"Fifty Mission Cap" (1992)
If there was an album that cemented the Hip's place in Canadian music history while simultaneously revealing the poetic depth of Gord Downie's storytelling, it was 1992's Fully Completely. The album went on to sell more than a million copies in Canada, and the songs remain among the group's best loved. "Fifty Mission Cap" tells the story of Toronto Maple Leaf Bill Barilko, who scored the team's Stanley Cup–winning goal in 1951. Months later, the 24-year-old's plane crashed in the Northern Ontario wilderness and his body went undiscovered for 11 years – strangely, exactly as many years as it took the Leafs to win the Stanley Cup again.