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Colin Stetson proves saxophones make everything better in Sarah Neufeld/Arcade Fire collaboration / CBC

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Depending on whom you ask, saxophone solos in songs are either badass or unbearably cheesy. And even though there are undoubtedly some examples that would fit the latter category, there are also plenty that belong in the former. 

Saxophones are often associated with jazz, classical music and marching bands, but they also play an important role in modern rock, R&B and other genres with musicians like Clarence Clemons, Kenny G and Kamasi Washington all putting their stamps on modern-day hits. 

Below, we've listed 15 Canadian songs that feature amazing sax parts. Some of them are solos, some are merely flourishes that helped elevate a track to a new level, including the Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld collaboration.

Colin Stetson is one of the busiest saxophonists in the indie-rock world and his achievements alone could fill a list of their own, including his work with Arcade Fire, Feist, Bon Iver and his own catalogue of movie scores. But here, we're highlighting his project with Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld - 'Sun Roars Into View.' Together, their instrumental work is spellbinding, beautifully textured and a stellar showcase for what they both do best. - ML.    PHOTO:  (Jonathan Durand; graphic by CBC)

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