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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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2,903 1,351
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
1,817 1,044
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
1,177 901
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
2,544 1,202
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

5
1,732 815
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

6
1,298 816
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

7
1,346 834
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
1,027 587
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

9
1,004 692
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
1,231 711
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added April Wine Rock music, Hard rock

11
819 608
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

12
1,185 707
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

13
1,147 795
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

14
1,154 723
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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15
701 585
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Blue Rodeo Country rock

16
899 672
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Loverboy Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

17
854 678
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
664 505
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added The Jeff Healey Band

19
495 353
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Tom Cochrane Heartland rock, Rock music

20
968 799
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

21
846 688
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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22
494 444
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

23
909 578
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

24
694 545
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Trooper Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

25
479 354
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

26
529 405
54-40 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
PeterHanus added 54-40 Rock music, Alternative rock

27
719 590
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Billy Talent Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

28
532 410
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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29
391 343
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

30
438 410
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

31
569 487
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sloan Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

32
538 461
Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Matthew Good Band Alternative rock

33
535 467
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

34
368 293
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Red Rider Rock music

35
519 463
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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36
400 341
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Big Sugar Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

37
619 582
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sum 41 Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

38
426 374
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Max Webster Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

39
497 454
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

40
778 624
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

41
338 292
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

42
364 245
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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305 261
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

44
590 464
Chilliwack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Chilliwack Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

45
316 277
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

46
303 275
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

47
390 381
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

48
273 250
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

49
327 321
Streetheart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added Streetheart Rock music, Hard rock

50
304 298
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