The Best Canadian Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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List Criteria: Only bands or rock musicians who are from Canada

Over the years, Canada has produced some of the finest rock bands in the world. Though the Canadian rock scene doesn't get as much acclaim as that in the U.S. and UK, Canadian rock bands are some of the most popular in the world. There's a nice mix of famous Canadian bands across all rock genres and many of these groups have had international hits and have toured across the globe. What separates Canadian rock from others is how it has shaped various subgenres of rock that includes progressive rock, pop punk, heavy metal and indie rock. Simply stated, Canadians know how to rock.

So, what are the best Canadian rock bands? Anyone who is familiar with Canadian rock knows that there's a treasure trove of talent in the Great White North. That's why you'll see the names of international superstars like Rush, Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and Nickelback on here in addition to top Canadian bands like Three Days Grace, Matthew Good Band, Our Lady Peace and Billy Talent. There are a few things you can argue about Canadian rock, but the thing that's indisputable is how influential Canadian rock bands are on the rest of the world.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best Canadian rock band. If you notice that a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Canadian rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Canadian rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Canadian rock bands that you might've heard of. 


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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    added by RobinGallego
    Rock music, Hard rock

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    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    + 190
    - 75

    added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  8. 8
    + 144
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    added by allandburns7
    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  10. 10
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    added by bojanthebest
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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  11. 11
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    added by DannyMcCoy
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  12. 12
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    added by MikeArnold

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  14. 14
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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  15. 15
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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    added by willyboymcoy
    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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  18. 18
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    added by MichielCoolen
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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  21. 21
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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  22. 22
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    added by elise
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    added by Bruce25
    Great Canadian guitar player!

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Alternative rock

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    added by MichielCoolen
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

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    added by MikeBall
    Country rock

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    added by MikeBall
    Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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    Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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    added by PeterHanus
    Rock music, Alternative rock

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    added by rexmurphy2014
    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    added by seabass2112
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    added by rexmurphy2014
    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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    added by MikeBall

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    added by Jamie Long
    Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock Progressive rock; Hard rock

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    added by seabass2112
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    added by jamescoltman2007
    Rock music

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    added by MikeBall
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    added by Teigan
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Southern rock

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    added by Richard Helsby
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

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    added by REBLEF
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    added by RichardBuffett
    Rock music, Hard rock

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    added by Lilmonkey1
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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