Music for each state of your roadtrip
Kylie Minogue – Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia’s highest-selling female artist of all time has a library of albums spanning five decades – more than you’ll need to cross the state.
Nick Cave – Originally from the small town of Warracknabeal, Australia’s answer to Johnny Cash has a brilliant discography, but not one that should be listened to if you’re looking to brighten the mood.
Jet – Skyrocketing to international stardom with their 2003 album Get Born, Jet managed to pick up six Grammys in one night at the 2004 awards.
Crowded House – Don’t hold it against frontman Neil Finn that he is technically a Kiwi, the Melbourne-based band are as much a staple of Melbourne culture as trams and overpriced lattes.
The Living End – Shooting to fame in 1997 with their punk rock single Prisoner of Society, these now-40-year-olds are still touring and rocking as hard as ever.
Vance Joy – Taking out the top spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2013 with Riptide, James Keogh (aka Vance Joy) gave up a promising career as an AFL player to follow his musical aspirations. Good call.
Honourable mentions: Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, The Cat Empire, Something for Kate, Airbourne, Taxiride, Area-7, Killing Heidi, Little River Band.
New South Wales
AC/DC – Founded in Sydney in 1973, AC/DC are the unquestionable kings of Australian rock and roll. With almost every track designed to be blasted down a highway, every song is perfect roadtrip material.
Silverchair – Fronted by iconic frontman Daniel Johns, Silverchair’s legacy have spanned decades, generations and genres – including grunge, rock, and alternative scenes.
Midnight Oil – Founded in 1978, Midnight Oil are one of Australia’s most politically charged bands which would see the band disband in 2002 as Peter Garrett pursued his political career. The band reformed in 2016.
5 Seconds of Summer – Here’s one your kids will know, though they might know them as ‘5SOS’. Founded in Sydney in 2011, this pop rock outfit has already sold more than 10 million albums and boast more than 7 billion digital streams.
INXS – Inducted into the ARIA hall of fame in 2001, the legendary new wave band fronted by the late Michael Hutchins are one of the few Aussie acts to have been nominated for a Grammy, ARIA and MTV award.
Honourable mentions: Spiderbait, Grinspoon, Troy Cassar-Daley, The Kid LAROI, Wolfmother, The Presets, Hoodoo Gurus, Moving Pictures, Mental As Anything, You Am I.