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1. Oasis – Wonderwall (1995)
As a band famous for being rowdy loudmouths, Oasis' most potent song is the simple, vulnerable "Wonderwall". Released in October 1995, Noel Gallagher's stirring romantic ode wasn't written about his then-wife Meg Mathews, he insists. Regardless, "Wonderwall" is arguably Oasis' best song — a timeless classic loved by fans across all corners of the globe.
2. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (2003)
Jack White penned the epic riff during a Melbourne sound-check while the Detroit two-piece (brother/sister/husband/wife?) was touring Australia in 2002. The opening tune to 2003's Elephant LP has a stomping bass line, which is actually played by a guitar dropped down an octave. "Seven Nation Army" has even become an unofficial sports classic, played in stadiums at everything from American football games to European World Cup challenges. Who can't resist chanting along?
3. The Killers – Mr Brightside (2004)
There's a way to do big, bright pop songs — and with their glitzy, 2004 debut single, Las Vegas four-piece the Killers hit it right on target. Brandon Flowers sings of unfaithful lovers with glossy, new wave panache in lines like, "Now they're going to bed / And my stomach is sick / And it's all in my head," turning a paranoid relationship drama into chart-topping gold. But it wasn't just the venom in his good guy veins that appealed to fans: thanks to a singalong chorus and the tune's sped-up tempo, the first song the band ever actually wrote together in rehearsal quickly raced to the top
4. Powderfinger – These Days (1999)
It's a song for arms around shoulders, a ballad for farewells, high school graduations, weddings and funerals. Powderfinger's gentle ode was never officially released as a single, but thanks to plenty of radio play and live renditions, "These Days" has proved one of the Brisbane five-piece's best-loved works
5. Hilltop Hoods – The Nosebleed Section (2003)
It's the song which broke Adelaide's hip-hop pioneers, a crowd pleaser that no Hoods gig would be complete without. Parties, good times, living the high life (SA style): MC Suffa, MC Pressure and DJ Debris — aka Matt Lambert, Daniel Smith and Barry Francis — capture it all on this, the turning point of the Hilltop Hoods' career. Anthemic, a bit cheeky and loads of fun, "The Nosebleed Section" is the ultimate Aussie party tune, a tale of "writing rhymes on the bus" and shouting out to the fans in the front row.