Top 100+ New Zealand Best Songs of All Time (NZ Music History)

Top 100+ New Zealand Best Songs of All Time (NZ Music History)

New Zealand top 100 songs of all time – New Zealand music industry keep growing from time to time. Music of New Zealand mainly influence by blues, jazz, rock and roll and country music. Throughout its history, there are several popular songs from New Zealand artist. But what is New Zealand best songs of all time?

From past to present, there are popular singers or bands from New Zealand that achieve international success such as Split Enz, OMC, Bic Runga, Savage, The Naked and Famous, Kimbra and in recent years, Lorde, that break into worldwide fame as the youngest solo artist ever to reach number one US Billboard Top 100 chart.

The modern music of New Zealand have change a bit from past music, with use of modern music instrument and style rather than classic one such as Maori music and Taongo music.

Some of the best NZ songs become hit song, inside country and also overseas. We can see some popular New Zealand songs in NZ Top 40 Singles Chart. This Official New Zealand Music Chart is published by Recorded Music New Zealand.

So what is NZ best songs ever? It’s hard to pick 10 or 20, so we suggest to choose NZ top 100 songs of all time. In 2001, Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) select list of 100 best New Zealand songs of all time. This list was created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the APRA.

As many as 900 candidate songs were choosen to ARPA members to vote. The top 30 songs were released on the Nature’s Best CD. Below we will show list of New Zealand top 100 best songs of all time as voted by ARPA in 2001 (song title and artist).

(read also list of best Australia country singers)

Top 100 New Zealand Best Songs of All time

NoSong TitleArtist/Singer/BandYear
1NatureFourmyula1969
2Don’t Dream It’s OverCrowded House1986
3LoyalDave Dobbyn1988
4Counting the BeatThe Swingers1981
5Six Months in a Leaky BoatSplit Enz1982
6SwayBic Runga1997
7Slice of HeavenDave Dobbyn with Herbs1986
8VictoriaDance Exponents1982
9She SpeedsStraitjacket Fits1987
10April Sun in CubaDragon1978
11I Got YouSplit Enz1980
12WhalingDD Smash1984
13Not Given LightlyChris Knox1990
14Pink FrostThe Chills1984
15Jesus I Was EvilDarcy Clay1997
16Weather with YouCrowded House1991
17Blue SmokePixie Williams and the Ruru Karaitiana Quartet1949
18Dance All Around The WorldBlerta1972
19LydiaFur Patrol2000
20Blue LadyHello Sailor1977
21DriveBic Runga1996
22ChainsDLT featuring Che Fu1996
23Dominion RoadThe Mutton Birds1992
24Glad I’m Not A KennedyShona Laing1986
25I Hope I NeverSplit Enz1980
26TearsThe Crocodiles1980
27Be Mine TonightTh’ Dudes1978
28I See RedSplit Enz1979
29Beside YouDave Dobbyn1998
30Home AgainShihad1997
31Outlook For ThursdayDD Smash1983
32Down in SplendourStraitjacket Fits1990
33Better Be Home SoonCrowded House1988
34How BizarreOMC1995
35LanguageDave Dobbyn1994
36Message to My GirlSplit Enz1984
37Poi EPatea Maori Club1984
38Stuff and NonsenseSplit Enz1979
39VenusThe Feelers1998
40System VirtueEmma Paki1996
41Fraction Too Much FrictionTim Finn1983
42French LetterHerbs1995
43MaxineSharon O’Neill1983
44Out on the StreetSpace Waltz1974
45Slippin’ AwayMax Merritt and the Meteors1976
46ViolentStellar*1999
47Why Does Love Do This To MeThe Exponents1992
481905Shona Laing1972
49Anchor MeThe Mutton Birds1994
50BlissTh’ Dudes1979
51For TodayNetherworld Dancing Toys1984
52Screams From Tha Old PlantationKing Kapisi2000
53Cheryl Moana MarieJohn Rowles1970
54Blue DayMi-Sex1985
55GlorafiliaZed1999
56Good Morning Mr Rock ‘n’ RollHeadband1971
57History Never RepeatsSplit Enz1981
58In The NeighbourhoodSisters Underground1994
59JuliaCitizen Band1978
60PacifierShihad1999
61Let’s Think of SomethingLarry’s Rebels1967
62Bursting ThroughBic Runga1997
63LibertyGreg Johnson1997
64Sweet DisorderStrawpeople1994
65Asian ParadiseSharon O’Neill1979
66Don’t Fight It Marsha, It’s Bigger Than Both of UsBlam Blam Blam1981
67Gutter BlackHello Sailor1977
68Long AgoHerbs1984
69There Is No Depression in New ZealandBlam Blam Blam1981
70You Oughta Be in LoveDave Dobbyn1986
71AndrewFur Patrol2000
72Billy BoldGraham Brazier1981
73Distant SunCrowded House1993
74Suddenly StrangeBic Runga1997
75Forever Tuesday MorningThe Mockers1984
76Cruise ControlHeadless Chickens1991
77Pressure ManThe Feelers1998
78Private UniverseCrowded House1994
79Room That EchoesPeking Man1985
80Sensitive to a SmileHerbs1987
81E IpoPrince Tui Teka1982
82AndyThe Front Lawn1987
83BitterShihad1995
84Four Seasons in One DayCrowded House1991
85Heavenly Pop HitThe Chills1990
86Husband HouseSneaky Feelings1985
87Jumping Out A WindowPop Mechanix1981
88If I Were YouStraitjacket Fits1993
89I’ll Say Goodbye (Even Tho I’m Blue)Dance Exponents1983
90MaybeSharon O’Neill1981
91One Day AheadEye TV2000
92Renegade FighterZed2000
93Part of MeStellar*1999
94Sierra LeoneCoconut Rough1983
95WordsSharon O’Neill1979
96SpellboundSplit Enz1979
97Rust in My CarCitizen Band1979
98Mercy of LoveShona Laing1992
99Can’t Get EnoughSupergroove1996
100Naked FlameDave Dobbyn1995

New Zealand Top 40 Best Songs (2001-present)

Of course we know that those list above is only rank NZ best song from 2001 backwards. What about songs that come out after 2001? Here are our list of NZ top 40 popular songs on the 2000s from 2001 onward to present day.

  1. Lorde – Royals
  2. Scribe – Not Many
  3. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (feat Kimbra)
  4. Lorde – Green Light
  5. Misfits of Science – Fools Love
  6. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood
  7. Savage – Swing
  8. Atlas – Crawl
  9. J. Williams – You Got Me (feat Scribe)
  10. Ben Lummis – They Can’t Take That Away
  11. Titanium – Come Home
  12. Lorde – Tennis Court
  13. Jackie Thomas – It’s Worth
  14. Flight of the Conchords – Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)
  15. Goodshirt – Sophie
  16. The Underdogs – A Very Silent Night
  17. P-Money – Stop the Music (feat Scribe & PNC)
  18. Stan Walker – Black Box
  19. Tiki Taane – Always on My Mind
  20. Savage – Moonshine
  21. Brooke Fraser – Something in the Water
  22. Six60 – Rise Up 2.0
  23. Ginny Blackmore and Stan Walker – Holding You
  24. Avalanche City – Love Love Love
  25. Smashproof – Brother (feat Gin Wigmore)
  26. Lorde – Team
  27. Michael Murphy – So Damn Beautiful
  28. Rosita Vai – All I Ask
  29. The Hard Way – It’s On
  30. Scribe – Dreaming
  31. Avalanche City – Inside Out
  32. Nesian Mystik – Nesian 101
  33. Timmy Trumpet and Savage – Feaks
  34. Boyband – You Really Got Me
  35. Ginny Blackmore – Bones
  36. Adeaze – Getting Stronger (feat Aaradhna)
  37. Six60 – Special
  38. P-Money – Everything (feat Vince Harder)
  39. Dei Hamo – We Gon’ Ride
  40. Matthew Saunoa – Hold Out

There are many hit song in New Zealand each year. Several best artist in NZ such as Lorde, Savage, Six60, Ginny Blackmore, Avalanche City, Kimbra and other always compete in NZ music chart weekly.

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