canada The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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List Rules 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. From classic rock to the 90s and now, this list has them all!  

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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Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock Grunge

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The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Tragically Hip Blues-rock, Canadian rock Rock music

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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Guess Who Blues-rock, Classic rock Pop music

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Boogie rock, Rock music Hard rock

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Band Americana, Blues-rock Rock music

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April Wine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
April Wine Rock music, Hard rock

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music Heartland rock

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music Folk music

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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal Progressive rock

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Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blue Rodeo Country rock

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock Acoustic music

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The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Loverboy Rock music, Pop rock Power pop

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music Folk jazz

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Trooper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Trooper Rock music, Pop rock Hard rock

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Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Our Lady Peace Rock music, Pop rock Post-grunge

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Chilliwack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Chilliwack Rock music, Pop rock Progressive rock

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Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music Piano rock

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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock Art rock

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Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Tom Cochrane Heartland rock, Rock music

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Billy Talent Pop punk, Rock music Emo

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54-40 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
54-40 Rock music, Alternative rock

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Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Honeymoon Suite Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Tea Party Progressive rock, Blues Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

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Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Kim Mitchell Rock music, Progressive rock Hard rock

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Sloan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sloan Jangle pop, Indie pop Rock music

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Max Webster Rock music, Progressive rock Hard rock

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Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sam Roberts Canadian rock, Rock music Indie rock

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Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sum 41 Pop punk, Rapcore Melodic hardcore

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Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Matthew Good Band Alternative rock

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Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Red Rider Rock music

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Streetheart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Streetheart Rock music, Hard rock

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Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Big Sugar Blues-rock, Rock music Reggae

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I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock Progressive rock

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Saga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Saga Adult contemporary music, New Wave Rock music

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Crash Test Dummies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Crash Test Dummies Rock music, Folk rock Alternative rock

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Prism is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Prism Rock music, Pop rock Hard rock

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The Trews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Trews Rock music, Alternative rock Indie rock

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Headstones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

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Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Big Wreck Neo-progressive rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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Glass Tiger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Glass Tiger Adult contemporary music, New Wave Rock music

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The Stampeders is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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Harlequin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Harlequin Rock music

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Colin James is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Colin James Blues-rock, Jump blues Rock music

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The Sheepdogs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Sheepdogs Blues-rock, Boogie rock Southern rock

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Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock