable to build on their success from that 1982 single, and have often been labeled as a one-hit wonder.

3. Loverboy: After jumping onto the scene in 1980, Loverboy quickly made a name for themselves with songs like “Working for the Weekend” (1980) and “Turn Me Loose” (1981). In 2009, the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and continues touring to this day. Try going to a sporting event without hearing a song by Loverboy, it’s just not going to happen. For that reason among others they come in at #3 on our list.

2. Rush: Rush is a difficult band to place on this list. On one hand, they are one of the most popular rock bands in the world; on the other hand, most of their success came before the 1980′s. This is after all an 80′s list, so Rush comes in at #2 on our countdown. 1980-1981 saw releases from band like “Spirit of the Radio,” “Tom Sawyer,” and “Limelight.” 1982 ushered in a new sounding Rush, with increased synthesizer focus on their album Signals. The most popular song from that album was the heavily synthesized song “Subdivisions.”

1. Bryan Adams: No one screams 80′s like Bryan Adams. Lucky for us, he’s Canadian and was an easy choice for the #1 slot on our countdown. Adams’ massive popularity began in 1983 with the release of his album Cuts Like a Knife which contained hit singles like ”Straight from the Heart” and “Cuts Like a Knife.” The album’s success, however, was easily surpassed by Adams’ next release Reckless, which contained six Top 15 hits, something that hadn’t been done since Micheal Jackson’s Thriller was released two years prior. Songs like “Heaven,” “Summer of ’69,” “Somebody,” and “One Night Love Affair” made the album a wild success. Adams has continued to record to perform to this day.

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