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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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1,829 1,267
INXS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

2
2,683 1,050
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,712 912
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,392 548
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Cold Chisel Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,145 1,326
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,138 1,072
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,228 905
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Crowded House New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,007 457
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PaulCollins added The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

9
678 429
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PaulCollins added Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

10
714 491
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hunters & Collectors Rock music

11
852 637
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PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
768 462
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PaulCollins added Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

13
611 649
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PaulCollins added Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

14
665 325
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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15
668 356
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PaulCollins added Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

16
797 368
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PaulCollins added Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

17
840 295
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
553 637
Jet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jet Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

19
797 465
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

20
463 314
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PaulCollins added Mental As Anything New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

21
585 448
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PaulCollins added Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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22
799 504
The Church is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
The Church Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

23
338 307
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Mondo Rock Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

24
539 289
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PaulCollins added Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

25
538 302
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PaulCollins added Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

26
784 513
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

27
468 255
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PaulCollins added Choirboys Pub rock, Hard rock

28
495 340
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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29
418 265
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rose Tattoo Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
392 269
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PaulCollins added Noiseworks Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

31
281 238
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PaulCollins added Models Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
392 742
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

33
366 250
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Daddy Cool Rock music

34
371 528
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

35
691 1,066
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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36
394 199
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Ian Moss Rock music, Blues

37
416 482
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

38
649 481
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

39
310 241
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Billy Thorpe Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

40
371 333
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

41
520 519
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

42
388 251
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PaulCollins added Screaming Jets Pub rock, Hard rock

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381 358
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

44
651 959
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PaulCollins added 5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

45
261 223
The Masters Apprentices is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added The Masters Apprentices Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

46
340 234
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Baby Animals Rock music, Indie rock

47
265 379
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PaulCollins added Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

48
358 548
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PaulCollins added Empire of the Sun Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

49
315 242
Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Johnny Diesel Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

50
386 320
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added John Farnham Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music