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Songs for Australia Day

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I am a proud Aussie and very patriotic but I always get a lot more patriotic at this time of year.  A couple of weeks ago I bought a new Aussie flag and a bandana.  Even though I think we should change our flag which I blogged about last year, it still feels me with immense pride when I see it, especially when I see it waved overseas.

So in honour of my great country, here are some of my favourite Aussie songs which fill me with pride everytime I hear them and all get a good workout on my iPod this time of year.

To make the list, it must mention Australia or be about Australia.  Enjoy!


This song was first made famous by Peter Allen, but earlier this week it was featured on the Oprah Ultimate Australian Adventure episodes.  Love it!

John Williamson is our most famous singer/songwriter of bush ballads.  His ‘True Blue’ is outstanding.

John Williamson gets a second nod with Waltzing Matilda which many feel should be our national anthem.  A song about a sheep thief doesn’t quite fit the mould of what a national anthem should be! Even though this song was written by Banjo Paterson in 1895 as a poem, when Williamson sings it, you know Banjo would have approved.

The Seekers recorded this Aussie classic in 1987.

Solid Rock tells the story of the white man coming to Australia.  The didgeridoo is awesome. The song is by Goanna, a great Aussie band.

The Sounds of Then by GANGgajang gets a nod too!

While not a fan of Ice House, I do love Great Southern Land.

Arguably the worlds most popular Aussie song outside of Australia is Down Under by Men at Work.  Released in 1981 and then again in 1983 as the anthem for Australia II’s successful America’s Cup bid.

And finally a stirring rendition of Advance Australia Fair at any sporting event is something which should be on everyones bucket list if you haven’t done it already.  Here, Anthony Warlow belts it out at a Rugby League GrandFinal

What else should have made the list?  Comment below.  Remember the rules.  It must mention Australia or be about Australia.


  1. @RedL1on says:

    I would have included songs that speak to the Australia psychy Paul Kelly “to her door” etc. Powderfinger “odyssey # 5″ Cold Chisel Flame trees” Bow River” “Khe Sahn”

    • jackmcclane says:

      Good songs all, but not really songs that are Australia specific. Khe Sahn is a song about Vietnam from the eyes of an Aussie. I guess you could look at it from the point of view that if a person from overseas was listening to the song, could they recognise that this song was Australian?

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