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
3,194 1,225
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,177 1,455
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
2,011 1,080
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,656 702
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,384 1,475
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,410 1,165
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,465 974
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,163 568
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

9
838 564
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

10
781 512
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
989 703
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
774 401
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

13
919 522
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
924 429
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
714 741
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

16
801 404
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

17
974 358
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
611 362
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

19
972 515
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

20
674 720
Jet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

21
920 550
The Church is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

22
954 573
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

23
677 501
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
610 337
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

25
518 368
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

26
463 324
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
378 355
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
522 302
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

29
580 388
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

30
845 1,120
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

31
435 291
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music

32
335 277
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

33
443 313
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

34
471 812
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
780 515
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
437 585
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
435 236
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Rock music, Blues

38
488 540
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

39
628 564
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

40
435 363
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

41
455 280
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

42
350 271
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

43
456 401
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
302 258
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
762 1,068
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PaulCollins added Pop punk, Pop music

46
389 263
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Indie rock

47
434 587
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PaulCollins added Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

48
474 354
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
317 418
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PaulCollins added Alternative rock, Indie rock

50
411 418
Hilltop Hoods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hip hop music, Australian hip hop