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All the “best” artists are Canadian?! 😮

This post loosely accompanies Gab & Jam, 304. All the “best” artists are Canadian?!

We LOVE music and often we don’t pay attention to where the music is from and just dig the vibe. However, over the years, it has been quite the shock to realize that some of the most talked about bands in the U.S. are actually Canadian. Enhanced by:

Check out the episode for the full discussion.

What do you mean by “BEST” bands?

When we say all the “best” bands, we mean a couple of things. First, the band is one of our favorites and it surprised us to learn that they were Canadian, as well as, secondly, some of these bands are simply so loved by American audiences that it may be a surprise to identify them as Canadian.

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Get this, according to the Rolling Stone article that helped enhance this post, Canada has one tenth of the population of the U.S., so for it to have produced some of the greatest songwriters of all time is astounding.

Decades AND Genres

What’s even MORE astounding is that this list of Canadians who have had an impact on our music spans both decades and genres, including what many agree is one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time. 😳🤷🏽‍♀️


Here’s why we asked if all the “best” bands are Canadian:

We’ve grouped them, loosely, into 6 categories.


Great songwriters:

In this section, we group together those folks who have been touted as heroes of songwriting and some of the great bands of ALL time, which includes:

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Hip hop standouts:

In this section, we group together some of the folks at the top of the hip hop game, including:


“All-American” Pop:

In this section, we group together folks who we celebrate as at the top of the pop genre, including:


Leaders in “Feminine Energy”:

In this section, we group together those who not only embody the ethos of the modern female music movement, but also who are still revered today, including:


All Around Popular:

In this section, we group together those who we had associated with Canada, including:



In this section, we group together a cobbling of folks who are from a variety of genres and whom we Canadian, including:

The bottom line is….

Needless to say, this list is stupid long, so check out the full episode's discussion for it all.

Who did we miss? Who is Canadian, but has a strong influence on the mainland USA? Leave them in the comments below.

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