"Ahead by a Century" (1996)
Trouble at the Henhouse, released in 1996, again debuted at Number One on the Canadian charts, and stayed there for four weeks. "Ahead by a Century" is the band's highest charting single ever – and some of its lyrics were etched into the soles of the custom-made boots Gord Downie has worn on the 2016 tour. In 1996, the band was coming off a year that saw them perform for almost a half-million Canadians during their Another Roadside Attraction tour and open some high-profile international shows. "I liked it and I didn't like it, to be honest," Gord Downie told The Hamilton Spectator that year. "I definitely found it amusing that within the space of a month we opened up for the Led Zeppelin guys and the [Rolling] Stones. After doing the Stones, I couldn't help but think it was very fateful somehow – that some Jedi Master somewhere had decided that we needed this as the next stage in our education."