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List of Famous Bands from Canada

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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.

  • 1

    Avril Lavigne

    Pop punk, Pop music
    Avril Ramona Lavigne (; French: [avʁil laviɲ]; born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian singer,...  more

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  • 2

    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock
    Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking...  more

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  • 3

    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born into a large...  more

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  • 4


    Progressive metal, Rock music
    Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson...  more

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  • 5

    Joni Mitchell

    Pop music, Folk music
    Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian...  more

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  • 6

    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music
    Alanis Nadine Morissette (; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • 7

    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music
    Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer,...  more

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  • 8


    Rock music, Grunge
    Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is...  more

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  • 9

    Bryan Adams

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    Bryan Guy Adams (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer,...  more

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  • 10

    Leonard Cohen

    Synthpop, Pop music
    Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer,...  more

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  • 11

    Arcade Fire

    Indie Rock, Baroque Pop
    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and...  more

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  • 12

    Nelly Furtado

    Hip hop music, Rock music
    Nelly Kim Furtado (, Portuguese: [fuɾˈtaðu]; born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer and...  more

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  • 13


    Pop music, Rock music
    Heart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and...  more

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  • 14

    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock
    The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals,...  more

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  • 15

    Geddy Lee

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock
    Geddy Lee Weinrib, (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), known professionally as Geddy Lee,...  more

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  • 16

    Three Days Grace

    Nu metal, Rock music
    Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Based in Toronto,...  more

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  • 17

    Neko Case

    Americana, Folk rock

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  • 18

    Sarah McLachlan

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    Sarah Ann McLachlan, (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for...  more

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  • 19

    k.d. lang

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
    Kathryn Dawn Lang (born November 2, 1961), known by her stylized stage name k.d. lang, is a...  more

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  • 20

    Sum 41

    Pop punk, Rapcore
    Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally called Kaspir, the band was...  more

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  • 21

    Tegan and Sara

    Indie pop, Synthpop
    Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1998 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of...  more

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  • 22

    Neil Peart

    Progressive metal, Swing music
    Neil Ellwood Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer...  more

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  • 23


    Progressive metal, Heavy metal
    Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the...  more

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  • 24

    Broken Social Scene

    Shoegazing, Experimental rock
    Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band, a musical collective including as few as...  more

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  • 25


    Indie pop, Anti-folk
    Leslie Feist (born 13 February 1976) is a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and guitarist,...  more

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