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Drake was just ranked the 16th greatest artist of all time

Billboard has just updated its list of the 125 best musical artists of all time, and a few Canadian acts have made the cut.

Toronto rapper Drake made it into the top 20 — a huge honour — coming in at 16, just after Rod Stewart and before Prince. The 6ix god has had six #1 songs on Billboard charts, more than any rapper ever. He also landed the number 5 spot on the music source's list of the top 10 artists of 2019.

Celine Dion, the notoriously quirky Quebec icon with one of the most powerful voices of anyone ever, was ranked 33, after '60s Motown vocal group The Temptations and right before Tennessee powerhouse Aretha Franklin.

Many will find it hilarious that Alberta rock group (and forever internet joke fodderNickelback came in at number 52 on the list, following disco diva Donna Summer and preceding '90s R&B boy band Boyz II Men.

Beloved Ontario pop star Justin Bieber was in the 55th slot, below brother-sister folk duo The Carpenters, but before the eminent Lady Gaga.

Summer of '69 singer Bryan Adams, who hails from Kingston, Ontario, landed the 93rd spot, right after '80s singer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul, and before well-known performer and abuser Chris Brown.

And last but not least, Post Malone's favourite Canadian country singer Shania Twain was ranked 111th, just after No Scrubs artists TLC and ahead of '70s-era California group The Doobie Brothers.

The list was quite notably missing such Canadian superstars as Neil Young, Rush, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Band, Broken Social Scene, Gordon Lightfoot and The Guess Who.

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