1: The Real Thing – Russell Morris

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Entered Charts: 16 April 1969 Entry Point: 39 Highest Chart: 1 Weeks In: 22 Watch On YouTube: Click here It should come as no surprise that The Real Thing lands at number one in this countdown – it was a really great song in its own right but when Ian “Molly” Meldrum took control of its production, along with vocal … Read More

2: Flame Tress – Cold Chisel

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Entered Charts: 6 September 1984 Entry Point: 33 Highest Chart: 24 Weeks In: 7 Watch On YouTube: Click here There is something about Flame Trees that demands a place this high in the Top 30 Australian Songs countdown. I have spent a significant amount of time in regional Australia and as a result have spent plenty of time eating and … Read More

3: Kings Of The World – Mississippi

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Entered Charts: 31 August 1972 Entry Point: 36 Highest Chart: 5 Weeks In: 19 Watch On YouTube: Click here Another Graeham Goble composition – he also featured at number 7 with Reminiscing – but this time with the band he formed around 1972, Mississippi. After moving to Melbourne from Adelaide with his band Allison Gros, Goble start to work with … Read More

4: Because I Love You – Masters Apprentices

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Entered Charts: 26 October 1988 Entry Point: 32 Highest Chart: 25 Weeks In: 6 Watch On YouTube: Click here The Masters Apprentices were the biggest and most popular band in Australia in 1971, with the late and great Jimmy Keays at the helm. Hit after hit – Turn Up Your Radio, Living In A Child’s Dream, Elevator Driver – kept … Read More

5: Are You Old Enough – Dragon

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Entered Charts: 23 August 1978 Entry Point: 33 Highest Chart: 2 Weeks In: 17 Watch On YouTube: Click here And so, we make it to the Top 5 and the last of the “born in New Zealand” tracks. Dragon moved to Australia in the mid to late 1970’s and after a few lesser hits, gave us this classic. Are You … Read More

6: Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel

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Entered Charts: Released 1978 Entry Point: o Highest Chart: 52 Weeks In: 0 Watch On YouTube: Click here There’s not much to say about Khe Sanh that hasn’t been said before – it is, in the minds of many, the pinnacle of Australian music, an alternative to our less-than-inspiring national anthem. There is so much about this song that captures … Read More

7: Reminiscing – Little River Band

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Entered Charts: 16 August 1978 Entry Point: 39 Highest Chart: 28 Weeks In: 10 Watch On YouTube: Click here Little River Band were one of the first Australian acts to make it “big time” in the USA and this song was their biggest US hit. Frank Sinatra said it was the best song written in the 1970’s and John Lennon … Read More

8: I Touch Myself – Divinyls

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Entered Charts: 10 December 1990 Entry Point: 28 Highest Chart: 1 Weeks In: 10 Watch On YouTube: Click here The mighty Divinyls led by the incomparable Chrissy Amphlett had been making their presence felt throughout the 1980’s with a string of fantastic Australian pub rock. The girl from Belmont High School in Geelong had an on-stage and on-screen presence like … Read More

9: One Perfect Day – The Little Heroes

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Entered Charts: 5 May 1982 Entry Point: 33 Highest Chart: 6 Weeks In: 12 Watch On YouTube: Click here The Little Heroes only ever had one charting hit in Australia but what a song! As I look at the songs that sit between One Perfect Day and the number one selection, the only reason that they sit higher on the … Read More

10: I’m Counting On You – Johnny O’Keefe

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Entered Charts: 26 August 1961 Entry Point: 31 Highest Chart: 1 Weeks In: 19 Watch On YouTube: Click here He was the original Aussie pop-star / teenage idol, nickname the Wild One, as much for his lifestyle as his musical style. But one of the lesser acknowledged attributes that the great JO’K is remembered for is his beautiful singing voice. … Read More