The Proudest 100

 

This Australia Day, join us at Australia’s most important Hottest 100 companion – the Proudest 100 – as we try to link every song in the countdown to the great work done in our name by Australian Aid.

The Countdown
1

Hoops

The Rubens

The Rubens had a huge year. Now they’re certified home-grown heroes, like the hills hoist, the wine cask and penicillin – which started our national love affair with health care! That’s probably why Malcolm Turnbull joined world leaders in agreeing to wipe out malaria from our region by 2030.

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2

King Kunta

Kendrick Lamar

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3

Lean On

Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MO

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4

The Less I Know The Better

Tame Impala

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5

Let it Happen

Tame Impala

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6

The Trouble With Us

Marcus Marr & Chet Faker

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7

Do You Remember

Jarryd James

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8

The Buzz

Hermitude

Just like Hermitude, we feel the buzz. And it’s not just us. In one year, more than 70,000 Aussies have joined our campaign for Australian Aid because we believe that Australia can and should do more to tackle extreme poverty.

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9

Can’t Feel My Face

The Weeknd

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10

Magnets

Disclosure feat. Lorde

Magnets is one of the singles from Disclosure’s second album, Caracal. A Caracal is a type of wild cat found in India. Also found in India are our very own CSIRO staff  who worked with India’s Central Water Commission to help plan for the sustainable use of water sources.

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11

Never Be

Meg Mac

Meg Mac was Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of 2014. The same year that Australian aid worked with UNICEF to provide 2.5 million children in emergency zones with safe areas and psychological support.

and 4 others are proud of this
12

You Were Right

RUFUS

You Were Right had its worldwide premiere on Triple J on June 25th last year. I think RUFUS picked that day because it’s the national day of Mozambique where last year Australian aid helped provide clean drinking water to 19,000 more people.

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13

Ocean Drive

Duke Dumount

This smooth track from Duke Dumount has gone twice platinum, meaning it’s sold more than 140,000 units. That’s the same number of people in sub-saharan Africa who were provided with access to basic sanitation thanks to Australian aid.

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14

Hotline Bling

Drake

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15

Like Soda

Violent Soho

The guys from Violent Soho all met at school – a lot of bands do –  that’s probably why Australian Aid has helped almost 1.4 million children enrol in schools in our region alone.

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16

Fire and the Flood

Vance Joy

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17

Middle

DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine

True fact, DJ Snake thinks his name is lame. We know what it’s like to get called a name that doesn’t quite fit; that’s why we don’t refer to foreign aid, we talk about Australian aid – it’s not foreign to us, it’s part of who we are as a nation.

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18

Downtown

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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19

The Hills

The Weeknd

The Weeknd had a big year last year with a number one album and two number one singles. Australian Aid had a big year as well, helping to provide 5.6 million people with sight-restoring eye care…two hit singles isn’t bad though.

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20

Mountain At My Gates

The Foals

The Foals released Mountain At My Gates with an epic immersive, 360 degree video clip that made you feel like you were right there with them – just like the 37 members of the Australian Assistance Team who set up a mobile field hospital (think M*A*S*H) in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. They treated 3,281 patients and performed 238 life-saving surgeries.

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21

Magnolia

Gang of Youths

Gang of Youth’s big song from 2015 has had around 123,079 views on YouTube; which isn’t even half the number of people with a disability, or at risk of disability, who have received education and rehab support thanks to you, and Australian aid.

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22

Keeping Score

LDRU

Keeping Score by Sydney artist, LDRU has just surpassed 1 million plays on Spotify, which is almost as incredible as the 1.3 million people that received HIV and AIDS prevention services through Australian aid.

and 1 others are proud of this
23

Embracing Me

SAFIA

SAFIA have had a big year, launching this great, summer track and climbing to over 50,000 Facebook followers – that’s the same number of kids in Laos who were able to go to school, and be fed thanks to Australian aid.

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24

Some Minds

Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt

Flume is one of the youngest artists in the countdown, but even since he was born in 1991 we’ve nearly halved the proportion of people living with extreme hunger. You’ve played a part in making that happen, thanks to Australian aid.

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25

Shine On

Amity Affliction

Just like this happy ballad from Amity Affliction, we’re helping the good times Shine On by working with people across our region to invest in a brighter future for us and our neighbours.

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26

I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times

Jamie XX feat Young Thug and Popcaan

“Good times, good times, there’s gonna be good times” right around the Pacific where Australian aid has helped to halve the proportion of people living in poverty.

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27

Young

Vallis Alps

This song is a celebration of a youth well lived – a chance that 1.5 million kids will have thanks to vaccinations supplied by the GAVI Vaccination Alliance, and funding from Australian aid.

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28

Like An Animal

Rufus

Like an Animal has had more than 340,000 views on YouTube, which is pretty much the same amount of people that received financial planning education in the Pacific, thanks to Australian aid.

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29

Greek Tragedy

The Wombats

“The tarot cards say it’s not so bad,’ because Australia joined 192 other nations in signing the Global Goals to end poverty, stop climate change and fight inequality by 2030. 

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30

Say My Name

Peking Duk

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31

Loud Places

Jamie XX feat. Romy

In its first week on sale, Jamie XX’s latest album In Colour sold just over 19,000 units in the US. Which is about the same number of kids that Australian aid provided with psychological support, and safe learning spaces immediately after the earthquake in Nepal.

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32

Leave A Trace

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES featured in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth games, and probably inspired a renewed Commonwealth commitment to eradicate polio. At the end of last year, Prime Minister Turnbull committed Australian aid to ending polio for good, saying ‘It is of vital importance to the people of every country.’

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33

Long Loud Hours

Urthboy

In this perfectly Aussie love song, Bertie Blackman might think she has no one else to turn to but the good news is Australian aid is helping connect our nation and our neighbours so that together we can build a brighter future for all.

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34

Eventually

Tame Impala

Since 1990, infant mortality rates around the world halved. Thanks to Australian aid, and a commitment from our leaders and leaders around the world… eventually… that number will be 0. Because every child deserves the right to a full, and bright future.

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35

Counting Sheep

Safia

Australian aid has helped 177,000 farmers learn better ways to count sheep, and generally improve their farming through the Lifelong Learning for Farmers initiative.

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36

All My Friends

Snakehips

All My Friends has been watched 6 million times on YouTube, which is once for every life saved since 1995 through antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV around the world, thanks to Australian aid and a global partnership to end HIV infections.

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37

Alright

Kendrick Lamar

In emergency situations, you just want to know that ‘you’ll be Alright.’ That’s where Australian aid comes to the fore. Take Nepal for instance, where we sent 31 deployments of Aussie medical, logistics, humanitarian and consular staff to assist with the earthquake recovery.

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38

Delilah

Florence + The Machine

Delilah is one of the great singles lifted from Florence and the Machine’s massive album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which has gone to the top 10 in 21 countries worldwide. Not to be outdone, Australian aid has funded education projects in 21 countries in the Indo-Pacific alone.

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39

Swear Jar

Illy

Illy kicks of this banger with some sage advice; ‘way back in adolescence I learnt one simple lesson, first impressions last.’ That rings true for Australian aid too, when we show a little love to our neighbours and our world, that impression lasts as aid recipients become trading partners. C’mon Straya, ’showing love don’t take much effort.’

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40

Ship to Wreck

Florence + the Machine

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41

Puppet Theatre

Claptone

Claptone might lament ‘all the good deeds you did left behind,’ but with a movement of 70,000 Aussies and counting we’re making sure the impact of Australian aid never gets left behind.
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42

Hold Me Down

Halsey

Around the world, when elections aren’t free and where women aren’t seen as equal, you and Australian aid are working hard to make sure nobody can ‘Hold Me Down.’ Take Afghanistan where we’ve helped register 3.4 million new voters in Afghanistan, 35% of them women

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43

Pedestrian At Best

Courtney Barnett

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44

Something About You

Hayden James

Hayden James’ smooth track has had 6 million views on YouTube, which is still half a million short of the 6.5 million people who Australian aid helped get jobs in more than 100 countries around the world.

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45

Throne

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon seem pretty upset about people who break their promises – Australia made a promise to give 0.7% of our budget to Australian aid, which let’s face it, is a drop in the ocean – but instead in 2015 we made the biggest ever cuts to aid. But you know, as BMTH say, ‘tomorrow I will come back, leader of the pack.’

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46

Go

The Chemical Brothers

When The Chemical Brothers first started making music in the early 1990s, 12.7 million children would die under the age of five as a result of poverty. Through global efforts, like Australian aid, that number had more than halved by the time they released this track, Go.

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47

Dynamite

Asta feat. Allday

In Asta’s words, like dynamite we exploding – that’s why Australian aid has used Aussie experience to help 14 other countries update their mining codes to protect workers and the environment. 

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48

Crushed

Parkway Drive

In this gentle ode by Parkway Drive they welcome us to the free world; which is what Australian aid has helped achieve for people in 68 countries, where we’ve helped fund free and fair elections.

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49

Too Much Time Together

San Cisco

San Cisco may be trying to keep up with the latest trends, but in the world of international development, Australian aid is setting the trends thanks to the launch of our innovationXchange, with programs like the Aquaculture Challenge which will improve the lives of the most poor through new food and protein sources in a sustainable way..

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50

Deception Bay

Boo Seeka

Boo Seeka put this track up on Triple J’s Unearthed on July 7 last year – that’s Independence Day for the Solomon Islands, where Australian aid has helped reduce malaria mortality rates by 80%, provide 150,000 kids with the chance to go to school and created 157,000 days of employment for locals through infrastructure projects. That’s a little more productive than floating around in Deception Bay.

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51

Clearest Blue

CHVRCHES

Since 1990, 2 billion more people have got access to clean drinking water; and we all know clean drinking water is the…Clearest Blue. That’s real, life-saving change that you’ve been part of, thanks to Australian aid.

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52

Cream On Chrome

Ratatat

This track is a killer instrumental; killer in that it makes linking to Australian aid quite difficult. But fortunately Ratatat’s latest album Magnifique dropped on July 17th last year, which also happens to be World Day of International Justice. A day worth celebrating, since Australian aid funds…instrumental…justice and legal aid programs in over 100 countries.

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53

Monday

Matt Corby

Matt Corby’s debut studio album, Telluric, will be released in March this year. He said it’s based on the idea that ‘through nature and human activity we’re all connected.’ Australian aid is based on the very same thing, that together we can help build a brighter future for all.

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54

Working For It

ZHU x Skrillex x THEY

Every so often it’s nice to get an easy one like this. Around the world, millions of people in poor communities are working for it, it being a brighter future for them and their kids. That’s why we campaign for Australian aid, to help break down the barriers of poverty.

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55

Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped this track on May 26, also known as Paper Airplane Day, which celebrates those feats of aeronautic engineering that turns school textbooks into toys. Australian aid on the other hand, is turning school textbooks into opportunities for quality teaching – like in Syria where where we’ve helped provide 3.1 million children with a better chance at education.

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56

Alive

Sia

Alive, by Sia… well this is an easy one. Professor Alan Lopez, from the University of Melbourne reckons Australian aid funding saves the lives of 40,000 children a year. He said Australian aid has allowed “tens of thousands of children the chance of a productive and satisfying life that they would otherwise not have.”

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57

Foolish

Alpine

Look, we all know it. We’d be foolish to let Australian aid drop to it’s lowest ever levels – that’s why tens of thousands of Aussies will spend this year asking our leaders to restore Australian aid.

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58

Vice Grip

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive wrote this song as a delicate homage to the importance of having the right tool for the job. Their favourite is the vice grip. For Australian aid, there’s a more diverse toolkit, that’s how we’ve helped 400,000 farmers learn new farming technology.

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59

Run

Alison Wonderland

Australia’s own Alison Wonderland knows how important running. So does Australian aid which has funded football clinics for 100,000 kids in Oceania, because every kid should have the right to Run!

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60

Kamikaze

MO

Kamikaze has been viewed 9 million times on YouTube, which is the amount that we’ve set aside to fund drought relief projects in our closest neighbour, PNG. With our experience dealing with drought, we’re best placed to lend a hand to our neighbours.

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61

Cause I’m A Man

Tame Impala

Tame Impala copped a bit of heat with this track – the truth is our region really struggles with gender equality. Supporting women’s equal rights is a huge part of Australian Aid – from 2013 to 2014 we helped 2.4 million people learn about gender equality, and tackle violence against women.

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62

Omen

Disclosure feat. Sam Smith

Full Disclosure, the Omen that Sam Smith is crooning about here is a forewarning of a scheduled $200 million cut to aid. But just like Sam, we can see the silver lining, tens of thousands of Australians joining the campaign for Australian aid.

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63

Walk The Wire

Boy and Bear

This track is the lead single off the album, Limit of Love which was released on October 9 to celebrate Independence Day in Uganda, where Australian aid ran 39 projects to increase women’s inclusion across East Africa.

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64

L$D

A$AP Rocky

This is a tricky one; but luckily it’s been viewed on YouTube 34 million times, which is pretty much the number of people Australian aid helped along the way through our partnerships with charities like Fred Hollows, World Vision, Oxfam and many, many more.

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65

Don’t Wanna Fight

Alabama Shakes

Don’t wanna fight no more? Neither do the students of conflict affected regions in Pakistan. That’s why Australian Aid has been funding quality higher education for 179,523 students just like you and me!

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66

M.O.B.

Tkay Maidza

The effortlessly cool Tkay Maidza was born in Zimbabwe, where Australian aid has funded water, sanitation and hygiene projects in more than 20 small townships.

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67

Give Me A Try

The Wombats

This upbeat track dropped on April 13th, otherwise known as Cambodian New Year, which celebrates the end of the harvesting season. In 2015, thanks to Australian aid that meant celebrating 6 new irrigation schemes that opened 2,809 hectares of land meaning 2,767 families could grow more than one rice crop per year.

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68

Shutdown

Skepta

Skepta is a British rapper, but he traces his roots back to Nigeria. Right when he was dropping Shutdown, Australian aid was helping smallholder farmers in Nigeria double their crop yield and earn more from their market sales.

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69

Forces

Japanese Wallpaper feat. Airling

This sweet track is built on a beat from Japanese Wallpaper. But unlike them, Australian aid is anything but wallpaper around Asia, where we’ve helped distribute more than 1 million mosquito nets. That’ll help keep mozzies out of the Air…ling.

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70

What Kind Of Man

Florence + The Machine

In 2015, Florence and the Machine sold more than 200,000 copies of their album, How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful in the US alone and Australian provided life-saving emergency assistance for a similar number of people during critical food shortages in South Sudan.

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71

Flesh Without Blood

Grimes

Grimes is not only a musical prodigy, she also studied neuroscience at university. Thanks to Australian aid, that same pathway is being opened up to young people in more than 30 countries through the Australia Awards tertiary education scholarships.

and 2 others are proud of this
72

Anchor

Birds of Tokyo

Thanks to YouTube, Birds of Tokyo have supplied this sweet tune to 450,000 people. Thanks to Australian aid, we’ve helped supply clean drinking water to 450,000 people in Indonesia alone.

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73

Once

Ngaiire

Ngaiire traces her heritage back to PNG, our closest neighbour. Fittingly, Australian aid works closely with PNG and over the last few years has funded over 600,000 children to get to school, bringing their national enrolment rate up to 75%

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74

Powerful

Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley

Speaking of powerful, Nelson Mandela said, ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ That’s why Australian aid has provided more than 4.6 million textbooks to kids in our region.

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75

Elevator Operator

Courtney Barnett

Elevator Operators are just one of a number of jobs that are phasing out in the modern world; that’s why Australian aid is partnering with the UNDP to help create jobs for more than 3 million women in more than 100 countries.

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76

Suddenly

British India

The champs at British India lent their sweet tunes to a campaign aimed at ending extreme hunger in one of our closest neighbours, East Timor. Don’t believe me, check it out here.

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77

Lay Down

DMA's

Lay Down by DMA’s has been viewed more than 90,000 times on YouTube, which is once for every girl in the war-torn province of Uruzgan, Afghanistan who was given medical assistance thanks to you, and Australian aid.

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78

Weathered

Jack Garratt

Before his music career took off, Jack Garratt went to uni to study teaching. Just like 50,000 people in Myanmar, who have started teaching thanks to funding from Australian aid.

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79

Wolves

The Cat Empire

When it comes to global development, our’s is a pretty big Wolf pack. We’re working with nearly every country in the Indo-Pacific, including Fiji where Australian aid helped fund 12,00 pregnant women gain access to counselling and medical testing. We’re gonna run like wolves to a brighter future for all.

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80

Everyday

A$AP Rocky

“Everyday I spend my time, drinking wine, feeling fine,” but while I’m doing that, Australian aid has helped make sure that an extra 17,000 children survive compared to 1990. Boom.

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81

Big Jet Plane (Like A Version)

Tuka

When disaster strikes, emergency supplies provided by Australian aid is delivered in… you guessed it, a big jet plane. When the Nepalese earthquake struck, we sent 15 tonnes of Australian aid and two medical teams right to the heart of the disaster zone.

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82

Depreston

Courtney Barnett

This track is a beautiful tribute to suburban Australia. Around the world though, urban centres are under pressure with 1 in 7 people living in slums. That’s why we’re working in urban areas across Asia to secure suitable housing, and provide opportunities for people to thrive. Now that’s anything but Depreston.

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83

Down To Earth

Flight Facilities

Down to Earth was released on 24th October, which, as you probably know is World Polio Day. That’s the same day that our PM, Malcolm Turnbull said polio eradication is ‘of vital importance to the people of every country.’

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84

Delete (Like A Version)

Sticky Fingers

This cover by Sticky Fingers may be a banger, but in the outside of the music world, Sticky Fingers means corruption and it holds us all back. That’s why Australian aid has funded ‘Follow the Money’ training across the Indo-Pacific.

and 8 others are proud of this
85

Heart Attack

Flight Facilities

Heart Attacks suck. Particularly if you don’t have emergency access to health care. That’s why Australian aid has worked with the World Bank Group to fund over 1 million essential health services around the world.

and 7 others are proud of this
86

Happy Song

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me the Horizon’s latest album That’s the Spirit was certified Gold in Australia, meaning it sold 35,000 copies here. That’s the same number of people living with HIV/Aids that Australian aid helped provide with anti-retroviral medication through our partnership with the Global Fund.

and 4 others are proud of this
87

Begin Again

Purity Ring

When wars and conflicts erupt, we help countries Begin Again by providing life-saving humanitarian aid. Australian aid has helped in the toughest of circumstances in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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88

Party Machine

The Bennies

Look, they may not be Party Machines, but modern farming equipment makes a huge difference. In 2014 alone Australian aid assisted 400,000 farmers with better technology.

and 7 others are proud of this
89

High By The Beach

Lana Del Ray

Lana Del Ray was the most streamed female artist on Spotify in the USA in 2015. The most streamed in East Flores, Indonesia was clean water – thanks to an Australian aid funded project that connected the town to a fresh water source 27km away.

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90

Gemini

What So Not

In Australia, Gemini means ‘sweet Holden,’ but back in the day it meant ‘twins’ in Latin. Giving birth to twins, or any baby, is a precarious time for mums around the world, which is why Australian aid helped make sure nearly 1 million more births were attended by a trained attendant.

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91

Be Your Shadow

The Wombats

With their latest offering, Glitterbug, The Wombats have now sold over a million albums worldwide. Not to be outdone, Australian aid funding through the World Bank helped to provide fund health services to over a million people.

and 9 others are proud of this
92

Golden Features

No One feat. Thelma Plum

Australia is a country of Golden Features; our sun, our sand and our good ol’ Aussie spirit that sees us work with all of our neighbours to ensure that No One has to go it alone. Those Gold Features will help us build a brighter future for all.

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93

Indian Summer

Jai Wolf

India’s poor make up one third of the world’s poor; with women and children most at risk. That’s why we’ve been working on peace and gender equality projects right around the Indo-Pacific, so it’s an Indian Summer all year round.

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94

Ghost

Halsey

Halsey’s debut album, Badlands sold 97,000 copies in the first week of it’s release. That’s the same number of mums, living in remote and poor regions of Indonesia, whose births were supervised by skilled birth attendants thanks to funding from Australian aid.

and 7 others are proud of this
95

Nobody Cares If You Don’t Come To The Party

Courtney Barnett

When it comes to making the world a better place, people really do care if you don’t come to the party. Australia committed to the Global Goals last year, to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and fight climate change. We’re proud, in advance, that we as a nation will come to the party.

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96

Rumour Mill

Rudimental

Rumour has it that there’s a scheduled $200million cut to aid coming this year – that’s why we’re proud of the 70,000 Aussies who are standing up for Australian aid.

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97

Be Together

Major Lazer feat. Wild Belle

This song is an ode to partnership; just like Australian aid, which is right up our alley. That’s because our partnership with UNICEF helped 85,000 kids in the Palestinian Territories get a higher quality education.

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98

Twilight Driving

Methyl Ethel

Twilight Driving’s official video clip has been viewed around 60,000 times on YouTube, which is about the same amount of public officials that Australian aid helped train to pick up on, and stamp out corruption in the Asia-Pacific.

and 5 others are proud of this
99

True Friends

Bring Me The Horizon

True friends don’t stab you in the front, they are there through thick and thin, right Bring Me The Horizon? That’s why Australian aid was ready to respond to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, and is still there helping the worst-affected areas rebuild.

and 7 others are proud of this
100

Hell Boy

Seth Sentry

Seth Sentry’s new album won Best Urban Album of 2015 at the ARIA Awards. It was a big year for all things urban. In the capital of Vanuatu, Port Villa, Australian aid helped fund infrastructure and sanitation projects to ensure urban roads were clean, and safe.

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