Songs About Australia or the Australian People

Created by swedensour on 08 Apr 2019

exactly what the title says. Songs about, pertaining to or even mentioning Australia. Songs can be positive or negative. I can even extend this to being about Australian people too, doesn't have to be just the country.

This song mentions Arnhem Land, a region in Northern Territory.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Shannon Noll

This is a song by an indie group, but it mentions a few cultural things in Australia, like eskies, barbecuing and the famous chant at rugby games. There are a lot of footnotes on the page of the song itself explaining the references.

Song language:  English

Artist:  No Frills Twins

Translation:  Portuguese

Probably the most well-known song internationally. Wink smile

Song language:  English

Artist:  Men at Work

Translations:  CroatianFrenchGermanGreek   12 more

This is cheating but it still belongs here. The song is a tiny bit controversial as there is a bit of protesting by indigenous Australians to choose a new, more inclusive song for the national anthem.

Song language:  English

Artist:  National Anthems & Patriotic Songs

A song about the heat and humidity and reminiscing about old times in Australia.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Gang Gajang

This song is originally performed by Aboriginal band Warumpi band about Australia. It was covered by Christine Anu about the Torres Strait Islands where she is from. Her version is probably the more famous one.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Warumpi Band

Translation:  French

Ruby Hunter was a very famous aboriginal singer. The message of this song is a pretty obvious one, stating that everyone is welcome to Australia.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Ruby Hunter

Translations:  RussianSwedish

This song was written by Goanna after taking a 10 day trip to Uluru.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Goanna

This song mentions two famous coastal areas in Sydney, Manly and Circular Quay.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Australian Crawl

Song language:  English

Artist:  The Seekers

Translations:  JapaneseTurkishUkrainian

Probably the most famous example. This is originally a poem by poet Banjo Paterson and was written while he was in the Queensland Outback, which is sort of what the song is about. There's a lot of info on Wikipedia about the song and its meaning. Many Australians consider this the unofficial anthem of Australia, and it was even covered in Pitjantjatjara by Trevor Adamson.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Slim Dusty

This is a very famous Australian folk song. It was originally written in 1921 by Jack O'Hagan and first recorded by Peter Dawson. More info here. Gundagai is a town in New South Wales.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Slim Dusty

Translations:  FrenchSpanish

A Belarusian song about Australia,

Song language:  Belarusian

Artist:  Mroja

Translations:  EnglishRussian

A folk-country song about the town of Camooweal in Queensland.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Slim Dusty

A folk-country song about a guy from Cunnamulla, QLD. The song also mentions a few other rural towns in Queensland

Song language:  English

Artist:  Slim Dusty

This song is about the aboriginal soldiers in World War 1. It also talks about David Arden's ancestor who is from Framlingham in Victoria.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Dave Arden

The music video for this song was filmed in Wahroonga, New South Wales. It was also featured in an Australian movie called Young Einstein and a second music video was filmed and released in the USA for the movie. In the USA release, the music video was filmed in Myall Lakes National Park in New South Wales.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Icehouse

Translation:  Russian

This song is an autobiographical song written by The Go-Betweens' vocalist about returning home to his mother's farm in Queensland. The song was chosen in 2001 as one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time.

Song language:  English

Artist:  The Go-Betweens

This song was written after the band made a cross-country drive from Perth to Melbourne. The song is about Eyre Highway which stretches between Norseman, Western Australia and Caiguna, Western Australia.

Song language:  English

Artist:  The Triffids

This song is a protest song in favour of giving land back to the Pintupi people. Kintore, Northern Territory, the land that the Pintupi people returned to and created a settlement in is mentioned by name, as well as Yuendumu, a town in Northern Territory known for its community of Aboriginal artists. The song also mentions the Australian car company, Holden.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Midnight Oil

Translations:  ArabicCroatianCzechDanish   12 more

This song is about Australia being where the Indian Ocean meets the Pacific. It mentions locations such as Nullabor, Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Slim Dusty

A country song about two friends who aren't getting any business where they were living so they packed up and moved to Queensland for a better start.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Slim Dusty

Suggested by Brat. This is a Russian song telling of how James Cook died, except telling the story as if he was killed in Australia and not Hawaii.

Song language:  Russian

Artist:  Vladimir Vysotsky

Translations:  CroatianEnglishGermanTongan

Suggested by safyra.

Song language:  English

Artist:  Nikki Webster

Suggested by Safyra. Geoffrey often writes songs about Yolngu country.

Languages:  Yolŋu Matha → English

Created by maluca on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Suggested by Safyra.

Languages:  English, Yolŋu Matha → English

Created by maluca on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Song language:  Bosnian

Artist:  Kemal Malovčić

Translations:  EnglishRussianSpanish

suggested by Schnurrbrat

Song language:  Russian

Artist:  Anna German

Translations:  CroatianEnglishFrenchGerman   8 more

suggested by Schnurrbrat

Song language:  Russian

Artist:  Zemfira

Translations:  AzerbaijaniEnglishItalianPortuguese   2 more

Song language:  German

Artist:  Max Giesinger

Translation:  English

the song is about a girl from australia

Song language:  English

Artist:  Jonas Brothers

Translations:  GermanSpanishTurkish

Song language:  English

Artist:  Horrible Histories

Song language:  Italian

Artist:  Mango (Italy)

Translations:  BulgarianEnglishRomanian

Song language:  English

Artist:  Planetshakers

Translations:  ChineseTongan

The song mentions several famous aboriginal people

Song language:  English

Artist:  Briggs (Australia)

Song language:  Ukrainian

Artist:  Latexfauna

Translation:  English

Comments
SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Thu, 18/04/2019 - 18:09

"Cook was attacked and killed in 1779 during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific while attempting to kidnap Hawaiian chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu.The body was disembowelled, baked to facilitate removal of the flesh, and the bones were carefully cleaned for preservation as religious icons in a fashion somewhat reminiscent of the treatment of European saints in the Middle Ages. Some of Cook's remains, thus preserved, were eventually returned to his crew for a formal burial at sea."

swedensourswedensour    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 00:37

Is this about James Cook? He was British.

Oh wait I just translated that.... that’s.... awful.

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 00:44

Well, it is humorous song from Soviet epoch. It is not politically (or geographically) correct.
The joke was that they wanted to eat Chief Cook (of the ship), but get James Cook instead.

swedensourswedensour    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 00:46

So it’s dark humour? I’ll have to reread it. I like dark humour if done correctly lol.

swedensourswedensour    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 00:45

Sorry I’m slow I literally just woke up. I did some research and found what Uncommon also found. Thanks for the suggestion though Regular smile I did say good or bad Wink smile

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 00:51

hi, Swedensour. There is decent English translation of this one.

swedensourswedensour    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 01:25

I didn’t even think to look at Geoffrey’s songs tbh. I knew I should’ve but I didn’t.

swedensourswedensour    Fri, 19/04/2019 - 01:42

Okay I’ll get these added as soon as I can. I’m on mobile atm and it’s not populating the content field properly. Sorry, I’m going on holiday soon but I’ll add everything when I can.

Edit: should be done now. Sometimes the mobile interface gives me trouble adding things.

swedensourswedensour    Tue, 14/05/2019 - 01:23

Added both of your suggestions. And added the video to the song page for Avstraliya.

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Tue, 14/05/2019 - 01:42

Thank you for taking care of the video link Regular smile

swedensourswedensour    Tue, 14/05/2019 - 01:44

No problem. Regular smile It does look better if there are videos for items in a collection after all. Wink smile