Over 20 Writers Debut on APRA’s Song of the Year Shortlist


Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Twenty-three songwriters appear on APRA’s Song of the Year shortlist for the first time, collectively responsible for 20 songs on a list voted on by association members.

The winners will be announced at the APRA Music Awards on May 3 at Melbourne Town Hall.

The 23 debutants are Ngaiire, Jack Grace Gabriel Strum (Japanese Wallpaper), Liz Stringer, Milan Ring, Tung Yeng, James Iheakanwa (B Wise), Tasman Keith, Roy Kellaway and Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu, Amyl and Sniffers members Fergus Romer, Amy Taylor and Bryce Wilson, The Kid LAROI, David Le’aupepe, Dominik Borzestowski, Maxwell Dunn and Jung Kim (Gang of Youths), Genesis Owusu, Michael Di Francesco, Andrew Klippel, Julian Sudek and Budjerah.

Tones And I, Tim Minchin, Rob Hirst, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Matt Corby, Baker Boy, Dallas Woods and Louis Leimbach, Oliver Leimbach and David Haddad of Lime Cordiale are back this year after being on the shortlist of the ‘last year.


“Albuquerque” by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Authors: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis)

Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing

‘Closer’ by Ngaiire (Writers Ngaiire/Jack Grace*/Gabriel Strum^).

Publishers: Embassy Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing* / Native Tongue Music Publishing^

“Dangerous” by Liz Stringer (Writer: Liz Stringer)

Publisher: Gaga Music

‘Ezinna’ by B Wise, Sampa The Great & Milan Ring (Writers: Nicholas Martin / Milan Ring / Sampa Tembo / Tung Yeng / James Iheakanwa*)

Publisher: BMG Rights Management*

Midnight Oil’s ‘First Nation’ with Jessica Mauboy and Tasman Keith (Writers: Rob Hirst / Tasman Keith*)

Publishers: Sony Music Publishing / SFM Publishing*

‘Fly Away’ by Tones And I (Writer: Toni Watson)

Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Tones And I

“Get Me Out” door King Stingray (Writers: Roy Kellaway / Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu)

Publisher: Sony Music Publishing

Amyl and the sniffers

“Guided By Angels” by Amyl and The Sniffers (Writers: Fergus Romer / Amy Taylor / Bryce Wilson)

‘Higher’ by Budjerah (Writers: Budjerah / Matt Corby*)

Publishers: Mushroom Music / Sony Music Publishing*

‘Milkumana’ by King Stringray (Writers: Roy Kellaway / Yirrŋa Yunupiŋu)

Publisher: Sony Music Publishing

“Rae Street” by Courtney Barnett (Writer: Courtney Barnett)

Publisher: Native Tongue Music Publishing

“Reality Check Please” by Lime Cordiale (Screenwriters: Louis Leimbach / Oliver Leimbach / David Haddad*)

Publishers: Universal Music Publishing or Chugg Music / Kobalt Music Publishing*

‘Realize’ by AC/DC (Writers: Angus Young / Malcolm Young)

Publisher: Sony Music Publishing obo Australian Music Corporation

‘Red Room’ by Hiatus Kaiyote (Writers: Paul Bender / Simon Mavin / Perrin Moss / Naomi Saalfield)

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

‘Ride’ by Baker Boy (Writers: Danzal Baker / Yirrmal Marika / Philip Norman* / Dallas Woods^)

Publishers: Mushroom Music* / Kobalt Music Publishing^


‘Stay’ by The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber (Writers: The Kid LAROI* / Justin Bieber^ / Omer Fedi^ / Blake Slatkin^ / Magnus Hoiberg+ / Charlie Puth# / Subhaan Rahman+ / Michael Mule~ / Isaac De Boni~

Publishers: Sony Music Publishing* / Universal/MCA Music Publishing^ / Warner Chappell+ / Kobalt Music Publishing#/ Native Tongue Music Publishing~

“The Absence of You” by Tim Minchin (Writer: Tim Minchin)

Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing

‘Angel of 8and Avenue’ by Gang of Youths (Screenwriters: David Le’aupepe / Dominik Borzestowski / Maxwell Dunn / Thomas Hobden / Jung Kim

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

“The Other Dog” by Genesis Owusu (Writers: Genesis Owusu / Michael Di Francesco* / Andrew Klippel^ / Julian Sudek*)

Publishers: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Ourness Songs / Kobalt Music Publishing obo Future Classic* / Mushroom Music obo Ourness Songs^

‘The Waterboy’ from You Am I (Writer: Tim Rogers)

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing


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