5 Australian Artists Who Could Hit Number 1 in 2018



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Did you know that every song to top the ARIA charts in 2017 was sung by an international artist? Yep. You heard that right. In 2017 not a single Aussie music act managed to pip the number one spot on our national music chart. It’s a musical catastrophe that hasn’t happened in this country since before the turn of the millennium.

We’ve got a problem on our hands, people!

By all accounts, 2017 was a tough year for Aussie artists seeking to reach the top spot. Local musicians like PNAU and Dean Lewis gave us top tunes like ‘Chameleon’ and ‘Waves’, but they never managed to wrangle that ARIA glory from international artists like Ed Sheeran (15 weeks in the number 1 spot with ‘Shape of You’, plus another 3 weeks to finish the year with ‘Perfect’) or the combination of Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Bieber for their annoyingly ear-wormy ‘Despacito’.

But 2018 is a new year. If you’ve had your ear to the ground over the summer break you’d know that there is loads of new music on the horizon from Australian musos, and it’s only a matter of time before an Aussie will be knocking on the door for the number one spot once more.

We’re so confident we’ve hand selected 5 top picks to reach the top spot in 2018.

5 Seconds of Summer

The boys from Down Under have been busy in the studio in the lead up to 2018. Guitarist Michael Clifford pledged that the band will drop their third album this year, with their new single just around the corner. Band members have also been indicating this on their personal Twitter accounts, so let’s say there is an extremely high chance we will be hearing some new 5SOS very soon.


5SOS have been one of Australia’s biggest exports and they have plenty of diehard fans. Both of their former albums 5 Seconds Of Summer (2014) and Sounds Good Feels Good (2015) have hit number one on the Australian chart. ‘She Looks So Perfect’ has already been top of the chart previously here and in several other countries, and it also won Song of the Year at the 2014 ARIA Awards. Based on their massive fan appeal and overwhelming popularity, 5SOS are poised to take their new material all the way to the top. Big things expected.


Aussies love Flume. It’s simple. We can’t get enough of our experimental-future-bass-flavoured-electronica. His unique ear and understated confidence are the right ingredients to produce an absolute banger. Flume has teased some unreleased sounds on his YouTube, including his tour videos of Asia and a Greenpeace collab. We haven’t sighted new music in a while, so this has Flume fans on the edge of their seat. Could it just be a matter of time before he drops something? He is writing, so it sounds promising.


Like 5SOS, Flume has registered in the number one position for both his previous albums Flume (2012) and Skin (2016). From his last album, 'Never Be Like You' (featuring Kai) has been the top single in the country, and 'Say It' (featuring Tove Lo) reached number five. He continues to grow his fanbase worldwide and even played renowned music festival Coachella in 2016. We anticipate his follow up material will be just as good, if not better, than his previous releases, and if that is any indication then he is headed towards the summit of the chart.

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan burst into the charts a few years ago, dazzled us with his milky voice and then promptly disappeared into the realm of film. And we’ve missed him. It’s been over two years since we heard the 22-year-old pop star’s debut album Blue Neighbourhood, and we love his latest release ‘My My My!’


‘Happy Little Pill’ cracked the top 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 2014, but it was one of his following releases that caught everyone’s attention. His song ‘YOUTH’ peaked at 17 on our charts and took out Song of the Year at the 2016 ARIA Awards. It also made waves in the US hitting 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then he has performed on some of the biggest talk shows in the world, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Needless to say, he has some very famous fans!

The Veronicas

We can always rely on The Veronicas to be about our local music scene. The pop duo have had a long running success with their music since their first single ‘4ever’ rocketed onto the ARIA Singles Chart back in 2005. They just keep jumping into charts. They held off the release of their fourth studio album until 2018, so we could see another single out shortly.


The Veronicas are the last Australian artist to take the top spot on the ARIA charts with ‘In My Blood’ in 2016. And if that still isn’t enough to convince you, you should know they’ve had a song charted every year for the last four years. Consistency and quality. They’ve got a good chance to be pressing the top spot once again.

Conrad Sewell

Conrad could be the smokey of the bunch. A smooth mixture of pop and soul, he has not released new music since his album All I Know back in 2015. But it looks like there is something dropping. Pronto.


‘Start Again’ has hit number one on the ARIA Singles Chart in the past, as well as taking out Song of the Year at the 2015 ARIA Awards. Conrad has an appealing, unique voice that is different, and that is something that Aussies tend to lap up. If people are just as infatuated with his new stuff as they were with ‘Start Again’ and other songs from his previous alum, he could make a sneaky grab at the number one spot.

The only way to make sure 2018 doesn’t suffer the same fate as 2017 is to get out there and buy, stream and see your favourite Aussie artist’s music.

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