Spirit of the West's "Home for a Rest" Named Best BC Song in Viral Online Poll
It beat out Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" by a tiny margin
Published Jan 19, 2022Following a lengthy song bracket and more than 100,000 total votes, the results are in: Spirit of the West's "Home for a Rest" has been named the best-ever song by a British Columbia band, narrowly edging out Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" in the final round.
In an online poll conducted over the past two weeks by Vancouver-based journalist Justin McElroy, voters nominated over 700 songs. The songs were split into two brackets: "Classic" (1970-1994) and "Modern" (1995-present). "Home for a Rest" won the former, beating out Raffi's "Baby Beluga," while "Call Me Maybe" won the latter bracket over Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird."
In the final round of voting, "Home for a Rest" squeaked out the victory, earning 50.9% of the 21,700 votes (compared to CRJ's 49.1%). For third place, "I'm Like a Bird" beat out "Baby Beluga" with 53.9% vs. 46.1%.
The voting got so intense that both "Home for a Rest" and "Call Me Maybe" were trending topics on Twitter.
The brackets included songs by local faves like Sarah McLachlan, K-OS, Tegan and Sara, Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Tal Bachman's "She's So High" made a particularly strong showing, beating out hits by Said the Whale, Nickelback and the New Pornographers.
Spirit of the West's Celtic-tinged folk rock drinking anthem "Home for a Rest" is streaming below. Be forewarned that it won't sound quite good now as it did at 1:30 a.m. at Vancouver's Blarney Stone pub.