Looking back over the year in pop music, CBC host Tom Power shares his picks for three of the year's best.

Montreal indie group Half Moon Run had a busy year playing a host of Canadian and international festivals — from their hometown's Osheaga Festival to the U.K.'s Glastonbury — and toured with hitmakers Mumford and Sons. Now, their album Dark Eyes has made countless year-end best-of lists around the globe.

Fellow Montreal-based troupe Arcade Fire delivered what some saw as the most anticipated album of the year with Reflektor. But the latest from the Grammy-winners was contentious: some called it genius, others called it pretentious. Regardless, Reflektor was a massive release out of Canada.

Another blockbuster Canadian release this year was Drake's Nothing Was the Same. The Toronto rapper proved his staying power with this third studio effort, which has lingered on the top of music charts since its October release.

Watch the attached video to check out excerpts from Tom's top choices. For more year-end picks, check out cbcmusic.ca.