Australian Women Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many Australian women musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female musicians such as Sia, Olivia Newton-John, Orianthi, Jessica Origliasso, Emma Watkins.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Regarded as a timeless icon, Kylie Minogue is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of her generation. Referred to as the Princess of Pop and Goddess of Pop, she is the best-selling female Australian musician of all time. Also known as the Mother of Reinvention, Kylie is revered for her contribution to fashion and music.

 2 Sia Furler

Sia Furler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

 3 Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her viral and chart-topping tracks Pu$$y, Two Times, and Fancy. A high-school dropout, she had worked illegally in Miami, before she hit the jackpot with her Billboard-topping debut album, The New Classic. She was the first non-American female rapper to top the Billboard chart.

 4 Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

A singer, actress, businesswoman and activist, Olivia Newton-John is an DBE honouree who has donned on many hats and shined in all of them. Her five Billboard No.1 singles and two Billboard No.1 albums made her a household name. Turning her personal pain into a global mission for cancer awareness, this four-time Grammy winner is truly a symbol of resilience.

 5 Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, model, and actress Natalie Imbruglia aspired for a career in the show business since her youth. Beginning her career with minor roles in commercials, she worked hard to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She has acted in many hit films and is also active as a singer with many records to her credit.

 6 Orianthi

Orianthi
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Famous As: Rock Musician, Singer
Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Named one among the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine, Australian musician, singer and songwriter Orianthi Penny Panagaris began playing the guitar at the age of three and moved to acoustic by six. At fifteen, she began her professional career, concurrently focusing on songwriting and released her debut independent album at the age of 20. 

 7 Toni Watson

Toni Watson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mount Martha, Australia

Toni Watson is an Australian singer-songwriter whose single, Dance Monkey, broke Bing Crosby's all-time Australian record by spending 24 weeks at number one position on the ARIA Singles Chart. The single also earned Toni Watson several prestigious awards, such as APRA Music Award and ARIA Music Award.

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 8 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

 9 Emma Watkins

Emma Watkins
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Australia’s beloved Yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins grew up trained as a classical dancer and later became the first female member of the Australian dance group the Wiggles. She also completed a film studies course on a scholarship. Emma is an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, having suffered the ailment herself.  

 10 Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 11 Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Jessica Mauboy is an Australian singer, actress, and songwriter. She started hogging the limelight after finishing second in the fourth season of Australian Idol, which was aired in 2006. One of the most successful female artists in Australia, Mauboy has received several awards, such as ARIA Music Awards.

 12 Jessica Origliasso

Jessica Origliasso
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Famous As: One half of pop duo The Veronicas
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany Creek, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Jessica Origliasso is one-half of the Australian pop-duo The Veronicas that she formed with her identical twin sister, Lisa Origliasso. They rose to fame with platinum-certified studio-albums like The Secret Life of... and Hook Me Up, and singles like You Ruin Me. They have also acted in the television series Cybergirl and co-designed a fashion line for Target.    

 13 Judith Durham

Judith Durham
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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

Judith Durham is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. In 1963, she became the lead singer of the popular folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers, which became the first Australian pop band to achieve major sales and chart success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her services to music earned her the title Victorian of the Year in 2015.

 14 Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

 15 Indiana Evans

Indiana Evans
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Indiana Evans is an Australian actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing Matilda Hunter in a TV soap opera titled Home and Away, for which she won the Dolly Teen Choice Award under the Queen of Teen category. Evans is also known for contributing immensely to the 2011 soundtrack for series three of H2O: Just Add Water.

 16 Tina Arena

Tina Arena
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tina Arena is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and musical theatre actress. Having sold more than 10 million records worldwide, Arena is one of the highest-selling Australian artists. Tina Arena has won several national and international awards, including two World Music Awards and seven ARIA Awards so far. In 2015, she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

 17 Alice Englert

Alice Englert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 18 Brody Armstrong

Brody Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 19 Tammin Sursok

Tammin Sursok
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Famous As: Actress known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009)
Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Tammin Sursok is an actress and singer whose portrayal of Dani Sutherland earned her the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2001. Sursok is also known for her singing skills; her debut studio album Whatever Will Be peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Charts. Apart from acting and singing, Sursok has also been campaigning against bullying.

 20 Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She developed an early interest in music and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. She is the bandleader of her own bands and has also performed in collaboration with artists including Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Mick Jagger. She is a regular practitioner of meditation. 

 21 Danielle Spencer

Danielle Spencer
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter and actress who released singles like "Blast Off" and "Forgive Me."
Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 22 Lisa Gerrard

Lisa Gerrard
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Famous As: Most prolifically using the yangqin
Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 23 Chrissy Amphlett

Chrissy Amphlett
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Famous As: Former Singer best known as the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong, Australia
Died: April 21, 2013

 24 Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate MillerÔÇÉHeidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

 25 Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 26 Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Natalie Bassingthwaighte
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Famous As: Musician, Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wollongong, Australia

 27 Sophie Lowe

Sophie Lowe
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK

 28 Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: August 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins is known for her chartbusting singles such as Scar and Where I Stood. She has also performed at international events such as TEDx. Her hit album The Sound of White made it to the top 5 of the End of Decade Top 100 Albums Chart in 2010.

 29 Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Gambier

Though known as a country singer, Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers also mixes folk, blues, and rock n’ roll in her music. Born to the country singer duo Bill and Diane Chambers, she joined her family band at age 10. She later released chartbusting solo hits such as Not Pretty Enough.

 30 Betty Who

Betty Who
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Betty Who is a singer-songwriter best known for her cover of Donna Lewis’ song I Love You Always Forever. Born in Australia, she moved to USA as a young girl to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. She began her career as an independent artist and later signed with RCA Records. She is openly bisexual. 

 31 Rebecca St. James

Rebecca St. James
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 32 Lenka

Lenka
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: March 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bega, Australia

 33 Ricki-Lee Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland

 34 Samantha Jade

Samantha Jade
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Famous As: Winner of fourth season of The X Factor Australia
Birthdate: April 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

 35 Laura Imbruglia

Laura Imbruglia
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian indie singer Laura Imbruglia is better known as the sister of popstar Natalie Imbruglia, who once rocked the charts with her global hit Torn. Known for tracks such as Looking for a Rabbit, Laura has also written the web series Amateur Hour and appeared in the TV series Crash Palace.

 36 Gabriella Cilmi

Gabriella Cilmi
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: City of Greater Dandenong

 37 Christine Anu

Christine Anu
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: March 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairns

 38 Vanessa Amorosi

Vanessa Amorosi
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne

 39 Olivia Nervo

Olivia Nervo
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: February 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Electronic dance musician and songwriter Olivia Nervo is one-half of the Australian DJ duo Nervo that she formed with her twin sister, Miriam. Over the years, they have spawned charting singles like We're All No One and The Way We See the World. The Grammy Award-winning single When Love Takes Over by David Guetta was co-written by the Nervo sisters.

 40 Miriam Nervo

Miriam Nervo
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: February 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Miriam Nervo is an Australian electronic dance musician and songwriter, who formed the DJ Duo NERVO along with her twin sister, Olivia, at the age of 18. However, their career actually took off when at the age of 21, they signed with Razor Boy Music Publishing, shortly co-writing When Love Takes Over, which made them famous overnight. Their debut album, Collateral, was released in 2005. 

 41 Nikki Webster

Nikki Webster
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

 42 Suze DeMarchi

Suze DeMarchi
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth

 43 Anita Lane

Anita Lane
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne

 44 Montaigne

Montaigne
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Famous As: Art pop singer-songwriter-musician and Twitch streamer
Birthdate: August 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 45 Loene Carmen

Loene Carmen
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Famous As: actor, singer, songwriter, film actor
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Adelaide

 46 Anja Nissen

Anja Nissen
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winmalee, New South Wales, Australia

 47 Havana Brown

Havana Brown
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: February 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 48 Tkay Maidza

Tkay Maidza
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter known for her 2014 songs 'U-huh' and 'Switch Lanes'
Birthdate: December 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 49 Ella Hooper

Ella Hooper
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 50 Karise Eden

Karise Eden
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter who became the winner of the first series of The Voice Australia
Birthdate: July 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gosford, Australia