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14 albums from the BaG era are among Australia’s 200 greatest

6 December 2021

Rolling Stone Australia today announced its list of the 200 Greatest Australian Albums of all Time.

The list in their current issue ranges from the 60s to present day. Topping the list is AC/DC’s iconic 1980 album Back in Black, which was written, recorded, and released just months after the death of frontman Bon Scott.

For Bang a Gong devotees, 14 albums from the ’60s and ’70s made the 200, going way back to The Easybeats, The Masters Apprentices and Normie Rowe. Then into the ’70s with artists like Chain, Billy Thorpe, Renée Geyer and The Dingoes.

Albums from the 60s and 70s in Rolling Stone Australia‘s 200 Greatest Australian Albums of all Time:
26.. Skyhooks – Living in the ’70s – 1974
29.. AC/DC – Highway to Hell – 1979
60.. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – 1976
78.. Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs – Live! At Sunbury – 1972
113.. The Easybeats – It’s 2 Easy – 1966
135.. The Angels – Face to Face – 1978
136.. AC/DC – Powerage – 1978
144.. The Masters Apprentices – The Masters Apprentices – 1967
177.. Richard Clapton – Goodbye Tiger – 1977
183.. Renée Geyer – Ready to Deal – 1975
187.. The Dingoes – The Dingoes – 1974
189.. Normie Rowe & The Playboys – It Ain’t Necessarily So, But it is Normie Rowe – 1965
194.. Daddy Cool – Daddy Who? Daddy Cool – 1971
197.. Chain – Toward the Blues – 1971

We’ll post some tracks during the week on the Bang a Gong Facebook page.

Rolling Stone Australia editor Tyler Jenke said Australia has some of the world’s greatest music.

“It’s been an amazing experience to go in-depth with many of these records, realising and understanding the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making each and every one,” he said.

A shortlist was compiled after an exhaustive nomination process that included more than 800 industry figures, journalists, producers and artists. A hand-picked group of internal staff and music experts then undertook a deliberation process, before the final list was decided upon by Rolling Stone Australia using criteria that covered the cultural and critical impact of each record.

The top 10 from all decades:
1.. AC/DC – Back in Black
2.. INXS – Kick
3.. John Farnham – Whispering Jack
4.. Cold Chisel – East
5.. Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust
6.. Silverchair – Frogstomp
7.. Crowded House – Crowded House
8.. The Avalanches – Since I Left You
9.. Savage Garden – Savage Garden
10.. Kylie Minogue – Fever

For the full list grab Rolling Stone Australia: au.rollingstone.com

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