Top Ten Best Canadian Bandsrocknrolldude Rush ? Steppenwolf ? The Band ? You choose !
The Top Ten
Hands down the best band ever from Canada and the most technically sound trip ever. Even if you're not a fan of their music you cannot deny their musical abilities.
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.
There is only one way to describe Rush
With Niel Peart on the drums
Geddy Lee on the synth and bass
And with Alex Lifeson on the guitars - CygnusX99
So much talent shared by 3 people. Absolutely incredible how much music is created and performed.V 68 Comments
Amazing band, great music,
RIP Gord downie, you will be missed
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.V 33 Comments
They are so cool. One of my favorite bands ever. - Camaro6
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.
My favorite band!
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.V 34 Comments
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.
Neil has put out so much great music... What a great artist.V 9 Comments
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
Great band - more appreciated outside Canada than in Canada. Weird...
They deserve to be either at #1 or #2 after Rush - nothing less than that. I'm talking about true musicianship and valuable contributions to music development. - Metal_Treasure
Beyond a doubt either #1 or 2. Those that voted otherwise don't know music in Canada.
Best Canadian Band of All Time!
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
The best Canadian Band Ever, they wrote all they own music, and is played around the worldV 24 Comments
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.
Three canadians started in oshawa. How much more canadian do you need.
They are from Toronto buddy! The group was formed in late 1967 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay
American! FROM LA California!
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
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.
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).
This band is one of the greatest bands I've ever listened to in my life! I love the music, the vocals, the lyrics, the attitude and the style. It's all very meaningful and I believe that this band deserves being placed closer to the top for all their hard work and dedication over the years.V 21 Comments
Haha. That's Funny!
Anvil are one of the pioneers of the thrash sound. They also have the best drummer in the genre. Rob Reiner is the Buddy Rich of Metal. Steve "Lips" Kudlow is also a virtuoso. His distinct solo style and guitar chops are aggressive and melodic, leaving the listener exhausted and energized all at the same time.
One of the unappreciated bands in Canada. - illusion
Whoever does not think this is number has clearly not listened to Mariana's Trench. Astoria is the best album of the decade!
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.
Here's to the zeroes was their best song! - neehawgamer
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.V 39 Comments
This should be top because it's way better but the traglicall hip is good to
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.
Incredible band, I am so proud of them not only for winning a grammy but also for evolving with time and constantly reinventing their style. Ladies and gentlemen, this is real music : creativity, meaningful lyrics and great instrumental quality. Also, I love it when they but some french in their songs because it shows where they are from! Again, so proud!
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.V 15 Comments
My favourite band out of Canada. The first time I heard Roller and I like To Rock I was hooked. This band, straight out of Nova Scotia, is such a great band from great covers like Sign of The Gypsy Queen and You Could've Been a Lady to hard rockers like Roller and I Like To Rock, to ballads like Just Between You and Me. This band rocks
So many awesome hits in the 70's and 80's. Saw them in concert in 82 and have been a fan to this day. Still the owner of a Nature of the Beast cassette bought in 83 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Still hear them on classic rock radio in Minneapolis.
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...
So many tunes that I am enjoy to hear still.V 13 Comments
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.
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!
Simple Plan and Nickelback suck. They should not be on this list. - SammySporeV 6 Comments
No matter how much you hate them, they should be at least in top 5
Why is this not higher on the list!
Should be #1. Nickelback helped me to look at graphs - NickelbackLinkinPark4EvaV 31 Comments
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.
The best of rock band of CanadaV 4 Comments
I'm gonna give these guys a vote. Cause holy smokes are they good. I will never argue with legendary Canadian bands like Rush, Guess Who and Tragically Hip being atop of a list of Canadian bands. But these guys are better than a few bands higher up. Marianas Trench, Simple Plan? In my opinion they're the best punk/alternative group out of Canada, Three Days Grace being higher being totally respected. But I think cause these guys are a punk band is why they're underrated
Sum 41 and three days grace are by far the best canadian bands
How the hell are sum 41 below nippleback?
How are Sum 41 NOT in the top 10?!V 12 Comments
One of the best alt bands...should be rated in the top 5
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.V 10 Comments
I cannot believe I have to add these guys!
If you're a metalhead listen to None so Vile and you won't be disappointed.
Saga belongs in the top 2, if not number 1 in my ears, they got overshadowed by other Canadian and American bands and never got the recognition that they deserved. On the Loose and Wind Him Up got some air time but not enough for people to really hear the great sound that Saga put out. The ability to make an album from other albums is something no other band has ever done, The Chapters took about 25 years to complete, but how they wrote the story and not in order is really amazing.
My favourite band! Unique sound that maybe didn't appeal to everyone. Have met the band in person, great bunch of guys. Sorry to hear they are wrapping things up. A must deserved rest after decades of touring the world.
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.V 4 Comments
This band sucks
Should be rated number 1#
Love this Band! Greetz from Germany
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)
Top ten for sure b'y!
More people are heartbroken by GBS breakup than Rush's. Free NFLD!
Hedley is the absolute best!
How is Hedley number 29? They should be number 1. They're one of my all time favourite bands. I love this band. Their music is awesome, the band members are awesome, they're great to their fans, their shows are awesome. And how the hell is this band lower than Nickelback? Nickelback doesn't belong on this list. Hedley's music is a billion times better than Nickelback's music. I met the band on their hello world tour and saw them live on that tour. I also saw them live on their wild life tour. I don't get how anyone could dislike this bands music. They're awesome. Their music is just beyond awesome and incredible. I LOVE Hedley!
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!V 9 Comments
My favourite band. Magic Power is one of my favourite songs. Deserve to be higher on this list
The most underrated band of all time. They have the longest run of great albums to me aside from Yes. The albums I consider to be in the list are Triumph, Rock & Roll Machine, Just a Game, Progressions of Power, Allied Forces, Never Surrender, and Thunder Seven. Even Rush didn't have the long line of great albums that Triumph did! - Aweso
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. - qaz9999
Triumph has got to be higher in the rankings. Creative rockers. A part of canadian rock history.V 6 Comments
One of the best bands ever. They do not get the same respect as other bands because Barenaked Ladies are humorous and quirky. But, they had well written songs and complex melodies.
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.
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.
WHO PUT THEM HERE?!?!?! Barenaked ladies should be in top 5 their even better than hedley oh come on 21?V 8 Comments
Exciter, needs a better position on the top three list. They are the Canadian Judas priest in my opinion but these guys define speed and thrash metal. They have released the first thrash metal album with the roots of speed metal. It's kind of lame ranking metal bands so low when you make top 10 favourite bands. Replace three days grace and place them number 5. Thank you very much.
How the hell was this dude not on here before I added him laugh out loud
One of the biggest names in Canadian music for over 20 year!
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
Matthew Good should be in the top 10!
Still one of my all time favourite bands. The Edges of Twilight is one of the greatest albums ever recorded.
This trio is so unique and original. "They lead you into the dark side of the psyche"
One of the best live bands I have seen.
This is the best band ever. Helped me past my troubled young young lives.
Literally the best Canadian band in the world!V 3 Comments
How is it possible they are so far down this list...doesn't make sense...Nickelback? Nickelback is higher?
Seriously kids, Scenery and Fish is pretty awesome you outta check it out. Their first album rocked too
Seriously how come no one has thought of this band?!
You have got to be kidding me. No72? That is a disgrace!V 1 Comment
If these guys are ranked as low as 33rd, this list has to be considered a joke.
These guys, The Hip, Sam Roberts and Sloan should without a doubt be in the top 10.
Jim Cuddy has one of the best voices in the music industry.
Should be number one. Who sells more concert tickets in Canada than Blue Rodeo?V 9 Comments
Sloan should be in the top 20, if not the top 10. Still play fun shows, and still releasing new material. With four songwriters, listeners always have a song they are able to gravitate to, on any given album.
Canada's Fab Four this far down the list? That's criminal! How many bands have lasted as long as Sloan and have made such consistently engaging albums and songs with four equally contributing singers/songwriters and multi instrumentalists? Longevity and quality are more often than not opposing forces that Sloan has somehow managed to overcome and maintain better than most modern bands. They should be taken more seriously and more valued for their contribution to a growing independent Canadian music scene. Definitely should be ranked in the top 20 at least!
Should be in the Top Two, with The Band. Tons of great songs.
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. - KnutHudsonV 5 Comments
These guys have insane talent
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.
In their day Loverboy was a top selling and arena filling band!V 2 Comments
Still miss him very much
Buying a Jeff Healey album was an event when I was younger.
One of the greatest guitar players.And he was blind.
He was an amazing talent.
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!
Admit it, they ARE number one!V 1 Comment
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. - NuMetalManiak
TOP NOTCH PEOPLE FROM ONTARIO!
They defined electro-New Wave in the 1980s. Safety Dance and The Message is Through are fantastic. Their first album Rhythm of Youth is fantastic. Should be way, way higher.
If your friends don't dance...
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...
So love these guys. In their sixties and seventies now and STILL kickin' it hardcore.
Too low! The best of Seventies of Canadian rock. My Girl, Fly By Night, etc etc! Easily top ten.
Awesome musicians and very personable people
My giiirl she was the world to me
She's all the way across the sea
Underrated, one of the best Canadian Bands of all time
Love them! Most underrated band
The best Canadian band since Doug and the SlugsV 3 Comments
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!
Ian has an incredible voice and I love there songs.V 4 Comments
For sure my favorite band. They even won the JUNO award.
So why on #48?
Because metal is awesome, and bands of different genres need to be in this list.
Great Newcommers with meaningful lyrics and a great singer! NR
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.
You CANNOT have Trooper at #48. I have to vote for them on that basis alone. The album HOT SHOTS was the BEST SELLING Canadian album of ALL TIME at one point. Let that sink in. Stop voting for these lesser bands you have above them.
When my brother bought the album Hot Shots in 1979 I was hooked. I saw Trooper 4 times and loved them every time. They should be near the top of this list. Rock on Canada
Raise a little hell and vote for themV 2 Comments
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