The Best Canadian Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Canadian Rock Bands

20k votes 2.5k voters 113k views 145 items tags f p @

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. 
List Photo: user uploaded image
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed
  1. 1
    + 723
    - 253
    Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

  2. 2
    + 500
    - 202

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

    ;
  3. 3
    + 569
    - 241

    Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

    ;
  4. 4
    + 474
    - 215

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

    ;
  5. 5
    + 393
    - 178

    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

    ;
  6. 6
    + 335
    - 143

    added by RobinGallego
    Rock music, Hard rock

    ;
  7. 7
    + 212
    - 73
    The Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    added by allandburns7
    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

  8. 8
    + 238
    - 99

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

    ;
  9. 9
    + 220
    - 89
    Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    added by DannyMcCoy
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

  10. 10
    + 341
    - 171

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

    ;
  11. 11
    + 332
    - 165
    Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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

  12. 12
    + 284
    - 158
    Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

  13. 13
    + 316
    - 203

    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

    ;
  14. 14
    + 159
    - 84

    added by MikeArnold

    ;
  15. 15
    + 115
    - 49

    added by MikeBall
    Country rock

    ;
  16. 16
    + 227
    - 141

    Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

    ;
  17. 17
    + 194
    - 116

    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

    ;
  18. 18
    + 203
    - 125

    added by willyboymcoy
    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

    ;
  19. 19
    + 222
    - 144

    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

    ;
  20. 20
    + 257
    - 181

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ;
  21. 21
    + 142
    - 84

    added by MichielCoolen
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ;
  22. 22
    + 260
    - 194

    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ;
  23. 23
    + 273
    - 215
    Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    added by elise
    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

  24. 24
    + 193
    - 147

    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

    ;
  25. 25
    + 67
    - 36

    added by seabass2112
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ;
  26. 26
    + 74
    - 45

    added by MikeBall
    Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

    ;
  27. 27
    + 165
    - 138

    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

    ;
  28. 28
    + 87
    - 59

    added by PeterHanus
    Rock music, Alternative rock

    ;
  29. 29
    + 115
    - 90

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

    ;
  30. 30
    + 140
    - 118

    Alternative rock

    ;
  31. 31
    + 137
    - 116

    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

    ;
  32. 32
    + 114
    - 95

    added by Bruce25
    Great Canadian guitar player!

  33. 33
    + 46
    - 24
    The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

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

  34. 34
    + 36
    - 14
    Streetheart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    added by RichardBuffett
    Rock music, Hard rock

  35. 35
    + 33
    - 11
    No image

    added by RichardBuffett
    Rock music

  36. 36
    + 142
    - 130

    Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

    ;
  37. 37
    + 129
    - 116

    Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

    ;
  38. 38
    + 61
    - 42
    The Stampeders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    added by MikeBall

  39. 39
    + 284
    - 287

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

    ;
  40. 40
    + 168
    - 163

    Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

    ;
  41. 41
    + 75
    - 61

    added by rexmurphy2014
    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

    ;
  42. 42
    + 70
    - 60

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

    ;
  43. 43
    + 129
    - 128
    Metric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

  44. 44
    + 189
    - 200
    Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

  45. 45
    + 22
    - 7

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

    ;
  46. 46
    + 45
    - 35

    added by seabass2112
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ;
  47. 47
    + 71
    - 66

    added by rexmurphy2014
    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

    ;
  48. 48
    + 32
    - 25
    No image

    added by sydsdh
    Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ;
  49. 49
    + 21
    - 12

    added by axelanti
    Ska, Experimental rock, Reggae

    ;
  50. 50
    + 19
    - 10
    No image

    added by David CimmShady Lindley
    Alternative rock, Hard rock

    ;
146 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >