The American Top 40 could be more Canadian than you think.
From Alanis Morissette to Drake, Canada has been home to countless artists who’ve found stateside success. It should be no surprise to you that Canada also exports a bevy of talent in the form of internationally recognized songwriters and record producers.
With these artists pulling the strings behind-the-scenes, Canada has never had more influence over the way “American” pop music sounds. So, the next time an American tries to tell you that you’re merely absorbing their culture, quietly smile and nod, as is the Canadian way. You can enjoy silent satisfaction in knowing that without Canadian songwriters, producers, and musicians, American pop music would just be a bunch of banjo riffs and fart noises.
Here are the Canadian songwriters and producers that are secretly running American pop music.