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John ‘The Voice’ Farnham Voted Australia’s Best Singer Of All Time

Written by Marc Zanotti on April 2, 2013

John Farnham has been voted as the greatest Australian singer of all time by a panel of his peers, beating out the likes of AC/DC’s Bon Scott, Michael Hutchence of INXS and his good mate Jimmy Barnes.

As reported by the Herald Sun, the greatest 50 Australian singers of all time list was constructed by a voting panel comprised of over 100 Australian singers and musicians.

As Big Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock frontman Ross Wilson stated, Farnham is more than worthy to top the list:

“Yes, he is The Voice and that frickin’ TV show full of wannabes ought to find a new name and restore his title.”

Other names of interest high up in the list are Sia at number 8 while Neil and Tim Finn closed out the top 10, forcing Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns down to number 11. Following Johns are The Bee Gees, whose temporary status as Australian residents was apparently enough for the selection criteria.

Olivia Newton-John seems pretty low at 36 and people will probably be mad that Nick Cave only just snuck into the top 20 at 17. A shout out to Katie Noonan at 19 for those who fondly recall George.

50 Greatest Australian Singers Of All Time

1. John Farnham
2. Bon Scott
3. Tina Arena
4. Michael Hutchence
5. Jimmy Barnes
6. Guy Sebastian
7. Renee Geyer
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 (Sneaky Sound System)
19. Katie Noonan
20. Gurrumul
21. Suze De Marchi
22. Daryl Braithwaite
23. Sarah Blasko
24. Iva Davies
25. Ian Moss
26. Doug Parkinson
27. Glenn Shorrock
28. Darren Hayes
29. Colin Hay
30. Gotye
31. Dan Sultan
32. Kate Ceberano
33. Russell Morris
34. Gerry Humphries (The Loved Ones)
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

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