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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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1
3,606 1,661
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
2,237 1,335
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
1,473 1,166
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
1,611 1,029
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

5
3,167 1,432
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

6
2,154 957
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

7
1,662 1,016
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
bojanthebest added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

8
1,260 841
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,016 777
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

10
1,278 723
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

11
1,538 859
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock

12
920 728
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Country rock

13
1,195 975
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

14
1,024 857
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

15
640 577
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

16
1,133 812
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

17
1,499 819
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

18
1,276 964
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

19
836 606
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added

20
663 455
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Heartland rock, Rock music

21
1,444 862
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

22
274 78
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Irishmonk added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

23
970 803
Saga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

24
783 691
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

25
514 463
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock