APRA Top 30 Australian songs

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APRA's Top 30 Australian songs was a list created by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in 2001, to celebrate its 75th anniversary.[1] A panel of 100 music personalities were asked to list the "ten best and most significant Australian songs of the past 75 years". The top ten songs, in numerical order, were announced on 28 May 2001 at the APRA Awards.[1] The next twenty were not ordered and had been released nearly four weeks earlier, on 2 May, in a media statement by APRA representative Debbie Kruger.[2]

At the 2001 APRA Awards ceremony You Am I performed the No. 1 listed song "Friday on My Mind" with Harry Vanda of The Easybeats guesting on guitar. Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool performed the No. 2 listed song "Eagle Rock", while Midnight Oil's "Beds are Burning" at No. 3 was shown on video introduced by Senator Aden Ridgeway as an indigenous spokesperson on reconciliation.[1]

Top Ten songs[edit]

No. Titles Performers Year Writers Music publishers Peak chart position
AUS[3][4] NZ[5]
1 "Friday on My Mind" The Easybeats 1966 Harry Vanda, George Young J Albert & Son Pty Ltd 1 2
2 "Eagle Rock" Daddy Cool 1971 Ross Wilson Mushroom Music Pty Ltd 1 1
3 "Beds Are Burning" Midnight Oil 1987 Rob Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett Sony Music Publ. Aus. 6 1
4 "Down Under" Men at Work 1981 Colin Hay, Ron Strykert EMI Songs Aus. Pty Ltd 1 1
5 "A Pub with No Beer" Slim Dusty 1957 Gordon Parsons EMI Music Publ. Aus. Pty Ltd 1[6]
6 "The Loved One" The Loved Ones 1966 Ian Clyne, Gerry Humphrys, Robert Lovett Mushroom Music Pty Ltd 2
7 "Don't Dream It's Over" Crowded House 1986 Neil Finn Mushroom Music Pty Ltd 8 1
8 "Khe Sanh" Cold Chisel 1978 Don Walker Rondor Music Aus. Pty Ltd 40
9 "It's A Long Way To The Top" AC/DC 1976 Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young J Albert & Son Pty Ltd 5
10 "Quasimodo's Dream" The Reels 1981 Dave Mason Festival Music Pty Ltd

The remaining 20 songs[edit]

Listed in chronological order:

Year Titles Performers Writers Music publishers Peak chart position
AUS[3][4] NZ[5]
1922 "Along the Road to Gundagai" Jack O'Hagan & various Jack O'Hagan Allans Music Aus.
1969 "The Real Thing" Russell Morris Johnny Young Chappell & Co Aus. 1
1971 "I'll Be Gone" Spectrum Michael Rudd Cellar Music Co 1
1972 "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" The Bushwackers (1976)
Eric Bogle (1980)
Eric Bogle Larrikin Music Publ.
1976 "I'm Stranded" The Saints Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper Mushroom Music
1979 "Cool Change" Little River Band Glenn Shorrock Warner Chappell Music 25
1982 "Science Fiction" Divinyls Christina Amphlett, Mark McEntee EMI Music Publ. Aus. 13
1982 "Power and the Passion" Midnight Oil Robert Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett Sony Music Publ. Aus. 8 4
1983 "Reckless" Australian Crawl James Reyne Warner Chappell Music 1 8
1983 "Cattle and Cane" The Go-Betweens Grant McLennan, Robert Forster Festival Music, Complete Music Ltd (PRS)
1983 "I Was Only Nineteen" Redgum John Schumann Universal/MCA Music Publ. 1 41
1984 "Throw Your Arms Around Me" Hunters & Collectors John Archer, Geoffrey Crosby, Douglas Falconer, Robert Miles, Mark Seymour, Michael Waters, John Howard Mushroom Music 49 28
1986 "Wide Open Road" The Triffids David McComb Mushroom Music 64
1987 "To Her Door" Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Mushroom Music 14
1988 "My Island Home" Warumpi Band (1988), Christine Anu (1995), Neil Murray Neil Murray Rondor Music Aus.
1990 "The Ship Song" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Nick Cave Mute Song (PRS), Mushroom Music
1991 "Treaty" Yothu Yindi Paul Kelly, Mandawuy Yunupingu, Stuart Kellaway, Cal Williams, Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Milkayngu Mununggurr, Witiyana Marika Mushroom Music 11
1997 "Even When I'm Sleeping" Leonardo's Bride Dean Manning Mushroom Music 4 34
1997 "Truly Madly Deeply" Savage Garden Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones EMI Music Publ. Aus. / Rough Cut Music 1 12
1998 "The Day You Come" Powderfinger Jonathan Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton, Bernard Fanning Universal Music Publ. 25

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Culnane, Paul (2001-05-28). "The final list: APRA'S Ten best Australian Songs". Australasian Performing Right Association. Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  2. ^ Kruger, Debbie (2001-05-02). "The songs that resonate through the years". APRA. Archived from the original on 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  4. ^ a b "Australian Charts portal". australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
  5. ^ a b "New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved 22 May 2008.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Jeff; Ian Meldrum (2007). "The Easybeats". Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne, Vic.: Wilkinson Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-921332-11-1. Retrieved 2008-10-27.

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