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Music over the ages

  • Music in 1945

    Music during the 1940s was built around the jazz and big bang styles that were popular. Popular artists like Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw helped to define the music era.
  • Music in the 1950s

    In the 1950s and early 60s Australia had embraced American rock 'n' roll and developed their own version through surf music and rockers such as Col Joye and Johnny O'Keefe.
  • Music in 1962

    A major influence in Australian music were American culture influences. Australian music was also influenced by the advancement of technology in the field of entertainment. Alot of British music was introduced in the 1960s, bringing forth many bands such as the Beach Boys and then the most iconic band, The Beatles. They toured in many areas in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
  • Music in the 1970s

    There was more varieties of Music in the 1970s than ever before. Funk, Soul, R & B, Pop, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and Disco all carved out their place in the music world in the 1970s.
    The late 70s also witnessed the birth of another young music style: hip-hop. The 70s were a golden era for vinyl records. Many famous singers recorded their songs during this era, such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.
  • Music in the 1980s

    The 1980s saw the emergence of dance music and new wave. As disco fell out of fashion in the decade's early years, genres such as post-disco, Italo disco, Euro disco and dance-pop became more popular. Rock music continued to enjoy a wide audience.
  • Music in 1990

    Grunge, girl power, Brit Pop, trip hop… the ’90s were a great time for new music. And it was no different in Australia, with some of this country’s all-time biggest hits released in that decade
  • Music in 2000

    The scene in Australia through the early part of this century was as strong as it has been in recent memory. The success of bands in the '90s was heavily influential and advances in technology meant recording and promoting music became easier than ever.
    As a result, there are so many unbelievable records from that period in time, most of which still sound fantastic today.
  • Music in 2005

    Mariah Carey's, "We Belong Together" was the longest-running single of 2005, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 non-consecutive weeks. During this time Contemporary R & B took the fame.
  • Music in 2010

    In the decade movements like Trap music, Cloud rap, Drill music, and Emo hip hop became mainstream. Pop music was also picking up during this time. The 2010s are also notable for the increasing prominence of rap producers; examples being, Metro Boomin, Southside, and DJ Khaled. There were many other pop singers on the rise in Australia in 2010 like Kesha, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo and Justin Bieber.
  • Music in the 2015

    The most popular genres of music in Australia by sales were rock and pop.Mark Ronson’s track "Uptown Funk", featuring Bruno Mars, was the highest selling single in Australia in 2015, followed by other singers such as Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa, Adele, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande.
    International music also started to come into place as foreign singers were introduced such as K-pop, Latin singers, and more.
  • Music in 2020 and 2021

    The year of 2020 produced a great rise in popularity of new artists. The reign of pop, rock and rap still continued. Indie and hip hop music also had its place in 2020. Techno, R & B, and punk genres rose. Singers like The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, Tate Mcrae and Doja Cat had their fame in the pop/hip hop industry. Many rappers and techno musicians also gained fame and popularity like; Roddy Rich, Drake, Travis Scott, Jack Harlow, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.