APRA Song of the Year Top 20 shortlist revealed

Thursday, 11 Jan 2018

The votes are in! Today we have revealed the Top 20 contenders for the coveted APRA Song of the Year, as voted by APRA songwriter and publisher members.

Featuring one of the strongest and most diverse list of songs in recent history, the Top 20 features compositions by a host of powerful songwriters including Amy Shark, Tash Sultana, Stu Mackenzie, Alex Lahey, Stella Donnelly and Vera Blue. They sit alongside tracks by trailblazers Paul Kelly, Jen Cloher, Tim Rogers and Bernard Fanning.

The 20-song shortlist will now go to the Song of the Year Voting Academy who, for the second year, will determine the final five nominees and ultimate winner from the Top 20. The nominees will be announced in early March and the winner announced at the 2018 APRA Music Awards in Sydney.

APRA members began voting for the APRA Song of the Year in late November 2017. All members who voted automatically go into the draw to win a suite of prizes including a Studio 301 recording session, headphones and pro audio package, $1000 travel voucher, $1000 Levi’s® retail voucher and two tickets to the 2018 APRA Music Awards.

The APRA Song of the Year made its debut in 1991, when Yothu Yindi’s landmark Treaty took out the inaugural honour. It has since recognised iconic works by Neil Murray, Powderfinger, Kasey Chambers, SIA, Missy Higgins, Alex Lloyd and last year’s Song of the Year winner Satan by D.D Dumbo.

What will be the APRA Song of the Year? All will be revealed at the 2018 APRA Music Awards in April. Listed in alphabetical order by song title, your 2018 Song of the Year Top 20 is:

Song & Performer Songwriter(s)
BOYS WILL BE BOYS (STELLA DONNELLY)  Stella Donnelly
CADILLAC (ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS)  Katherine Wighton, Hannah Crofts, Georgia Mooney, Elana Stone
EVERYDAY’S THE WEEKEND (ALEX LAHEY)  Alex Lahey
FALLIN’ (JESSICA MAUBOY) Ivy Adara, Louis Schoorl, Peter Harding
FIREWOOD AND CANDLES (PAUL KELLY)  Paul Kelly, William Miller
FORGOT MYSELF (JEN CLOHER)  Jen Cloher
HOLD IT TOGETHER (DAN SULTAN)  Dan Sultan, Alexander Burnett
ISN’T IT A PITY (BERNARD FANNING) Bernard Fanning
LAY IT ON ME (VANCE JOY)  James Keogh, Dave Bassett 
MENDED (VERA BLUE)  Andrew Macken, Thomas Macken, Samuel Telford, Celia Pavey pka Vera Blue, Adam Anders 
MURDER TO THE MIND (TASH SULTANA)  Tash Sultana
RUNNING SECOND (AINSLIE WILLS)  Ainslie Wills, Lawrence Folvig
SLEEP DRIFTER (KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD)  Stu Mackenzie
SNOW (ANGUS & JULIA STONE)  Angus Stone, Julia Stone              
STRANGER'S KISS (ALEX CAMERON) Alex Cameron
THAT FAR (6LACK)  Trevor Slade, Daniel Cartisano, Ricardo Valentine, Lucian Blomkamp
WEEKENDS (AMY SHARK)  Amy Billings
WHAT CAN I DO IF THE FIRE GOES OUT? (GANG OF YOUTHS)  David Le'aupepe
YESTERDAY (360 feat Hein Cooper)  Kaelyn Behr, Matthew Colwell, Nicholas Martin, Hein Cooper
YOUTH (TIM ROGERS)  Tim Rogers

Fire up the Top 20 playlist over on Spotify or Apple Music.

See the full list of previous Song of the Year winners here


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