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The Top Ten
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
Best North American band in my opinionV 65 Comments
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.
RIP Gord - 445956V 32 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 young is such a iconic legend. no lyricist is better than him (besides dylan) and he just has that signature sound. he's just as good as rush and the hip in my humble opinion,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
Rush is number 1 no doubt but these guys have to be 2. - KinaivanV 2 Comments
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!
My favorite band!V 33 Comments
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
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.
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
The best Canadian Band Ever, they wrote all they own music, and is played around the worldV 22 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.
They are from Toronto buddy! The group was formed in late 1967 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay
American! FROM LA California!
Three canadians started in oshawa. How much more canadian do you need.
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).
great bandV 21 Comments
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.
The suburbs is one of my favourite rock songs ever. I can finally play it on the piano! And check out there new album, ‘everything now.’ It’s great.V 14 Comments
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.
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.
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.
Hard driving-blue collar rock and roll.V 10 Comments
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 suckV 36 Comments
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.
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.
Should be #1. Nickelback helped me to look at graphs - NickelbackLinkinPark4EvaV 28 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.
One of my favorite bands of the 70s no matter where they are from. I love the heavy guitar and fun lyrics.V 4 Comments
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
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.
If this is supposed to be outside of the top tens it should definitely not be number 17. - HarlesLovesMetal
How are Sum 41 NOT in the top 10?!V 9 Comments
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 listV 9 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.
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.
Saga was the best Rockband evet for me, but the last CD's were very bad!V 3 Comments
Should be rated number 1#
This band sucks
Love this Band! Greetz from Germany
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.
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.
Lay it on the line. Probably my favorite rock n roll tune.
Great great band. really hard rocking band, they definitely deserve to be much closer to the top!V 4 Comments
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)
More people are heartbroken by GBS breakup than Rush's. Free NFLD!V 1 Comment
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.
ITS BEEN ONE WEEK SINCE YOU LOOKED AT ME - NickelbackLinkinPark4EvaV 8 Comments
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!
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!
Hedley is my favourite band, they are so amazingV 8 Comments
This is the best band ever. Helped me past my troubled young young lives.
Literally the best Canadian band in the world!
Soothed my torched soul on many occasions..
They make Magick. Best band EVER, ANYWHERE!V 1 Comment
These guys, The Hip, Sam Roberts and Sloan should without a doubt be in the top 10.
Should be number one. Who sells more concert tickets in Canada than Blue Rodeo?
How could you have missed this from the list of the top 10?
Great music!V 8 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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
These guys have insane talent
Great Newcommers with meaningful lyrics and a great singer! NR
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.
Best band out there! They put so much effort into everything they do and you can really tell that they are passionate about it. #whoarriorV 2 Comments
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. - NuMetalManiakV 1 Comment
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!
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. - KnutHudson
Sloan should be way higher on this list. They've lasted for 20 years with the same lineup. Their music has stayed consistent and awesome!
Should be in the Top Two, with The Band. Tons of great songs.V 3 Comments
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 peopleV 1 Comment
The best Canadian band since Doug and the Slugs
When I saw 54-40 listen below a bunch of thrash bands... I knew this wasn't a very legit list. As a thrash lover...
Awesome band. Ranked way to low.
Love them! Most underrated bandV 1 Comment
Because metal is awesome, and bands of different genres need to be in this list.
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!
Don't get how this is 42 just a great bandV 4 Comments
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
Probably THE Canadian mainstream rock band of the late Seventies. Who has not heard Raise A Little Hell or Boys In The Bright White Sports Car? Deserve wayyy better.V 2 Comments
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!
Needs a higher ranking!
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