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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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1,745 842
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Tragically Hip Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

3
776 564
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
1,003 512
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added The Tea Party Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

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1,216 669
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Guess Who Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

6
1,285 732
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

7
933 620
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

8
721 524
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
965 621
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
bojanthebest added Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

10
724 503
Saga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Saga Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

11
506 418
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Blue Rodeo Country rock

12
901 572
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added April Wine Rock music, Hard rock

13
722 441
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

14
872 561
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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601 472
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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829 569
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

17
345 304
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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515 400
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added The Jeff Healey Band

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651 536
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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313 222
The Trews is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added The Trews Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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693 609
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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363 280
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
rexmurphy2014 added I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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446 285
Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
sydsdh added Big Wreck Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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327 249
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Tom Cochrane Heartland rock, Rock music

25
663 541
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Loverboy Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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395 304
54-40 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
PeterHanus added 54-40 Rock music, Alternative rock

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698 467
Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Our Lady Peace Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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436 359
Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Matthew Good Band Alternative rock

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339 263
Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Kim Mitchell Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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536 476
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Billy Talent Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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454 390
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sloan Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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319 249
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Big Sugar Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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515 460
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Trooper Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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418 372
Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sam Roberts Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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392 358
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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407 381
Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Honeymoon Suite Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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252 205
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

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327 293
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Max Webster Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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457 475
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sum 41 Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

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242 217
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Red Rider Rock music

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207 184
Colin James is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Colin James Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

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208 185
City and Colour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added City and Colour Blues-rock, Folk music, Folk rock

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199 178
Moist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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590 526
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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283 302
The Sheepdogs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Teigan added The Sheepdogs Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Southern rock

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200 195
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Men Without Hats Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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445 402
Chilliwack is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Chilliwack Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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237 175
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
WorstCaseOntario added Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock

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199 209
Helix is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Helix Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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259 295
Prism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Prism Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock