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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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709 444
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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573 413
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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521 370
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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605 272
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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487 332
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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357 327
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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344 219
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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352 279
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PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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221 172
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hunters & Collectors Rock music

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233 150
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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218 142
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PaulCollins added The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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198 165
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PaulCollins added Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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PaulCollins added Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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266 202
The Church is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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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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240 229
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PaulCollins added Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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313 165
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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285 188
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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PaulCollins added Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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253 166
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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242 303
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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PaulCollins added Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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172 133
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PaulCollins added Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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PaulCollins added 5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

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173 176
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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137 109
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Living End Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

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101 70
Hilltop Hoods is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hilltop Hoods Hip hop music, Australian hip hop

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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PaulCollins added Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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PaulCollins added Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

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170 118
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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130 109
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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181 171
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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

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60 36
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wiza... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Zoran Lj. Petrovic added King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

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127 116
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added The Saints Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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98 84
The Go-Betweens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added The Go-Betweens Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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158 118
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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98 65
Spiderbait is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Spiderbait Pop music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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61 35
The Wiggles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Wiggles Children's music

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138 115
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PaulCollins added Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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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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91 96
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PaulCollins added The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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134 119
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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37 29
The Avalanches is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
julian-matthias added The Avalanches Electronic music, Hip Hop, Alternative dance

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114 97
Vance Joy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Vance Joy

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111 127
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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90 78
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Daddy Cool Rock music