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Week Five Song List

Well, if it ain't the best day of the week! Second best, I mean. Second best! (First best is Sundays, OF COURSE). But Wednesdays - yes, Wednesdays we reveal the new song list. You can start churning up visions of your favourite competitor working hard in the studio, prepping their arrangements to perfection. And ponder, how will X's sweet, sweet voice sound when paired with the lyrical wonders of Y?? Oh, the possibilities!

Ahem. Here's the song list for week five:

Warren Dean Flandez
Song: "Sweet City Woman" (The Stampeders)

History: Written by Rich Dodson in 1971, "Sweet City Woman" was featured on The Stampeders' debut album Against The Grain (renamed Sweet City Woman in the US). It spent four weeks at #1 in Canada, reached #8 on the US charts and the band ran away with more than a handful of JUNO Awards in 1972. With that banjo, that hook and that "bon c'est bon" vocal play, it's no wonder that the tune remains a timeless favourite. Says Dodson: "Oh, maybe I worked on it, off and on for maybe two or three days. It was just a really neat lick. Doing our Country/Rock thing, we played Quebec quite a lot. 'Bon c'est bon'...that was our Montreal situation. It just came together. It was just a neat little entity. I think I borrowed a banjo on the way to the studio from a music store. I was just a neat lick I thought, to play on banjo." [source]

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Melanie Morgan
Song: "Lay It On The Line" (Triumph)

History: "Lay It On The Line" appeared on Triumph's third album, Just A Game (1979). It became a radio hit across Canada and the US, and the album was certified gold stateside. The song was allegedly written two years before the release of Just A Game, and tested it as an acoustic track at live shows before arranging it as a rock number. Mike Levine said, "No, we didn't know we had a hit with that song. Also, MTV went on the air in 1981. We had tons of videos. We always did them. We had about five different videos and MTV didn't have that much to play. In fact, we were the most played act in 1981. Us and Hall & Oates. It sure gave us a big boost." [source]

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Song: "Ironic" (Alanis Morissette)

History: Written by Morissette and Glen Ballard, "Ironic" was the fourth single from the game-changing album Jagged Little Pill. It reached Top 5 status in numerous countries, including #4 in the US - making it Alanis' highest-charting single on Billboard. The music video won three MTV Music Video Awards and Alanis was awarded Single of the Year at the JUNO Awards, as well as Songwriter of the Year and the International Achievement Award. Ballard told Billboard: "I'm telling you, within 15 minutes we were at it -- just writing. 'Ironic' was the third song we wrote. Oh God, we were just having fun. I thought 'I don't know what this is -- what genre it is -- who knows? It's just good.'"

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Living In Red
Song: "Run To You" (Bryan Adams)

History: "Run To You" was the first single from Adam's fourth album, Reckless. It was the final song written for the album (by Adams and Jim Vallance). It topped the Billboard Rock chart and hit #5 on Billboard's Hot 100, and was certified Gold in Canada. The song was originally intended for the band Blue Oyster Cult, but they turned it down; in the end, Bryan Adams turned it into a classic. "Run To You" has been covered and interpolated several times - what does Adams think of this? "It's always great to hear how other people interpret music. That's one of the great joys of being a writer." [source]

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Ali Milner
Song: "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" (Shania Twain)

History: Written by Shania Twain and Mutt Lange, "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" was the first single released from Shania's breakthrough album The Woman In Me. It was her first hit on country radio; stations put it into high rotation when they noticed the album's high sales. The single eventually became Twain's first Gold single, and it won the SOCAN Song of the Year award at the 1995 Canadian Country Music Awards. Although the credits list Twain and Lange as songwriters, Twain allegedly started writing it before she met him. And here's a random fact - the video was directed by John and Bo Derek!

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