2001 Top 30 Songs

Press release: 2 May 2001

In celebration of its 75th Anniversary, APRA invited 100 distinguished Australian writers, musicians, critics and broadcasters to nominate the ten Australian songs they regard as the best and most significant works of the past 75 years.

From the lists that were submitted, APRA compiled a list of the Top 30 Australian songs.

At the 2001 APRA Music Awards on Monday 28 May 2001 a special retrospective showcase will feature the 10 songs that headed that list.

The 20 songs that comprised the rest of the list are as follows:


Writer/s and Publisher


Along the Road to Gundagai

Writer: Jack O'Hagan
Publisher: Allans Music Australia

Jack O'Hagan & various

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Writer: Eric Bogle
Publisher: Larrikin Music Publishing

Eric Bogle Bushwackers

I'll Be Gone

Writer: Michael Rudd
Publisher: Cellar Music Co


The Real Thing

Writer: Johnny Young
Publisher: Chappell & Co Australia

Russell Morris

Cattle and Cane

Writers: Grant McLennan, Robert Forster
Publishers: Festival Music, Complete Music Ltd (PRS)

Go Betweens

Even When I'm Sleeping

Writer: Dean Manning
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Leonardo's Bride

I'm Stranded

Writers: Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper
Publisher: Mushroom Music

The Saints

Power and the Passion

Writers: Robert Hirst, James Moginie, Peter Garrett
Publisher: Sony Music Publishing Australia

Midnight Oil

Throw Your Arms Around Me

Writers: John Archer, Geoffrey Crosby, Douglas Falconer, Robert Miles, Mark Seymour, Michael Waters, John Howard
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Hunters & Collectors

Wide Open Road

Writer: David McComb
Publisher: Mushroom Music


Cool Change

Writer: Glenn Shorrock
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music

Little River Band

Only Nineteen

Writer: John Schumann
Publisher: Universal/MCA Music Publishing


My Island Home

Writer: Neil Murray
Publisher: Rondor Music Australia

Warumpi Band
Christine Anu
Neil Murray


Writer: James Reyne
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music

Australian Crawl

Ship Song

Writer: Nick Cave
Publishers: Mute Song (PRS), Mushroom Music

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

To Her Door

Writer: Paul Kelly
Publisher: Mushroom Music

Paul Kelly

Truly Madly Deeply

Writers: Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia / Rough Cut Music

Savage Garden

Day You Come

Writers: Jonathan Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton, Bernard Fanning
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing


Science Fiction

Writers: Chrissy Amphlett, Mark McEntee, Jeremy Paul
Publisher: EMI Music Publishing Australia



Writers: Paul Kelly, Mandawuy Yunupingu, Stuart Kellaway, Cal Williams, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Milkayngu Mununggurr, Witiyana Marika
Publisher: Mushroom Music

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