5. The Band
The Band is 80 percent Canadian, and yet they wrote some of the most quintessential American songs every put down on tape. That's largely due to their other 20 percent: drummer Levon Helm. He was born and bred in Arkansas and pure Americana ran through his veins. The debate will forever rage about who exactly wrote what in the Band, but many critics have noted that it took a bunch of Canadians to write the best rock song ever about the American Civil War. "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down" takes no sides in the horrible conflict, and their performance of the tune at The Last Waltz remains one of the greatest moments in rock history. That was the last time all five original members shared a stage, though they reformed in 1983 and didn't call it quits until Rick Danko passed away in 1999.