Canada The Best Canadian Rock Bands  

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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

2
1,942 1,148
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
2,753 1,281
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

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1,841 867
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Guess Who Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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1,255 980
The Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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1,382 871
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

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1,437 901
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

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1,332 765
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added April Wine Rock music, Hard rock

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1,095 640
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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1,063 742
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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876 660
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

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1,255 758
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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1,253 770
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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1,187 854
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added The Tea Party Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

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768 625
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Blue Rodeo Country rock

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968 713
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Loverboy Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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550 390
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Tom Cochrane Heartland rock, Rock music

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711 539
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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1,035 847
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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899 727
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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878 731
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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529 480
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

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961 609
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

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748 569
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Trooper Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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780 627
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Billy Talent Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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522 386
Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Kim Mitchell Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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555 434
54-40 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
PeterHanus added 54-40 Rock music, Alternative rock

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425 374
The Trews is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added The Trews Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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555 438
Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
sydsdh added Big Wreck Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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581 486
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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607 515
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sloan Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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468 443
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
rexmurphy2014 added I Mother Earth Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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407 316
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Red Rider Rock music

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859 640
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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571 498
Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Honeymoon Suite Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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671 604
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sum 41 Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

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543 475
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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552 485
Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Sam Roberts Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

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430 360
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Big Sugar Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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452 393
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Max Webster Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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370 308
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

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638 479
Chilliwack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Chilliwack Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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403 266
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
WorstCaseOntario added Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock

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336 279
Colin James is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Colin James Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

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335 289
City and Colour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added City and Colour Blues-rock, Folk music, Folk rock

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421 400
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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336 300
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Men Without Hats Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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300 265
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

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357 337
Streetheart is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added Streetheart Rock music, Hard rock

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387 376
Prism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Prism Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock