Canada The Best Canadian Rock Bands  

Reference
Originally by
148k votes 14.6k voters 382.5k views 271 items

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. 

Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page. Prices & inventory are accurate as of publish date.
list ordered by
1
3,870 1,762
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
2,386 1,428
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge
3
1,596 1,262
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
4
1,359 922
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
5
3,396 1,512
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music
6
2,324 993
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music
7
1,733 1,088
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock
8
1,776 1,101
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
bojanthebest added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock
9
1,672 898
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock
10
1,385 759
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
11
1,096 844
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz
12
1,223 874
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop
13
1,001 787
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Country rock
14
1,291 1,040
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
15
1,110 924
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
16
391 110
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Irishmonk added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word
17
1,605 862
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
18
709 631
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock
19
730 487
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Heartland rock, Rock music
20
900 643
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added
21
1,567 902
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
22
1,312 1,009
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock
23
1,172 682
Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge
24
441 428
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
25
1,002 848
Saga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music