Top 30 Australian Songs Countdown

In March 2017, I re-energised the concept of the Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Countdowns – an opportunity for me to present my favourite 30 songs in a particular category. I started with the Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Songs of the 1960’s and in May 2017, I present my second countdown – the Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Australian Songs.

Let me be very clear – this is so incredibly difficult to do, given the amazing array of wonderful music that has been recorded by Australian artists but I’ve done it. It is very much MY OPINION – there’ll be some songs in the list that will surprise you and others that will surprise you by NOT being there. The key criterion is that, unless the song is quite a stand-out song, it will have charted nationally at some stage between 1960 and now – at this stage, there are only two songs in the countdown that failed to reach number 40 on the national charts.

Below, I have listed the twenty songs that I felt were most unlucky to miss the cut and below that, you can see the thirty songs that made my countdown.

For the record, my reference on chart positions, etc is The Book: Top 40 Research by Steve Scanes and Jim Barnes.

I’m looking forward to sharing the list with you. Who knows, one day I might even present the list, song by song, on the wireless.

  • The Loved One – The Loved Ones – 5 October 1966
  • Ciao Baby – Lynne Randell – 26 April 1967
  • Highway 31 – Johnny Chester – didn’t chart nationally (first charted in Melbourne 20 December 1969)
  • Smiley – Ronnie Burns – 7 January 1970
  • Boom Sha Sha La Lo – Hans Poulsen – 27 May 1970
  • Turn Up Your Radio – Masters Apprentices – 4 June 1970
  • Rachel – Russell Morris – 18 June 1970
  • Melanie Makes Me Smile – The Strangers – 30 July 1970
  • Eleanor Rigby – Zoot – 7 January 1971
  • Come Back Again – Daddy Cool – 16 July 1971
  • Wings Of An Eagle – Russell Morris – 16 November 1972
  • Let Go – Brian Cadd – 3 October 1974
  • I Love You, I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John – 10 October 1974
  • It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – AC/DC – 8 January 1976
  • Reckless – Australian Crawl – 6 October 1983
  • Throw Your Arms Around Me – Hunters and Collectors – 4 June 1986 (re-entered 21 January 1991)
  • He’s Just No Good For You – Mental As Anything – 22 July 1987
  • To Her Door – Paul Kelly – 28 October 1987
  • Under The Milky Way – The Church – 23 March 1988
  • One Summer – Daryl Braithwaite – 8 March 1989