ARIA Award for Song of the Year (Songwriter)

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ARIA Award for Song of the Year
Presented byAustralian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded1987

The ARIA Music Award for Song of the Year (Songwriter), is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres",[1] since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry."[2]

Song of the Year (Songwriter) was given as an industry voted award from 1987 until 1998 when it was discontinued. Crowded House won the award the most times with two.

The ARIA Award for Single of the Year was renamed Song of the Year in 2012.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface.[3] All reliable sources used in this article make no mention of other nominees for the year 1987.

  Winner marked in a separate colour
Year Winner(s) Song Title
Crowded House "Don't Dream It's Over"
Midnight Oil "Beds Are Burning"
Dave Dobbyn with Herbs "Slice of Heaven"
Icehouse "Crazy"
Crowded House "Better Be Home Soon"
The Go-Betweens "Streets of Your Town"
INXS "Never Tear Us Apart"
John Farnham "Age of Reason"
The Church "Under the Milky Way"
Ian Moss "Tucker's Daughter"
The Black Sorrows "Chained to the Wheel"
Hunters and Collectors "When the River Runs Dry"
Peter Blakeley "Crying in the Chapel"
Paul Kelly & The Messengers "Careless"
John Farnham "Burn for You"
The Black Sorrows "Harley + Rose"
Wendy Matthews "Token Angels"
Midnight Oil "Blue Sky Mine"
Hunters and Collectors "Turn a Blind Eye"
Yothu Yindi "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Remix)"
Baby Animals "Early Warning"
Crowded House "Fall At Your Feet"
Deborah Conway "It's Only the Beginning"
Southern Sons "Hold Me in Your Arms"
Weddings Parties Anything "Fathers Day"
Baby Animals "One Word"
Crowded House "Weather With You"
Diesel "Tip of My Tongue"
Rockmelons featuring Deni Hines "That Word (L.O.V.E.)"
The Cruel Sea "The Honeymoon Is Over"
Crowded House "Distant Sun"
The Cruel Sea "Black Stick"
Diesel "Never Miss Your Water"
Tim Finn "Persuasion"
Tina Arena "Chains"
Christine Anu "Island Home"
Max Sharam "Coma"
Merril Bainbridge "Mouth"
Silverchair "Tomorrow"
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
Powderfinger "Pick You Up"
Tim Finn & Neil Finn "Suffer Never"
Tina Arena "Wasn't It Good"
Swoop "Apple Eyes"
Savage Garden "To the Moon and Back"
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds "Into My Arms"
Paul Kelly "How to Make Gravy"
Powderfinger "D.A.F."
Savage Garden "Truly Madly Deeply"
The Whitlams "No Aphrodisiac"
Monique Brumby "The Change in Me"
The Fauves "Surf City Limits"
The Living End "Prisoner of Society"
The Mavis's "Cry"


  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2011 overview". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  2. ^ "What We Do". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  3. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "History - Winners By Award – Song of the Year (Songwriter)". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 3 December 2017.

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