The largest peer-voted music award in Australia returns.
Celebrating homegrown songwriters who excelled in 2019, the APRA Song of the Year shortlist has been revealed.
Chosen by APRA members, the shortlist contains 25 releases from across last year, including tracks from Paul Kelly, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Sampa the Great and Thelma Plum.
This year’s shortlist also welcomes a slew of APRA Song of the Year first-timers, including Tones and I, Mallrat, and Tropical Fuck Storm.
The shortlist will be whittled down to just five finalists before the winner is revealed in April at the annual APRA Music Awards ceremony in Sydney.
See the 2019 APRA Song of the Year shortlist below.
‘Arrows’ – Missy Higgins (Missy Higgins)
‘Better In Blak’ – Thelma Plum (Thelma Plum / Alexander Burnett / Oliver Horton)
‘Borderline’ – Tame Impala (Kevin Parker)
‘By The Scars’ – Diesel (Mark Lizotte)
‘Charlie’ – Mallrat (Grace Shaw / Leroy Clampitt)
‘Choir’ – Guy Sebastian (Guy Sebastian / Trevor Brown / William Simmons)
‘Dance Monkey’ – Tones & I (Toni Watson)
‘Every Day My Mother’s Voice’ – Paul Kelly and Dan Sultan (Paul Kelly)
‘Exit Sign’ – Hilltop Hoods featuring Illy and Ecca Vandal (Barry Francis (DJ Debris) / Daniel Smith (MC Pressure)/ Matthew Lambert (Suffa)/ Sarah Aarons / Andrew Burford / Alasdair Murray (Illy))
‘Fear Of Missing Out’ – Ainslie Wills (Ainslie Wills / Paul Dempsey / Lawrence Folvig / Arron Light)
‘Final Form’ – Sampa The Great (Sampa Tembo / Alejandro Abapo / Leon Sylvers)
‘Good Lord’ – Birds Of Tokyo (Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston)
‘I Get Up’ – The Teskey Brothers (Josh Teskey / Sam Teskey / Liam Gough / Brendon Love)
‘Little Things’ – Jessica Mauboy (Jessica Mauboy / Antonio Egizii / Chiara Hunter / David Musumeci)
‘Miss Shiney’ – Kaiit (Kaiit Waup / Vincent Goodyer / Nicholas Martin)
‘Old Man’ – Stella Donnelly (Stella Donnelly)
‘Open Up Your Eyes’ – Archie Roach (Archie Roach)
‘Paradise’ – Tropical Fuck Storm (Erica Dunn / Gareth Liddiard / Fiona Kitchin / Lauren Hammel)
‘Pasta’ – Angie McMahon (Angie McMahon)
‘Pressure To Party’ – Julia Jacklin (Julia Jacklin)
‘Rushing Back’ – Flume featuring Vera Blue (Harley Streten / Celia Pavey / Sophie Cates / Eric Dubowsky)
‘Self-Immolate’ – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Stuart MacKenzie / Michael Cavanagh / Joseph Walker)
‘Seven Day Weekend’ – Underground Lovers (Richard Andrew / Maurice Argiro / Glenn Bennie / Vincent Giarrusso / Phillipa Nihill)
‘Teeth’ – 5 Seconds Of Summer (Luke Hemmings / Ashton Irwin / Louis Bell / Gillian Gilbert / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Evan Rogers / Carl Sturken / Bernard Sumner / Ali Tamposi / Ryan Tedder / Andrew Watt)
‘Zero Gravity’ – Kate Miller-Heidke (Kate Miller-Heidke / Julian Hamilton / Keir Nuttal)
The 2020 APRA Music Awards are happening on Tuesday April 28 at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom, Sydney. For more information, head to the APRA AMCOS website.