The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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List Criteria: Vote for the best Australian bands and musical groups!

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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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    5 Seconds of Summer 
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    Pop punk, Pop music

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    Icehouse 
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

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    Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Little River Band 
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Rock music

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    Split Enz 
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Paul Kelly 
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Australian Crawl 
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    Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Electro

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    Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

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    Jangle pop, New Wave, Indie rock

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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    Hoodoo Gurus 
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    New Wave, Rock music, College rock

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    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    The Seekers 
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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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    Divinyls 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Noiseworks 
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    Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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    The Angels 
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    Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

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    Mental As Anything 
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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    Pop music

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    Eskimo Joe 
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    The Veronicas 
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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Skyhooks 
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    Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

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    Boy & Bear 
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    Folk music, Indie rock

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    Spy Vs Spy 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked

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    Pub rock, Ska

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    Dragon 
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    Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Pop music, Post-grunge, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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