Top 10 Most Underrated Canadian Bands


The Top Ten

1 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.

Hell yeah! Triumph is so underrated and I really don't know why. Triumph was the go to Canadian band once Rush decided to suck after 1981. Rik Emmett is one of my favorite guitarists and singers and he's extremely underrated as well. And Gil and Mike were fantastic musicians. Gil's drumming was great for what they play and his vocals rivaled those of Rik. Mike was an excellent bassist with some of my favorite bass lines ever being on "Fight the Good Fight", "Blinding Light Show", and "Tear the Roof Off". Anyways, I absolutely love this band. Well, until they put out The Sport of Kings. - Aweso

My favourite band of all time, So many great songs. Known well in the 80s. Nobody knows who they are now. - Goalie1

2 Trooper
3 Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Not sure about underrated but they rocked the world back in the day and Bachman is still performing today.

4 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.
5 Chilliwack

Well recognized set list, excellent musicianship and a diverse style. No 2 songs sound the same but have an unmistakeable Chilliwack signature sound.

6 Toronto
7 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.
8 Honeymoon Suite Honeymoon Suite Honeymoon Suite is a Canadian hard rock/glam metal band formed in 1981 in Niagara Falls. The band's name was a nod to the fact that Niagara Falls is the unofficial honeymoon capital.
9 Stampeders

Most top rated bands listed I never even heard of. Wow, who from the 70s never heard of the Stampeders. Sweet city woman is still heard more than most Canadian hits

An endless supply of hits in the 70s, They probably played in EVERY rink in Canada that had a roof

10 Headpins Headpins Headpins are a Canadian rock group, founded as a side project in the late 1970s by then Chilliwack members Ab Bryant and Brian MacLeod.

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Blue Rodeo
13 Our Lady Peace
14 Quo Vadis Quo Vadis Quo Vadis was a technical melodic death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, formed in 1992 by Bart Frydrychowicz, Yanic Bercier, and Arie Itman, named after the novel by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz.
15 Into Eternity Into Eternity Into Eternity is a Canadian progressive metal band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was formed in 1997 by Tim Roth, Scott Krall and Jim Austin.
16 Headstones
17 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; more.
18 The Tea Party

The Edges of Twilight is simply one of the best rock albums ever recorded.

Incredible and incredibly underrated band.

19 Marianas Trench 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.

Most underrated band because it is honestly the best music I have ever listened to

20 Prism Prism Prism is a Canadian rock band formed in Vancouver in 1977. They were originally active from 1977 to 1984 and have been active again from 1987 to present.

Greatest Canadian group out there! Their use of synth, horns, blues, and classic rock mix perfectly. The original lead vocalist had a amazing one of a kind voice! They have so many great songs like Take Me to the Kaptin, Spaceship Superstar, Armageddon, Flyin’, Young and Restless, Don't Let Him Know, and Good to be Back.

21 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.
22 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.
23 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.
24 Alexisonfire Alexisonfire Alexisonfire is a five-piece Canadian post-hardcore band that formed in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2001. The band consists of George Pettit, Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, Chris Steele, and Jordan Hastings.
25 Hey Ocean!
26 Tricky Woo

If every band could capture the moment and the energy the way Tricky Woo did on the "Sometimes I Cry" album, this world would be a better place.

27 Danko Jones

This dude was a friend of Lemmy's and I didn't see him anywhere on this list?!?! Danko is rock n roll...good basic rock n roll with a touch of punk. Some of the choruses just crack me up for the right reasons...for example, Sticky Situation from the "Sleep is the Enemy" album.

28 Palaye Royale Palaye Royale
29 Helix Helix Helix is a Canadian hard rock/heavy metal band. They formed in 1974, and are best known for their 1984 single "Rock You".

Best Canadian rock band I’ve heard

30 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 more.
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