The Band's classic 1968 song "The Weight" has been voted as the greatest song by a Canadian artist.
According to results Jan. 1 by at ET Canada's Twitter page, the Grammy-winning Toronto based group's lead single from their 1968 debut album "Music from Big Pink" beat out Canuck country superstar Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" in the final round of the poll, dubbed, " ET Canada's Battle to find The Greatest Song By A Canadian Artist."
Written by Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, the oft-covered sixties roots rocker scored 53 per cent of the votes, beating out songs by Canadian artists including: Twain, Bryan Adams and Michael Buble in previous rounds to secure the win with over 500,000 viewer votes cast.
"The Weight" has significantly influenced popular music, having been listed as No. 41 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004 and rated 13th best song of the Sixties by Pitchfork Media.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named it as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The song has been recorded by a huge list of artists including: Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Michelle Shocked, Jackie DeShannon and others.
Did you know? An edited version of "The Weight" was included in the popular 1969 counterculture film "Easy Rider."