Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote, Joel Little, Tame Impala and Troy Cassar-Daley announced in Top 20 list for APRA Song of the Year

Monday, 18 Jan 2016


With thousands of votes recorded over the last month, APRA AMCOS is proud to reveal the Top 20 contenders for the coveted APRA Song of the Year. The song list features a mix of compositions by established songwriters including Daniel Johns, Don Walker (Cold Chisel) and The Waifs alongside first time finalists such as Pond and Jarryd James. The shortlist sets up an intriguing contest for the Top 5 to be announced in early March.

Now in its 25th year, the APRA Song of the Year remains an authentic recognition of our outstanding local songwriting talent, and this year's shortlist is a positive reflection of the creative diversity in the Australian music industry featuring country, blues and roots, pop, rock and urban works.

Members have until 5.00pm AEDST on Tuesday 9 February to vote for the song they think should take out the peer-voted APRA Song of the Year. All members who vote are in the running to win a Gibson Les Paul Special DoubleCut in Yellow Top finish valued at $2,299 plus two tickets to the 2016 APRA Music Awards.


Listen to a sample of the Top 20 below on Apple Music. 

Full list below.

1969 Seth Sentry Nicholas Martin, Seth Sentry and Styalz Fuego
6000 MILES The Waifs Josh Cunningham, Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn
Aerial Love Daniel Johns Daniel Johns and Joel Little
A-Grade Playa Sheppard Jay Bovino, Amy Sheppard and George Sheppard
Anchor Birds Of Tokyo Ian Berney, Ian Kenny, Glenn Sarangapany, Adam Spark and Adam Weston
Another Australian Day Troy Cassar-Daley Troy Cassar-Daley and Pete Denahy
Bend Chet Faker Nicholas Murphy and Curtis Mayfield
Borderline with my Atoms Hiatus Kaiyote Paul Bender, Perrin Moss, Simon Mavin, Naomi Saalfield
Breathing Underwater Hiatus Kaiyote Paul Bender, Perrin Moss, Simon Mavin, Naomi Saalfield
Dead Fox Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett
Do You Remember Jarryd James Jarryd James and Joel Little
Eventually Tame Impala Kevin Parker
Freedom Ride Troy Cassar Daley feat Paul Kelly Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly
Georgia Vance Joy James Keogh
Let It Happen Tame Impala Kevin Parker
Lost Cold Chisel Wes Carr and Don Walker
Pedestrian At Best                  Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett
Secondhand Man Shane Nicholson Shane Nicholson
The Zombie C.W. Stoneking C.W. Stoneking
Zond                                                                                  Pond Nicholas Allbrook, Joseph Ryan, James Terry and Jay Watson

2016 APRA Music Awards
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For further information regarding eligibility for the APRA Song of the Year and the APRA Music Awards visit the APRA AMCOS website. A full list of previous APRA Song of the Year winners can be found at

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For further information, please contact:
APRA Music Awards Publicist – Ferris Davies PRM:
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APRA AMCOS stands for the Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Ltd, who together are responsible for the non-profit collection and distribution of songwriting royalties to approximately 87,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members, and around 3,000,000 copyright owners worldwide.  

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