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With a rich voice and earnest delivery that bring warmth and poignancy to her sometimes slickly produced adult alternative music, singer/songwriter Jann Arden is best known for the hit ballad "Insensitive" from her second album, 1994's Living Under June. Arden remained a Top Ten-charting album artist in her home country of Canada well into the 2010s. Some of her other most commercially successful records include 1997's Happy?, 2007's Uncover Me -- both certified platinum -- and 2014's Everything Almost, which became her highest-charting release when it reached number two. An eight-time Juno Award winner, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2017. Jann Arden Anne Richards was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1962. She loved music as a child and began writing her own songs at the age of 13. Two of her biggest musical influences from that time were John Denver and Karen Carpenter. At 17, she recorded her first single, "Never Love a Sailor," released in 1980 as Jann Richards. While she didn't record solo material again for over a decade, she spent those years performing at numerous clubs and festivals and singing in bands like Factor 4 and Hip Hugger. Her first full-length Jann Arden release, Time for Mercy, arrived in 1993 on the A&M Records label. The debut produced three Canadian Top 40 singles, including the number 10 hit "Will You Remember Me," and led to a Juno Award for Best New Solo Artist. Her follow-up album, 1994's Living Under June, included no less than six Top Ten hits in her home country, with the Anne Loree-penned "Insensitive" topping the chart. Boosted by its inclusion in the Christian Slater romantic film Bed of Roses, released in early 1996, "Insensitive" eventually reached number 12 on the U.S. Hot 100, another career high for the singer. In the meantime, Arden won Junos for Single of the Year ("Could I Be Your Girl"), Songwriter of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her final album with A&M, 1997's Happy?, reached number seven on Canada's album chart behind three Top 30 singles, including the number three hit "The Sound Of." With 2000's Blood Red Cherry, Arden began a longtime partnership with Universal. Maintaining her popularity and the reflective, midtempo quality of her music, the album reached number four. A greatest-hits compilation emerged soon after, as did Live with the Vancouver Symphony, issued in 2002. That year, Arden also published a book of journal entries called If I Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You, following it with another Top Ten LP, 2003's Love Is the Only Soldier. Around that time, she began writing an advice column for Elle Canada and opened a diner in Calgary, spawning the 2003 reality TV show The Arden Diner (the restaurant closed in early 2005). As busy as she was, these other projects didn't keep her from the recording studio; her sixth studio album, Jann Arden, arrived in 2005, with the covers album Uncover Me following in 2007. Both albums reached the number three spot in Canada, where her cover of "Son of a Preacherman" cracked the singles chart. The Top Ten album Free was issued in 2009, followed a year later by the live concert release Spotlight. In 2010, Arden released Uncover Me, Vol. 2, which included songs made famous by, among others, the Beach Boys, the Smiths, and Peggy Lee. Knopf published her third book, Falling Backwards: A Memoir, in 2011. Her tenth studio LP, Everything Almost, became her highest charting yet, peaking at number two upon its release in 2014, 20 years after the multi-platinum Living Under June. She followed it a year later with a Top Five Christmas album (A Jann Arden Christmas). Arden was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2017 before returning with her 12th full-length, These Are the Days, in 2018. Many of its tracks were written in collaboration with another Hall of Fame inductee, Bob Rock, formerly of the Payola$. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Insensitive
  3.   Good Mother
  4.   I Would Die for You
  5.   You're So Vain
  6.   Son of a Preacher Man
  7.   You Don't Know Me
  8.   A Million Miles Away
  9.   Holy Moses
  10.   Everybody's Pulling on Me
  11.   Will You Remember Me
  12.   Leave the Light On
  13.   Little Bird
  14.   A Long Goodbye
  15.   It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  16.   Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
  17.   Medley: Jingle Bells/Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/White Christmas/Let It Snow/Here Comes Santa Claus
  18.   Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)
  19.   The Christmas Song
  20.   It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
  21.   You Love Me Back
  22.   Bring the Boys Home
  23.   At Seventeen
  24.   Downtown
  25.   Where No One Knows Me
  26.   Fighting for the World
  27.   Love Is the Only Soldier
  28.   Never Mind
  29.   Piece of It All
  30.   Sorry for Myself
  31.   Another Human Being
  32.   In Your Keeping
  33.   Mend
  34.   Sleepless
  35.   Waiting in Canada
  36.   Hangin' by a Thread
  37.   Ode to a Friend
  38.   Saved
  39.   Wishing That
  40.   The Sound Of
  41.   If It Be Your Will
  42.   Could I Be Your Girl
  43.   Time For Mercy
  44.   I Just Don't Love You Anymore
  45.   Waiting for Someone
  46.   Mother Mine by Zoie Palmer
  47.   These Are the Days
  48.   Perfect Symphony
  49.   One More Mile to Go
  50.   Not Your Little Girl
  51.   Franklin
  52.   Come Down the River With Me
  53.   All the Little Things
  54.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  55.   Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  56.   Blue Christmas
  57.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  58.   Silver Bells
  59.   O Holy Night
  60.   Hotel Linen
  61.   Falling Over
  62.   Everything Almost
  63.   I Ain't Sinkin' Yet
  64.   What About Me?
  65.   You Were Never Broken
  66.   Karolina
  67.   I Am a Town
  68.   Hard To Be Alive
  69.   You Forgot You Loved Me
  70.   Counting Mercies
  71.   California Dreamin'
  72.   Peace Train
  73.   Solitaire
  74.   Counterfeit Heart
  75.   Love Is a Battlefield
  76.   The Right Road Home
  77.   Ruby Red
  78.   Only One
  79.   Four Feet Deep
  80.   Anna Rebecca
  81.   Not Saying Goodbye
  82.   If You Loved Me
  83.   Thing for You
  84.   Janeen
  85.   Best Dress
  86.   Into the Sun
  87.   Taste of This
  88.   I Only Wanted Sex
  89.   Never Give Up on Me
  90.   Cherry Popsicle
  91.   To Sir With Love
  92.   Weeds
  93.   Shooting Horses
  94.   We Do Some Strange Things
  95.   I'm Not Your Lover
  96.   Give Me Back My Heart
  97.   The Way Things Are Going
  98.   Kitchen Window
  99.   Over You
  100.   Leave Me Now
  101.   I Know You
  102.   Comin' 'Round For Us
  103.   When You Left Me
  104.   Silent Night
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