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List of Famous Bands from Canada

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Updated April 29, 2020 114.4k views 1,168 items

Here are some of the best bands from Canada ever, ranked by their level of fame. This Canadian musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous bands from Canada are included, as well as many underground Canadian artists.

This list of Canadian musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Canada bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

You can rank all of these bands, from Avril Lavigne to Neil Young.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Canada?" or "What is a list of Canada bands?" then this list will answer your questions.

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Pop punk, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me, When You're Gone, Forbidden Rose, + more

Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, ...more

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Rock music, Experimental rock & Grunge; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night, On the Beach, + more

Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with ...more

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle, Loved Me Back to Life, Céline Dion chante Noël, + more

Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, she emerged as a teen star in her homeland with a series of ...more

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night, + more

Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion). Formed in 1968, the band went through several ...more

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#424 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #30 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #74 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Pop music, Folk music & Folk jazz; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Clouds, + more

Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social ...more

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The Best Joni Mitchell Albums of All Time #123 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #167 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept, Underneath, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, + more

Alanis Nadine Morissette (; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in ...more

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The Best Alanis Morissette Songs #71 of 311 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #82 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Country pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!, Greatest Hits, + more

Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist ...more

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Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: Rockstar, All the Right Reasons, Photograph, How You Remind Me, Silver Side Up, + more

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan ...more

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Heartland rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Reckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11, Bryan Adams, Room Service, + more

Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist. He rose to fame in Canada and the United States ...more

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The Best Bryan Adams Songs #55 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #102 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Spoken word; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas, The Future, Live in London, + more

Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and romantic ...more

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The Best Leonard Cohen Songs of All Time #117 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #122 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: Funeral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album, + more

Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim ...more

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The Best Arcade Fire Albums, Ranked #429 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #692 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Nelly Furtado is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Hip hop music, Rock music & Latin American music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Loose, Whoa, Nelly!, Folklore, The Spirit Indestructible, + more

Nelly Kim Furtado (, Portuguese: [fuɾˈtaðu]; born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly! (2000), which was a ...more

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart, These Dreams: Greatest Hits, Bebe Le Strange, + more

Heart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's history, it has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the ...more

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#50 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #55 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #21 of 502 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz, Planet Waves, The Basement Tapes, + more

The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, drums, vocals), ...more

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The Best Band Albums of All Time #289 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #144 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Heavy metal, Progressive rock & Hard rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: My Favorite Headache

Geddy Lee Weinrib, (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and ...more

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#113 of 696 The Best Rock Vocalists #60 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #464 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: One-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace, Transit of Venus, The Collection: Three Days Grace, + more

Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto, the band's original line-up consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and ...more

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Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Americana, Folk rock & Alternative country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Middle Cyclone, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Blacklisted, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, + more

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Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Piano rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Solace, Wintersong, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, The Freedom Sessions, Touch, + more

Sarah Ann McLachlan, (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums ...more

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The Best Sarah McLachlan Songs #145 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #44 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Drag, Hymns of the 49th Parallel, Watershed, A Wonderful World, Invincible Summer, + more

Kathryn Dawn Lang (born November 2, 1961), known by her stylized stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and ...more

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Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: All Killer No Filler, Does This Look Infected?, Underclass Hero, 8 Years of Blood, Sake and Tears 2000–2008, + more

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Deryck Whibley, ...more

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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Indie pop, Synthpop & Indie; Nationality: Canada

Albums: So Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con, If It Was You, Sainthood, + more

Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1998 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin (born September 19, 1980). Both ...more

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Neil Peart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Progressive metal, Swing music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Anatomy of a Drum Solo, The Hockey Theme

Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards ...more

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#2 of 575 The Best Drummers Of All Time #136 of 231 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time #1 of 77 The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada

Albums: Allied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine, Triumph, Thunder Seven, + more

Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s, building on its reputation and success as a live band. Between the band's 16 albums and ...more

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Broken Social Scene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Shoegazing, Experimental rock & Dream pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People, The Time Traveler's Wife, Feel Good Lost, Bee Hives, + more

Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as six and as many as nineteen members, formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. Most of its members ...more

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Feist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Canada
Genre: Indie pop, Anti-folk & Folk music; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Reminder, Let It Die, Metals, 2007-04-26: Le Grand Rex, Paris, + more

Leslie Feist (born 13 February 1976) is a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, performing both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene. Feist ...more

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