Top Ten Best Canadian Bands

Rush ? Steppenwolf ? The Band ? You choose !

The Top Ten

1 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.

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.

Before rush came in, no one in the rock scene can make it til they sounded like Page (and the rest of them). The undergroud was full of copies.. or Wana Bz. For me, Rush represents more than just the music. They represent thousands of other underground bands that had all the talent but "0" respect for them. Rush gave the underground hope, that maybe, just maybe, the music we (they) play that isn't Zeppelin, that isn't Ozyy, or remotely Deep Purple, or hell throw in the Bieber if you want, can make it out there. Thank you rush.. Thank you for proving all of us wrong. respect..

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

2 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.

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.

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!

3 Tragically Hip

Amazing band, I have seen them 25 times and hope to see them a few more for their last tour. They were born for Canada and have chosen to do their last ever tour in Canada ending it in their hometown of Kingston. Its sad to see Gord fall like this so unexpectedly, I thought I'd be seeing them for years to come. I guess I will make the most of this last tour. Everything from me being interviewed for the bobycageon movie to me falling asleep listening to them on shuffle. They make me a proud Canadian, and should be much higher up.

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

Rush may be technically better but everything the hip do is so authentically Canadian that they truly deserve the Canadian crown

Should easily be #1. They even deserve to have the spot on the Canadian music throne in a special spot above #1 so nobody can pass them in the rankings.

4 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.

Many people haven't pointed out... Adam Gontier left the band in 2013... Matt Walst is the new singer... But I do wish to say that I love so many of their songs, XD

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!

5 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.

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).

These guys are definitely amazing! By far are better then quite a few in the top 10. its not as good as Rush and Guess Who. but it comes down to it - they are by far better then Three Days Grace, Marianas Trench and Simple Plan. on par with April Wine and Tragically Hip (or maybe a bit better then Trag). they have an amazing guitarist, vocals are sick! Lyrics and Sound are on another level compared to lots of bands, Canadian or elsewhere!

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.

6 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.

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

Three canadians started in oshawa. How much more canadian do you need.

Best group from Canada and USA

7 Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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.

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

He has a better good to bad song ratio than anyone-even the Beatles

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

8 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.

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.

Haha. That's Funny!

9 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.

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.

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

10 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.

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.

Best thrash metal band to have come out of Canada, along Annihilator of course.

The Contenders

11 Marianas Trench Marianas 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!

Their music is genius! Lyrically deep and meaningful! Sung with upbeat to raw emotion! From orchestras and choirs to harmonising acapella; they do it all! And they do it WELL! An entire LP with a fairytale story that blends from the first track to the last?! That's musical genius! Not your run of the mill factory produced cookie cutter band- pure, raw hardworking talent! And that's just the tip if the iceberg!

12 Guess Who

This band sold more records in 1970 than any other band IN THE WORLD! They performed at the White House and produced some of the most lyrically timeless tracks which still resonate today. Who else could sing like Cummings? Coupled with Bachman et al, these four guys made Winnipeg shine on the world stage. There is no doubt they belong on the peak of the mountain.

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.

I just seen the Guess Who recently in northern Michigan and the new lead singer Canadian Derek Sharp is just phenomenal I'm mean his voice and guitar work are like perfect wow and to have originals Garrey Peterson on drums and Jim Kale on bass along with the other guitarist and keyboard player.The show was so great I hope they keep touring as long as they can.Bill from Michigan.

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

13 Simple Plan Simple 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!

Simple Plan and Nickelback suck. They should not be on this list.

14 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.

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.

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.

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

15 Cryptopsy Cryptopsy is a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 1988. The band has sold over 300,000 records.

If you're a metalhead listen to None so Vile and you won't be disappointed.

I cannot believe I have to add these guys!

16 Our Lady Peace

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.

Favorite band of all time Three days grace, Billy Talent and Big Wreck are definitely contenders.

How are they this far behind Marianas trench? Rains writes some of their music for them.

17 Bachman-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.

Definitely in the top 5 bands from Canada. You can't go to a major sporting event anywhere in the US or Canada and not hear Taking Care Of Business or You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!
Ba Ba Ba Baby! You're nuts if you don't think they should be in the top ten.

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.

18 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.

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 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.

Ok the fact that sum 41 is behind nickelback makes me want to vomit. In fact just nickelback being on this list at all makes me want to throw up

19 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.

We used to be haters, then (forcibly) spent some time listening to their music, and it got better and better with each listen. Lots of "hidden gem" tunes, most of which are our favourite songs of theirs, not the radio friendly hits. Plus, in the many times we've now seen them live in concert, they're second to none.

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

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...

Nickelback should easily win this list not one person has a better work ethic than Chad kroegar and they preform better than any band in the enire world... best band since queen. Bottom Line!...

20 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.
21 Razor Razor is a Canadian thrash metal band formed in 1984 at Guelph, Ontario. The group shot music videos for songs such as "Evil Invaders", "Shotgun Justice", "American Luck", and "Sucker for Punishment".
22 Hedley

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!

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!

These guys need to be number one they are so good, they keep me strong and sane, I love you jacob hoggard

I loved this band before they became pop, their albums Hedley and Famous Last Words were great!

23 Saga

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.

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?

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.

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

24 Exciter Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario, formed in 1978 as Hell Razor. In 1980 they changed the name Exciter. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre.

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.

25 April Wine

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.

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...

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

The Best Underrated Band in the World April Wine loved by Canadians and given little respect from the music industry. They are in my opinion a top three band in the Canadian best band of all times category... Their music is timeless cue up "I Like To Rock" and get a taste of what I am saying, enjoy.

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