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
3,327 1,269
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,292 1,500
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
2,089 1,128
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,728 746
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,454 1,514
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,483 1,191
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,203 587
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

8
1,531 996
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

9
839 421
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

10
825 535
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
873 584
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

12
1,033 726
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

13
957 540
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
961 443
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
1,014 376
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
805 422
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

17
1,011 529
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

18
739 763
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

19
628 379
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

20
711 740
Jet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

21
992 589
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

22
638 352
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

23
544 380
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
479 341
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
541 319
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

26
959 567
The Church is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

27
603 402
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

28
711 515
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

29
829 525
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

30
900 1,139
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

31
456 329
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

32
349 291
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

33
499 366
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

34
390 369
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

35
666 579
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

36
497 830
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

37
446 250
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Rock music, Blues

38
479 291
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

39
516 563
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

40
451 306
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music

41
474 415
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

42
405 274
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Indie rock

43
464 605
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

44
453 376
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

45
330 430
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PaulCollins added Alternative rock, Indie rock

46
359 281
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

47
367 287
Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

48
425 367
Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

49
361 521
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

50
353 283
Daryl Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music