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List Rules 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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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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778 463
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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612 438
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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655 286
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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557 384
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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518 343
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Crowded House New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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393 347
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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384 236
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Cold Chisel Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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370 291
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PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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260 242
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PaulCollins added Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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235 182
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hunters & Collectors Rock music

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254 162
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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232 151
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PaulCollins added The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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215 173
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PaulCollins added Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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339 171
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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260 232
Jet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jet Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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281 213
The Church is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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216 152
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PaulCollins added Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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302 195
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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272 174
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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259 162
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PaulCollins added Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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250 316
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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238 209
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PaulCollins added Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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223 216
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PaulCollins added Empire of the Sun Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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185 140
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PaulCollins added Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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189 186
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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124 84
Hilltop Hoods is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hilltop Hoods Hip hop music, Australian hip hop

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465 507
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PaulCollins added 5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

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191 123
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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149 115
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Living End Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

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145 113
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PaulCollins added Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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205 178
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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121 124
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PaulCollins added Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

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154 165
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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141 114
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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76 44
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wiza... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Zoran Lj. Petrovic added King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

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129 107
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PaulCollins added Mental As Anything New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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173 123
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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81 39
The Wiggles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Wiggles Children's music

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133 122
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added The Saints Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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103 92
The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added The Go-Betweens Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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106 70
Spiderbait is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Spiderbait Pop music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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152 121
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PaulCollins added Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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179 192
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Kylie Minogue Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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101 101
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PaulCollins added The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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147 126
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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125 105
Vance Joy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Vance Joy

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41 34
The Avalanches is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
julian-matthias added The Avalanches Electronic music, Hip Hop, Alternative dance

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116 132
Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Natalie Imbruglia Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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85 94
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Mondo Rock Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock