ARIA Award for Song of the Year

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ARIA Award for Song of the Year
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
First awarded 1987
Currently held by Troye Sivan, "Youth" (2015)

The ARIA Music Award for Song of the Year, 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 was first given as an industry voted award from 1987 until 1998 when it was discontinued. The accolade was re-introduced in 2012 and from then, to the present, the winner has instead been determined by the general public.[3] The nominees are chosen based on the top ten highest selling Australian single releases, based on ARIA chart sales statistics, during the eligibility period. The song can be an album track which has subsequently been released as a single. The artist can only receive one nomination in this category, even if the artist has multiple songs in the ARIA top ten.[4] The public votes are tallied by ARIA, with the winner announced at the awards ceremony.[5]

Crowded House and Matt Corby have won the award the most times, with two each.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the winner is highlighted in a separate colour, and in boldface; the nominees are those that are not highlighted or in boldface.[6] From 1987-1998, the nominees and winners were determined by industry votes; from 2012, onwards, the nominees are made up of the top ten highest selling singles, by an Australian artist on the ARIA Charts. The accolade was not given from 1999-2011. 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"
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Matt Corby "Brother"
360 featuring Gossling "Boys like You"
Delta Goodrem "Sitting on Top of the World"
Guy Sebastian "Don't Worry Be Happy"
Hilltop Hoods featuring Sia "I Love It"
Jessica Mauboy featuring Stan Walker "Galaxy"
Justice Crew "Boom Boom"
Reece Mastin "Good Night"
Ricki-Lee "Do It Like That"
Timomatic "Set It Off"
Matt Corby "Resolution"
Birds of Tokyo "Lanterns"
Bombs Away featuring The Twins "Party Bass"
Flume "Holdin On"
Guy Sebastian "Get Along"
Justice Crew "Best Night"
Samantha Jade "What You've Done to Me"
Stafford Brothers (featuring Lil Wayne & Christina Milian) "Hello"
Timomatic "Parachute"
Vance Joy "Riptide"
5 Seconds of Summer "She Looks So Perfect"
Guy Sebastian "Like a Drum"
Havana Brown "Warrior"
Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX) "Fancy"
Joel Fletcher (featuring Savage) "Swing"
Justice Crew "Que Sera"
Nathaniel "You"
Sheppard "Geronimo"
Sia "Chandelier"
Taylor Henderson "Borrow My Heart"
Conrad Sewell "Start Again"
Grace (featuring G-Eazy) "You Don't Own Me"
Iggy Azalea (featuring Jennifer Hudson) "Trouble"
Jarryd James "Do You Remember"
Marlisa "Stand by You"
Nathaniel "Live Louder"
Peking Duk "Take Me Over"
Sia "Elastic Heart"
The Veronicas "You Ruin Me"
Vance Joy "Georgia"
Troye Sivan "Youth"
Flume "Never Be Like You" (featuring Kai)
Hilltop Hoods "1955" (featuring Montaigne & Thom Thum)
Illy "Papercuts" (featuring Vera Blue)
Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners "This Girl"
Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood) "This Fighter"
L D R U "Keeping Score" (feat. Paige IV)
Marcus Marr & Chet Faker "The Trouble with Us"
Sia "Cheap Thrills"
The Veronicas "In My Blood"


  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 Awards 2012: Live Coverage". (Street Press Australia Pty Ltd). 29 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "The 2012 Public Voted ARIA Awards - Vote Now!". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "The 2012 Public Voted ARIA Award: Terms and conditions" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  6. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners By Award – Song of the Year – 25th ARIA Awards 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

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