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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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856 628
The Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
1,946 931
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Tragically Hip Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

4
1,406 778
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

5
1,000 641
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

6
1,322 692
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Guess Who Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

7
1,040 652
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

8
1,038 578
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added The Tea Party Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

9
766 546
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
969 593
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added April Wine Rock music, Hard rock

11
556 455
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Blue Rodeo Country rock

12
777 462
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

13
757 548
Saga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Saga Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

14
933 586
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

15
894 593
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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710 553
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Loverboy Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

17
642 493
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

18
548 420
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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689 557
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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372 330
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

21
742 637
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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364 265
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Tom Cochrane Heartland rock, Rock music

23
386 303
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
rexmurphy2014 added I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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330 248
The Trews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added The Trews Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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466 309
Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
sydsdh added Big Wreck Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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436 317
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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377 275
Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Kim Mitchell Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

28
738 485
Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Our Lady Peace Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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556 468
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Trooper Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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456 372
Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Matthew Good Band Alternative rock

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564 496
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Billy Talent Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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338 261
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Big Sugar Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

33
471 405
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sloan Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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443 388
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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420 373
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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437 391
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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353 304
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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273 222
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

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268 229
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Red Rider Rock music

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235 195
Colin James is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Colin James Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

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483 495
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sum 41 Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

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232 202
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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624 541
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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226 206
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Men Without Hats Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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210 194
Moist is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Moist Grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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303 314
The Sheepdogs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Teigan added The Sheepdogs Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Southern rock

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477 409
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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284 302
Prism is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Prism Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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220 219
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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258 186
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
WorstCaseOntario added Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock