Best Australian Bands
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..
One of a disapointingly small group of Australian bands and artists who can compete at an international level. One of the few Australian bands that are not under rated.
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.
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...
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!
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'.
Yeah, I have to agree, the band literally just isn't the same without the original members, as the group just sounds so inferior nowadays. I think some other good songs/hits from the band include "Red-Headed Wild Flower", with its hard-driven melody (I think all of "Sleeper Catcher" had some dark tones, which is what made the album so successful in 1978), "It's A Long Way There", with the harmonies on "Hey everybody, yeah yeah!" being the highlight for me, the absolute banger that is "Playing To Win" (even though it was just an attempt to sound hardcore), the sassy deliveries of "Long-Jumping Jeweller" and the country rocker "Down on The Border". Even my local oldies station in Kinderhook, NY plays those songs so often and it shows how much of an impact they had worldwide, musicwise.
Little River Band is really underrated. I feel like they really don't get the credit they deserve, especially considering their name was completely snatched from them. Songs like "Lonesome Loser" "Cool Change" and "The Night Owls" really showcase what a unique band they really were. Lonesome Loser especially has some of the best harmonies I have ever heard on a song in my life, and besides, it's just a masterfully written song from a instrumental standpoint. Definitely should be higher on this list.
Little River Band may not be on the pantheon of greatest Australian bands, in my opinion, but they were among one of the first Aussie bands to achieve worldwide success, along with the Bee Gees. Even though the group nowadays has little to no original Australian members left, as the band is now entirely based in the States, but I like both versions of the band respectively, even though the current American version sounds inferior. And I think Time Exposure is my favorite album from the original lineup (yeah, shocking, it's not Diamantina Cocktail, Sleeper Catcher or First Under The Wire). I would just play "The Night Owls" repeatedly and never get sick of it.
And yes, all of LRB's albums have been remastered recently (especially with my favorites, Time Exposure, First Under the Wire and No Reins, they never bothered to remaster Playing To Win, which is a tad disappointing). And I have great memories with that band from way back in the 90s, when I was growing up on a farm in the Hudson Valley. My dad had vinyl records and cassette tapes with the band's name in it and I was so struck with awe by the harmonies that I was literally singing "Lonesome Loser" and "Help Is On Its Way" at the top of my lungs, much to the dismay of the dogs, they kept howling once I started harmonizing. Even when I was working, I was singing those songs. And I saw the current American version live in 2006 and I thought they sounded good, as well. Glenn Shorrock and John Farnham was basically the soundtrack of my summer years, and I still adore this band to this very day.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
I think another Australian rock band that's in the same vein as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, formed in the same year as the former band. I swear, they must be on this list somewhere. The Black Sorrows's great lyricism combined with their blues/country rock sound really burns into your mind. They reached their peak in the late 80s and early 90s, with songs such as "The Crack-Up", "Harley & Rose", "Daughters of Glory", "Country Girls", "Chained To The Wheel" and many others. They even go into bluegrass territory, as well. Some of my favorite albums of the band are "Dear Children", "Hold On To Me", "Harley + Rose" and "Roarin' Town". One of the most underrated Aussie groups...
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.
How can you not love Air Supply? I think that Making Love Out of Nothing At All is one of the best soft rock songs of all time. Their version of Without You is also the best I've heard. It's a shame that more people don't appreciate their great talent in my generation.
Well, yet it wasn't purely Aussie but no one can deny they were one of the first to put Aussie name outside Aussie which concerns music. I'm Brazilian and they were the first Aussie band I heard, later I fell in love with Silverchair. Even younger people know "lonely is the night", "Lost in love", "Every woman in the world", "Goodbye", "making love out of nothing at all". They are unforgettable.
They were one of the most successful bands to come out of Australia. However Australians like to pride themselves on sending the world hard rock so unfortunately they have been ignored here. I personally love their music and a lot of others do but wont admit it laugh out loud silly really
Come on folks air supply is still touring and drawing big crowds. Durable and still great!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Where do I even start? The Seekers were amazing. They were the first Australian group to find major success in the UK and US, even before the Beatles did. They were also the very first artist to ever hit #1 in the UK on their debut single. They also at one point were the most popular singing group in the World; when they returned to Australia in 1967 to do a "homecoming" concert, over 200,000 people were in attendance, creating a record that still stands today. When they did their farewell concert in 1968, almost 11 million people watched on TV, breaking a BBC viewership record. Impressive to say the least. "I'll Never Find Another You" is one of the most greatest songs ever written in my opinion. The lyrics are masterfully written, and Judith Durham's voice is just absolute GOLD on this song. You will never find another group like the Seekers. They definitely need to be in the Top Ten, not just for their contributions to Australian music, but also for their amazing discography.
The opoll clearly reflects younger voters. Led by the unparalleled voice of Judith Durham, the Seekrs would have been much higher in the late 60's. Of all the female singers of the era, Judith Durham, with her tremendous versatility, emotional connection to her music, and vocal range was without equal. How many bands in front of the Seekers knocked the Stones off the number one position on the UK charts?.
The 41 bands in front would wish they had the success and popularity of the Seekers. 220,000 people turned up to see the Seekers in Melbourne - beat that.
Fifty years later and the band were a sell out on their 50 years reunion tour. Music which not aged, they must surely be in the top ten.
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
This band should be on place 2-3, NOT 13! They may be a pretty old band, but they have great songs, such as Truly Madly Deeply and To the Moon and back. They were very popular 1997.
Totally agree-whoever put this band below those few at the top went wrong somewhere-this band's sound in all songs are incredible-true art in the making!
One of the best bands in Australia with their hits to The Moon And Back, I Knew I Loved You and Truly Madly Deeply.
How on earth can this be so low in this rating, shameful!
"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!
I don't really like this band hits, I like the song who aren't hit, like... Rejects are coolest than She Looks So Perfect. These band aren't so bad, they are cool, and funny. I have 37 years old and listen to them, my son (he isn't gay) showed to me, I think they are good, and they are briging rock back yet? Girls can not listen just to pop songs.
They are in pop era, bringing pop punk back. I already saw like 1000 girls listening to All time Low and Blink-182 because they say it is cool. They now listen to the bands who are on their t-shirts, and is cool see these girls listening to rock music in pop era.
Some one please tell me why they are #243? I haven't heard of half the people before them on this list and I believe they definitely deserve to be Up there. Their lyrics and music is absolutely beautiful not to mention the boys themself haha
They got really big over the
Past year with thousands of screaming fans and sold out tickets to their next year tour. They have been rocking it this year and next year will be a bigger year for them because of the rowyso (rock out with your socks out) tour
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.
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.
3. The Angels
5. The Living End
6. Bee Gees
7. Crowded House
9. Cold Chisel
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!
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.