31 Australian Singers and Bands Who Made It Big in America

Updated on May 26, 2020
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Australia has given the world koalas, kangaroos, Vegemite, and great popular musicians. How many singers and bands from the land down under can you name?
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Aussie Singers and Bands That Made It Big in America

Quick. What do you think of when I say, "Australia"?

Perhaps you envision koalas, kangaroos, or venomous snakes. Your mind might venture to the effects of climate change, the outback, and the devastating bush fires. Or instead, maybe you consider Aussie slang terms, their unique accent, or even Vegemite, that curious Australian food spread made from leftover brewer's yeast.

However, the land down under is also famous for its talent. The island continent has famously exported a variety of entertainers who have become successful in America. For example, some of the biggest stars on the US Billboard charts are Aussies. Let's take a look at Australian singers and bands who made it big in the U.S.

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1. AC/DC

In 1973, Australian brothers Angus and Malcolm Young founded this legendary Australian hard rock band that has become known for its loud, pounding, simple sound and sexual innuendos. Rolling Stone saluted AC/DC as one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

AC/DC got its name when the brothers saw those initials on a sewing machine and believed that the electricity-related abbreviation aptly captured their power-charged musical performances. The band has since landed over two dozen singles on the mainstream rock charts, in addition to three tunes on the mainstream pop chart, the US Billboard Hot 100:

  • "You Shook Me All Night Long" (1980)
  • "Back in Black" (1981)
  • "Moneytalks" (1990)

Over their four decades of making music, the band has survived a variety of real-life challenges, including:

  • bandmates' drug and legal problems
  • the firing, illness, retirement, and death of AC/DC members and
  • the accidental death of several fans at a concert.

2. INXS

In the band's early days, INXS considered becoming a Christian band and adopted the name "The Vegetables." Can you imagine?

One of the highest-selling artists in Australia, INXS has been called "the best live band in the world." From 1977–2012, this rock group landed seven singles on the Top 10 list of the US Billboard Hot 100, plus additional tunes on the mainstream rock and alt rock charts. Top 10 pop hits included the following:

  • "What You Need" (1985)
  • "Need You Tonight" (1987)
  • "Devil Inside" (1988)
  • "New Sensation" (1988)
  • "Never Tear Us Apart" (1989)
  • "Suicide Blonde" (1990) and
  • "Disappear" (1990).

Several years following the 1997 suicide of Michael Hutchence—INXS's lead vocalist and the band's centerpiece—the band searched for his replacement using a televised reality show competition.

3. Sia

Even if you aren't a fan of Sia's music, you probably recognize the indie pop artist by her trademark appearance. The Australian artist is known for craving privacy, particularly as her fame has grown. On stage and in videos she has typically opted to conceal her face from the viewer or audience by hiding behind an object or sporting an oversized bleach blonde wig.

Sia is a prolific songwriter. As of 2020, about 70 of the songs that she has written have been recorded, many times by other prominent musicians. The Australian singer-songwriter has penned songs for musicians that include Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Rita Ora, Eminem, Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy, and others.

As a singer, Sia has placed several songs in the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including:

  • "Titanium" by David Guetta (featuring Sia) (2011)
  • "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida (featuring Sia) (2011)
  • "Chandelier" (2014) and
  • "Cheap Thrills" (featuring Sean Paul) (2015).

4. Bee Gees

What would the 1970s have been without this trio of Australian brothers singing disco songs at the top end of their vocal register, sometimes in a quavery whisper? One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, The Bees Gees consisted of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. All were born in England but emigrated to Australia as children. They formed the Bee Gees in 1958, wrote all of their own hits, and are known for their three-part tight harmonies.

Recording primarily rock and disco songs, the band achieved an impressive 15 Top 10 hits on US Billboard Hot 100, nine of which reached the #1 spot:

  • "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (1971)
  • "Jive Talkin'" (1975)
  • "You Should Be Dancing" (1976)
  • "How Deep Is Your Love" (1977)
  • "Stayin' Alive" (1977)
  • "Night Fever" (1978)
  • "Too Much Heaven" (1978)
  • "Tragedy" (1979)
  • "Love You Inside Out" (1979)

The brothers Gibb have also been prolific songwriters for other singers. At least 2,500 artists have recorded their songs.

The phenomenal success of this Australian group has been celebrated in a variety of ways. The Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, awarded both a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award, and they were honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

5. Keith Urban

Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, country music superstar Keith Urban is a citizen of both countries, in addition to the United States. Urban has been an extremely productive musician. From 1999-2019, he released more than four dozen singles that reached the Top 40 of the US country Billboard chart.

Further, more than 20 of his hits during that period crossed over to the mainstream pop chart and/or the adult contemporary chart. Examples of these ditties include:

  • "Somebody Like You" (2002)
  • "You'll Think of Me" (2004)
  • "Days Go By" (2004)
  • "Making Memories of Us" (2005)
  • "You Look Good in My Shirt" (2008)
  • "Long Hot Summer" (2011)
  • "Somewhere in My Car" (2014)
  • "Raise 'Em Up" (featuring Eric Church) (2015)
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" (2016)

Urban gained notoriety in 2002 when he posed nude for Playgirl, a decision he later regretted. In 2006, he married actress Nicole Kidman, also an Aussie. The Grammy Award-winning singer served as a judge for American Idol and was honored by being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

6. Rick Springfield

Australian singer Rick Springfield is best known for his #1 single, "Jessie's Girl" about a guy's crush on his best friend's girl. This catchy number snagged him a Grammy Award. He recorded additional hits that also made the US Billboard Hot 100 and crossed over to both the adult contemporary and mainstream rock charts. Singles reaching the Top 10 included:

  • "Jessie's Girl" (1981)
  • "Don't Talk to Strangers" (1982)
  • "Affair of the Heart" (1983) and
  • "Love Somebody" (1984).

Born with the name Richard Springthorpe, the Australian musician changed it for performing purposes. Springfield has battled depression throughout his life and attempted suicide when he was 17.

During the height of his career, he played the character Dr. Noah Webster on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. He has also acted in film and a variety of television shows. The "Jessie's Girl" singer has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

7. 5 Seconds of Summer

This Aussie boy band with a punk-pop vibe got its start in 2011 on YouTube then toured with both One Direction and The Chainsmokers. A success in their own right, 5SOS has landed a variety of songs on the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including:

  • "She Looks So Perfect" (2014)
  • "Kiss Me Kiss Me" (2014)
  • "Everything I Didn't Say" (2014)
  • "Amnesia" (2014)
  • "Good Girls" (2014)
  • "She's Kinda Hot" (2015) and
  • "Youngblood" (2018).

8. Men at Work

Living in a land down under
Where women glow and men plunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? (Ooh yeah)
You better run, you better take cover (we are).

Because of their hit, "Down Under," Men at Work may be among the first musicians whom you associate with Australia. This Australian group was formed in 1979 as a pop-rock band with a new wave flair. Their most successful songs included contributions to the Top 10 list of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • "Who Can It Be Now?" (1981)
  • "Down Under" (1981)
  • "Overkill" (1983) and
  • "It's a Mistake" (1983)

Additionally, their songs appealed to international audiences and found popularity on US adult contemporary and mainstream rock charts. The band has periodically revived playing over the years.

9. Iggy Azalea

In listening to rap/hip-hop artist Amethyst Amelia Kelly (Iggy Azalea's given name), you wouldn't know that she is a young white woman from Australia. That's because the rapper has the accent of a black woman from the Southern United States. This discrepancy has caused some critics to express concerns about cultural appropriation. Others, however, contend it's not that deep.

Iggy Azalea dropped out of high school and headed for America to pursue her passion for rap when she was on the cusp of 16 years old. In 2014, the rapper made music history when she became only the second act in music history (after The Beatles) to simultaneously occupy both the first and second spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Azalea dropped several songs that made it to the Top 10 list on the mainstream pop chart and crossed over to international charts:

  • "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) (2014)
  • "Black Widow" (Rita Ora) (2014) and
  • Problem" (featuring Ariana Grande) (2014).

Australia has 25 million people, and 90% of its population lives in an urban area.  One-quarter of the population was born in another country.
Australia has 25 million people, and 90% of its population lives in an urban area. One-quarter of the population was born in another country. | Source

10. For King & Country

American Songwriter applauded For King & Country as "Australia's answer to Coldplay" while Billboard described the Grammy Award-winning group as being "on a passionate pursuit of joy." After emigrating to Nashville, the Australian band burst on the American music scene and built a loyal following in the contemporary Christian music space.

They released a string of Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Christian chart, including:

  • "Busted Heart (Hold On to Me)" (2011)
  • "The Proof of Your Love" (2012)
  • "Fix My Eyes" (2014)
  • "Shoulders" (2014)
  • "It's Not Over Yet (The Encore)" (2016)
  • "Priceless" (2016)
  • "Glorious" (2016)
  • "Little Drummer Boy" (2017)
  • "Joy" (2018)
  • "God Only Knows" (2019) and
  • "Burn the Ships" (2019).

Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone comprise this Christian pop duo. The Australian band temporarily adopted two unremarkable names—"Austoville" and "Joel & Luke"—before settling on "For King & Country." What inspired their group's name was the battle cry of English soldiers who were willing to lay down their lives for their king and country.

11. Vance Joy

During the height of Vance Joy's fame, I once drove my eager teen to a concert of his four and a half hours away. Vance Joy is the stage name for Australian James Keogh, who picked his pseudonym from a novel. He became an international sensation with his 2013 single, "Riptide," an indie folk song.

This love ditty is an enigmatic, upbeat love ballad that peaked at #30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 but was one of the longest-charting songs in chart history. Additionally, the song crossed over to rock and adult alternative charts. In spite of this success, however, Vance Joy, has yet to follow up with another such hit, thus making him a one-hit wonder.

12. Little River Band

Formed in 1975, the Little River Band remains one of Australia's most noteworthy musical groups. Having been unable to gain traction for their music in the United Kingdom, the rock band looked instead to the American market and found remarkable success. In fact, their songs often charted higher on Billboard's mainstream pop and adult contemporary charts in the United States than in their home country of Australia.

Over a handful of years, Little River Band landed six Top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100:

  • "Reminiscing" (1978), their highest charting single at #3
  • "Lady" (1979)
  • "Lonesome Loser" (1979)
  • "Cool Change" (1979)
  • "The Night Owls" (1981) and
  • "Take It Easy On Me" (1982).

The band has undergone more than 35 changes to its membership over the years, and none of the current members include the original members from the 1970s. The Little River Band endures, however.

13. Gotye

Although Gotye was born in Belgium, his family emigrated to Australia when he was only two years old. Based on a single phenomenally successful 2011 indie pop song, "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye was recognized by The Australian newspaper on their list of the "top 50 most influential Australians in the arts." He both wrote the song and collaborated with New Zealand singer Kimbra in singing it.

"Somebody That I Used to Know" is about an unhealthy, now-defunct love relationship. The narrator's girlfriend dumped him and although she assured him they could still be friends, she has cut him off emotionally, avoiding him and even dispatching her friends to collect her belongings. He feels like he has been punched in the gut. Whereas they once seemed like a good love match, now they are mere strangers.

14. Air Supply

If you grew up in the 1980s like I did, then you probably fell in love and nursed your broken heart listening to Air Supply songs. Half of this powerhouse soft rock duo—lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock—is from the land down under.

The group was formed in 1975, and in the first half of the 1980s, they had a string of sentimental love songs that hit the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100. An impressive list of eight Air Supply songs reached the mainstream Top 10 in the early 1980s. These included:

  • "Lost in Love" (1980)
  • "All Out of Love" (1980)
  • "Every Woman in the World" (1980)
  • "The One That I Love" (1981)
  • "Here I Am" (1981)
  • "Sweet Dreams" (1982)
  • "Even the Nights Are Better" (1982) and
  • "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" (1983).

Don't these songs bring back the memories?

15. Natalie Imbruglia

Australian-born Natalie Imbruglia is talented in several realms. Initially, she modeled for L'Oreal and Gap and appeared as an actress in the Australian soap opera, "Neighbors." She also starred in the 2003 spy action comedy film Johnny English and several subsequent movies.

In 1997, Imbruglia launched her singing career with the Ednaswap number, "Torn," a pop ditty about a bad breakup. "Torn" was Imbruglia's first song and highest-charting single. It became a worldwide hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Unfortunately, due to changes in how the US Billboard Hot 100 was tabulated, "Torn" reached only #42 on the chart. Imbruglia enjoyed only moderate follow-up success with her 2002 follow-up song, "Wrong Impression," which reached a peak spot of #64.

Imbruglia has additionally been a philanthropist for the cause of obstetric fistula. She became a British citizen in 2013.

Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia where there are more kangaroos than Australian people. Kangaroos are hunted for their skin and meat in Australia (say it's not so!).
Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia where there are more kangaroos than Australian people. Kangaroos are hunted for their skin and meat in Australia (say it's not so!). | Source

Even More Australian Singers and Bands Who Made It Big in America

Artist
Examples of Popular Singles
Genre(s)
16. Tame Impala
Elephant (2012), Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (2012), Patience (2019), Borderline (2019)
psychadelic rock
17. Midnight Oil
Blue Sky Mine (1990), Forgotten Years (1990)
rock
18. Sick Puppies
You're Going Down (2009), Odd One (2009), Riptide (2011), There's No Going Back (2013)
hard rock
19. Olivia Newton-John
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (1974), I Honestly Love You (1974), Have You Ever Been Mellow (1975), Please Mr. Please (1975), You're the One That I Want (1978)
soft rock, pop
20. Jet
Are You Gonna Be My Girl (2003), Cold Hard B*tch (2004), Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (2006), She's a Genius (2009)
rock
21. Kylie Minogue
I Should Be So Lucky (1987), The Loco-Motion (1987), Can't Get You Out of My Head (2001), Into the Blue (2014)
pop, dance
22. The Vines
Get Free (2002), Outtathaway! (2002),
alt rock
23. Divinyls
I Touch Myself (1990)
pop rock
24. Helen Reddy
I Am Woman (1972), Delta Dawn (1973), Angie Baby (1974), Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady (1975)
pop, adult contemporary
25. Wolfmother
Woman (2006), Love Train (2006), Joker & the Thief (2006)
hard rock
26. Savage Garden
I Want You (1996), Truly Madly Deeply (2007), I Knew I Loved You (1999
pop
27. Crowded House
Don't Dream It's Over (1986), Something So Strong (1987), Chocolate Cake (1991), It's Only Natural (1991), Locket Out (1994)
rock
28. Dean Lewis
Be Alright (2018)
pop
29. Cody Simpson
On My Mind (2012), Pretty Brown Eyes (2013)
pop
30. Tina Arena
Chains (1994)
pop
31. Jamie O'Neal
There Is No Arizona (2000), When I Think About Angels (2001)
country
If you know of an Australian singer or band not listed here who has had hits on the Top 40 US pop, rock, country, alternative or other major US Billboard chart, then leave a suggestion in the Comment Section below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Genna - Those Aussies are very talented! Glad you enjoyed the list.

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        3 months ago from USA

        Bob - Thanks for stopping by!

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        3 months ago from USA

        Readmikenow - Thanks for the read. I'm glad you enjoyed this and learned something from it. There were a couple of surprises, huh?

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        Wow.

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        Genna East 

        3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Hi Flourish --

        So many greats on this list! What a beautiful shout-out to our Australian friends and the many talents the Land Down Under has blessed us with. Thank you. :-)

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        Readmikenow 

        3 months ago

        Interesting article. I never realized so many of my favorite bands came from Australia. Enjoyed reading it.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Bob - I wasn't familiar with him, looked him up and read all about his history, including the allegations that ended his career.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        Did you consider "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" by Rolf Harris? It was a big hit back in the day.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Bob - Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you! Have a terrific week.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        3 months ago

        Thanks for another interesting list. Never realized some of these Australian entertainers were Australian.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        LaustCawz - Thanks for that tidbit of information on SplitEnz.

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        LaustCawz 

        3 months ago

        Before Crowded House, the Finn brothers (Neil & Tim) had formed Split Enz, which had songs such as "Hard Act To Follow", "Six Months In A Leaky Boat" & (their biggest hit, I guess), "I Got You".

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        Ann Carr 

        3 months ago from SW England

        Thanks. You too!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Ann - I appreciate your kind praise. I'm glad this list appealed to you. Have a wonderful week!

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        Ann Carr 

        3 months ago from SW England

        I'd forgotten all about Helen Reddy! She had a great voice.

        I suppose here in Britain we think of The Bee Gees first, then AC/DC and Men at Work. Of course Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue are two more success stories.

        I saw a statue of one of AC/DC by the sea in Perth but I can't remember the name.

        You've done a great job here, as you always do, with names out of the past and your amazing research. Lots of memories here too!

        Thanks, Flourish!

        Ann

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        Peggy - I'm glad the fires have been quelled now. I appreciate your stopping by! Have a good weekend.

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 months ago from Houston, Texas

        I knew some of these singers, but thanks for introducing me to others. In many cases, I did not realize that they came from Australia. So glad that the fires down there have abated somewhat because of them getting much-needed rain.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Dora - It was a lot of fun. Thanks for reading!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Heidi, The words to that song are so odd, especially if you look at the slang terms. But I love the tune. Unforgettable! Quintessentially 1980s!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        4 months ago from Chicago Area

        My sister was a huge Air Supply fan back in the day! And, of course, being the 70s funky fan I am, The Bee Gees are my fav UK/AUS super group. But the Men at Work song is the one I think we ALL remember most "from the land down under." Great list! Will look forward to the "O, Canada!" edition!

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 months ago from The Caribbean

        This is good information. Thanks for the research and presentation which is educational from more than a musical point of view. This must be a great fun activity for you!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Linda - Canada is next! Stay tuned!

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        4 months ago from USA

        James - The British get credit for a lot of things! I sure love Olivia Newton-John!

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        4 months ago from USA

        Doris - I can see you head bobbing to AC/DC! Glad you enjoyed this!

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        4 months ago from USA

        Liz - I was a young kid when they were popular in the 1970s. I remember learning to disco in gym class to their music!

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        4 months ago from USA

        Raymond - Thanks for this addition! You're lucky to have seen some of these in concert!

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        4 months ago from USA

        Bill - Maybe we could all visit John and he could do a poetry reading on his porch.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I used to love the Bee Gees. I've heard of a few of the other singers but didn't know that they were Australian. As always, thanks for sharing the information, Flourish.

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        James C Moore 

        4 months ago from The Great Midwest

        Olivia Newton John was the only name that came to mind when I first read the hub title. I assumed INXS and the Bee Gees were from England. I didn't know so many musicians came from Australia. New info for me.

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        Clive Williams 

        4 months ago from Jamaica

        interesting...never knew some of these were Aussies

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        Doris James MizBejabbers 

        4 months ago from Beautiful South

        Flourish, I learned a lot I didn't know from this list. AC/DC was one of my favorites, but I'm not sure I knew where they were from. I'm more familiar with the older ones from the 60s, 70s and 80s, like Olivia Newton John, the BeeGees and Helen Reddy. Today I don't pay much attention to pop music, but I enjoy country Keith Urban. Then there's Russell Crow who has a band, but I think more of him as an actor than musician. Anyway, good job!

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 months ago from UK

        The Bee Gees were my first thought. It's a tribute to their enduring popularity that there have been so many covers of their songs. So sad that only one is now left.

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        John Hansen 

        4 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Helen Ready was one of the first artists I saw live in concert. Thank you for the Australia Day wishes too.

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        Bill De Giulio 

        4 months ago from Massachusetts

        My first thought was of Men Down Under and Keith Urban. I had no idea that AC/DC, Air Supply, INXS, or even the Bee Gees were from Australia. I would love to visit someday.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Linda Lum - It's funny what we don't know about some of the most famous artists and bands. I mean, what's more American that Helen Reddy, haha? Glad you like this. Have a great week, and wish John a Happy Australia Day!

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        Raymond Philippe 

        4 months ago from The Netherlands

        Wow. Brings back memories. I saw several of them perform in Holland (inxs) Belgium (crowded house) and Germany (ac/dc & wolfmother). Crowded House is absolutely my favorite australian band.

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        Linda Lum 

        4 months ago from Washington State, USA

        My younger daughter was absolutely obsessed with Savage Garden. I think she wore out all the CDs she owned. A few of these surprised me. Air Supply? Helen Reddy? Who knew (apparently you did LOL)? Fun topic and great start to the week.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Bill - That's an interesting first answer. Glad you liked the list. Wish John a Happy Australia Day.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Devika - It's interesting how some of these artists were primarily popular in America, Australia and New Zealand. I think the rest of the world missed out on some good talent! I'm glad you liked this list. Have a fabulous week ahead, and thanks for reading and commenting.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Pamela - I'm glad that you had fun with this and recalled some of these musicians. Have a wonderful week! Today is Australia Day!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Oddly, the first I thought of was Little River Band....I had forgotten a couple...had no clue that AC/DC was from Australia...how could I not know that?

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        Devika Primić 

        4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        I am familiar with these song list and had no idea of their background. Definitely got me wondering of more of the songs and you created a challenge here for us to work it out.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        4 months ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a good group of muscians and I was familiar with most of them. Thanks for your hard work putting this all together. I sure remember the Bee Gees from long time ago.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Lora - I'm so happy you enjoyed this! I had a blast putting it together. It was a walk down memory lane.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Nithya - Sometimes the English try to claim them, but that's what I give explanations. Aussies. Thanks for reading! I love the Bee Gees too. It's sad that there's only one left.

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        Lora Hollings 

        4 months ago

        A very interesting list, Flourish. I never knew that the Bee Gees were Australians and half of the singers on Air Supply who was one of my favorite groups of all times. Down Under by Men At Work was one that I certainly remember well. I didn't know that Helen Reddy was an Aussie either. Awesome songs from the "Land Down Under!" Thank you.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        4 months ago from Dubai

        A great selection, my all time favorite is The Bee Gees! Next I enjoy Keith Urban songs.

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        John Hansen 

        4 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Lol thank you Flourish.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        John - I thought of you as I wrote this!

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        John Hansen 

        4 months ago from Queensland Australia

        This is a great list Flourish. Would you believe I didn't even know a couple of these were Aussies. It sometimes surprises me those who made it is the USA and those that didn't. Some of these, as you mentioned. like Little River Band were more popular in the USA than in Australia. Did you know their original name was Mississippi?

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        4 months ago from USA

        Umesh - I appreciate your kind comment. Thanks for reaading! Have a fabulous weekend. Canada is next.

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        4 months ago from USA

        Kelly Ann - I'm glad you enjoyed the song. Hope you are doing well tonight.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 months ago from USA

        Shannon - He's great. I hadn't heard of Sherrie Austin, so thanks for mentioning her. Hope you're doing well.

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        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        4 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        Excellent, detailed and well researched. Good reading.

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        Kelly Ann Christensen 

        4 months ago from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas

        I was expecting a little different article when I first clicked on this, but thank you for presenting Time for a Cool Change tonight. When I was young, working full time, going to school full time, going through childhood sexual abuse therapy, raising my child, and trying to date, I hit burnout and there came a time when my priorities changed. It was Time for a Cool Change, and indeed it is again.

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        Shannon Henry 

        4 months ago from Texas

        Who doesn't love Keith Urban???? Another country artist from Australia that was popular particularly in the 90s was Sherrie Austin.

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