Australia is known for a lot of things; we have great beaches, diverse wildlife, great athletes, and great actors & actresses. But famous female singers probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Australia.
Well, you might be surprised to learn that a lot of really famous female singers come from Australia. You simply wouldn’t know it though, because almost all of them sing with an American accent!
Some of the catchiest pop songs of the last couple of decades have been courtesy of Australian singers and Australian artists. There are a few notable male singers that come from Australia, but it’s the girls who have really hit it big time on the world stage. These famous female singers have let their voices be heard around the world, and made huge contributions to the field of music because of it.
The Very Best Australian Female Singers Around The World
Stella Donnelly: This grungy young rockstar has only just started making waves on the world stage; we can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
Sampa The Great: Part rapper, part poet, part singer, part songwriter, and only 25. Sampa is one of the most riveting young artists on the scene right now.
Meg Mac: Sydney born artist Megan McInerney has reached near universal popularity on the radio with her 2017 album ‘Low Blows’.
Courtney Barnett: Known for her heartfelt spoken-word, Courtney Barnett is a born artist, loved by critics and fans alike.
Jessica Mauboy: Who can forget the Darwin girl who rose to fame after American Idol!
Dannii Minogue: Kylie's sister! I guess that beautiful voice is genetic.
Missy Higgins: An incredible songwriter, Missy rose to fame in the mid-00s, taking the world by storm with a great discography of upbeat indie-pop jams!
Delta Goodrem: One of Australia’s greatest popstars! And what a voice too!
The Top #5
5. Natalie Imbruglia
Known for: Torn (cover)
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Accolades: ARIA Awards, Brit Awards, Billboard Music Award
Aside from her musical career, Natalie Imbruglia has shown an interest and passion for acting, appearing in both film and theatre. Known for her soft yet powerful covers of songs traditionally sung by male artists, it seems like this veteran songstress is only just getting started!
Known for: “Titanium" (with David Guetta), Chandelier
Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
Accolades: ARIA Awards, MTV Video Music Award, nine Grammy nominations
Known for her aesthetic concerts that please the eyes as well as the ears, Sia has been hard at work releasing albums after her skyrocket to the top of the charts. This is one singer that knows the meaning of persistence: she didn’t manage to hit the mainstream till her fourth album; ‘Some People Have Real Problems’. Since then, she has collaborated with many other hugely famous singers and artists.
3. Iggy Azalea
Known for: Fancy, Team
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Accolades: ARIA, Award, American Music Awards, MTV Music Video Award
With her fierce raps, Iggy Azalea has soared to the top of music charts all over the world. Her latest album ‘In My Defense’ is due to be released in its entirety this year, with her first single ‘Sally Walker’ already garnering 38 million views on YouTube.
2. Olivia Newton-John
Known for: You’re The One I Want (Grease)
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Accolades: Four Grammy Awards, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, National Living Treasure (Australia)
Cementing herself as one of the best 80's female singers, with her role in ‘Grease’. Her performance was hailed as being one of the most iconic musical performances of all time. Olivia Newton-John has used this as a springboard to launch a wildly successful musical career. She still actively tours in Australia and loves performing with her daughter.
1. Kylie Minogue
Known for: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria
Accolades: Australian Entertainer of the Year, Order of the British Empire, ARIA Hall Of Fame
Probably the greatest 90's female singer. Known for her soft soprano, Kylie Minogue is widely considered as one of the best voices of pop, dance, and disco music. This singer-songwriter has consistently hit the top 40 Australia, most recently with her latest album ‘Golden’.