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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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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    5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop punk, Pop music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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

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    Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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

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    New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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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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    Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Divinyls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Rock music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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    Australian Crawl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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    Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Paul Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 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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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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

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    Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    Mental As Anything is listed (or ranked) 35 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) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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

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    Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Rock music

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

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    Screaming Jets is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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

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    Goanna Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Rock music, Indie rock

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    Pop music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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