It’s Australia Day!
Well, if you’re actually in Australia right now. The 26th of January is Down Under’s annual day of celebration, where we commemorate the founding of our nation by taking the day off and partying well into the night.
So what better way for BreatheHeavy to get the celebrations started than to highlight some of Australia’s great pop artists?
The legend herself, Kylie has been Australia’s most iconic pop star since the late 1980s when she burst onto the pop culture scene as an actress on Neighbours (our long-running TV soap opera) and transitioned seamlessly into pop music with The Loco-motion. Since then, Kylie has released a whopping 13 albums and isn’t slowing down any time soon, releasing Kiss Me Once in 2014 and Christmas album Kylie Christmas in December 2015.
Brisbane sisters Jessica and Lisa have released some of Aussie music’s greatest pop-rock songs since their debut in 2005. Making their mark with pop songwriting genius Max Martin, The Veronicas have since released three albums, toured with 5 Seconds Of Summer and recently performed with legendary Australian singer Tina Arena.
As the first ever Australian Idol winner back in 2003, Guy has since built a formidable career as one of Australia’s most versatile voices, releasing pop, funk and Motown albums, and writing with some of the biggest names in music. When he’s not performing, he’s an X Factor Australia judge and in 2015 he was Australia’s first official Eurovision entrant (he came 5th).
Like Kylie, Delta got her big break through Neighbours and quickly became Australia’s Sweetheart with the release of her inspirational first single Born To Try. Her debut album Innocent Eyes is one of the highest selling in Australian history. Her songwriting and piano expertise set her apart from her pop contemporaries and cemented her as one of Australia’s brightest stars.
Establishing himself as a YouTube star from 2012 onward, Sivan has recently captivated pop fans worldwide with his compelling synth-pop, with lyrics wise beyond his 20 years. He received critical acclaim and worldwide attention upon the release of his three-part music video trilogy for debut album Blue Neighbourhood.
Another Idol alum, Jessica placed second in the series fourth season and has since established herself as one of Australia’s most consistent pop stars. She’s worked with Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and became an award-winning actress in 2012 after starring in The Sapphires.
Arguably Australia’s most influential force in pop music, it’s difficult to imagine what the pop landscape of the past decade would sound like without Sia’s songwriting talent.
A promising new indie pop act, Vance Joy became a household name for Taylor Swift fans when she covered his hit single Riptide and took him around the world as support act for her 1989 World Tour.
Check out our Australia Day Spotify playlist for more famous Aussie acts!