April Wine Songs Ranked

April Wine is a Canadian rock band formed in 1963 and based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band enjoyed international success in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing more than 20 albums since 1971. Under the guidance of producer Ralph Murphy, April Wine recorded their second album, titled On Record in 1972. The first single from the album was a cover version of the song “You Could Have Been a Lady” by the band Hot Chocolate. The record was a commercial success, hitting number two for a single week on the RPM Canadian charts, as well as cracking the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States where it stayed for 11 weeks, peaking at No. 32. Immediately following that triumph, April Wine released a second single from On Record, titled “Bad Side of the Moon”. This song, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, also got much airplay on Canadian radio stations and was a minor hit in the U.S. as well. Both tracks remain staples on classic rock radio stations in Canada. On Record was certified Gold in Canada and the band, along with Murphy, returned to the studio to exploit the popularity generated by their second release. Here are all of April Wine songs ranked.

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20. If You See Kay (Power Play, 1982)

“This is a song that everyone should be able to relate to. Meaningful and powerful writing! Amazing. Such heartfelt.”

19. All Over Town (The Nature of the Beast, 1981)

“A great non hit and a fine example why they can’t be judged for radio songs alone. My favorite band! Roller is amazing as well but they”re an album band. Harder faster, Nature Of The Beast, First Glance, Electric Jewels and Stand Back. Start with those ones. Each album is different from the other. Attitude is underrated too.”

18. Bad Side of the Moon (On Record, 1972)

“Easily one of the greatest songs of all time, or at least one of the catchiest! This was originally Elton John’s just so you know people!”

17. Anything You Want, You Got It (Power Play, 1982)

“The melody of this song is so smooth and flowing! It hangs around in your head all day, but you don’t want to get it out! I believe melody is what makes rise against who they are, and this song showcases that brilliantly!”

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16. Like a Lover, Like a Song (The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy, 1976)

“Absolutely breathtaking. To me, the Acoustic version has a much more fitting pace, and listening to it gives me chills every time.”

15. I Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Love (Stand Back, 1975)

“This is my favourite song by this band by far, this is if I m not mistaken what started their ascent to fame, I have no idea how this song isn’t higher, just crazy. I love it.”

14. You Won’t Dance with Me (Forever, for Now, 1977)

“I think this is my favorite song of all time. I listen to it multiple times daily! Absolutely amazing. It brings such a good message and just puts me in a fantastic mood!”

13. Weeping Widow (Electric Jewels, 1973)

“Best intro and lyrics and tune and production and sound and… is just the best. The lyrics make me get goosebumps every time I hear em. Fast-Paced, Exciting, Definitely one of their better songs.

12. Oowatanite (Stand Back, 1975)

“The intro is great and this is such a rocking’ song! Railroad siren bells and the train rocks thru. o what a night! Definitely their best songs. Defines awesomeness.”

11. Shotdown (The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy, 1976)

“Absolutely breathtaking. To me, the Acoustic version has a much more fitting pace, and listening to it gives me chills every time.”

10. Rock Myself to Sleep (Fright Night, 1985)

“This song combines the melodic nature of modern punk with 80’s hardcore to make a masterpiece. Everything about this song is just amazing!… I can listen to it over and over again and never get tired of it!”

9. Enough is Enough (Power Play, 1982)

“This was one of the first few songs I heard by them that made me want to hear more. If you haven’t listened to it I suggest you do, I like it, maybe you will too.”

8. Future Tense (The Nature of the Beast, 1981)

“The epic intro, beautiful vocals and the awesome chorus definitely makes it one of April Wine’s best of all time.  I love the beat and mostly the lyrics. It’s a wonderful track.”

7. Say Hello (Harder … Faster, 1979)

“The chorus has a purely fist-in-the-air vibe to it, and everything else has some of the most technically proficient instrumentals I have heard from the band”

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6. You Could’ve Been a Lady (On Record, 1972)

“I love the lyrics and the fairly slow but still powerful melody with the acoustic sound and violins to it. Absolutely amazing in my mind!”

5. Sign of the Gypsy Queen (The Nature of the Beast, 1981)

“In the 80’s I watched all the great bands in the local bar’s streetheart/april wine/pump’s headpins in winnipeg. the recording of live after dark streetheart at the diamond club Winnipeg the best show ever!”

4. Just Between You and Me (The Nature of the Beast, 1981)

“The song that had me thinking of my wife when we were in the eighth grade. A classic, this and ” I wouldn’t want to lose your love” great soft rock.”

3. Tonight Is a Wonderful Time to Fall In Love (Tonight Is a Wonderful Time to Fall In Love, 1974)

“Best April Wine of all time. Saw them 5 times in 18months back in the 70’s, going to see them again tonight Sept 17 2016 in Calgary, AB. I’m a little older, but then so are they, so we’ll all be better behaved!”

2. Roller (First Glance, 1978)

“This song is very tight and features the best musicianship of ANY April Wine song, particularly the lead guitar. Great lyrics, great recording, great song.”

1. I Like to Rock (Harder … Faster, 1979)

“Great song. Great guitar and drums. Love the homage to The Beatles and the Stones at the end with the daytripper and satisfaction riffs. April Wine knows how to rock.”