Airdate: Top 100 Greatest Australian Songs of All Time

Molly-MMolly Meldrum makes his debut on MAX on Australia Day, counting down the Top 100 Greatest Australian Songs of All Time.

The list has been compiled by some of the country’s best known musicians, singers and writers.

Let’s hear some suggestions for what will be #1?

Australian music’s history is rich with songs that have stood the test of time, achieved international success and influenced generations. This is the definitive list as we’ve surveyed some of the country’s greatest songwriters and MAX artists. With contributions from Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Wally De Backer, Daryl Braithwaite, Don Walker, John Butler, Tina Arena, Keith Urban, James Reyne, Megan Washington, Kasey Chambers, Andrew Stockdale and many more, these are the songs they voted as their personal favourites.

Hosted by the incomparable Molly Meldrum, the Top 100 Greatest Australian Songs of All Time countdown will also see these artists share stories on why they love the songs they’ve selected. This huge countdown features songs from Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Daddy Cool, INXS, AC/DC and Kylie Minogue, to Gotye, Silverchair, Sia, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Missy Higgins and Bernard Fanning to name but a few.

The Top 100 Greatest Australian Songs of All Time is the perfect playlist for your Australia Day celebrations and is sure to be the subject of much debate around the BBQ. Which song will come in at number one?

Artists who contributed to the Top 100 Greatest Australian Songs of All Time on MAX

Alex Lloyd
Andrew Duffield (Models)
Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother)
Brian Canham (Pseudo Echo)
Chris Cheney (The Living End)
Darren Hayes
Darren Middleton (Powderfinger)
Daryl Braithwaite
Dave Gleeson (The Screaming Jets)
Dave Hosking (Boy & Bear)
Delta Goodrem
Don Walker (Cold Chisel)
Ella Hooper
Graeham Goble (Little River Band)
Greedy Smith (Mental As Anything)
Harry Vanda (The Easybeats)
Ian Kenny (Birds Of Tokyo)
Jae Laffer (The Panics)
James Reyne
Jeremy Oxley (Sunnyboys)
Jimmy Barnes
John Brewster (The Angels)
John Butler
Josh Pyke
Julia Stone
Kasey Chambers
Kate Miller-Heidke
Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe)
Keith Urban
Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah/Bob Evans)
Kram (Spiderbait)
Lisa Mitchell
Mark Evans (AC/DC)
Megan Washington
Missy Higgins
Pat Davern (Grinspoon)
Paul Kelly
Pete Murray
Richard Clapton
Richard Pleasance (Boom Crash Opera)
Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil)
Ross Wilson
Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus)
Steve Kilbey (The Church)
Suze DeMarchi (Baby Animals)
Tex Perkins
Tina Arena
Vance Joy
Wally De Backer (Gotye)

Sunday, January 26 from 10am EDT


  1. Secret Squirrel

    Thank you for confirming my last sentence,Mr Knox!

    And that reminds me of “Evie” by Stevie Wright – another one written by Vanda and Young.

  2. Secret Squirrel

    “It’s a long way…” by AC/DC and “Friday On My Mind” by The Easybeats have got to be right up there. Interestingly, both were co-written by one or more of the Young brothers.

    Other contenders would be “Before too Long” and “To her Door” by Paul Kelly, “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil, “Eagle Rock” by Daddy Cool, “Howzat” by Sherbet, and “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye.

    Split Enz were a kiwi band but Crowded House are Australian so throw “Better Be Home Soon”, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, and prob “Four Seasons in One Day” into the mix as well.

    No doubt a couple of obvious contenders that I’ve missed…

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