Lydia Canaan, Lebanon’s first female rock star, has topped Reverb Nation’s rock charts in Beirut for the 174th week in a row.
Her undefeated rank comes only naturally, after all, she’s cataloged in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives, the world’s most comprehensive repository of materials related to the history of rock and roll.
Hailing from the mountain village of Brummana, Canaan is often regarded as the “First Rock Star of the Middle East”.
While she dominates the rock charts with her classic soft rock style, her rank among all genres is #17 while a Beirut-born metal band, Blaakyum, currently stands at #1.
Besides her illustrious musical work, which she grew in the midst of the Lebanese Civil War, the Lebanese singer-songwriter is also deeply engaged in humanitarian activism, social causes, and charity work.
In 2001, she received the “International Year of Volunteers Award” from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is an outspoken United Nations delegate.
Here is one of her most popular songs: