Exciting news! The Top 30 songs in the 2019 Australian Songwriting Contest are listed below. Please note that songs are in alphabetical order only. Also be aware that the Top 10 results will be announced at the National Songwriting Awards, so if you want to be the first to know about those, book your tickets now using the following link:

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Please also note that the reason some of the Top 30 lists contain more than just 30 songs, is that where there was a draw between songs in the earlier judging stage, we keep all the songs rather than culling them at that point. We believed the best way is to allow a further, fresh set of judges to make the final call. BE VERY PROUD if you are in these lists. Hundreds of strong songs have had to be excluded already, and this year’s standard was exceptionally high!

So in short, please note the following before reading the top 30 lists below!

  1. Songs in each Category are listed in alphabetical order of Song Title only (not ranking).
  2. Top 10 results will be first revealed at the National Songwriting Awards in Sydney in October.
  3. Some Categories have more than 30 songs listed, because where songs received the same scores, we included them all in the list.
  4. Lyrics Category Top 30 are now up, and listed at the end after all the other categories.

AUSTRALIA

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
Apollo Bay Kieran O’Connell
At Ballarat Max Richards
Bill Robin Levinson
Broken Hearts in Broken Hill Lloyd Back
Crows Stephen Phillip
David Gulpili Keiran Roberts
Down In That Town Johnny Tedesco David Hyams
Dust To Ashes Sadie Jones David Jack Penman
Dusty Days And Ice Cold Beer (Australian Christmas) Sani Bolton
Flat Top Russ Zimmer Ian Cannon
Four Seasons In One Day Julia Marr
Great Courage Thomas Libreri Tessa Libreri
Heartbreak Land Dave Diprose
Hume Highway Marni Sheehan Mark Smith
I Don’t Know (A Postcard From Port Douglas) Steve Montgomery
I Won’t Be Back Steve Montgomery
It’s Time For Us To Hear Luke Robinson
Just A Boy On A Mallee Farm Melvyn Moll
King Of This Country Bradley Christmas
Make It Till Christmas Laura-Therese Davis
My Family And Me Thomas Libreri Tessa Libreri
Nearest Country Pub Stephen Phillip
Never See Their Kind Again John Casey Henrique Dib
Old Neds Young Offsider Brendan Smoother
One Last Shot Vanessa Craven
Our Australia Terry Bennetts
Our Own Backyard Melanie Gray Max Jackson, Gina Jeffreys
Pacific Highway Kylie Adams-Collier
Part Of The View David Harrison David Harrison
Ruby – The Cattle Dog And The Farmer Maria Harkins
Safeway Don Cowling
Salt Of The Earth Jon Davis
Southern Ian Fitzsummons
Such Is Life Geoffrey Bates
The Australia I Know Renee Jonas
The Ballad Of Hawkie Mike Foley
The Ringer Alex Varlow
The Technophobe Stephen Phillip
Theres Gotta Be A Better Way Luke Robinson
To Change Her Mind Steve Montgomery
Two Beers From Anywhere Christopher Haskard
We Are Children Of The Dreaming William Murray
Welcome Home Soldier Pat Deleo
Windale Lloyd Back
Wyndradyne William Murray

BALLAD

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
A Man In Need Jourdain Wongtrakun
A Ring Of Roses Randall Olgers James Higgins
All Over By Christmas Paula Standing
Always By Your Side Katie Hardyman Mick Evans
Be Myself Skii Harvey
Beautiful Silence Antonio Corea David Carter, Myelin Carter, Tori Rae Davies, Jason Forsyth, Iona Grace, Donna Mathews
Behind The Seen Brendan Smoother
Call My Name Joe Cannon
December Child Donna Dyson Craig Allister Young
Don’t You Try To Say Goodbye Jacques Gentil Michael Zammit
Everything But Time Damien Hosken Stacy Hogan
Everytime I Fall Mark Crocker
Exactly How I Feel Keri McInerney Ross Williams
Family Liz Tripodi
Frightened Helen Mottee
Healing Lips Tony King
Hole In My Heart Pat Deleo
I Don’t Know (A Postcard From Port Douglas) Steve Montgomery
I Don’t Want To Wait Anirban Banerjee
I Really Love You Pat Deleo
It Can Be Beautiful Daryl Johnson Charles Pennell
Jigsaw Ricky Muscat James Leigh, Vince Leigh
Just Makes Sense Keiran Roberts
Lay Me Down Thomas Libreri
Look Away Thomas Libreri John Donaldson, Tessa Libreri
Love Gets The Better Of Me Rick Hart
Make Love To Me Melissa Robertson
No Fear Tiffany Gow
One Button At A Time Lola Brinton Jen Mize, Clinton Wilson
One More Day Helen Townsend
Paper Heart Darren Jaynoy
Pretty Tears Charlotte Sutton
Surrender Mark Crocker Celeste Newman
Tender Moment Paula Punch
The Beauty Within Adrienne Morgan
The Deepest Kind of Love Lloyd Back
The Old Ghost Road Steve Montgomery
The People’s Commissioner, Lenny Sunshine Matthew Sertori
The Space Dave ‘Tot’ O’Brien
The Touch Of Your Wings Samantha Mooney
The White Lady Plays With Your Mind Andrew Lavers
Theres Gotta Be A Better Way Luke Robinson
This Is Not The Same Matt Coleman
Time Machine Robert Cini
Torn Apart Jason Greenwood
Vitruvian Man Ben Ford-Davies Nigel Grummet, Ronnie Taheny
When It All Comes Down To Love Jacques Gentil
You Will Let Me Go Christopher Orchard
You’re Not Alone Kieran O’Connell

CONTEMPORARY POP DANCE

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
Baby Baby Damien Hosken
Big Girl Pants Kerrie Garside
Black James Hampton
Blame It On The wine Renee Jonas Marika Hallendy-Mallon, Pawit Kelly, Lucy LeBlanc
Cutting Corners Angus Brill Reed
Dance To the World Damien Hosken Stacy Hogan
Empty Sea Matt Coleman
Fall Into Pieces David King
Falling For Your Love Damien Hosken
Frequency Anna van Riel
Galaxy Love Keiran Roberts
Gone Angus Brill Reed
Hot Chocolate Kisses Steve Montgomery
I Am Not Fine Dale Randolph
I’m Here Patricia Troisi Michael Zammit
Just Say You’re  Gay Pat Deleo
La Potenza Di Ora Antonio Corea
Last Summer Steve Montgomery
Light Me Up Jemma Siles
Metro Daniel Maguire
Mixed Signals Niamh Watson
Now Or Never Elisa Kate
One Button At A Time Lola Brinton Jen Mize, Clinton Wilson
Perfect Ricky Muscat James Leigh, Vince Leigh
Planned Accidents Never Happen Matthew Sertori
Please Don’t Turn Away Elizabeth Usher
Possibilities Jade Goodge
Rise Leea Nanos Seb Mont Holdinghausen
Safe And Sound Jazzy Dale Robby De Sa
Shiny Eyes Pat Deleo
Sick And Tired Zoe Tracas
Something Like Love Lucy Parle
The Boy and His Beast Jade Goodge
The Future Is Now Maddison Cash Matt Bronleewee, Jess Gates
The Moment Dene Menzel Dene Menzel, David Small
The Old You Lavinia Tosev Michael Delorenzis, Michael Paynter
The River Mark Hulsman
Time Machine Jacques Gentil
Truth Donna Dyson Tyrone Noonan
Turn Over And Over Paula Punch
Twilight Highway Abbey Gardner Natassa Costi, Chris Gabriel, Bianca Meier, Nicholas Shea
Two Weeks Celeste Kate Polson
Who Does She Think She Is Mark Crocker Paul Tan
You Bring Me Love Chris McKimm Kim Waddell

COUNTRY

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
A Hundred Years Too Late Melvyn Moll
Ain’t No Friend Of Mine Lucy Pace
Anchored Down In Tequila Town Spencer Kelly Stacy Hogan
Back To You Jason Greenwood John Greenwood
Backbone Michelle Walker Rick Nash
Bad Hair Day Roxanne Kiely Allan Caswell
Beautiful Silence Antonio Corea David Carter, Myelin Carter, Tori Rae Davies, Jason Forsyth, Iona Grace, Donna Mathews
Bill Robin Levinson
Blame It On The wine Renee Jonas Marika Hallendy-Mallon, Pawit Kelly, Lucy LeBlanc
Cheat On Me Cathy Dobson
Dancing With You Damien Hosken
Dive In Deep Samantha Mooney
Driving Hungry Nick Charles Mick Pealing
Following My Heart Noreen Kane Siobhan Skates
Forevermore Spencer Kelly
Friend Of Mine Samantha Mooney
God Only Knows John Blok
Gypsy Girl Brendan Smoother
Hangin’ In The Air Chris Murphy
Happy Anniversary To Me Sani Bolton
Hippy Cowgirl Wendy Ford
Homeward Call Michelle Walker
Honky Tonk Bar In The City Anthony Quinsee
Houlies Ukelele Robert Knox
Hours In A Day Thomas Libreri Tessa Libreri
I Can’t Stop Joseph Proia
I Saw Mumma Crying Cheryl Anderson
If You Only Knew Steve Montgomery
It’s Not Quite A Ghost Town Brian Stitt
Little Country Life Melissa Robertson
Little Liar Noeleen Smith
Marking Time (Words We Never Say) Steve Montgomery
Meant To Be Souly Us Kate Appleyard, Ben Mawdsley
Misty River Morning Jack Viljoen
My Bet’s On Love Melanie Gray Max Jackson, Gina Jeffreys
One Button At A Time Lola Brinton Jen Mize, Clinton Wilson
Route 63 Korey Livy Drew McAlister
Sad Love Spencer Kelly
Simple Times Michael Wilks
Somewhere That You’re Meant To Be Harrison Harper
Take Me Home Damien Hosken
Texarkana Rick Hart
The Bouquet Khristian Mizzi
The Killing Season Lucille Lucille
The Last Of His Kind Cathy Dobson
The Old Ghost Road Steve Montgomery
The Thing I Like Best About You Thomas Libreri
There Ain’t No Last Train Bronwyn Gordon
Travelling With You Lloyd Back
Turn The Key Brian Heywood
Valparaiso (The Stories It Could Tell) Steve Montgomery
Welcome Home Soldier Pat Deleo
Where We Stand Julie Prowse

FOLK ACCOUSTIC

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
20 Seconds Of Your Time Heath Watts
Always Be Jane Garrett
Anzac Hero Korey Livy Will Arnold, Drew McAlister
Barry And Adrienne Kym Watling
Believing In Love Again Molly Ash
Chasing My Tail Talitha Power
Different Road Robert Cini
Every Part Of Me Donna Dyson Damien Leith
Family Liz Tripodi
Feelings In My Pocket Anirban Banerjee
Following The Rails Ben Thomas
Getting Over You Paula Punch
Healing Lips Tony King
Hole In My Heart Jeff Gibson
Houlie’s Ukelele Robert Knox
I Do Melissa Saunders
I Found You Wendy Ford Claudia De Rossi
I’ll Be With You Thomas Libreri
Is This The End? Pat Deleo
It Cost Us Everything Broni Lisle
Jealous Lucy Parle
Just Down The Hall Lola Brinton Kevin Bennett
Later On In Life Love Marni Sheehan
Leaving The Harbour Sadie Jones David Jack Penman
Lost Horizon Paula Punch
Love Like A River Melissa Robertson
Mandalay Steven Standing
Marking Time (Words We Never Say) Steve Montgomery
Maybe Tonight Matt Coleman
Nepean Renee Bufton
Nine Times Undergound Catherine Russell Hugh McGinlay
Not Just A House Melvyn Moll
One-Life Stand Jon Davis
O’Reillys Lament Bernadette O’Neill
Possibilities Jade Goodge
Regrettown Fergus Maximus
Say You Want Me Lucy McKinnon
Stuff Brian Stitt
The Heavenly Brew Jeff Browne
The Last Of His Kind Cathy Dobson
The Ringer Alex Varlow
Theres Gotta Be A Better Way Luke Robinson
This War Kerrie Garside Andrew Church
Too Young For Sorrow Louise Antonas
Torn Apart Jason Greenwood
Unbroken Susie Hurley
Valparaiso (The Stories It Could Tell) Steve Montgomery
Verandah Sadie Jones David Jack Penman
Way Back Home Melissa Robertson
When You Lose Someone You Love Steve Montgomery
Write My Own Emma Dykes
You Belong Lavinia Tosev
Zack’s Song Lucy Parle

INSTRUMENTAL WORLD MUSIC

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
Absent Sky (For Mum) Lee Simon
Any Colour You Like David Brinsmead
Astral Voices Jim Ottaway
Banquet On The Moon Bo Li
Beg N Borrow Keri McInerney
Carousel Rag Tom Anderson
Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) Damien Hosken Jack Setton, Philip Setton
Conquest Keiran Roberts
Dancing In The Rain Ray Saunders
Drama Allan Pan
Firestorm Allan Pan
Forbidden Dance Vanessa Craven
Future 2020 Jill Riddiford
How Do I Paint You Jacques Gentil Jean Rebeiro
I’m Alive Hana Vuko John Hollywood
Kuragg Kbir Thomas Libreri
Minute Rag Tom Anderson
Mysterious Podcast Theme Lucie Tiger O’Connor
O Warriors! Kiran Biswa
Our Child’s Eyes Raymond Clarke
Rotations Keiran Roberts
Shelly Beach Electro Andrew Lavers
Spreading Wings Of Light Manjia Luo
Streets Of Morocco Katie Hardyman John Waters
Submarine Sri Pishey
The New Rivals Robbie Bostock
Therefore I Am Bill Canty
Turning Into Monuments Trent Jansz Trent Jansz
Waves Lee Simon
When The Desert Flowers Bloom Peter Salata

INTERNATIONAL

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
All The Kings Are Dead Adrian Bishop
Always By Your Side Katie Hardyman Mick Evans
Angel Is A Devil Michael McGee Mervin Butch Paulson, Angel Pontier
Beam Me Up Scotty Michael McGee Mervin Butch Paulson, Angel Pontier
Blame It On The Wine Renee Jonas Marika Hallendy-Mallon, Pawit Kelly, Lucy LeBlanc
Broken Tiffany Gow
Cosmetic Queen Michael McGee Mervin Butch Paulson
Crawfish Shuffle Vince Guzetta
December Child Donna Dyson Craig Allister Young
Dive In Deep Samantha Mooney
Every Part Of Me Donna Dyson Damien Leith
Everything But Time Damien Hosken Stacy Hogan
Feelings In My Pocket Anirban Banerjee
Galaxy Love Keiran Roberts
I Wish You Were Here Candice Bennett
I’m Leaving Now – Goodbye John Greenwood
In This Town Samantha Mooney
Is This The End? Pat Deleo
La Potenza Di Ora Antonio Corea
Longnecks, Rednecks, And Good Old Country Boys Michael McGee Mervin Butch Paulson, Angel Pontier
Lucky Day (feat. Christine McHoes) Jordan Spivack
My Man In Red Renee Jonas Elizabeth Usher
Never Get Over You Tiffany Gow
Night In The City Jozsef Terek Jozsef Terek
Not As Real Adrian Strickland
Olive Tree Kevin Taylor
Sidewalk Damien Hosken
Standing In Line John Blok
Tasal Tal Kulhadd Patricia Troisi Michael Zammit
The Boy From Boarding School Pat Deleo
The Cat’s Meow John Greenwood
There Is A Part of Me Damien Hosken
This Titanic Jacques Gentil
Tread Gently Tony Bogan Stewart Peters
Vulnerable Guy Kevin Taylor
You Lift Me Up Anirban Banerjee

OPEN

Song Title Firstname Lastname Co-writers
A Ring Of Roses Randall Olgers James Higgins
All The Ki