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John Farnham rated top Australian singer of all-time

Posted by: Ned Franklin | 2 April, 2013 - 8:38 AM
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The results are in. 

John Farnham has been rated the best Australian singer of all time, based on a survey of his peers.

Cameron Adams, the Herald Sun's chief music writer, told 3AW Breakfast he conducted the survey by emailing 'every Australian singer I can think of.'

"Basically people just voted for their favourite artists and wrote a few lines explaining why - all singers voting on singers," he said.

Russell Morris, who came in at number 33, spoke to Darren James and Tony Leonard and said he was quite honoured to receive a few votes.

LISTEN: Cameron Adams and Russell Morris on 3AW Breakfast

As for snubs, pop Queen Kylie Minogue was noticeably missing from the list.


1. John Farnham

2. Bon Scott

3. Tina Arena

4. Michael Hutchence

5. Jimmy Barnes

6. Guy Sebastian

7. Renee Guyer

8. Sia Furler

9. Chrissie Amphlett

10. Neil and Tim Finn

11. Daniel Johns

12. The Bee Gees

13. Stevie Wright

14. Paul Kelly

15. Vanessa Amorosi

16. Jessica Mauboy

17. Nick Cave

18. Connie Mitchell

19. Katie Noonan

20. Gurrumul

21. Suze De Marchi

22. Darryl Braithwaite

23. Sarah Blasko

24. Iva Davies

25. Ian Moss

26. Doug Parkinson

27. Glenn Shorrock

28. Darren Hayes

29. Colin hay

30. Goyte

31. Dan Sultan

32. Kate Ceberano

33. Russell Morris

34. Gerry Humphries

35. Johnny O'Keefe

36. Olivia Newton-John

37. Slim Dusty

38. Stephen Cummings

39. Ross Wilson

40. Bernard Fanning

41. Adalita

42. Judith Durham

43. Marc Hunter

44. Kasey Chambers

45. Joe Camilleri

46. Steve Kilbey

47. Keith Urban

48. Daniel Merriweather

49. Billy Thorpe

50. Jon Stevens


Blog comments Your Say

  • Judith Durham is simply the best female singer, by a long way.

    wallen Wednesday 24 April, 2013 - 12:30 AM
  • @Ian posting here about Peter Allen! This joker died of Aids. He also desserted Australia so he is most assuredly out of the competition mate. He is a spent mini- force indeed. Also in picking leadership characters son, you have to distinguish between the goats and the sheep!

    Keith A. J. Tudor B.Ec Sunday 7 April, 2013 - 8:38 PM
  • Who invited those reality contestants to vote.Way out of their league! Judith Durham is the greatest Aussie singer of all time bar no one.Michael Hutchence is second

    Barry jones Wednesday 3 April, 2013 - 4:53 PM
  • Farnham would top the list of the Fattest singer...

    the serial pest Wednesday 3 April, 2013 - 4:39 PM
  • Phew! Glad Stevie Wright made the list... for obvious reasons!

    Evie Wednesday 3 April, 2013 - 2:37 PM
  • Many of these are not Australian. At a glance, Neil and Tim Finn, (late) Marc Hunter and Keith Urban are New Zealanders and not Australian.

    Ivan@kinnane Wednesday 3 April, 2013 - 1:11 PM

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