Best Hamilton Song: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings versus Rita Chiarelli

CBC Hamilton's best song of all time competition is back with two of Hamilton's most beloved songwriting talents — Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Rita Chiarelli.
Both Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Rita Chiarelli have created some of the best music to ever come out of Hamilton. But if you had to pick one, which would it be? Vote now in our poll to help decide Hamilton's greatest song. (Brian O'Brian/Rita Chiarelli)

CBC Hamilton's best song of all time competition is back with two of Hamilton's most beloved songwriting talents — Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Rita Chiarelli.

With Hamilton as host city for the 2015 Juno Awards, we’re looking for the best song by a Hamilton artist, and we’re doing it with a no holds barred, single elimination, bracket-style online tournament.

Teenage Head beat out Junior Boys in Thursday's match up, and will be moving on to the next round.

Here are our next two contestants in the first round, and we want you to vote for your favourite. Voting for this match up closes at midnight Friday.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Lean on Your Peers

Lean on Your Peers is one of the most anthemic songs ever written about Hamilton. It's just a few chords and a relatively simple melody punctuated by some great harmonies — but only Tom Wilson could so accurately sum up Hamilton singing about Frankie Venom, friends that passed on too soon and a drug dealer who set himself on fire before leaping out a window.

If there was ever a song written for walking down Locke Street on a summer's evening, this is it.

Rita Chiarelli: These Four Walls

Juno winner Rita Chiarelli sings the blues with an unbridled enthusiasm and power. The way she belts out These Four Walls is quite simply jaw dropping, and it showcases a rich voice with just the right amount of grit at its edges.

The song comes from Chiarelli's ambitious Music from the Big House project, a film in which she takes a pilgrimage to one of the birthplace's of the blues — Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary — which used to be the bloodiest prison in America.

Now it’s up to you to choose – which is the better Hamilton song? Is it Blackie and the Rodeo King's hometown anthem, or is it Chiarelli's ode to Angola Prison? Vote in our poll:

On mobile and can't see the poll? Click here to vote.

Here are the other great Hamilton acts who are in the first round of our competition, who will go head to head in the coming weeks:

  • Teenage Head – Let's Shake
  • Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye [Eliminated]
  • Crowbar – Oh What a Feeling
  • Caribou – Can’t do Without You
  • The Dirty Nil – F---ing Up Young
  • Jeremy Fisher – High School
  • Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies
  • Warsaw Pack – Poorboy Blues
  • Arkells – Whistleblower
  • Stan Rogers – Barrett’s Privateers
  • Junkhouse – Shine
  • Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee
  • Daniel Lanois – The Maker
  • The Forgotten Rebels – Surfin’ on Heroin

And you can read all about the rest of our competition right here.


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