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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3,577 1,363
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,495 1,564
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
2,240 1,208
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,856 817
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,585 1,581
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,616 1,236
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,649 1,035
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,272 631
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

9
905 461
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

10
928 621
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

11
1,098 763
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
866 581
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

13
1,007 568
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
1,013 471
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
1,072 407
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
845 451
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

17
1,095 554
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

18
802 795
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

19
775 782
Jet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

20
659 408
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

21
1,088 619
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

22
673 378
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

23
575 409
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
502 376
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
574 343
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock