The Australian musical scene has produced many pioneering and innovative artists that have blessed the world with their eclectic tunes. Australian music is known as much for its thunderous beats as it is for its rich vocals. With a collection of genres including pop, rock, jazz, and indie, this land has truly created signature music across the entire spectrum. Australian artists such as Rick Springfield and Michael Clifford have put out Grammy-winning hits that have dominated Billboard charts. In this blog, we have curated a list of some of the most famous Australian pop music artists who have left a mark worldwide. Let’s get started!
List of best Australian pop music artists
Sia Furler is a musician, voice actress, and director from Adelaide, Australia, who began her career in the mid 90’s singing for the acid jazz group Crisp. As she progressed with her solo career later on, she released albums like 1000 Forms of Fear which debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200, and singles like Cheap Thrills which got to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100. Sia is credited with the writing of a lot of popular songs such as Wild Ones, Diamonds and Titanium which make her one of the best Australian music artists.
Famous Songs: Taken For Granted, The Girl You Lost to Cocaine, Titanium
2. Kylie Minogue
Arguably the biggest pop icon of the country, Kylie Minogue was born in Melbourne, Australia. She got recognition starting as an actor in TV shows and it was one such show which brought her into music through a record company and made her a famous Australian music artist. She has released many successful albums over the years, including Kylie and Kylie Minogue, as well as Fever, Rhythm of Love and Body Language. She’s quite the icon among her fans and her live-shows in particular are a spectacle to behold. The Princess of Pop’s success in fashion, film and music continue to fuel her enduring popularity.
Famous Songs: Spinning Around, Confide in Me, Can’t Get You Out of My Head
3. Cody Simpson
Known for his feel-good music that has evolved considerably in a short time, this popular Australian music artist is also a swimmer who hails from Gold Coast, Australia. His rise to fame is a textbook example of a fairytale story which is an inspiration to many to reach for their dreams. Simpson was in a band in school and he had a Youtube channel where he uploaded his covers, one of which reached a record producer and that got him his break. Among his career highlights, he has released three famous pop albums, appeared in a film, and performed in a Broadway show. As a competitive swimmer, he has also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021 100m butterfly.
Famous Songs: iYiYi, All Day, Wish You Were Here
4. Olivia Newton-John
Next up on our list, is a popular Australian music artist who was born in Cambridge, England. Olivia Newton-John is an awardee who has worn lots of hats and made them shine, as a singer, actress, businesswoman, and activist. Two of her albums and five of her singles topped Billboard’s chart, making her an international star. As a four-time Grammy winner, she truly represents resilience by turning her personal struggle into a global mission to increase cancer awareness.
Famous Songs: Hopelessly Devoted to You, Physical, You’re the One that I Want
5. Natalie Imbruglia
The Australian singer and songwriter Natalie Jane Imbruglia was born in Sydney. The popular Australian soap opera Neighbours introduced Imbruglia to audiences in the early 1990s as Beth Brennan. The internationally successful song “Torn” marked the beginning of Imbruglia’s singing career after she left the programme. In 1997, “Left of the Middle” – her debut album, sold more than 6 million copies. She has a huge fan-following worldwide despite only having a few albums to her name. Apart from her career as an Australian music artist, Imbruglia has also gained fame as an actress in films and as a fashion icon.
Famous Songs: Torn, Big Mistake, Shiver
6. Delta Goodrem
A singer, actress, and songwriter, Delta Goodrem was born on 9th November 1984 in Sydney, Australia. Her debut album Innocent Eyes topped the ARIA Albums Chart for 29 consecutive weeks, making her one of the most successful female artists. Goodrem battled cancer herself and in an attempt to raise money for research into blood cancers, she founded the Delta Goodrem Foundation.
Famous Songs: Born To Try, Lost Without You, In This Life
7. Troye Sivan
A singer-songwriter, YouTuber, and actor, Troye Sivan Mellet is next on our list of Australian Pop music artists. He has gained prominence for his music, acting in films such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and running a highly popular Youtube channel. His EP, TRXYE, reached the No. 5 spot on the Billboard 200. Growing up, his parents encouraged him to pursue his love of music. With his good looks, acting abilities, and incredible voice, he quickly attracted many fans. In no time, he gained a fan following not just in Australia, but around the world as well. He was propelled to greater success in 2015 after releasing his first album.
Famous Songs: Talk Me Down, Wild, Happy Little Pill
8. Michael Clifford
Last on this list, we have Michael Clifford, an Australian pop music artist regarded to be one of the most famous music artists of our time. Aside from being 5 Seconds of Summer’s frontman and voice, he serves as the band’s guitarist as well. Music videos and cover songs posted by the band on Youtube brought them to fame. Michael has transformed his career through social media alone, and he has become globally recognized together with other band members, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin. This artist is a worldwide sensation on social media, with fans cheering him on from around the globe.
Famous Songs: 2011, Take My Hand, Ghost of You
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