10 Songs That Make You Proud To Be Australian

They’re the cheesy songs that warm your heart when you hear them abroad.

These are the songs that turn you into a “proud ‘strayan” at the drop of a hat when you’re abroad.

Usually, you don’t really care. But when they come on somewhere else…

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1. Men At Work - “Down Under”


Why it makes you proud: Because even though it’s reaaaaallly cheezy it still touches home with mentions of Vegemite and Aussie life.
Aussie Pride Rating: 6.9/10

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2. Ganggajang - “Sounds of Then”


Why it makes you proud: C’mon! Deep down you know you love this track. It might be insufferable mostly, but when you’re abroad it’s the best.
Aussie Pride Rating: 7.1

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3. Daddy Cool - “Eagle Rock”


Why it makes you proud: Because it reminds you of all the great fun, easy and relaxed pubs in Australia. Also gets your hips swayin’.
Aussie Pride Rating: 8.9/10

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4. The Easybeats - “Friday On My Mind”


Why it makes you proud: It’s hard to hear this song and not think of all the sun-drenched beach days we enjoy so often. Helps that it’s a catchy tune.
Aussie Pride Rating: 9/10

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5. Redgum - “I Was Only 19”


Why it makes you proud: It makes you think about the thousands that have fought to protect our country - whether you agree with the cause or not.
Aussie Pride Rating: 9/10

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6. Jet - “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?”


Why it makes you proud: Gets you dancing, get’s you singing and get’s you screaming about how much you love Australia and everything that’s ever come out of it.
Aussie Pride Rating: 7.0/10

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7. John Farnham - “You’re The Voice”


Why it makes you proud: Come on, you knew this would be here. Even though you never went to a single one of his 35 “final tours,” everyone loves a bit of Whispering Jack.
Aussie Pride Rating: 9.0

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8. AC/DC - “It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll”


Why it makes you proud: Because you’ve sung along (more than once) and changed the lyrics to “It’s a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll” or something similar.
Aussie Pride Rating: 8.1/10

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9. Icehouse - “Great Southern Land”


Why it makes you proud: I had to learn this song in primary school music class, so maybe it’s just a personal thing, but this song makes me think about Australia’s natural beauty and is sure to be belted out whilst you’re on that Contiki tour.
Aussie Pride Rating: 7.5/10

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10. INXS, “Never Tear Us Apart”


Why it makes you proud: As soon as you hear those violins (synth) you’re ready to belt out the lyrics. This is a sad song, but it’s one that all Australians resonate with, only made sadder with the death of Hutchence.
Aussie Pride Rating: 9.5/10

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Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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