Australian 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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1
3,119 1,199
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,119 1,428
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
1,962 1,057
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,609 683
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,347 1,457
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,374 1,151
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,139 555
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

8
1,428 963
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

9
818 552
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

10
762 503
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
968 696
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
757 390
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

13
891 517
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
904 423
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
695 728
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

16
781 399
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

17
959 349
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
594 354
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

19
654 710
Jet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

20
940 510
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

21
901 547
The Church is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

22
665 494
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

23
920 566
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

24
596 331
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

25
509 362
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

26
456 317
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
370 350
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

28
512 296
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

29
566 383
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

30
822 1,114
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

31
424 286
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music

32
436 307
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

33
326 273
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

34
459 806
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

35
759 513
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

36
429 576
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

37
428 233
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Rock music, Blues

38
474 534
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

39
607 557
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

40
425 360
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

41
343 265
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

42
441 278
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

43
443 392
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

44
294 253
The Masters Apprentices is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

45
383 261
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Indie rock

46
738 1,054
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PaulCollins added Pop punk, Pop music

47
425 584
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PaulCollins added Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

48
462 350
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

49
309 415
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PaulCollins added Alternative rock, Indie rock

50
394 415
Hilltop Hoods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hip hop music, Australian hip hop