Top Ten Best Canadian Bands


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21 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.

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!

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22 Great Big Sea

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!

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23 Our Lady Peace

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

This band would be so much higher if they were popular outside of Canada. Kind of like how Breaking Benjamin can't get popular outside of America

How did nickelback get ranked sixth and our lady peace is stuck in twenty second? Listen to naveed and spiritual machines then tell me how that happened.

Ridiculously far down the list

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

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.

25 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.

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.

Top 10 material

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26 Matthew Good Band

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!

27 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. V 1 Comment
28 Exciter 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.
29 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!

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 amazing

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30 Razor 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".
31 The Tea Party

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!

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32 Blue Rodeo

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!

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34 The Sheepdogs
35 My Darkest Days My Darkest Days My Darkest Days is a Canadian rock band based in Peterborough, Ontario consisting of lead singer Matt Walst, bassist Brendan McMillan, drummer Doug Oliver, and keyboardist Reid Henry.

Great Newcommers with meaningful lyrics and a great singer! NR

36 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.

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!

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37 The Jeff Healey Band

One of the greatest guitar players.And he was blind.

He was an amazing talent.

38 Finger Eleven

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

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39 Down With Webster

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. #whoarrior

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40 Skinny Puppy Skinny Puppy Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre.

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...

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