Manitoba has been well known for producing some of Canada's most famous music ever since the early 1960s.
The Canadian 1960s supergroup "Chad Allen and the Expressions" (better known as The Guess Who) became the first rock musicians to be recognized outside Manitoba, and even outside Canada! Their 1965 hit "Shakin' All Over" gave them instant success in Canada and Great Britain. Many thought they would end up being a "one hit wonder", but that became far from true five years later. Their hits "American Woman", "No Time", "Clap for the Wolfman", "These Eyes", and "No Sugar Tonight" made them one of the most successful rock bands to ever come from Canada.
The Guess Who's good friend Neil Young was also a fellow Manitoba, although he was born in Toronto. Neil's family has been traced back to Western Manitoba, where his father and grandparents grew up. Neil got his music starts with playing in "Neil Young & the Squires" during the mid 1960s.
Then-former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman started up a band called Brave Belt not long after he left The Guess Who. Brave Belt was later renamed to Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO for short). Bachman-Turner Overdrive became hugely popular worldwide with such hits as "Takin' Care of Business", "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", and "Let it Ride". Burton Cummings, who had been lead singer of the Guess Who, had a successful solo career with softer hits including "Stand Tall", "Scared", and "Break it to Them Gently".
Tom Cochrane, a rocker originally from Northern Manitoba is famous for writing and singing such tunes (solo and with his band Red Rider) as "Lunatic Fringe", "Life is a Highway", and "Boy Inside the Man".
In the 1990s, a soft rock band from Winnipeg/Selkirk was formed featuring a man named Brad Roberts and a woman named Ellen Reid. The band was called Crash Test Dummies. Crash Test Dummies were made famous back in the mid 1990s with their hit songs "Peter Pumpkinhead" and "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm", which were both featured on the movie Dumb & Dumber.
In the early 1990s Susan Aglukark, born in Churchill, emerged as a nationally successful adult contemporary singer; later in the decade and into the next, Chantal Kreviazuk became a nationally and internationally successful singer and songwriter.
Other recent artists from Manitoba include Doc Walker, Christine Fellows, Propagandhi The Watchmen, The Weakerthans.