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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
3,585 1,649
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
2,221 1,330
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
1,459 1,160
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
1,599 1,020
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

5
3,149 1,429
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

6
2,138 955
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

7
1,653 1,008
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
1,254 837
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,007 774
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

10
1,267 721
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

11
1,530 855
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock

12
914 722
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Country rock

13
1,188 969
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
1,016 850
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

15
633 573
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
1,126 810
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

17
1,492 816
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

18
1,271 959
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
830 604
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added

20
655 452
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Heartland rock, Rock music

21
1,434 859
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

22
967 800
Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

23
268 76
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Irishmonk added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

24
775 686
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

25
510 460
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock