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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
3,175 1,486
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
1,983 1,181
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
2,808 1,311
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

4
1,888 885
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

5
1,284 994
The Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
1,405 880
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

7
1,468 913
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
1,354 774
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock

9
1,118 649
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

10
1,092 751
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
1,284 765
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

12
891 680
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

13
1,278 785
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

14
1,198 870
The Tea Party is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jamie Long added Progressive rock, Blues, Hard rock - Progressive rock; Hard rock

15
791 633
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Country rock

16
992 721
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

17
569 397
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Heartland rock, Rock music

18
727 547
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added

19
1,059 864
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Elise Hennigan added Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

20
916 739
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

21
889 741
Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

22
539 489
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

23
983 618
Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

24
764 578
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

25
799 637
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

26
531 396
Kim Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

27
573 440
54-40 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
PeterHanus added Rock music, Alternative rock

28
431 382
The Trews is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

29
563 446
Big Wreck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
sydsdh added Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
423 320
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Rock music

31
591 491
Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alternative rock

32
616 522
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

33
475 453
I Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
rexmurphy2014 added Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

34
884 647
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

35
583 502
Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

36
685 609
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

37
555 482
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

38
560 494
Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

39
437 365
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

40
381 313
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Alternative rock, Hard rock

41
459 402
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

42
414 273
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
WorstCaseOntario added Celtic rock, Folk rock

43
646 485
Chilliwack is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

44
346 285
Colin James is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

45
339 296
City and Colour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Blues-rock, Folk music, Folk rock

46
122 22
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Irishmonk added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

47
343 307
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

48
306 268
Aldo Nova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

49
427 408
The Sheepdogs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Teigan added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Southern rock

50
398 381
Prism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock