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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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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock
3
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
4
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll
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Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock
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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
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Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
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Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
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The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll
17
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge
18
Jet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk
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Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
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Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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The Church is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music