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List Rules 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. 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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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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1,182 912
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Tragically Hip Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

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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

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
bojanthebest added Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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April Wine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added April Wine Rock music, Hard rock

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Blue Rodeo Country rock

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Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Loverboy Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added The Jeff Healey Band

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Tom Cochrane Heartland rock, Rock music

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972 801
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Saga Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

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Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Our Lady Peace Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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Trooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Trooper Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Kim Mitchell Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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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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Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Billy Talent Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
sydsdh added Big Wreck Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Trews is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added The Trews Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
rexmurphy2014 added I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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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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Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Matthew Good Band Alternative rock

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540 467
Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Honeymoon Suite Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Red Rider Rock music

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Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sam Roberts Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sum 41 Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

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Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Max Webster Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Big Sugar Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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340 293
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

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Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
WorstCaseOntario added Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock

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Colin James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Colin James Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

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Chilliwack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Chilliwack Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Men Without Hats Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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City and Colour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added City and Colour Blues-rock, Folk music, Folk rock

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391 381
The Sheepdogs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Teigan added The Sheepdogs Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Southern rock

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Aldo Nova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Aldo Nova Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

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Streetheart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added Streetheart Rock music, Hard rock

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Glass Tiger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Richard Helsby added Glass Tiger Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music