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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    Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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    Live at the Paramount, Shakin' All Over, Share the Land

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    The Nature of the Beast, Animal Grace, Frigate

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    Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, Rock & Roll Nights

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    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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    Up to Here, Fully Completely, World Container

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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    Allied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine

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    Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11

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    Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    Loverboy, Big Ones, Keep It Up

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    Get Me Some, See the Light, Feel This

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    One-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace

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    Gordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive

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    Hot Shots, Two for the Show, Flying Colors

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    Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon

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    Great Canadian guitar player!

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    Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept ...

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    Racing After Midnight, Clifton Hill, Honeymoon Suite

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    Clumsy, Playlist: The Very Best of Our Lady Peace, Naveed

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    Funeral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible

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    Billy Talent II, Billy Talent III, Watoosh!

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    Rockerbox, The Collectors, Chilliwack

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    Tip, The Greyest of Blue Skies, Finger Eleven

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    Rockstar, All the Right Reasons, Photograph

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    Jingle All the Way, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, God Shuffled His Feet

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    Beautiful Midnight, Underdogs, The Audio of Being

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    Casino, The Days in Between, Outskirts

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    Trust, Generation 13, Worlds Apart

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    All Killer No Filler, Does This Look Infected?, Underclass Hero

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    Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

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    We Were Born in a Flame, Chemical City, Love at the End of the World

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    Between the Bridges, Navy Blues, Smeared

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    Prism, Over 60 minutes with..., Armageddon

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    Synthetica, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

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    Dig, Scenery and Fish, Blue Green Orange

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    Smilin' Buddha Cabaret, Casual Viewin', Since When

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    So Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con

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    Max Webster, High Class in Borrowed Shoes, Mutiny Up My Sleeve

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    Standing in the Dark, Contact, Alien Shores

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    Heated, Brothers & Sisters, Are You Ready?

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    Furiosity, The Brown EP, Sweet Mountain River

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    Hedley, Famous Last Words, Go with the Show

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    You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, Romance Bloody Romance (Remixes and B ...

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    Learn & Burn, Trying to Grow, The Sheepdogs

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    added by Lilmonkey1
    Fix Me, Masterpiece Theatre, Marianas Trench EP

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    The Sticks, Touch Up, Eureka

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    The Edges of Twilight, Seven Circles, TRIPtych Progressive rock; Hard rock

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