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

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

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

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

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

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PaulCollins added The Angels Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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

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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Men at Work New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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PaulCollins added Divinyls New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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PaulCollins added Icehouse Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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

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PaulCollins added Australian Crawl Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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PaulCollins added Hoodoo Gurus New Wave, Rock music, College rock

The Best Songs About Winning, Ranked

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PaulCollins added Little River Band Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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PaulCollins added Paul Kelly Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Jimmy Barnes Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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PaulCollins added Skyhooks Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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

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Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Powderfinger Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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

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PaulCollins added Split Enz New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rose Tattoo Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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PaulCollins added Mental As Anything New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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PaulCollins added Dragon Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Mondo Rock Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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PaulCollins added Choirboys Pub rock, Hard rock

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

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PaulCollins added Noiseworks Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Daddy Cool Rock music

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PaulCollins added Models Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Tame Impala Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Ian Moss Rock music, Blues

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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

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The Saints is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added The Saints Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Billy Thorpe Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Wolfmother Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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PaulCollins added Screaming Jets Pub rock, Hard rock

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The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Baby Animals Rock music, Indie rock

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

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PaulCollins added 5 Seconds of Summer Pop punk, Pop music

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PaulCollins added Empire of the Sun Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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PaulCollins added Eskimo Joe Alternative rock, Indie rock

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John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added John Farnham Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Johnny Diesel Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll