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This is a famous recording of one of Australia’s most popular songs.
Bye Bye Baby 1959
The first big hit from Australia’s original rock’n'roll star.
Yamaz Sibarud is a traditional song performed by ‘Maino of Yam’, recorded during an anthropological expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898.
Chant Vénitien 1904
This is an early surviving commercial recording made by international opera star Nellie Melba in her London home in 1904.
Incorporating Indigenous themes, this Australian orchestral work achieved international recognition.
Country Gardens 1919
A pianola version of Percy Grainger’s ‘Country Gardens’ performed by the composer.
Down Under 1981
Released in 1981, this catchy pop song was written as a light ‘tongue-in-cheek’ dig at Australian values. It became a number one hit in Australia, the UK and US and is still played regularly today as an unofficial Australian national anthem.
Eagle Rock 1971
Dancing the Eagle Rock was one of Australia’s favourite pastimes in the early seventies and it still is today.
These are the first and last recordings of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.
Friday on My Mind 1966
‘Friday on My Mind’ was the first international pop hit by an Australian band, and a landmark in the distinguished career of songwriting team Harry Vanda and George Young.
‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ is inspired by the Aboriginal man who led the Gurindji Strike in 1966 – the catalyst for the land rights movement.
Georgia Lee was the first Indigenous Australian female singer to release an album. This was also the first Australian album to be recorded in stereo.
Two songs by then unknown country singer Buddy Williams, recorded in 1939.
The Hen Convention 1897
The oldest surviving Australian sound recording is a novelty song featuring chicken impersonations.
Honest Toil March 1924
Award-winning Australian brass band puts Newcastle on the map.
I Am Woman 1972
‘I am Woman’ by Helen Reddy was a worldwide hit and the first song by an Australian artist or composer to reach number one in America.
I Should Be So Lucky 1987
The second single from Kylie’s debut album, Kylie (1988), penned by English pop writing-producing phenomenon Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
Irkanda IV 1967
This is a 1967 recording of the first major work by leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.
A 1964 song by The Seekers, written and produced by Tom Springfield, which became the first million-selling record by an Australian band.
Jack Luscombe 1953
An oral history containing the first recorded collection of Australian folk song.
'Jailanguru Pakarnu’ ('Out from Jail’) was the first rock song recorded and released in an Aboriginal language (Luritja).
Just the Beginning 1971
'Just the Beginning’ was the first Australian jazz recording to earn a gold record for sales.
Living in the 70’s 1974
Unrestrained by cultural cringe, the title song of this Skyhooks album captured what it was like growing up in the suburbs of Australia in the 1970s.
The Loner 1973
‘The Loner’ by Vic Simms is regarded as Australia’s great lost classic album of Aboriginal protest songs.
Majestic Fanfare 1943
The original 1943 recording of the ABC’s much loved ‘Majestic Fanfare’, used in various forms since 1952 to introduce news broadcasts.
Maranoa Lullaby 1950
Harold Blair was the first Aboriginal Australian to achieve recognition as a classical singer.
The song ‘Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy)’ saw the coming of age of Australian rock music.
A Pub With No Beer 1957
Slim Dusty’s original recording from 1957 of one of his most famous songs.
Rebetika music evolved in the 1920s, combining jail songs and hashish-smoking songs of the Greek underworld with music brought to Greece by refugees from the Greek-Turkish War.
She’s My Baby 1959
One of the biggest hits for Australia’s first rock’n'roll star.
The first published recordings of Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Band made in Melbourne in 1944.
A magical night in the history of Australian music: the first official concert in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
Aboriginal pop song from the 1990s with a powerful political message.
These are the first commercially available recordings of Australian Aboriginal music.
Voss is an opera about the fateful outback expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt, as recreated by Patrick White in his iconic novel.
Waltzing Matilda 1926
This was the first recording of Australia’s national song.
We Have Survived 1981
The No Fixed Address version of Bart Willoughby’s ‘We Have Survived’ has became an unofficial anthem for Australia’s Aboriginal community.
New Zealand-born Tex Morton created an awareness that country and western music could be an Australian form as much as it was an American form.
(I’m) Stranded 1976
A seminal Australian punk song.