Best Australian Bands

The Top Ten

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.

Yep. They're number 1 ozzie band. And they are still going strong.

AC/DC are easily the best band to come out of Australia saw them live in Melbourne last february and there is nothing like it they are just simply amazing

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..

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

I Highly agree... their music mix of POP/FUNK/R&B/ROCK genres reached the most tastes of all music lovers worldwide and MH had one of the top 5 Rock Vocal ranges ever... I love AC/DC but have to categorize them as Hard/Heavy Metal Rock. For all that, I would have to put INXS at # 1!

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!

Great band especially I love their song never tear us apart the music and the drummer plays very well

Their music is timeless. In fact they were ahead of their time 35 years ago. INXS' music has it all - music to dance to, ballads, fun road trip songs, music for every mood and every part of your life, good, bad, light, and dark. Currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of KICK, their successful and iconic album, this band is no where near their use-by date!

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.

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!

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?

Dude! Cold chisel should be way higher! They should be in the top 5! So many classics, Khe Sanh, Cheap Wine, Ita, Flame Trees, Star Hotel, Choir Girl, Forever Now, Shipping Steel, Standing on the outside, My Baby, Saturday Night, there's so many more too

Crowded House

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.

"Neil Finn is our Paul McCartney" - hahaaha! You wish! He's way out of his depth when it comes to comparing him with Sir Paul McCartney. There's nothing interesting about Crowded House's music at all AND for heaven's sake, they're NOT an Australian band!

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.

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?!

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

One of the best bands ever. I always love their songs. They were one of the best musicians in their time. One of my dreams is being in one of their live concerts will never come true!

An absolutely brilliant band but he Bee Gees were a BRITISH BAND! Sure, they lived in Australia for a few years & then they returned to the UK where they were born, so people can't claim them as being Australian.

Undoubtedly they cut their teeth here got the platform to start off and frankly acknowledge that in their successful careers - in fact they are the best export of music out of Australia gaining critical acclaim on a global scale and renewed respect and due recognition for their melodies harmonies songwriting and production. All three brothers together contributed uniquely and together were magic! Barry and the late Robin and Maurice deserve their part in history as one of the greatests bands of all time. Be interesting to count all records sold that have been written and recorded by other artists.

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.

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.

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.

Strongly think this band should be listed higher. A band can only be judged in its own time frame. Midnight Oil was hugely important in its time, and references to it and its songs are still being made in political and social circles.

Maybe not the highest in popular appeal, the Oils have to rank at the top in terms of musical content and body of work. Great lyrics, lots of albums, awesome in concert-what more could you ask for?

Just returned from a 2017 Oils show and they surpassed my expectations by a mile. Honestly the best show I have ever seen from them and that is saying something. So happy they are back and every bit as great as they ever were - best band ever to walk the face of the earth!

Jet

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!

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

So underrated... JET are one of the best rock bands out today!

Love them Jet please lets get it back together even if just for one more gig

Little River Band

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.

Nothing beats them.. My girlfriend is Aussie and she loves them as much as I do..

I was in the army in the late 70s. I have only good memories of the hits the band had in those days.

Simple the best blend of songwriting and well crafted musicianship, production and performance. Unbeatable

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.

... I'm going to pretend "The Young Modern" never happened and vote Silverchair for best Australian band.

Their music got me through tough times and let me know I wasn't the only that felt that way. His voice is AMAZING, I hope they put out more albums cause I'm in love with that band. WE LOVE YOU SILVERCHAIR

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!

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!

Down under was the best song, it was on kangaroo jack my favorite movie.

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!

Great band, wonderful lyrics! Held best single and best album at the same time in US. Can't believe it is ranked so low.

The Contenders

Powderfinger

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.

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.

Bloody love this band to bits. 'Baby I've got you on my mind' just blows me away. I can't begin to imagine how much I've listened to their music and how much other people love them. Keep it up boys.

Powderfinger have to be the greatest band Aussie band that made no impact overseas. It's a real shame for the rest of the world but we go them so good for us.

Living End

AMAZING BAND! Absolutely awesome to see live! Not to mention how incredible Chris Cheney is at playing guitar

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

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

Brilliant Australian band, definitely deserve higher

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.

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.

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.

I don't KNOW WHAT you FELLAS RECON ABOUT THIS BAND BUT FOR ME IS ONE OF THE BEST ACTUALLY IN THE WORLD. WHAT A ROCK. THE BEST. I WASN'T WAITING THIS LEGEND AT 44TH POSITION. MEDITATION.

Brilliant underrated for sure. Should be up far higher.

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

Joker and thief lyrics, voice is impressive
Same as iTunesJunky they should be first or second

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 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

Rose Tattoo

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

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.

19 really should easily be top 10

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.

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

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.

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

This band is absolutely genius.

Hoodoo Gurus

Best band most people in the US have never heard. First four albums were stunners.

You can't take me anywhere ill strip down to my underwear if you vote for this band to be higher!

This is ridiculous! Hoodoo gurus are easily top ten are you insane?!? Look for the old not the new people.

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!

The Vines

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

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!

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).

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.

Why aren't the divinyls here? They are way better than the Hoodoo Gurus!

Pleasure and pain - what a great song

The Angels

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!

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.

I'll never know why this band didn't make it internationally - they're awesome..

How are The Angels at 60?!? Deserve to be in the top 10 if not 5 with classics such as Take a Long Line, Shadow Boxer, Am I Ever Going To See You Face Again and many, many more!

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!

The first punk band formed before The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Ramones

A really great band from the punk era.

Come on, The Saints were pioneers of Punk, they should be in the top 5 at least

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. "

Great band. I think they should at least be in top ten. come on guys! They are awesome! I hate this minimum content quality thing...

"one of the greatest bands ever, and one of Australia's greatest songwriting bands".

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!

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!

Should Be top ten with songs such as electric blue, great southern land etc.

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

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!

Skyhooks

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

First band to be a massive selling with albums

SHOULD BE MUCH HIGHER UP ON THIS SCALE

Skyhooks should be much higher

Radio Birdman

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.

"Best Australian Bands" misses just how influential this Aussie band was in the 70's punk scene across the world.

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.

Derivative, but a more exciting live band than anyone.

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