Best Australian Bands

The Top Ten
1 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

AC/DC's 1980 album Back In Black currently stands at the #2 all-time highest selling albums... Ever. Being that the #1 spot is occupied by an American, I would say this is good enough reason to convince anyone AC/DC is Australia's #1 band... Oh, they are also in the record books as Australia's #1 export, never fallen into the "where are they now" category, never had an album that didn't produce two or 3 chart makers, let alone have never had an album go out of print that became impossible to find for a while. Not to mention, not many bands could compete with having created so many memorable and classic rock anthems and riffs. Even Deep Purple only have TWO of those, and most people don't even know Black Knight without hearing it.

AC/DC is one of the worst "bands" that have crawled out of Australia. As their name suggests AC/DC is nothing more than a childish band that has as much equivilent in musical talent as Justin Beiber has. In my very strong opinion the world could have done without this monstrosity of a band.

No comparison on this.. One of d best bands of all time.. And definitely the best band to come for Australia.. Its not just a band.. They are a phenomenon.. And anyone who has a doubt should hear.. Back in black or highway to hell.. Or thunderstruck.. Or TNT..

Seriously, a man compared ACDC to Beebzy Weebsy, really even know what would've been if there was no ACDC? For those who think ACDC is overrated, live on another planet and get out of here. This world is for ACDC

2 INXS INXS were an Australian rock and pop band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales.

An Absolute Aussie Force to be Reckoned with.
And like no other they had a "Unique Sound All to Themselves".
Rock, Pop, Disco, Ballads, once there music "Entertained Your Sensors," it wasn't hard in thriving on Michaels Highly polished Vocals & the Bands Immense Guitar Riffs, Drums, Bass, Piano/Synthesiser & Saxophone.
Back in the early 80's when the Band really took off in Australia.
Adelaide people are Well Known as the "Hardest Critics in Australia".
When Adelaide INXS Ticket Sales Went Online they were Sold Out in 25 minutes Flat.
Their Booking Promoter had to Quickly organise another Concert ! .
So what I'm trying to Convey here, is like "Many Countries, Nationalities, Around the World" reckoned,
("they Just Really Rocked").

I discovered INXS with the video of the song 'Need You Tonite' and never, ever stopped listening to them. Michael Hutchence was the best ever Rock singer to walk planet Earth. Great voice, sensuous - he had it all and and he left it all to soon. Every member of the band performs well. Their song 'Never Tear Us Apart' is one of the BEST rock ballads by a Rock Band. The band died with the death of Michael Hutchence. There never will be another!

The iconic lyrical masterpieces that INXS gave us puts them in first place on this list. The band above them on this list is great, but lack the amount of excellent singles that INXS has presented to the world. INXS is a bold band that re wrote the musical fabric that we knew up until then. They came to us known as The Farris Brothers and reached the top of the mountain as INXS. Their influence will be noticed for decades to come.

INXS conquered the world in 1991 after the release of "Kick" and "X" in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Both albums reaching the top 5 in countries such as the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. They played to 74000 people at Wembley Stadium in the UK in 1991, one of the largest concerts at Wembley ever. INXS is and will always remain one of the, if not, the best Australian artists in our history.

3 Cold Chisel Cold Chisel are an Australian pub rock band, which formed in Adelaide in 1973 by mainstay members Ian Moss on guitar and vocals, Steve Prestwich on drums and Don Walker on piano and keyboards.

You have Cold Chisel WAY down the list from their rightful place in the top 5 when they are Australian Rock Royalty. It's like listing Led Zeppelin below Oasis on a British list. I mean what? This is a band that crosses generations with hit after hit. Even if you don't like them, you gotta be impressed with the song writing and amazing vocals of young Jimmy Barnes. This list loses all credibility with Cold Chisel down this low. Just go see a whole crowd of young kids raise their glass in the air and sing an entire Chisel song regardless of whether they own a single album.

If they aren't the best band Australia has produced, they're a close second to AC/DC... which is only because of worldwide popularity. Easily better than INXS and Crowded House, they are the definitive Aussie Rock band with most of their music being very cultural and nationally relevant. International fame is the one thing they lack, and should this list be judged on that?

Absolute joke leaving chisel out of the top 10 let alone the top 5, I mean these dudes were just so real and everything Australian culture is about, absolute legends and the voice of barnes is something that no country or other band will ever have, the uniqueness of this great aussie pub rock band is something that no body will ever be able to compare to, again absolute joke leaving them out of the top 10!

Needs to be inside the top 5 at least. Iconic Aussie rock band that gets played through every pub in every town in Australia. Can't make a top 5 Aussie rock band list without including the guys who created the masterpieces such as "Flame Trees", "Choir Girl", "Bow River", "Cheap Wine", "Khe Sanh", "Standing On The Outside", and "When The War Is Over"!

4 Crowded House

This is literally my favourite band OF ALL TIME! I remember hearing Don't Dream It's Over on the radio when I was about 3 or 4-after Paul Hester died- and Crowded House has always been with me from that point. I cannot think of anyone as consistently brilliant as Neil Finn and I just think that both he and Tim are seriously underrated in places like the UK and the US. On a song for song basis there is no band that has had so many brilliant songs, when a Crowded House best of is released it would probably be fairer to just rerelease every album. Also, taking personal opinion aside, where's cold chisel?... Not top 3? WHAT?!

If you take personal bias aside and take a band on a song-by-song basis, then no one comes even close to Crowded House. Sure ACDC are an amazing rock band, Chisel have produced some power ballads, but Crowded House are the masters when it comes to writing a perfect song. Track for track of every album (pre reunion and latter efforts) is amazing. The combination of both Finn brothers on "Woodface" was huge and I do not think there is a single singer/songwriter to come out of Australia / New Zealand with the talent of Neil Finn. He and the band are amazing. They are without a doubt number 1.

I absolutely love Crowded House, not only are they one of the best Aussie bands (I know Neil Finn is a Kiwi, but they're still overall Australian), I honestly think they are one of the best all-time bands.

It's a rare occasion when you find a Best Of album where every song is not only recognisable but of the highest quality.

Deserves to be #1. Incredible catalogue that is packed with incredible songwriting. If there was anyone that was able to take the mantle of The Beatles it's these guys. They have the best anthemic songs, ranging from 'Don't Dream It's Over' to 'Fall At Your Feet' and 'Better Be Home Soon'.

5 Midnight Oil Midnight Oil are an Australian rock band, who originally performed as Farm from 1972 with drummer Rob Hirst, bass guitarist Andrew James and keyboard player/lead guitarist Jim Moginie.

I have spend countless hours reviewing Australian bands and their music to determine the greatest band of all time. Based on the number of anthems songs, charismatic lead singer, political/social influence, longevity of career and overall number of great songs, Midnight oil was so far ahead that that l stopped looking for reasons to elevate other bands. No disrespect to all the other great bands listed here but not quite a influential as Midnight Oil

Not only the best band from Australia, the best band of all time. Their music is the most compelling I've ever heard, even years after they officially packed it in. Never seems to age or be less than totally relevant and powerful. Couldn't pick a best album - at least six could fill that spot, and best song? Forget it, too many to count. Greatness is not based on popularity, it's based on greatness, and Midnight Oil are the greatest.

Saw them twice live and they were awesome, especially the second time in 2009 by which time I was familiar with almost all the songs they played. I thought in their day they were as good as U2. I think they may have been running out of steam though when Garrett decided to pull the pin and pursue a career in politics. I rate these guys number one Australian band of all time with daylight second!

Inexorably the best (sine qua non), most powerful live performance/shows I've seen since I saw the original grateful dead, or The Rolling Stones. for that matter... of course they are currently disbanded but I suspect garret will reassemble them after he has quit politricks. this band had more influence than any political position...they deserve higher rating here without a shadow of a doubt...please see live footage which is all over YouTube...

6 Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Beatles producer George Martin said the brothers Gibb have the BEST three-part harmony of all time! I agree with him and a career spanning 5 decades and one of the top five best-selling artists of all time. Speaks for itself. They deserve to be right at the very top, they are SIMPLY THE BEST!

Great music makers! Good before disco, but it was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that brought out my favorite Bee Gees music. definitely one of the greatest disco groups, if not the greatest! That's when everyone dressed with style and had great dance moves.

The Bee Gees should be right at the top with AC/DC. Their longevity and collection of great songs prove that. LRB was considered by most people, a joke. Silverchair was somewhat big 15-20 years ago. INXS was pretty good but was mostly a chick band.

Bee Gees are definitely an excellent music group, but whether they are classed as Australian I always ponder - yes they did live in Australia for a few years and started their career hear, many still question their true nationality.

7 Jet

JET's latest album (Shaka Rock) is just brilliant. One of the best Australian albums of all time. Gotta love that classic type of rock! JET are the modern day Beatles!

Jet honestly got me back into music. every other artist just has the same tune and melody. Jet is something you can totally rock out to. Way too underrated!

A great rock band with the unfortunate timing of being around when most people want pop or rap.

Jet one of the greatest bands on all time.. Please come back to the UK soon.

8 Silverchair Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars, and Chris Joannou on bass guitar.

Silverchair is honestly my favorite bands of all time. They have so much passion and talent and sound amazing. From grunge, hard rock, alternative, rock, pop and indie, they are one of the greatest bands of all time. They were 16 and were playing on SNL and Letterman and hold the record for the most ARIA awards. They went on with big shows like Rock in Rio, Big Day Out, Rock AM Ring, MTV music awards and a ton more. But to be put on the spot and handle it so well, there just amazing

Silverchair is an amazing band. I could listen to all their albums all day they have so many good songs which spreads over Indie, Grunge, Punk, Rock, Alternative and Pop. One of the best bands to ever come out of this country without a doubt!

Silverchair are beast! They enjoyed 5 consecutive #1 albums (The highest number ever to be recorded) and countless other awards. More importantly, their music is awesome! As time went on, their music matured along with their audience.

As Silverchair there's no other. It is simply the best of all time. No other Aussie band reached oversea as Silver did. Maybe one which get a little bit closer was Air Supply.

9 Little River Band

One Band that has had more line up changes than other band. Sadly there's no original members and Aussies left in the line up for LRB these days and totally based in the States. Had hits in Australia from 1975 to 1990. Two great lead singers in Glenn Shorrock and John Farnham. Over 22 million in albums sold world wide. But still underrated only can get studio albums on iTunes come by an LP Cassette or even a CD hang on to it!

They have changed members since the beginning... In only one member from the hey day. Its all good. I have been a fan since I bought their greatest hits on cassette in the 1980s. I still listen to them and bought their 2013 release. Great concert bsnd I think they all livr in thr usa.

Everybody's written about their songs, lyrics and muscianship... But for me they are well up there with CSNY and S&G as proponents of harmony singing. Simply flawless.

Love this group. That old taste of rock is what rock will always be.
Love how the chorus sounds as well as the guitaring. Tunes are always catchy.

10 Men At Work Men at Work are an Australian rock/pop band formed in Sydney. The group is most famous for their hit, "Land Down Under"

All time best Australian Band Ever! They made Australia visible and popular to us "yanks" from the U.S. I absolutely loved this band and saw them twice when they came to the states and later got to actually meet Colin Hay up close and in person and shake his hand and get a photo with him! He is hilariously funny!

Totally agree that this band should be at the top of this post!

I agree with AC/DC at number 1... But Men at Work... Are you kidding me? Definitely better than Midnight Oil... Men at Work was a great band. Overkill is one of the greatest songs of all time and everything from Business as usual... Very strong. Greg Hamm's sax work is just awesome!

Great band from childhood. I recorded a live show on a tape deck from the T.V. while living in Alaska. I listened to that album over and over and this was in the era of Michael Jackson, Madona, Twisted Sister, AC/DC if you will.

I'm from Canada, and honestly, if I can say that, it's because they were REALLY famous all over! Man, it cannot be that low on this list; please fix it!

The Contenders
11 Living End

How is this band not #1? Chris Cheney is one of the best guitar players there is, and there's nobody really like them.

From great simple songs to insane ones like "Carry Me Home", The Living End has done it all! Bloody brilliant!

Chris Cheney is the most underrated guitar player I can think of.

Great band and even better live!

12 Powderfinger

This is one of my favourite bands of all time! Every single one of their songs is brilliant and original! They are BY NO MEANS your mainstream average band! They definitely retired too early, because they could have easily gone on and made it big.
Love their songs even more than ACDC, sorry to any ACDC fans out there...

Greatest band ever, so much better than all the modern day music and so many great songs. I went to the Sunsets Farewell Tour, where Powderfinger and jet both played and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Bernard Fanning is amazing.

Its obvious this band is underrated. Powderfinger deliver so much lyrically and musically. Although I think they retired to early I'm sure its not the end yet. How does living end rate so high. Wrong. Little river band. Give me a break.. I think acdc at the top is right.

I'm from the US and lived in Sydney for a year. This band had the greatest impact on me while I was there. Love the whole story... Sorta similar to Pearl Jam in my humble opinion. Great memories of these guys and their music.

13 Wolfmother Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Formed in 2000 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, the group currently includes Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, and touring drummer Alex Carapetis. ...read more.

Because they are one of the best Aussie bands that still have more to come. I love there songs because there are great quality and it doesn't matter if you are rocking out at the supermarket because you are listening to one of the greatest rock artist ever

I think Wolfmothers debut album was better than anyting ac/dc have ever made. They deserve to be much higher than 7 however I don't think any new members will ever match the magic that the original lineup produced. I also think Airbourne should make the top ten

Wolfmother aren't as good as ac/dc but I haven't even heard of half of these other. Their songs always have something new to them some are a bit like screamos but most aren't I respect all their songs even though joker and the thief is the only one that most have heard of I think at least they should be 3rd if not 4th.

I listen to their same songs for 2 years and I am not got bored. I like soft rock but they changed my mind.

14 Rose Tattoo

Yes these guys are top 10. Angry the only original member left.
I have been to plenty of their gigs & Angry still sings with flat out passion. Saw them support Guns N' Roses, Angry sung with Axle "Nice Boys" mate, Axle sounded like a cat in heat compared to Angry. I think they turned down Angry's mike because his voice was so strong & showed up Axle.
Rock n Roll is King.

I swear I started thinking that my browser search was not working when I did not find Rose Tattoo in the list. They are one of the most influential bands in Aussie rock history!

Rose Tattoo NEVER TOO LOUD is easily the best Australian hard rock album in my opinion, every song is gold

15 Hoodoo Gurus

"It's a very nice band"?! Dude, these guys are awesome!
Every time one of their songs comes on to the radio, I stop what I'm doing and listen to the song. Love their music!
21?! Really? These guys should be FAR higher!

Stoneage Romeos was the album that woke me up to what music was available out there. Before that, it was strictly top 40 for me, growing up in the midwestern USA. Was lucky to see them a couple times live. Love the Hoodoos!

I'm hurt! 39? Ouch. These rock geniuses should easily be top 10, if not 20. Jesus Christ not only did they make it here in oz they made it internationally they are still rocking and have a huge fan base

21? Why? Wheres the fans of Gurus? It's a very nice band, great hits songs along the world and very very famous in Brasil!

16 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout its career and presently consists of Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist ...read more.

The best band in the world. Always consistent and unique, never conformist, the band has stuck to their ethics throughout a lengthy career. Brilliant musicians and Nick remains one of the most entertaining frontman in history of live music. We are blessed to have such enigmatic performers.

I'm sorry but Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds needs to be in the top 10, simply the sophistication of their music places them above most of these bands. Into My Arms, Where the Wild Roses Grow, Are You The One That I
Ve Been Waiting For, Do You Love Me? , The Ship Song, The Mercy Seat, Red Right Hand- are some of the best Australian songs ever

I'm from Hellas and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds started to come here from back to 80's. I'm around 50 now and as you understand I grew up with them and with my little music education I believe they are belonging in the top 5... of the best Australian bands. Thanks.

This band should definitely be ranked in the top 10. If for no other reason than Red Right Hand. That song is pure genius!

17 Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

Yank here. Elephant playing on the radio constantly exposed me to them, and listening to both albums pleasently surprised me. Tracks like Half Full Glass of Wine, Lucidity, Apocalypse Dreams and Mind Mischief have a gritty 70's sound that I long for. Frankly, Impala has me eager to explore Aussie rock in more detail. Looking forward to more from them in the future.

Both of their albums are absolutely incredible, they're definitely going to keep getting better and better! Already one of the top 5 Aussie bands in my opinion.

Tame Impala is simply awesome... Great songs, great melody, same of old Floyd-Beatles stuff but totally refreshing and new. They should be top 5

Brilliant underrated for sure. Should be up far higher.

18 Divinyls

You don't know what you've got till it's gone. The Divinyls had a magic full sound, great guitar and Chrissie's great vocals. Not to mention an awesome presence and performance on stage. What can separate the bands for me in the number of good to great songs. I can get about 15 to 20 with Divinyls but only 12 or so for AC/DC (most from Back in Black).

Chrissy Amphlett was the first real Aussie Rock Chick. She had attitude, swagger and a voice like no other that could yodel, growl, scream or serenade. Mark McEntee is THE most eccentric Aussie rocker and together they produced such great classic songs that have stood the test of time and will never date.

I love divinyls they are my faorite band, seen them seven or eight times live in perth, Chrissy Amphlett is the most mesmerising performer I have ever seen. Her beautiful voice Mark Mcentees hypnotic guitar they create the best rock sound I have ever heard. Got all there albums

The Divinyls are one of my favourite Australian bands. Chrissy Amphlett was amazing in her schoolgirl uniform. Pleasure and Pain, I Touch Myself, Science Fiction, Boys in Town, I'll Make you Happy, Great rock n roll / new wave songs.

19 The Angels

You gotta love the angels, they rock!, I just don't understand what it is doing down here at 35? This would be my top 10 list, and I am sorry I couldn't include bands such as little river band, midnight oil and silverchair.

1. ACDC
2. INXS
3. The Angels
4. Skyhooks
5. The Living End
6. Bee Gees
7. Crowded House
8. Jet
9. Cold Chisel
10. Wolfmother

Come on guys, AC/DC are no more Australian than the Bee Gees. The Angels all live here, record here and play here constantly. There is only one Aussie in AC/DC they don't live here, record here and only visit once a decade or so.

The most energetic of all bands with excellent lyrics and the best front-man of all time! Face to Face, No Exit, Darkroom, Night Attack, Skin and Bone, Howling, Red Back Fever, and heaps more great Oz rock albums.

Right up there with angus and the boys! Got to see them back in the 80s in Calgary. Too bad the show ended early when some drunken clown threw something. Still love to crank city out of control the most!

20 The Saints

I loved their first two albums, so I went to see them live a few month ago and they were one of the worst bands I've ever seen. Shame!

Should be at the top of the list. Innovators, not copiers.

A really great band from the punk era.

21 Icehouse

These guys represented the 80's. Iva Davies' great voice and songwriting ability was incredible (not to mention his guitar playing. In my opinion they are the most underrated Australian band and them being in no. 38 proves it. They deserve to be at least top 10 and should absolutely be ahead of some of these bands which I personally haven't even heard of. People just don't respect old music!

This is a band that didn't recieve the credit they deserved and still don't today. Although being very much centred around Iva Davies his talent and song writing ability is one of the best that Australia has to offer. Many of the higher bands on this list are only there due to having one major hit; Little River Band, at no. 3! People these days don't know true music. Go the Flowers!

Should be top ten. They gave the aussies one of their greatest songs from the modern era, almost like a national anthem"Great Southern Land", and one great musician, singer and composer who lead this band, Iva Davies.

Uncommon for know the band in the states but found them early and always like in the 80's.

22 The Vines

Craig Nicholls was what rock music needed back when Highly Evolved came out and he has since become Australia's most inspiring musician, in my opinion.

Amazing song writting! Anyone who needs good quallity music with feeling should get to know their music!

Craig Nicholls delivered great soft rock vocals and a great meaning in lyrics

23 The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire is one of the greatest bands today, they have real talent unlike other auto tuned bands that are sponsored by the media. The Cat Empire deserves proper credit! It's a shame to let them fall like this. If you guys give them a better chance they would get more known in the world, they are a really great band.
"The Cat Empire is the best band you've never heard. "

They are awesome! Actually awesome is not enough to describe their sound! They mix many instruments and it's very unique! I went to visit Australia inspired on their songs, cause they are happy and make you feel good! They are for sure my favourite band!

Definitely one of the most entertaining and lively bands I've listened to. All their music is unique to the other and keeps that light happy vibe throughout! It's a shame they don't have that much publicity though..

Amazing amazing amazing music. Seen them twice and they and they never cease to amaze me. They've remained my favourite band for 3 years and will most likely continue for years to come. Highly recommend.

24 Skyhooks

Living in the 70s, land mark album, #1 for 6 months - which is probably a record still unbroken. Long live the Hooks. The new 3 cd release don't You Believe What You've Seen Or You've Heard is excellent, good to see them in the charts in 2016.

Great Band produced many good songs/albums and most of them had successful solo careers - RED and the lead singer had huge success.

The greatest of all Australian bands.
Living in the 70's is probably the greatest Australian Album of all time.

I am a Super Hooks Fan my Favourite band, Probably not number one but top
Five for Originality, Songs about our time, Shirls voice, and how they influenced teens of the 70's

25 Radio Birdman

Seen saints, jam, died pretty, nick cave, ed, sunny boys, joy division, chocalate cake, angels, clash, madness, specials, buzzcocks, stiff little fingers, john butter, femmes, billy bragg, lloyd cole, etc. All epic bands but:
Birdman live are all time.

Should be number one. This is by far the best to ever come out of Australia. Sorry but they are better than AC/DC. It is 2015 and their music still sounds contemporary.

Another great Oz band with two tremendous axemen providing searing leads and great drive. Combine that with a class frontman and great lyrics and you have quality.

I saw The Saints live last year and it was awful; totally lost their punk spirit. Then I saw Radio Birdman and they were absolutely brilliant.

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