Top Ten Best Canadian Bands


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The Top Ten

Canada has produced some great bands (and some awful ones), but Rush are easily the best ambassadors to the Rock world. Quintessentially Candian, they are some of the best musicians in the world in addition to being polite, thoughtful, self-depricating, philanthropic and full of class. Not many artist would reschedule a cancelled gig to the nearest site and donate all proceeds to the local flood relief effort. I am a proud Canadian but these guys make me even prouder!
One word: Rush.
How can you not love them? They aren't copying off Zeppelin or Beatles by repeatedly doing the same thing for every song. They are not covering off anyone or making fun of anyone else. And, of course, their badass lyrics. "A modern day warrior," "We are the priests of the Temples of Syrinx," Blacksmith and the artist, conflict in their art."

That's a good band
Great band
Real band
Who couldn't like the intro for "Closer To The Heart". Bubbles loves Rush and so do I. By far the best Canadian band ever. Thank god for Rush. This land that we live on called Canada is awesome. I'm proud to be Canadian and I'm glad' to say Rush is my favorite band from Canada.
[Newest]Best band in Canada. Best band on Earth!

2Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace is an absolutely AMAZING Canadian band! I've loved them since their first album was released and have followed them ever since. In addition to having amazing talent and the ability to create one hit after another, they are genuinely good guys. They are fan-friendly and just plain down to earth. Three Days Grace definitely has my vote. They should be #1 in my opinion.
Why aren't these guys #1!
The first thing that comes to your head when you say "Canadian Bans" is "Three Days Grace"...

I Hate Everything About You
Animal I Have Become
Never Too Late
The Good Life

These songs have changed the WORLD!
They're stylish, talented and passionate. They don't make music only for selling records and crowdin' stands. They always convey a message. Even the band's name is a message- Three Days Grace: "What if I we had only 3 days to change the world? " Well... They've changed. Not in just 3 days, but in each period of 3 years which they lunch a record.
[Newest]Three Days Grace never gets old. I feel like Rush does. I can listen to the One-X album all day and never get bored of it.

3Neil Young & Crazy Horse
A living legend and icon. The one that is appreciated both by old and young folks
Neil has put out so much great music... What a great artist.
[Newest]He has a better good to bad song ratio than anyone-even the Beatles

4Tragically Hip
I've lived in Seattle my whole life and I can't understand why The Hip hasn't made it bigger in the States. They are hands down my favorite musical entity of all time. Yeah they're Canadian-centric in their lyrical content, singing about Tom Thompson, Skates Dreams, Isle aux Morts, Speed River and Cape Spear etc. But they also sing about Kurt Cobain, Ry Cooder, Willie Nelson, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Nashville and of course New Orleans. They're also often compared to several American bands (that's right after Sam Roberts, Sloan and Blue Rodeo are mentioned first) like Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Counting Crows and R.E.M. Oh well, I guess that just means I get to keep seeing them live in "smaller" more intimate venues like the Showbox @ The Market (1,100 capacity) or The Paramount Theater (2,807 cap) in Seattle, the latter of which they will be playing at on September 29th 2015. This will be my 7th time seeing them live (also seen Gord solo). The really cool thing about a Hip show in Seattle is that about 60% to 75% of the crowd is Canadian because they can't see The Hip in a venue that small North of the border. And everybody knows every single word to every song and sings them loudly and proudly! It makes the whole experience just that much more special. Can't wait... Just saw The Tea Party for the first time a couple months ago... Frigging Awesome! Martin is quite the musician. He must have played about 7 or 8 different instruments. Very cool!
The most famous Canadian band to be famous only in Canada and not outside, but more than that, they dominated the top ten on the charts for YEARS! Even when they were new they sounded classic and timeless. There can be no excuses for not putting them higher on this list.
The only Canadian band that the United States appreciates is Rush, but any true Canadian will choose The Hip over Rush.
[Newest]Grew up in Montana and heard The Hip on Canadian radio. Can't believe they weren't more popular in the states.

5The Band
Incredible talent, who, at the Last Waltz attracted all the big stars of the day. Not only one of, if not the best ever, Canadian band. But one of the best and most influential bands ever. Period!
Easily the band, their own style and music, best sound and best musicians
When Music From Big Pink was released in 1968 the world of rock and roll was changed forever. Although sales were slim the industry took notice and many of the UK and American bands dissolved. The music has aged well and is still relevent and influential.

6Guess Who
This is ridiculous! To even think that these guys have contributed less to music than Arcade Fire, Simple Plan, Hedley, and most of the bands above is insane! Anyone who votes for the bands above (besides Rush) should seriously reconsider their votes. There IS NO argument against these guys being in the top 2.


Who runs the table of all bands! Can I ask you? What band has the most number 1 hits of alltime? No it's not Rush... it's the Guess Who!
American Woman... No Time Left for You... No Sugar Tonight... these guys were awesome. Why isn't Bachman Turner Overdrive on this list?
[Newest]This is something to think about. The Guess Who opened the door for all the other Canadian bands to get recognized. Rush probably would not have been heard internationally, if the Guess Who had not made it outside of Canada

7Marianas Trench
Marianas Trench is extremely hardworking and dedicated. They put so much thought and emotion into their songs, make them relatable on many different levels, and most of their music have unbelievably well-planned concepts behind them. They are not afraid to show their gratitude for their fans and display their true personalities and share their personal struggles. Their music has something for everyone. Their individual voices are amazing, and when you put them together it's beyond perfect. They can produce music in a variety of genres. They make an effort to stay friends with as well as support others in the music industry instead of bashing them. They are supportive of their fans (makes sure they stay away from internet predators taking their names, and regularly posts self-help advice), and make sure fans get the most out of the experience of being fans; they even allowed fan choirs from each city to sing up on stage with them. They never fail to make me smile. They deserve this.
Marianas Trench is such an inspiration to me and many! They but so much emotion and work into all their music and you can really hear it! The lead singer has gone through quite a lot as well. The band has impacted many and saved so many lives, they have helped me and some fellow trenchers through so much and deserve so much more credit than they already have. They have come from so little and have worked their butts off and it has really payed off. Their music is so different and unique. They all are so talented and have amazing voices they are the only ones who deserve this.
To be honest, Marianas Trench is THE best band in Canada. They're magnificent. They have saved multiple lives and the lead singer has gone through many things. Marianas Trench's music is very meaningful and the group of guys in that band are absolutely the best.
[Newest]Marianas Trench has pretty much saved my life. They inspire me so much and they make me so happy. I usually start my day off with them singing. They are perfect and I love them so much. It makes me happy to know that there are still people like them out there!

8Simple Plan
Simple Plan Is so awesome that the rest of the bands would take a millenium to match their excellence!
Because they're hot. True fact. I love that bassist.
Their music is just simply amazing. They should be on the top!

9Billy Talent
Billy Talent is the greatest band that has ever existed. If you don't like them, I really don't want to know what music you listen to. Benjamin is such an intense and powerful frontman, to the point where I'd say he matches up with Serj Tankian from System of a Down. D'sa and Gallant make for a fantastic back-up, but they are no less powerful. And their songs are so unbelievably catchy that you will be singing them to yourself for hours after listening to it. Red Flag, Viking Death March, Fallen Leaves, Diamond on a Landmine, Surprise Surprise, Devil in a Midnight Mass, River Below, there isn't a single song by them that isn't incredibly powerful and meaningful. If you don't know who Billy Talent is, I pity you. You haven't lived life to the fullest yet until you hear at least one song by Billy Talent.


I love Three Days Grace, but I honestly have to give the number one spot to these guys. I can find something I like about each and every of their songs. Even their stuff off of I and Dead Silence, which I wasn't a fan of as a whole, was still good. They've got an awesome sound, thanks to the individuals' skill/talent (no pun intended) and the the harmonies of D'sa and Gallant's vocals behind Kowalewicz's is alway glorious. Forever will be my favorite band, Canadian or otherwise (and yes, I'm American).
Every song of them has something... They have one of the best guitarists in Canada... They easily deserve to be second in this list... Listen to Fallen leaves Red flag Viking death march, didn t like them? Listen to Surrender Runnin' across the tracks etc... You just can't hate them


[Newest]Unique and Love all their lyrics. Best rock band from Canada I've ever heard

10April Wine
It is a tragedy that these guys have never been awarded a Juno award in Canada for their music. Their height of popularity pre-dates the internet scene which is unfortunate because they would have totally exploded online with their catchy rock. They have a wide selection of great music and continue to be a great performance to catch. Listen to "Gypsy Queen" and then throw these guys a vote...
April Wine is my band anywhere in the world! Every album is different and they ARE an album band. Some most of their deeper cuts are as good if not better than their hits. I love Rush and Triumph too but Wine are my boys. Weeping Widow, Roller, I Like To Rock, Say Hello, Bad Side Of The Moon, You Could Have Been A Lady, Just Between You And Me, Oowatanite, Tonight Is A Wonderful Time To Fall In Love, Sign Of The Gypsy Queen. And those are just a few. Do yourself a favor and check out all their albums/cds.
My friend just got the Greatest Hits and I was so surprised that I knew almost every song but had not ever know who the artists were. All April Wine! 'Could Have Been a Lady' is my fave. Enjoy!
[Newest]Three Days Grace? Marianas Trench? How the hell do these bands even make it on this list?

The Contenders

Whoever the idiot was that voted for Marianas trench over Nickelback, the Dark Horse album was the 5th biggest ever in North America... Only the Beatles and Elvis Presley and those mega famous people came before them
Statistics show with album releases that Nickelback is the best Band to come out of Canada
Awesome group loved
Their concert! "
[Newest]Terrible Terrible band. This would be a 'deal breaker' for sure.

Too bad Canada as a whole did not get Saga. Overseas they got it right. Amazing collection of progressive rock. Rush got and deserved a lot of attention. Saga in my mind deserved a whole lot credit. I'll put Saga's top 10 songs against Rush's anyday. How about you?

13Great Big Sea
I can see I'm voting for an underdog, but when I think of Canadian music this is what I think of. In a perfect world these men would recognized worldwide as the exact definition of Canadian music.

(I'd like to note that I have a great level of admiration for groups like Rush, The Hip, The Band, Young, Guess Who etc. But seeing some of the crappy bands on this list has made me understand why the world makes fun of our music)

14Bachman-Turner Overdrive
An huge band I always listen to when I was younger. Still can do it because they were the best.
The best of rock band of Canada

15Sum 41
Sum 41 evidently the best canadian band out there..
I really love them because they are worth it..
Their music is flawless, soothing, precise, and really likable.. In my opinion sum 41 is better than green day.. And today if dave baksh was there in sum 41.. They would have been touching skies!
I understand that sum 41 can't pass legends like rush but for this band to be outside the top 10 is outrageous! One of if not the greatest bands of their time.
Can't understand why sum 41 is 13. May 5. Or 6. But not 13.!
[Newest]Yes! With Me and Pieces are great.

16Arcade Fire
They are the best quality band of the twenty first century, without a doubt. All of their albums are gold, and they are definitely one of the greatest bands of all time, not based on popularity or commercial success, but by the quality of their music.
No disrespect for Three Days Grace, because they are an amazing band. But it kills me that they are number three, and Arcade Fire is ten. Every song they make is incredible
Simply one of the greatest bands in the world today. You just got to see this band live.
[Newest]They are simply amazing.

They are a good band but I only think that one or two of them is Canadian and I'm pretty sure John Kay was never even an official Canadian citizen.
American! FROM LA California!

18Blue Rodeo
These guys, The Hip, Sam Roberts and Sloan should without a doubt be in the top 10.
How could you have missed this from the list of the top 10?
Should be number one. Who sells more concert tickets in Canada than Blue Rodeo?

These guys need to be number one they are so good, they keep me strong and sane, I love you jacob hoggard
Hedley is so good they should be at least in top 5! Anything, invincible, crazy for you, ill be with you, 321, old school, never too late, one life, young are so BOSS!
Awesome in concert, awesome to the fans. Hope they have many albums to come.
[Newest]Who put them at 19, they should at least be in top 10, if not 5

rush is a close second
steppenwolf is great
nothing wrong with the guess who or BTO
BNL and trooper are just fine

triumph... that's where it's at.


Triumph has got to be higher in the rankings. Creative rockers. A part of canadian rock history.
Lay it on the line. Probably my favorite rock n roll tune.
[Newest]I hate to say it but they were better than rush!

21Barenaked Ladies
With widespread popular success in Canada the U.S. and Europe as well as an incredible range of cunningly creative and beautiful songs spanning more than 20 years, BNL should easily be in the top five.
Their songs are so underrated, if people would take the time to listen to their music they would realize how great of a band they really are.
BNL has a ton of great songs to really appreciate their sound you need to listen to their albums not just their singles.. I would suggest stunt and maroon they are pretty talented musicians
[Newest]WHO PUT THEM HERE?!?!?! Barenaked ladies should be in top 5 their even better than hedley oh come on 21?

22The Tea Party
Literally the best Canadian band in the world!
Soothed my torched soul on many occasions..
They make Magick. Best band EVER, ANYWHERE!

Best thrash metal band to have come out of Canada, along Annihilator of course.
Voivod starts where metal ends. They could only be described as a twisted combination of Motorhead, Pink Floyd, Exodus, and Rush. RIP Piggy.

Listen to Dimension Hatross, Killing Technology, or Nothingface.

24Theory of a Deadman
Should be rated number 1#

Very unknown and underrated band, but one of the best metal bands not of the big 4.
The rest of the metal world knows theses guys... Great stuff

26Our Lady Peace
How did nickelback get ranked sixth and our lady peace is stuck in twenty second? Listen to naveed and spiritual machines then tell me how that happened.
How are they this far behind Marianas trench? Rains writes some of their music for them.
This band would be so much higher if they were popular outside of Canada. Kind of like how Breaking Benjamin can't get popular outside of America

27Down With Webster
Down With Webster is pure Canadian talent! I'm obsessed with this band and they have come so far from just a middle school talent show (which they won! ) personally I think they should be higher up on this list, at least top 5! They make my pretty proud to be Canadian that's for sure!
They are incredible live and amazing to their fans- always interacting with us and making videos for us. :) Their music is awesome and catchy. They make me very happy.
I couldn't remember their name! Thanks list!
[Newest]Admit it, they ARE number one!

28Big Wreck
Pure awesome. One live show will make you a fan. Guitar, lyrics, and solo's. It all mixes together so well. Check em out!
If you have not listened to them you are missing out friend. Find out what you never knew you where missing!
One of the best bands ever, fronted by one of the greatest musical talents of any era!
[Newest]Ian has an incredible voice and I love there songs.



31Finger Eleven
Finger Eleven is horribly underrated. They are most known for Paralyzer, but they have had much better songs on their older albums. Give them a try.


32The Jeff Healey Band
One of the greatest guitar players.And he was blind.
He was an amazing talent.

33Skinny Puppy
Surprised they are on this list, far more deserved to be in top 10.
Why are they not so well known outside Canada?
The creators of industrial music...


35My Darkest Days
Great Newcommers with meaningful lyrics and a great singer! NR

So love these guys. In their sixties and seventies now and STILL kickin' it hardcore.
Awesome musicians and very personable people

You voters are crazy... Trooper way down on the list at #36?

Check your stats... Trooper HOT SHOTS was the best selling Canadian album of ALL TIME in Canada when it was released.

Trooper is among the top 5 Canadian selling bands of all time.

The fact Trooper is not in the top 10 shows you how biased these lists are to more recent bands.
Raise a little hell and vote for them
38! What a joke. easily top 5 Canadian Band!

Because metal is awesome, and bands of different genres need to be in this list.



Great singer, original music,

42Thousand Foot Krutch
Truly a band for all and loved by international audiences...oh this band knows how to rock! Crank it up!
How can you not like a band who can fire it up every single album, and be this old school metal!
This was the better band ever so why it here

Alexisonfire deserve a spot up in the top 20's at least.
Nobody blends hardcore guitar riffs, screaming and intense lyrics with beautiful singing, better than The Only Bad Ever.
They're REALLY good! The lead singers voice is just AMAZING!

44Tegan and Sara
Different sound of the Heartthrob is unique and the lyrics are moving, motivating and realistic... actually since Plunk.
Different for every album, but still capture incredible emotion with each release.

45The New Pornographers
In my opinion, this is a great band that suffered from poor branding. Neko Case, while not Canadian, is perhaps one of the best female voices of the past 20 years. The band is tight, musically captivating without being "hooky".

46Matthew Good Band
Matthew Good Band should have been way more popular than they were.
I can't believe three days grace is number two on a list that has some absolutely amazing Canadian talent
How the hell was this dude not on here before I added him laugh out loud

47The Grapes of Wrath
Love this band. Now and Again was a major part of my childhood. Down to the Wire (from September Bowl of Green) didn't get the attention it deserved. Brilliant.
Not everyone can make a comeback after decades away and get their new album played on the radio. Good to see them back again!

How is Loverboy not on the list?! With classic songs like "Working For The Weekend" & "Turn Me Loose" they have to at least crack the top 20!
"Turn Me Loose" and "Working For The Weekend" alone has to get you Top 20, right? If not Top 10.
Rediculous that they are not higher than this

49Crash Test Dummies
Great band. Even though they are a 1-hit wonder in the US. (Thanks to MTV being a bunch of little babies about He Liked To Feel It. )

50Platinum Blonde

51The Birthday Massacre
Tbm are amazing <3 Should be much higher


Buried down at 49th? I admit they might not necessarily be "No. 1 Ever", but they get my vote to help redress the colossal injustice of finishing below some weird genre bands that will remain nameless to avoid fanboy wrath and/or goth hexes.


53Crystal Castles
Their latest album (III) is a masterpiece
By far one the leading electoclash bands of our time!

Trailblazers who still make good music and put on a terrific show


56Mother Mother
Fantastic music. Their newest album "Sticks" is INCREDIBLE. They're capable of creating stories within their music and I think that is just great. They have a really awesome sound too. The guitar work is addicting to listen to and their harmonies are mesmerizing.

57Broken Social Scene
Just pure talent. Every single person in the group.

58Big Sugar

59Half Moon Run

60Men Without Hats

61Dayglo Abortions
Dayglo is great. These dudes are hilarious too.

62Godspeed You! Black Emperor

63Glass Tiger

This list is embarrassing

65I Mother Earth
Seriously kids, Scenery and Fish is pretty awesome you outta check it out. Their first album rocked too
Just with their CD scenery and fish alone, they should be in the top 20!

66Kensington Market

67Tokyo Police Club

68The Arrogant Worms
The Arrogant Worms are a Canadian musical comedy trio that parodies many musical genres. They are well known for their humorous on-stage banter in addition to their music.

I'm not Canadian, but I thoroughly enjoyed their witty music.



71Drowning Pool
Love this band... Defiantly has to be the top of this list.
These guys are American! They're from DALLAS Texas!
They're not canadian. They're American.

72The Kings

73A Foot in Coldwater

74Martha and The Muffins

Terrific Hamilton band! Great blues.

76Monster Truck

77The Trews

Have You people heard any of there songs like One More Time or there covers of Tin Soldier and Under My thumb There the best
Streetheart at 103? Come on these guys rock!

Probably the most under-appreciated band of all time, Plumtree was an all-female rock/power-pop band from Halifax that was together from 1993-2000. During that time they released a six song cassette and three full length albums, as well as several singles.

80Art of Dying

81Hawk Nelson

82FM Static
This band is great! Seriously, I recommend you people should give it a chance.

83Walter Rossi
Best version of "Going Down" ever made
Ride the Wind
Soldiers In The Night
Strada Del Sol

84The Unicorns

85Elevan Past One


87Black Moor



90The Reason

91The Weakerthans
Jesus Christ, the best band not named Propagandhi that's from Winnipeg, John K. Samson is a genius and the music is so quintessentially Canadian. Amazing lyrics, great music, and quality pervades their music. Weakerthans for life.


93The Payolas


95Moxy Fruvous


97Powder Blues Band

98Faber Drive
Each cd is stronger than the last. Catchy tunes and fresh.

99Wildroot Orchestra
Followed and surpassed the Powder Blues Band. Powder Blues went rock, but Wildroot stayed with the big band sound. Best rendition of Subterranean Homesick Blues and In the Mood. Big on the west coast in the early 80's many of the members of Powder Blues would drop in and jam or play with tese guys in concert.

Even thought they are not together anymore, Antoine Sicotte and James Renald were an awesome duo! "Love Song" & "Some Kinda Wonderful" were really popular in the late 90s, and had the chance to be the first band to have a prize of SOCAN. Producers, song-writers and talented singers, their melodies will always be in my Canadian roots...

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