Aussie Song List – top 21.
Australia Day: a great time to reflect on what is great about Australia.
One of my major passions and interest is music and particularly Australian music.
So, 7 days prior to the big celebration I decided to create a Aussie top 21
(3 songs a day).
This list is not necessarily a countdown and is not a list of the best Australian songs.
It is my creative view of some songs by some fabulous Australian talent, and songs with fantastic imagery with varying views of this complex & colourful country, the land, and its people.
These songs on this list I’ve chosen for their “authentic” Australianness and my enjoyment of them. Some are simply great songs and others highlight Aussie quirkiness and humour.
I’ve tried to find the best video representation, which wasn’t always easy – I picked the song for itself not the video.
— I have tried threading a loose theme to tie the list together
climaxing at number 1. –
(21) Aussie Flag Bikini, — Mick Thomas
I’ve chosen to start my list with a slightly silly song by a great Australian musician.
Mick Thomas was one of the founding members of a fabulous Aussie folk/rock band,
Weddings Parties Anything.
Mick still performs as solo artist and is actively involved in many music and musical projects.
He wrote this song after a performance at The Australian Open tennis;
Mick was doing his best to entertain the masses many of who were overly patriotic and attempting to demonstrate how dinky-di they were – that’s when he saw the very enthusiastic girl in the Aussie flag bikini.
(20) Wide Open Road, — The Trifids
(19) From St Kelda to Kings Cross, — Paul Kelly.
(18) Great Southern Lan, — Icehouse.d
(17) Solid Rock, — Shane Howard & The Black Arm Band
(16) World Turning, — Yothu Yindi.
(15) Diamantina Drover, — Redgum
My song for today #15 top Aussie songs
Diamantina Drover by Redgum:
When thinking about Redgum most people think of their big hit “Only nineteen”.
But, maybe because my Grandfather was a drover I really like this song and think it is a classic outback, aussie-battler story.
[Unfortunately could not find a good Redgum clip;]
John Williamson – the legend of Aussie Country music, does a fantastic version of this song.
(14) Pub With no Beer, — Slim Dusty.
Top Aussie Songs No.14.
Can’t make a list like this without mentioning Slim Dusty.
Most Aussies love a cold beer, and I’m sure we’ll have a few on Australia Day.
But, what would you do if the pub had no beer?
(13) — Dead Ringer Band
I’d like to tip my hat a wonderful family full of great characters with lots of talent.
Classic aussie country
(12) Toorak Cowboy, — Skyhooks
#12 Top Aussie songs
Now I move from the Bush and Outback adventures
and visit the City and more specifically the suburbs (where most of us live).
Introducing a Cowboy of a different kind.
The Skyhooks: a favourite band of mine in my youth.
In March 1974.Described as a glam rock band, because of flamboyant costumes and make-up, Skyhooks addressed teenage issues including buying drugs “Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)”, suburban sex “Balwyn Calling”, the gay scene “Toorak Cowboy” and loss of girlfriends “Somewhere Sydney” by namechecking and peeking into Australian locales.
Saturday 23rd Jan
(11) Wreckless, — Australian Crawl
(10) Suburban Boy, — Dave Warner
As a suburban boy myself and a similar age to Dave this song really resonated with me at the time of release and is a song I still really enjoy.
I did think it od at the time, something I didn’t relate to because I had never seen a subway station and I really didn’t have much of an idea about the City – well Perth isn’t well known for its city life.
Dave Warner was born in Bicton, Western Australia (the neighbouring suburb to Attadale, where I grew up and spent a very enjoyable childhood & young adulthood) in 1953. He attended Aquinas College (a college well known to me and many of my friends, many talented people former graduates of this prestigious school).
Dave created the song “Suburban Boy”
First version in 1976.
As Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs, they re-released “Suburban Boy” (1978) as a single and then Mugs Game (1978)
Dave Warner is also a successful author with a fabulous series of novels
humorous crime novels in the including `Murder in the Groove`;
the book featured Andrew “The Lizard” Zirk, a former rock star turned detective.
(09) Power and Passion, — Midnight Oil
Sunday 24th Jan
(08) Say Goodbye, — Hunters and Collectors
The Hunters legends of the Australian pub rock scene.
So many well loved hit songs –
Songs that fans like to sing along with, usually as raucously as possible.
The band captured and reflected their lives and their surroundings via powerful rock songs.
This song `Say Goodbye`, features the line, “you don’t treat me like a woman anymore”.
The Hunters are an awesome live band that encourages crowd participation, which can be entertaining in itself – seeing & hearing large groups of heavty blokes in jeans and check flannel shirts belt out boldly; “you don’t treat me like a woman anymore”, is bizarrely beautiful.
(07) Streets of your town, — The Go Betweens
Monday 25th Jan
(06) Highway One, — The Waifs
I first saw this fabulous beautiful band at The royal Derby Hotel, Brunswick street, Fitzroy (Melbourne, Vic); 1996. I didn’t know anything about them at the time, and had only heard one of their songs. After a short while at the gig with my good friend Dave we learnt that the band was from Albany, Western Australia, and he recalled that he had shared some gigs with them in the South-West.
It was a fantastic fun night, and I’ve been a great fan since.
This song Highway One really captured my imagination. As a teenager it was my great dream to travel around Australia in a panel van and explore & experience all this land has to offer. — I haven’t done that as yet; but, so glad The Waifs created this fantastic song to share their views of their journeys.
(05) Good Light in Broome, — Neil Murray
This is just such a great song by the fabulous Neil Murray.
Neil is well know for writing some outsanding songs including My Island Home.
This song follows the travels of the storyteller across the land with the celebratory arrival in Broome.
I still haven’t made it up to Broome yet, but hope to soon.
I’ve heard it’s beautiful there and light of the moon is truly magical.
(04) Nowhere Else But Here, – Pigram Brothers
The Pigram Brothers from the Kimberly town of Broome in Western Australia.
First came to prominence as Scrap Metal, when they toured with Midnight Oil.
The Pigram Brothers and their friend Jimmy Chi were the musical creators of the fabulous theatre musical Bran Nue Dae which has since become a successful film also.
The song Nowhere else but here, appeared on their first album `Saltwater Contry` (1997).
Tuesday 26th Jan
Good morning and Happy Australia Day.
This is the 3rd last song I’d like to share
in my list of Top Aussie Songs
(03) Yil Lull, — singers for the red, black and gold
The colours used in the lyrics are the colours of the Aboriginal flag.
“Yil Lull” is considered an aboriginal anthem.
I first heard this beautiful song on Paul Kelly’s `Hidden Things` album.
This is one of my favourite Paul Kelly albums and it features some wonderful cover versions of great songs as well as some fantastic different versions of his own songs.
It also features some songs highlighting struggles & stories of of indigenous Australian people.
I think the songs chorus says it all:
“I sing for the black for the people of this land. I sing for the red for the blood that’s been shed. Now I’m singing for the gold, young and old.”.
Gidday – this the penultimate song on my Top Aussie song list, it may be the most controversial.
(02) Anthem, — TIDDAS
Jun 19, 2009 – Uploaded by Andy Fleming
Tiddas were Lou Bennett, Sally Dastey & Amy Saunders. This track is lifted from their 1996 self-titled album …
Tiddas is a Koori word for sister.
Originally the three women, Amy Saunders (a Gunditjmara woman from Portland), Lou Bennett (a Yorta Yorta woman from Echuca) and Sally Dastey (from West Heidelberg) combined their vocal talents as backing singers for Aboriginal band Djaambi, led by Saunder’s brother Richard Frankland in 1990. The group were invited to perform at a musical celebration for women’s artistic achievement, ‘Hot Jam Cooking’, in Richmond, Victoria.] Their performance was well received and inspired Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach‘s partner, to dub the trio Tiddas, which is Koori English for the word sisters
This is my No. 1 song.
I know that I have bombarded FB this week with weird and wonderful music clips.
I hope some of you have enjoyed it.
I’ve enjoyed doing this list.
It’s been great remembering and re-discovering these awesome Australian songs and Aussie artists.
Thanks, cheers: – enjoy your Day however you choose to acknowledge it.
- My Island Home, — Christine Arnu A song about home and family.There is such fantastic imagery blended with a great story – sung so beautifully.
- A song about the beauty of the place you’re “from”, while enjoying the place where you are.
- This is such a wonderful song, by the lovely & beautiful Christine Arnu.