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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3,571 1,358
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,487 1,561
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
2,235 1,206
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,854 816
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,579 1,580
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,610 1,232
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,639 1,032
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

8
1,271 627
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

9
903 458
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

10
926 618
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

11
1,095 761
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
865 580
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

13
1,004 567
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
1,012 470
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
1,071 404
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
843 450
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

17
1,093 553
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

18
801 793
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

19
773 781
Jet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

20
658 407
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

21
1,084 619
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

22
669 377
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

23
574 407
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
502 374
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
573 342
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock