Australians love their music, and Aussie bands have dominated nearly every type of music. Here are ten of the best musical acts to come from the land Down Under.
10. The Bee Gees
This trio of UK-born brothers got their start in Australia in the late 1950s.
These rockers broke onto the scene in the 1980s, and have since had their own show on American television.
8. Men at Work
This group’s song “Down Under” became an Aussie anthem in the 1980s.
The group rode the grunge-rock wave of the 90s all the way to a double-platinum album in the US.
6. Olivia Newton-John
The star of one of America’s most iconic films actually grew up in Melbourne. A four-time Grammy award winner, she’s sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide with songs like the iconic 80s anthem “Physical.”
The singer of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which spawned a thousand memes, covers and spin-offs, was born in Belgium and emigrated to Australia at the age of two.
One of the most iconic hard rock bands, they disagree with the frequent categorization of “heavy metal,” saying instead that their music is simply “rock and roll.”
3. Keith Urban
A country superstar, Urban was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. So far, he’s released 14 number 1 hits and a quadruple-platinum album.
2. Savage Garden
This duo conquered the pop world in the mid 90s, and “Truly Madly Deeply” is still frequently covered today.
1. Kylie Minogue
Considered the ultimate pop goddess in Europe, Kylie has sold a mind-numbing 68 million albums worldwide, and was even made a Chevalier (knight) by the French government in recognition of her contribution to art and culture.
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