Top 10 Greatest Canadian Musicians and Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Rush Rush Rush was 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.

I'm a Queen fan, however this list is so shocking, Rush, three guys who can simply do amazing stuff and enough is said - allqueen

Rush is the best on this list. Triumph should take place of Shania Twain... then go up four places. - fireinside96

4 options before the best prog rock band?
Rush deserves the 1st place, and Neil Young deserves the 2nd - rock2metal

Rush are one of the greatest bands to ever play. Neal Peart is probably the greatest drummer alive.

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2 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

Neil should be number one hands down

One of the finest songwriters to pick up a microphone. - PetSounds

3 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82.

You can heare the soul...

4 Gordon Lightfoot Gordon Lightfoot Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s.
5 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...read more.

I am really absolutely stunned they were not on here. I don't care if you don't like their music, because either way you cannot deny that they are one of the most popular Canadian bands with all their hits like- Just Like You, I Hate Everything About You, Home, Animal I have Become, Never Too Late, Riot, Pain, Break, The Good Life, its not even any competition - Sabres18

Yes, I'm a fan of Neil Young, and the others are pretty good too, but Three Days Grace is more my style, with meaningful ballads and wicked rhythm.

6 Anne Murray Anne Murray Morna Anne Murray known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.

Best voice ever.. Not just Canadian Number ones in country, pop, AC, Christian charts etc...

Great Lesbian Entertainer.

7 The Guess Who The Guess Who The Guess Who was a Canadian rock band formed in 1962. The band was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is mostly known for their hit "American Woman".

These guys should not be under Three Days Grace, are you kidding me?

8 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback 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.

Nickelback sucks - ryanrimmel

9 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

WHAT?! So underrated! - mood333

10 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

Ok, why is this guy only number 9?!?! Bryan Adams was one of the first artists I ever listened to, and I just love his music! Summer of 69, Somebody, Run to you, Everything I do, Please forgive me, the entire Spirit Soundtrack, and Heaven. Just to name a few reasons to listen to him.

THE BEST-SELLING CANADIAN ARTIST IN THE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC!
Fantastic live. Legendary, singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for 80's Rock classic 'Summer Of 69' and 1990's ballad 'Everything I Do'.

I saw him live in 2009 (almost) by accident but I was impressed - he was in his 50s but he sounded great, as good as on his studio versions. He was very friendly and down to earth. Now I respect him. - Metal_Treasure

Bryan should be much higher. He is true Legend from Canada. Amazing and so sweet voice - Irina2932

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The Contenders

11 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
12 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator 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.

The best Canadian metal band. Jeff Waters is a guitar virtuoso and amazing songwriter.
Check out their song "Alison Hell" and pay attention to the guy with the red T-shirt: his riffs, his solo and his backing vox when he sings "Aaaa-lison hell". He also wrote the music and lyrics.

Annihilator is one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time. - Metal_Treasure

The best metal band from Canada. These guys are awesome. Metal fans from all over the world appreciate them.
Their song Alison Hell is widely considered as a metal masterpiece, and it's not the only one.
Other songs - Human Insecticide, 21, Phantasmagoria, King of the kill, Trend, Set the world on fire - Metal_Treasure

13 Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.
14 The Band The Band The 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.
15 Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian rock band. The band is currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart.

Without Stephen Page, The quality of the music And Live Show has gone down the tubes.

#53? Should be WAY higher! - PetSounds

Hobesrky the best Canadian band ever. They have such a unique sound and continue to make great music even after hitting a few bumps in the road.

16 Shania Twain Shania Twain Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.

Long live the timmins lady!

17 Billy Talent Billy Talent Billy 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.
18 Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 1995. They have released eight albums. They have also released two live albums and three remix albums.

I can't decide between them and Relient K! - RiverClanRocks

19 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
20 The Tragically Hip The Tragically Hip The Tragically Hip, often referred to simply as The Hip, are a Canadian rock band from Kingston, Ontario, consisting of lead singer Gordon Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay.

This sucks

21 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
22 Finger Eleven
23 Sarah McLachlan Sarah McLachlan Sarah Ann McLachlan is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
24 Triumph Triumph Triumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in Canada and the United States.

Way higher is deserved!

"Lay it on the Line" is a masterpiece. - Metal_Treasure

25 Stompin' Tom Connors

|The hockey song

26 Sum 41 Sum 41 Sum 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.
27 Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Steppenwolf 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.

Who hasn't heard of Born to Be Wild? - Metal_Treasure

28 Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad was a Canadian extreme metal band formed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. The band started as a one-man studio project; Townsend played most of the instruments on the 1995 debut album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing. By 1997, he had recruited permanent members; ...read more.
29 John McDermott
30 Simple Plan Simple Plan Simple Plan is a French-Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec. The band has released five studio albums.
31 Burton Cummings
32 Anvil Anvil Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson.
33 Blue Rodeo
34 Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

Alissa is the most beautiful Canadian musician. She looks like a top model. - Metal_Treasure

35 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.
36 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.
37 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards
38 Teenage Head
39 Loverboy Loverboy Loverboy is a Canadian rock group formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Loverboy's hit singles, particularly "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend", have become arena rock staples and are still heard on many classic rock and classic hits radio stations across the United States and Canada.

Turn Me Loose, Working For The Weekend - Metal_Treasure

Haha

40 The Stampeders
41 Voivod Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.
42 Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 Great Big Sea
44 Michael Buble Michael Buble Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

Is it just that I didn't see his name? I can't believe he isn't on here!

45 Hedley
46 K.D. Lang
47 Nelly Furtado Nelly Furtado Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world.
48 The Birthday Massacre The Birthday Massacre The Birthday Massacre is a Canadian dark wave and synth rock band currently consisting of Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitar), Falcore (guitar), Owen (keyboard), Rhim (drums) and Nate Manor (bass), that formed in 1999 (even though the 2016 demo collection "Imagica" dates some tracks back at 1998). ...read more.
49 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
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Top Remixes (13)

1. Annihilator
2. Rush
3. Bryan Adams
Metal_Treasure
1. Thousand Foot Krutch
2. Three Days Grace
3. The Guess Who
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1. Neil Young
2. Barenaked Ladies
3. Gordon Lightfoot
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