music The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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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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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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INXS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Crowded House New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Jet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jet Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

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Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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Empire of the Sun Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Church is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Cold Chisel Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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The Saints is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Saints Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Kylie Minogue Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Go-Betweens Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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Spiderbait is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Spiderbait Pop music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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The Veronicas Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Iva Davies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Iva Davies New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Mondo Rock Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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The Living End is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Living End Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

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Mental As Anything New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Natalie Imbruglia Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Keith Urban Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

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Radio Birdman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Radio Birdman Garage rock, Protopunk, Punk rock

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Gotye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Michael Hutchence New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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The Temper Trap is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Temper Trap Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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John Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
John Paul Young Pop music