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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    the people's #1
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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

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  4. 4
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    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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  5. 5
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    - 162


    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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  6. 6
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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  8. 8
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    Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

    added by PaulCollins
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  9. 9
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    5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop punk, Pop music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    + 152
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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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  17. 17
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    Split Enz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by PaulCollins
    Rock 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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    Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Paul Kelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop 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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    added by mwhite3
    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    - 77

    added by HelenNguyen
    Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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    often listed & added by thecollo67
    New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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    Hoodoo Gurus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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    added by PaulCollins
    Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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

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

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by thecollo67
    Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

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    added by thecollo67
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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

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    Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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

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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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    Mental As Anything is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

    added by PaulCollins
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock 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

    ranked high on reranks & added by PaulCollins
    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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

    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulCollins
    Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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    often listed & added by PaulCollins
    Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulCollins
    Pop music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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

    often listed & added by PaulCollins
    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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

    ranked high on reranks & added by PaulCollins
    Folk music, Indie rock

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    Dragon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulCollins
    Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Spy Vs Spy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

    ranked high on reranks & added by PaulCollins
    Pub rock, Ska

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    ranked low on reranks & added by thecollo67
    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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