The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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List Criteria: Vote for the best Australian bands and musical groups!

Who are the best Australian bands? The best bands from Australia you'll find on this list come from a variety of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk, and acoustic. Sometimes known as "Oz Rock," rock n' roll has prevailed in Australia for the past 50 years.  

Three distinct types of rock made their way to the outback between 1955 - 1975. The first wave in the '50s was influenced by both American and British music. Most of the tunes in this era were fairly clean-cut acts, and often appeared on Bandstand. However, the Beatles swooped in shortly after and changed everything. With them came other pop acts, such as The BeeGees and The Easybeats. The third wave occurred in the early '70s, and influenced a new style of rock called "pub rock." The most famous pub rock band to come out of this decade was of course, AC/DC.  

Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Australian musicians to discover some great new bands and artists. Vote up the best Australian bands, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    most listed
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop punk, Pop music

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    Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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    Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Split Enz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Rock music

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    Paul Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Australian Crawl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    added by PaulCollins
    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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    added by DonElford
    Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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    added by HelenNguyen
    Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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    Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    added by thecollo67
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    often listed & added by mwhite3
    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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    Hoodoo Gurus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Divinyls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Noiseworks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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    The Angels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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    Mental As Anything is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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    Eskimo Joe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

    added by PaulCollins
    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    The Veronicas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Skyhooks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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    Boy & Bear is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Folk music, Indie rock

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    Spy Vs Spy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Ska

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    Dragon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    added by PaulCollins
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    added by litchsg
    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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