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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
3,280 1,530
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
2,047 1,224
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
1,327 1,029
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
1,461 911
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

5
2,899 1,347
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

6
1,515 938
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
bojanthebest added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

7
1,952 907
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

8
1,137 770
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
922 708
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

10
1,161 673
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

11
1,403 798
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock

12
1,092 890
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

13
949 762
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
821 655
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Country rock

15
565 511
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
1,031 738
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

17
1,215 899
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

18
593 410
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Heartland rock, Rock music

19
1,347 787
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

20
757 563
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added

21
1,305 807
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

22
913 761
Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

23
702 626
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

24
472 418
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

25
160 33
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Irishmonk added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

26
440 401
The Trews is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

27
488 470
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
rexmurphy2014 added Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

28
784 597
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

29
353 325
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

30
822 655
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

31
545 411
Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

32
583 458
54-40 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
PeterHanus added Rock music, Alternative rock

33
444 331
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Rock music

34
602 504
Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alternative rock

35
571 464
Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
sydsdh added Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
631 537
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

37
582 497
Crash Test Dummies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

38
597 516
Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

39
588 707
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

40
563 493
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

41
576 506
Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

42
444 378
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

43
392 325
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Alternative rock, Hard rock

44
252 279
Feist is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

45
356 297
Colin James is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

46
1,001 630
Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

47
263 316
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

48
350 304
City and Colour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Blues-rock, Folk music, Folk rock

49
322 277
Aldo Nova is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

50
202 241
Mahogany Rush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock