Top 10 Canadian Classic Rock Artists

Only The Best

From maple syrup to poutine and everything in between, there’s so much to love about Canada. Sure they did give us Justin Bieber and Nickelback but we’re more than willing to let it slide because of the following artists who had invaluable contribution to rock ‘n roll.

They definitely deserve some appreciation because obviously, we cannot imagine a world where their music doesn’t exist.

10. Bryan Adams

It was his 1984 album “Reckless” which propelled him towards international stardom. And he has earned various wins and nominations from Juno Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Academy Awards and MTV VMAs to name a few.

9. Bachman–Turner Overdrive

This rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba sold more than 7 million albums in the ’70s alone and their biggest hits are still staples in classic rock radio stations today.

8. Leonard Cohen

If we start talking about his accomplishments, we’d be here all day. So we’ll leave you will one word, “Hallelujah” – his epic masterpiece.

7. Steppenwolf

Before they became Steppenwolf, they were known as The Sparrows which formed in Oshawa, Ontario. They eventually went on to make huge hits like “Born to be Wild.”

6. The Guess Who

Back in 1987, they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. It was the song “These Eyes” which helped them crack the Top 10 in the US.

5. The Band

We will always remember them as one of the few rock acts who managed to kickstart their career with a mind-blowing debut album.

4. Rush

In 2017, it’s been estimated that Rush sold over 40 million album copies worldwide. Let that sink in.

3. Joni Mitchell

Would you believe this legendary singer-songwriter used to be a busker around the streets and small clubs in Toronto, Ontario?

2. Gordon Lightfoot

This folk-rock legend is widely considered as Canada’s greatest songwriter since he helped craft the folk sound from the ’60s to the ’70s.

1. Neil Young

Where do we even begin with Neil Young? The man is so accomplished he deserves an entire post dedicated only to him and his musical brilliance.