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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3,059 1,180
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,074 1,404
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
1,922 1,036
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,576 664
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,318 1,435
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,117 543
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

7
1,341 1,143
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

8
1,391 957
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

9
801 540
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

10
747 490
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
939 689
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

12
739 381
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

13
865 508
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
889 415
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
674 716
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

16
759 392
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

17
941 340
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
579 348
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

19
915 503
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

20
631 697
Jet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

21
881 538
The Church is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

22
648 486
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

23
898 554
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

24
498 357
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

25
579 325
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

26
450 309
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

27
362 345
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
506 287
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

29
552 377
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

30
427 301
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

31
802 1,105
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

32
409 283
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music

33
315 270
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

34
446 794
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
744 507
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
417 569
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
423 229
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Rock music, Blues

38
467 523
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

39
593 547
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

40
413 359
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

41
335 263
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

42
434 274
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

43
428 382
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
726 1,030
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PaulCollins added Pop punk, Pop music

45
285 248
The Masters Apprentices is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

46
374 257
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Indie rock

47
412 579
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PaulCollins added Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

48
444 342
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
304 407
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PaulCollins added Alternative rock, Indie rock

50
383 408
Hilltop Hoods is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Hip hop music, Australian hip hop