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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
3,338 1,554
Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
2,089 1,237
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
1,359 1,050
The Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
1,483 929
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

5
2,941 1,364
The Tragically Hip is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Canadian rock, Rock music

6
1,988 910
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

7
1,540 949
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
1,154 780
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
940 718
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
willyboymcoy added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

10
1,175 681
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
DannyMcCoy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

11
1,427 807
April Wine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock

12
1,108 908
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
965 778
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
832 669
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeBall added Country rock

15
1,050 747
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

16
577 523
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

17
1,223 913
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
1,382 792
Triumph is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

19
602 419
Tom Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Heartland rock, Rock music

20
768 572
The Jeff Healey Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MikeArnold added

21
1,326 816
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

22
922 766
Saga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Rock music

23
713 637
Sum 41 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rapcore, Melodic hardcore

24
179 38
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Irishmonk added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

25
479 424
Max Webster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

26
448 409
The Trews is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RichardBuffett added Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

27
496 476
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
797 601
Trooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

29
836 659
Billy Talent is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

30
356 336
Men Without Hats is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

31
554 415
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
589 464
54-40 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
PeterHanus added Rock music, Alternative rock

33
453 336
Red Rider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Rock music

34
608 510
Matthew Good Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Alternative rock

35
579 471
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
636 543
Sloan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

37
599 714
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

38
586 503
Crash Test Dummies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

39
604 521
Honeymoon Suite is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
MichielCoolen added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

40
572 497
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

41
584 509
Sam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Canadian rock, Rock music, Indie rock

42
261 284
Feist is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Indie pop, Anti-folk, Folk music

43
449 382
Big Sugar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
seabass2112 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

44
397 328
Headstones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
David CimmShady Lindley added Alternative rock, Hard rock

45
362 300
Colin James is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
dejour added Blues-rock, Jump blues, Rock music

46
1,017 634
Our Lady Peace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

47
267 321
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

48
331 280
Aldo Nova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
jma019 added Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

49
358 307
City and Colour is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Canadian Rock Bands
Paysagements Lefrancois added Blues-rock, Folk music, Folk rock

50
206 244
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