Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Australian songs of all time 2017, Australia has been a major player in shaping American radio as we know it. One of the acts to be discussed in this paper has created a song that started an entire women’s movement, while another made dance go mainstream so that everyone wanted to learn to do it. In this post we shall examine ten examples of songs that have touched the lives of many people around the world.
- 10. Have You Never Been Mellow–Olivia Newton John
- 9. Never Tear Us Apart–INXS
- 8. Blue Sky Mine–Midnight Oil
- 7. I Touch Myself–The Divinyls
- 6. Reminiscing–The Little River Band
- 5. Stayin’ Alive–The Bee Gees
- 4. I Am Woman–Helen Reddy
- 3. Night Fever–Bee Gees
- 2. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport–Rolf Harris
- 1. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart–The Bee Gees
Here we present the list of top 10 best Australian songs of all time 2017.
10. Have You Never Been Mellow–Olivia Newton John
In the early spring of 1975, this beautiful Australian singer graced the charts with her follow up to a song about a woman in love with a married man, “I Honestly Love You,” in 1974. She hit #1 in March of the following year, and stayed there only one week. This song is mellow, the way the songwriter wants you to feel listening to the song. It is a mainly acoustic guitar song, backed up by an electric piano and a soft drum rhythm. Although it stayed at #1 only one week, it is remembered as one of the softer songs to listen to in ’75–a time in music history known for its soft pop.
9. Never Tear Us Apart–INXS
This is a song from the hard-rocking band INXS, with the lead vocals of the late Michael Hutchence. It has a heavy back beat, but it’s a ballad all the same. It reached #5 in the US in the fall of 1988, so it didn’t do as well as “New Sensation” before it, or the more racy #1 hit “Need You Tonight” from earlier that year.
This song proves the band can handle ballads just as well as the harder rockers. It shows how versatile the band was. This is a departure from the material the band, up until that time, was well-known for handling–songs about sex, about demons and other such things. This is a song about love and the longevity of it–and its ability to handle any pressure that’s placed on it, so that the events of life will “never tear us apart.”
8. Blue Sky Mine–Midnight Oil
By March 1990 this song began to pick up some airplay. What Peter Garrett and these guys did was to revive the talk of politics in music, as was the case in the 1960’s. This song was about greed in high places, as evinced by the line “the company takes what the company wants.” That line from the song is probably the beat remembered lyric out of the whole piece.
Even though it didn’t chart in the States–or if it did, it charted very low–it is one of my favorite Australian songs. It exemplifies what music should be–a forum for addressing the issues of the day. And indeed, Midnight Oil is very adept at this.
7. I Touch Myself–The Divinyls
The late Christine Amphlett, the lead singer of the Divinyls, was once asked about the controversy surrounding this only American hit by this Australian duo. She said it was NOT about masturbation, as many believed. She said it was about “touching oneself emotionally or not. Whether that’s true or not is up for debate, especially since Amphlett is no longer around to defend herself. She died April 21, 2013, of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, at age 53.
All that aside, “I Touch Myself” went on to be a Top Five American hit in the spring of 1991. and will be the song for which the group is best remembered.
6. Reminiscing–The Little River Band
This is a ballad by an easy listening band known for its ballads. It is a song by an Australian band known for its easy listening songs. And they certainly had what was to be the biggest hit of their career in the fall of 1978 with this ballad which is, according to Wikipedia, about a couple reminiscing about days gone by when certain big band era musicians were popular, such as the late Cole Porter. The song has been covered by such artists as k.d.lang, Biz Markie, and used on such shows as “American Dad,” “Freaks and Geeks,” and “Knocked Up.” And did you know that the late former Beatle John Lennon once named this tune among his favorite. The song hit #3 here in the States. It is the biggest song of their career precisely because it’s the best one of their whole career.
5. Stayin’ Alive–The Bee Gees
This song really needs no description. It is a world-famous song from a world-famous movie by a world-famous group, two out of three who are no longer around today–the twins, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The Gibb brothers, or the Bee Gees, as they called themselves, wrote “Staying Alive,” which is one of Australia’s most famous songs until this day. To tell you how famous this song is, it was used to pace students during a CPR class I took during recent years. It has a perfect cardio rhythm that mimics the beating of the heart, and is an ideal song to practice the life-saving routine to.
4. I Am Woman–Helen Reddy
“I Am Woman” is a song that defined a movement. In 1972, its writer, Helen Reddy, took that song to #1. Indeed, that is the song that placed this singer on the map. She had been trying to make her big break some years earlier, but this is the song that started it all for Reddy. After that this beautiful young singer, born in 1941, became the host of the Midnight Special, and had other hits, such as “Delta Dawn,” “Angie Baby–” both of which went to #1–and “You and Me Against the World”–a sad song about love between a mother and a daughter.
Sadly, Ms. Reddy is fighting a common disease of old age, dementia, and is no longer able to perform or record. But she will always be remembered for the song that started the women’s movement of the 1970’s–“I Am Woman.” Many young girls are empowered by that song to this very day.
3. Night Fever–Bee Gees
This song requires no introduction either. It is part of a movie. It inaugurated a dance phenomenon. The song is a bit mellower than “Staying Alive,” but it went to #1 in the beginning of 1978. After this song and others hit #1 on the charts, disco was, in earnest, the dominant force on the airwaves. Discos were opening up everywhere, and it seemed all men everywhere wanted to be able to dance like John Travolta, and impress the ladies of the day. If you weren’t into the Bee Gees, or “Night Fever”–you weren’t in, period.
2. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport–Rolf Harris
This song, a novelty record, was originally written by Harris in 1957 and recorded by him in 1960. It took until the summer of 1963 to become big in America. It topped the Adult Contemporary chart in July of that year. It introduced a new lexicon of Australian slang and language. We learned what a diggeri doo was–it’s an Australian musical instrument. Also, we learned that to “shoot through” meant to die.
1. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart–The Bee Gees
Eight years later, the Bee Gees had what was to be their first Number One hit. In July and August 1971, the song about mending a heartbreak due to lost love–or whatever–hit the summit of the charts. So popular was this song that it became a hit again when covered by Al Green, a soul singer who was becoming popular at the time.
The reason this song was so popular was that the normal person can relate to it, and it can conjure up feelings that all of us have felt at sometime or another, whether it was over the loss of a job, a relationship, or the loss of a loved one.
You may refer to it as the Land Down Under, but Australia has produced some significant talent over the years. Indeed, these acts presented here have been iconic in their significance to our lives, and once gone, it will soon begin to be discovered that their shoes will be tough to fill. Two of the Bee Gees have already passed, of course breaking up the group. Michael Hutchence has also passed away. But his role in Australian rock and roll is undisputable.
Yes, in their own way, every one of these artists, like pieces to a mosaic, have been part of a very beautiful picture.