Top Ten Best Canadian Bands

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1RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Rush isn't a good band. Rush is an amazing band. Neil Peart is by far the greatest drummer that ever lived. Not only that, but the lyrics are so complex and really make you think about what the song is about which I think is a great thing for songs to have. Most other bands sing about very blunt, straightforward topics that don't require a lot of thinking, if any at all. The good thing about Rush is you really got to think to know what the song is really about. Now just because a bands lyrics are basic and straightforward doesn't necessarily mean they're a bad band. Many great bands have blunt song lyrics. Rush just makes you think, and I think that's why they're so underrated. People don't like songs with complex lyrics. They just want to hear straightforward and blunt lyrics and I think that's why a lot of music nowadays sucks and sucks hard.

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

An embarrassment to Canada.

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2Neil Young & Crazy Horse

A living legend and icon. The one that is appreciated both by old and young folks

Just because they're your favorite and they are extremely technically proficient, doesn't mean they're better than Neil Young. Young doesn't have thousands of airplay hours more than any Canadian rocker for no reason.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! NEIL'S GOT TO BE NUMBER 1.

Definitely number one-come back to Australia very soon, Neil!

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3Three Days GraceThree Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

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.

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.

They are original, the walk what they talk and sing, these guys are class. They are true to their word, and have passion, but best of all... are real life people that represent everything real. They are humble, they are great!

Is it even possible to get sick of Three Days Grace? Because if anything, I only get even more attached to their music. I think I'm addicted to them, so I will vote for this on every "best" music list, no matter what it is.

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4SteppenwolfSteppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1961 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton.

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.

They are from Toronto buddy! The group was formed in late 1967 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay

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5Tragically Hip

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.

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 ...more

I was born and raised in Calgary but I've lived in Portland, Or for 15 years now. Whenever I get a little home sick I put on The Hip. They are the true Canadian Rock Band. No others come close. Rush and is the most well known, but The Hip is the best by far.

We will miss them. They may not have been famous outside of Canada, but they were legends here. - NobodyFamous

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6The BandThe Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson ...read more.

Great band and very under appreciated. Three members sang but all of them could sing and the musicianship was phenomenal. They aren't completely Canadian but 3/5 means majority rules. They're first 2 albums are fantastic. Let's not forget they were Bob Dylan's band at one time.

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

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7AnnihilatorAnnihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

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

I agree with rush, but annihilator 23?! Should be first! - gemcloben

8th! Come on! Should be 2nd to Rush.

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8Guess 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. - BKAllmighty

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!

Definitely the Guess Who are and always will be #1 for me. Their songs are still played and who can forget the song These Eyes. Their songs were full of passion, talent and their Across Canada tour reunion concert was like it never left us. Never wanted to see the end of this band

One of the greatest bands of all time! Anywhere! Period!

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9Billy TalentBilly Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk.

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. - Meko750

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 - thierryrs

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).

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

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10Marianas TrenchMarianas Trench is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band consists of members Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, and Ian Casselman.

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.

This band is AMAZING! They haven't made one bad or filler song ever, in my opinion. Everything is magic. They stumbled across my Pandora station and straight into my heart. The new album gives me pure elation and I've already got tickets to their upcoming tour! I'm totally excited and ready to hang tight with the other fan girls this February in Maryland! In all my 41 year old glory! But what the hey? GOOD MUSIC HAS NO AGE! Check these fellas out! You will NOT be disappointed!

They've helped me through so much, I wish they got more recognition go their deep and meaningful lyrics. Their love for the fans is amazing, I wish more of Fix Me and Masterpiece Theatre played on the radio stations around my area

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11Arcade FireArcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and RĂ©gine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

Their music is multi dimensional, it has so many rich layers, revealing more at each listen, just ike a good painting that reveals itself slowly. Arcade Fire creates their music with such a true artistic talent, originality and musical sophistication that many bands lack today. One can clearly notice some the discipline and richness of the classical music training that goes into arranging their sounds.

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

Arcade Fire deserves a higher spot than this.

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12April 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!

Best Canadian Band Ever! Ahead of their time. The music that they recorded in the 1970's still sounds current.

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13Bachman-Turner Overdrive

This is good old rock and roll! There is a reason these guys were honoured at the Juno's. Who can forget the classic "Takin' Care of Business"? This band should definitely be in the top ten - it's hard to compare today's bands to oldies like Bachman - Turner Overdrive.

Easily in the top 5 in my opinion, one hit after another in the mid seventies. Hugely popular in Germany I recall.

An huge band I always listen to when I was younger. Still can do it because they were the best.

Old school talent at its best!

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14Simple PlanSimple Plan is a French-Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec. The band has released five studio albums.

Really? Simple Plan #11? How much music have you guys even listened to? Have you even heard of Godspeed You! Black Emperor? I'm out! I'm glad a lot of good bands aren't on this stupid list.

Simple Plan Is so awesome that the rest of the bands would take a millenium to match their excellence!

Simple, straight to the point. Good rhythm, speak to the lonely and faint-hearted. Good music!

Their music is just simply amazing. They should be on the top!

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15AnvilAnvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.
16NickelbackNickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Hate them all you want...They have the highest draw of any Canadian artist for the last several years. I think they are doing very well financially...

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

Terrible Terrible band. This would be a 'deal breaker' for sure.

Haters gone hate but this is decent rock for the most part.

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17Sum 41Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and, as of 2015, consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Baksh, co-lead guitarist/backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist ...read more.

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.

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!

Can't understand why sum 41 is 13. May 5. Or 6. But not 13.!

Yes! With Me and Pieces are great.

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18Theory of a DeadmanTheory of a Deadman is a rock band from Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Formed in 2001, the band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records.V2 Comments
19Saga

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?

Canada's ambassador's to the Prog Rock movement - and still great touring band.

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20Our Lady Peace

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

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.

Ridiculously far down the list

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