Best Tragically Hip Songs

What the title says, the best of the best Hip tunes.
The Top Ten
Bobcaygeon Bobcaygeon Cover Art

So hard to decide which is actually my favorite! It sometimes seems to be whichever one I'm listening to at the time. However, when I'm not listening to any of them, and I really think about which one impacts me the most emotionally, I would say it would be Bobcaygeon.

The Hip has had so many great hits, but Bobcaygeon is Gord's best voice, the song that sets him apart. To be driving late at night and for this to come on the radio, you crank up the volume and enjoy some of the best vocals ever sang, vocals that go deep and touch one's soul.

Soul stirring..a truly beautiful song. The song has an aching loneliness sound that makes me think of a Canadian northern winter night sky filled with a million stars.

I get shivers every time I listen to this song. So many fond memories of my university years when I listen to the Hip. Absolute masterpiece.

Ahead by a Century Ahead by a Century Cover Art

This is awesome! This is my favourite Hip song, but I did not think that it was going to be in the top spot. I am very surprised and thrilled.

I can and will never get enough of this song.

By far my favorite Hip tune. As a fan of acoustic rock songs this is crazy good, to all the fools who said Gord Downie didn't have a voice, listen to the high notes on this masterpiece.

One of the best alt rock songs I've ever heard. The vocals are awesome. And I love the electric guitar that kicks in toward the end

It's so hard to pick one favourite song! I think this one shows the best of all the band with clear, crisp words.

New Orleans is Sinking New Orleans is Sinking Cover Art

This song is the one I heard first while traveling in CA. I have been hooked by the HIP ever since. I love all their material. My favorite band of all time. I live in Seattle so I get to go to Portland, Seattle and CA shows. Vancouver in September is next.

Hipaholic - fu11yCompl3t3ly

Cool song. Very cool riff and lyrics. Oh and did I mention the song rocks!

So many great memories attached to this one...

I listen to this over and over. Love it.

Courage (For Hugh Maclennan) Courage (For Hugh Maclennan) Cover Art

I think this is by far, their best song. It describes so many of us so well

I have this tattooed on my left forearm!

It's always been my favorite.

Definitely a top 5 Hip Song.

Poets Poets Cover Art

I really like this one but it's not my favourite

Good song but: yer not the ocean is better

This is what I think Rock should be...

Always has been my favourite.

Nautical Disaster Nautical Disaster Cover Art

What an amazing track. Just... Stunning. The lyrics here are incredibly evocative. Apparently, Gord is singing about a ship that had overturned during WW2, I believe. "Fingernails scratching on my hull." Deep, deep magic here.

Best lyrical genius of all time. Historical, creative, poetic, romantic, familiar. It's the complete lyric.

Easily the best Hip song of all time. Utterly Canadian, great lyrics, provoking rock glory.

Sends chills down my spine when I listen to it. Powerful. One of my all time favorite songs.

Blow at High Dough Blow at High Dough Cover Art

Blow At High Dough, Is one of there best songs ever made. Acually I am kinda sad Because I think there Best song that they ever did was 38 Years old. Then Boots or hearts then blow the high dough, then new orleans is sinking. Then little bones, then three pistols, this song are the best they did it has that classic rock feel, and the newer song they sang are sappy and not like the Album UP TO HERE or Road Apples ot Fully Completly, those were there best years.

The song that gets the Concert crowd totally rocking' out... In the early days they started with this one... Now it's the encore song... Love it!

Great song to dance to, this gets everyone on the dance floor.

This is the song that turned this yank onto the hip 20 years ago.

Little Bones Little Bones Cover Art

There are so many great Hip songs. This one just grabs me a little more.

This one has to be in the top 3 to 5. Classic Hip song. Great guitar riffs.

I will always remember the college years listening to this in the pub at UNB.

Good party song! Think it should be a bit higher!

At the Hundredth Meridian At the Hundredth Meridian Cover Art

"Driving down a corduroy road
Weeds standing shoulder high..."

38 Years Old 38 Years Old Cover Art

One of their best songs, if not their best. Why it doesn't even crack the top ten is beyond me. "Heard a tap on the window, in the middle of the night. Held back the curtain for, my older brother mike... ", classic Hip.

Deep lyrics, great slide guitar, nice track all around. This was the album that made Canada realize that they had a real find in the Hip.

Just wonderful, the best "weeping guitar" I have hear. Sad to the core but so artfully done!

Deep song, even if you can't relate, it makes you think.

The Contenders
Wheat Kings Wheat Kings Cover Art

Powerful metaphor on societal complacency, even indifference, while years drain away in the lives of the wrongfully convicted. David Milgaard, the inspiration for the song, was but one contemporary example stretching back through Steven Truscott and a host of others. Not standard rock fodder, but a perfect example of the Hip's depth.

My favourite song to listen to when sitting by the lake.

Definitely a top 19

Amazing song with an amazing backstory

Fifty-Mission Cap Fifty-Mission Cap Cover Art

NOTHING rocks harder than this. Hip in their finest form, complete with Canadian content and all!

I'm sad another fave hip song it should be the second

Enigmatic, poetic, entrancing rock!

Canadianity at its finest

Looking for a Place to Happen Looking for a Place to Happen Cover Art
Locked In the Trunk of a Car Locked In the Trunk of a Car Cover Art

I adore the menacing riff. It's lyrically brilliant. As well as illustrating the poem like writing of the hip.

How is this not higher?! #2 on my list! Unbelievably well-written song

There are a ton of amazing hip songs but this is their best.

It' s better for us if you don't understand - fabulous lyric

Fiddler's Green Fiddler's Green Cover Art

The story behind it...and listening to gordie sing it in his last show - wow I don't think I've ever been more affected by a song.

Knowing the story behind the song this might be the most heartfelt and poignant Hip song ever done. You can feel the emotion in Gord. Pure Hip.

Beautiful piece of music with beautiful lyrics...moves me to tears every time!

Definitely a top 5. When you hear this song, you know the bar is closing...

Grace, Too Grace, Too Cover Art

Some thing about the intro to this song gets my juices flowing. Love the steady build of the rhythm.

Just a very powerful opening and then continues to build throughout. Fantastic piece.

Best opening song of any concert ever! And that's where they play it!

Amazing song. Watch the video of them singing this tune from SNL - gives you goose bumps!

Three Pistols Three Pistols Cover Art

Kickin beat! You can't go wrong cranking this one up on the box.

Great song Does the Best Beat in the back ground

Always loved this one...

Canadiana? check. Arcane lyrics? check. Drama? check Guns? check Awesome tune? check

It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken Cover Art

An outstanding beginning... Mesmerizing, melodic, takes you deep within the song for a tranquil, settling ride... Definitely 1 of the Hip's best!

Beautiful song... Great singing by Gordie... Beautiful guitar by Robbie... Needs to be played more live... Hopefully in 2015 tour!

R.I.P. Gord, thanks for the music and the memories that went with them.

The Darkest One The Darkest One Cover Art

Love love this song! Downie's signature up and down vocals are wonderful.

Beautiful melodics.

Last American Exit Last American Exit Cover Art

This one deserves to be higher up on the list

Pigeon Camera Pigeon Camera Cover Art

A riff that flows over me like no other and transports me like a time-machine to an earlier happy age.

As good a song as the Hip ever did!

Song wasn't even listed, C'mom!

When the Weight Comes Down When the Weight Comes Down Cover Art

This is a classic and wasn't even listed! For shame!

Don't know why they don't play this live? Awesome song!

Boots or Hearts Boots or Hearts Cover Art

Awesome song thumbs up love it

Way higher! Top 10

In View

This will become the quintessential Tragically Hip song in the years to come.

A song that brings back Memories

Great singalong!

So Hard Done By So Hard Done By Cover Art

Play it loud. The best driving song. Heads bobbing to the beat. Singing at the top of our lungs. Love you Hip!

Awesome heavy groove that is almost hypnotic. Pulls the listener in like a snake charmer. So cool!

Fabulously underrated gem! Great lead guitar... And bongos!

My favourite for sure

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