When it comes to patriotism, Aussies love nothing more than to toot our nation’s greatness especially when it comes to music, and thanks to a recent poll, we can now see who our favourite Australian musicians number one homegrown artists are.

A survey distributed by music writer Cameron Adams asked 150 different Aussies within the recording industry who their all-time favourite Australian band was, the results then being published on the Daily Telegraph for us all to inspect.

Respondents of the questionnaire include a mixed bag of names from Australian music, including: Jon Fariss (INXS), Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Adalita, Isabella Manfredi (The Preatures), Olivia Newton-John, Hugo Gruzman (Flight Facilities) Chris Cheney (The Living End), John Farnham and many, many more who all agreed upon one thing: AC/DC are the best band in Australia.

Yep, the original ‘Thunderstruck’ rockers have polled as the greatest Aussie band, which is pretty good news for voters and their legions of Australian fans, the heavy-rock band having recently announced that they’re embarking on a huge national tour later this year.

Coming in at second is none other than Sydney new-wave outfit INXS, followed by Barnsey & Co. from Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Crowded House rounding-out the remainder of the top five.

Interestingly, the only lady within the artist voted top 20 is the late and great Chrissy Amphlett, landing at #7 a part of the duo The Divinyls.

Piquing our intrigue further, the highest polling acts revealed that voters dig rather old/er acts, The Presets the closest thing to contemporary music and we have to admit, we were shocked to find that Tame Impala did not make the top 20 cut – maybe after the release of the dreamy-psych group’s third LP this will be a different story.

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For a full list and breakdown of the top 50, jump over to the Daily Telegraph.

Top 20 Aussie Band’s Voted By Aussie Musicians

1. AC/DC
3. Cold Chisel
4. Midnight Oil
5. Crowded House
6. The Bee Gees
7. The Divinyls
8. Silverchair
9. The Easybeats
10. You Am I
11. Little River Band
12. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
13. Powderfinger
14. Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls/The Dots/The Messengers
15. The Church
16. The Presets
17. Savage Garden
18. Dragon
19. Skyhooks
20. The Living End

Interestingly, the five that missed out are:

21. Icehouse
22. Tame Impala
23. The Loved Ones
24. The Saints
25. Empire of the Sun

Aussies Who Voted In Poll



Ben Abraham

Bonnie Anderson

Tina Arena

James Ash (Rogue Traders)

Kylie Auldist

Nick Barker

Rebecca Barnard

Casey Barnes

Mahalia Barnes

Nick Batterham

Gideon Bensen (The Preatures)

Ian Berney (Birds of Tokyo)

Joel Birch (The Amity Affliction)

Mike Brady

Rick Brewster (The Angels)

David Bridie

Catherine Britt

Brian Cadd

Joe Camilleri

David Campbell

Brian Canham (Pseudo Echo)

Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen)

Kate Ceberano

Phil Ceberano

Chris Cheney (The Living End)

Kim Churchill

Richard Clapton

Beccy Cole

Travis Collins

Damian Cowell (TISM)

Harrison Craig

Iva Davies (Icehouse)

Chris Daymond (Jebediah)

Shaun Diviney (Short Stack)

Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride)

Chris Doheny

Tania Doko (Bachelor Girl)

Judith Durham (The Seekers)

Karise Eden

Mark Evans (ex AC/DC)

Morgan Evans

John Farnham

Jon Farriss (INXS)

Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus)

Amy Findlay (Stonefield)

Styalz Fuego

Mark Gable (Choirboys)



Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy)

Dave Graney

Paul Gray (Wa Wa Nee)

Hugo Gruzman (Flight Facilities)

Angie Hart (Frente)

Darren Hayes

Ben Hazlewood

Colleen Hewitt

Marcia Hines

Mark Holden

Harry Hookey

Ella Hooper

Jesse Hooper (Killing Heidi)

Jack Howard (Hunters & Collectors)

Jeremy `Mango’ Hunter (Kingswood)

Adam Hyde (Peking Duk)

Clint Hyndman (Something For Kate)

I Killed the Prom Queen

Laura Jean

Hiatus Kaiyote

Wally Kempton (Even)

Lee Kernaghan

Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez)

Grace Knight (Eurogliders)

Markus Kurban

Kelly Lane (Skipping Girl Vinegar)


Damien Leith

Jade Leonard

Jimmy Lyell (Flight Facilities)

Angus McDonald (Sneaky Sound System)

Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks)

Benjamin McCarthy

Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus)

Stu MacLeod (Eskimo Joe)

Isabella Manfredi (The Preatures)

Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men)

Masketta Fall

Declan Melia (British India)

Tim Metcalfe (Undercolours)

BC Michaels (Dune Rats)

Kylie Minogue

Connie Mitchell (Sneaky Sound System)

Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah/Bob Evans)

Lisa Mitchell

Jack Moffitt (The Preatures)

Russell Morriss

Pete Murray

Olivia Newton-John


Nicky Night-Time

Katie Noonan

Lisa Origliasso (The Veronicas)

Jessica Origliasso (The Veronicas)

Scott Owen (The Living End)

Doug Parkinson

Brett Pattinson (Allnighters)

Michael Paynter

Guy Pearce

Jack Pierce (Pierce Brothers)

Pat Pierce (Pierce Brothers)

Thelma Plum

Keith Potger (The Seekers)

Joel Quatermain (Eskimo Joe)

Tom Read (Bodyjar)

James Reyne

Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera)

Kris Schroeder (The Basics)

Mark Sholtez

Glenn Shorrock

Matthew Sigley

Kerri Simpson

Jason Singh (Taxiride)

Grant Smillie (TV Rock)

Alex Smith (Moving Pictures)

Greedy Smith (Mental as Anything)

Scott Spark

Vachel Spirason (Total Giovani)

Paul Stewart (Painters and Dockers)

Ahren Stringer (The Amity Affliction)

Andy Strachan (The Living End)

Reuben Styles (Peking Duk)

John Swan

Red Symons (Skyhooks)

Mick Thomas

Vanessa Thornton (Jebediah)

James Tidswell (Violent Soho)

Todd Trevor (Warped)

Dan Warner

Megan Washington

Glenn Wheatley (Masters Apprentices)

Whitt (Spiderbait)


Ross Wilson

John Paul Young

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