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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

    AlbumsLet Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me, When You're Gone, Forbidden Rose

    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

    AlbumsHarvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night, On the Beach

    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

    AlbumsFalling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle, Loved Me Back to Life, Céline Dion chante Noël

    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

    AlbumsMoving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night

    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

    AlbumsBlue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Clouds

    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

    AlbumsJagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept, Underneath, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

    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

    AlbumsCome On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!, Greatest Hits

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

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  • 8


    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsRockstar, All the Right Reasons, Photograph, How You Remind Me, Silver Side Up

    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

    AlbumsReckless, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 11, Bryan Adams, Room Service

    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

    AlbumsSongs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas, The Future, Live in London

    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

    AlbumsFuneral, The Suburbs, Neon Bible, Reflektor, Christmas Album

    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

    AlbumsLoose, Whoa, Nelly!, Folklore, The Spirit Indestructible

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

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  • 13


    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsDreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart, These Dreams: Greatest Hits, Bebe Le Strange

    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

    AlbumsThe Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz, Planet Waves, The Basement Tapes

    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

    AlbumsMy Favorite Headache

    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

    AlbumsOne-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace, Transit of Venus, The Collection: Three Days Grace

    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

    AlbumsMiddle Cyclone, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Blacklisted, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight

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  • 18

    Sarah McLachlan

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    AlbumsSolace, Wintersong, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, The Freedom Sessions, Touch

    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

    AlbumsDrag, Hymns of the 49th Parallel, Watershed, A Wonderful World, Invincible Summer

    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

    AlbumsAll Killer No Filler, Does This Look Infected?, Underclass Hero, 8 Years of Blood, Sake and Tears 2000–2008

    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

    AlbumsSo Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con, If It Was You, Sainthood

    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

    AlbumsAnatomy of a Drum Solo, The Hockey Theme

    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

    AlbumsAllied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine, Triumph, Thunder Seven

    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

    AlbumsBroken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People, The Time Traveler's Wife, Feel Good Lost, Bee Hives

    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

    AlbumsThe Reminder, Let It Die, Metals, 2007-04-26: Le Grand Rex, Paris

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

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