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
    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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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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    5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop punk, Pop music

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

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Little River Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Australian Crawl is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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

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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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    Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Pop music

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    Hoodoo Gurus is listed (or ranked) 33 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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    Noiseworks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Mental As Anything 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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    The Veronicas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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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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    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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

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    Folk music, Indie rock

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

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    Rock music, Glam rock, Hard 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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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

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