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. 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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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    added by RobinGallego
    Rock music, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Country rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    added by MikeArnold

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    added by PeterHanus
    Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock Progressive rock; Hard rock

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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    most listed & added by jma019
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Alternative rock

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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    added by seabass2112
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Streetheart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Hard rock

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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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    Rock music

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    Alternative rock, Hard rock

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    The Stampeders is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    added by MikeBall

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    added by David CimmShady Lindley
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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

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    Rock music

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    added by WorstCaseOntario
    Celtic rock, Folk rock

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