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
3,762 1,436
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
2
2,630 1,627
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock
3
2,341 1,269
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
4
2,944 873
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll
5
1,679 1,629
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
6
1,717 1,275
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
7
1,737 1,065
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock
8
1,329 659
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock
9
954 491
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
10
1,144 795
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
11
967 652
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music
12
1,058 592
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music
13
895 616
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
14
1,064 494
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock
15
1,116 438
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
16
878 470
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll
17
1,166 580
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge
18
845 820
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock
19
819 813
Jet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk
20
1,142 643
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock
21
685 435
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock
22
604 428
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
23
699 398
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock
24
1,051 611
The Church is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music
25
1,064 1,193
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop