Successful Australian Bands

Successful Australian Bands

Let’s take a brief look at some successful Australian band’s that we can be proud of. Australia has so many successful band’s because we really are a talented bunch. This article looks at some of our band’s so we can be reminded how good we are while we represent Australian’s overseas. So, C’mon Aussie, get some Australian tunes playing and introduce your friends abroad to some of these great band’s.

Remember it’s all about bragging rights.


Jet was formed in 2001 in Melbourne. Their music genre is described as garage rock. The group has sold over 6.5 million records worldwide and had a big hit with “Are you gonna be my Girl”. Jet was formed by brothers Nic and Chris Cester along with Cameron Muncey and Mark Wilson while they were all in high school. Jet’s success partly came because of an IPod Ad featuring their hit song “Are you gonna be my Girl”. The band split up after 10 years in late 2012 but reunited in 2016. Their 3 studio albums include Get Born 2003, Shine On 2006 and Shaka Rock 2009.

Successful Australian Bands


Formed in 2000, Wolfmother are a hard rock band from Sydney. Their self-titled album Wolfmother has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide from its release in 2006. Their music is described as heavy metal, stoner rock and psychedelic rock and they bring strong influence from Led zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer and AC/DC. Wolfmother’s first live performance took place at the Sydney pub Vic In The Park in April 2004 and they have since gone on to amass a loyal fan base. Wolfmother have been named by Rolling Stone magazine as band of the year and were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Successful Australian Bands


Formed in 1989 in Brisbane by high school mates Steven bishop and John Collins. Powderfinger started off as a cover band playing classics by the Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Stephen Wolf, Rodriguez and Neil Young. They were booed off-stage during a heavy metal gig in Newcastle in 1990. Later, while attending university they met Bernard Fanning who took over vocals. They self-funded their first album and went on to play at The Big Day out, support Pantera and Silverchair. They have won a huge amount of awards and are much loved by their loyal fan base.


Formed in 1980, The Sydney rock band known as Divinyls was led by Vocalist Chrissy Amphlett. She was well-known for performing onstage in a school uniform and fishnet stockings. Their music genre falls into new wave pop rock with a glam rock style. Starting off playing in bars and pub’s across King’s Cross then releasing four albums that every Aussie had in their collection during the 80s. The single “I Touch Myself” reached No.1 in Australia, No.4 in the U.S. and No.10 in the UK. The song caused controversy in the U.S. with Amphletts strong sexual undertones when organizers at the Austin Texas Aqua Festival in 1991 pulled the plug on a live performance. Sadly, Amplett passed away in 2013, aged 53 after a battle with breast cancer.

Men At Work

Men At Work area Melbourne band formed in 1978 that sold 30 million albums worldwide. They took their name from a construction sign outside of the Cricketer’s Arms Hotel in Richmond. Famous for their well-known hit “Down Under” which has become somewhat of a national anthem that reached No.1 in the U.S. charts. The led singer Colin Hay is actually a Scot who emigrated as a boy to Australia in 1967.

Successful Australian BandsHoodoo Gurus

Popular Sydney Aussie rock band formed in 1981 from band members that were actually from Perth. Their genre was new wave and college rock. Commonly referred to as The Gurus they were initially a cult inner city act, they gained popularity from regular airplay on the radio and appearances on the pop TV show countdown. In 1987, the ‘Blow Your Cool’ tour saw The Gurus play in over 200 venues in 19 countries. Between 1984 and 2010 they released 9 studio albums.

IcehouseSuccessful Australian Bands

Originally named Flowers, the band formed in 1977 with classically trained mainstay Iva Davies who renamed the band after a cold flat he lived in. Their best known single is “Great Southern land”. The band was popular on the pub circuit and achieved many top 10 hits in North America, Europe and Australia. Ice house produced 9 albums between 1980 and 1995 and Davies contributed to the score of “Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World, starring Russell Crowe.

The Angels

The Australian hard rock band was formed in Sydney in the mid 1970s by led vocalist Bernard”Doc” Neeson. They supported AC/DC in 1976 and became famous for their song “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again” which was a cult classic as the audience replied with “No way, get f#*@ed, f#*@ off”. The band released a live version of the song with the audiences chant. The band still tours and you can check them out at

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4 Replies to “Successful Australian Bands”

  1. Love Jet. They were big back in the day.

    I honestly didn’t know Wolfmother was from down under. Everyone swears by AC/DC, but it’s good to say another classic rock band get their due.

    Men at work is another good one. A lot of people don’t recognize their ouvure outside of their one hit single in the US, but they’re actually a pretty solid band.

    What’s your favorite song by them?

    1. Hi Micheal, yeah Men at Work had some other great hits. Who Can Be Now would be my other favorite. Thanks for your comment.

  2. I’ve always liked an Australian rock.With the legendary Bee Gees and ACDC alone, it would be enough to consider the Aussies as a rock mega-country. And Kylie Minogue is top world singer. I never heard about Wolfmother and Spotified it and found as great music to listen in the car. In my opinion, it is a bit like ACDC.

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