To celebrate its 30th birthday this weekend, Rage put the call out for members of the public to select their perfect playlist of five songs.
You can see the results from 10:30am (AEDT) on Saturday April 15 and again at 11:45pm (AEDT) that night.
In the meantime, we caught up with some Aussie artists and got them to do the same. And guess what? Their selections are pretty awesome, and a little bit surprising at times.
Here’s a compilation album of all our artists’ picks, while you read about the thinking behind them below.
Birds of Tokyo
Ian Kenny from Birds of Tokyo says the ‘spectrum of emotion’ in music is truly wonderful. (Supplied: Birds of Tokyo)
Here’s Ian Kenny from Birds of Tokyo: “So I was asked, ‘What are your top five all-time songs?’ Well, these beauties came to mind.
“Each of these songs has either made me dance or air drum like a mad man or buckled me in two with a tear in my eye.
“That’s what I love about music. The spectrum of emotion that can carry across infinite songs is truly wonderful.
“These five songs have left their print on me and I’ll never forget how I felt the first time I heard them.”
John Wayne Gacy, Jr — Sufjan Sevens
I can’t believe how delicate Sufjan made this song feel with such a heavy subject. It’s incredible.
Wicked Games — The Weeknd
Before Wicked Games, I felt The Weeknd was all about bitches and money, which I never really connected to. Hearing Wicked Games was something brand new. There’s a dark side to this songs and it feels so honest. Almost like some kind of confession.
Sledgehammer — Peter Gabriel
One of my all-time favourite song writers. I love the arrangement and instrumentation in this song. It carries such a vibe! F***ing masterpiece.
Bulls On Parade — Rage Against The Machine
This song has a weight and a groove too hard to ignore. From its feel, to the message within, it’s so heavy. Inspiring stuff!
Shitty Future — The Bronx
One of my all-time favourite bands. This song captures what The Bronx do so well. It’s balls-to-the-wall fun and I can’t get enough of it.
Katie Noonan had trouble narrowing her list down to five songs. (Supplied: Cybele Malinowski)
Singer, composer, pianist, producer; Katie Noonan is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of many. She had a fair bit of trouble narrowing her list down to five songs, but here is what she came up with (along with five special mentions which almost made it).
Grace — Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley’s album Grace blew my mind and it still does. His music spoke to me like nothing else … I still remember driving down to the Stardust Room at Seagulls on the Gold Coast to see him play. It was truly incredible.
Ordinary Angels — Frente
My first major Aussie band crush. I loved Angie and the band so much. I got fake ID just so I could sneak into their gig at Transformers in Brisbane in 1992. Angie was adorable and still is.
There Must be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) — Eurythmics
My first female crush — I loved everything about Annie. Obviously her voice first, but just her general badass-ness and her ability to be sexy without selling sex — a true feat in the 80s. This clip is all sorts of excessive ’80s goodness.
With or Without You — U2
Holy crap, this is Bono at his all time high of hotness! God I loved this band. They were the first stadium concert I ever went to as a teenager and they blew my mind. I felt like I had joined the most awesome cult in the world and I truly lost myself in the spectacle.
Teardrop — Massive Attack
This is just a spectacularly beautiful video for a gorgeous song. Such a simple yet so beautifully executed concept.
Almost made it:
Black Hole Sun — Soundgarden, Army of Me — Bjork, Sledgehammer — Peter Gabriel, Power and the Passion — Midnight Oil, Asleep in Perfection — Augie March.
You Am I
Aussie alternative rock gods You Am I know a lot about music; making music, listening to music and watching music on Rage. Frontman Tim Rogers has come up with his five favourite clips.
GOD — Coloured Balls
Where prog arm-wrestles punk and composition trips on chaos.
Bastards Of Young — The Replacements
Three minutes, very little visual action, and a life is transformed.
Chase The Dragon — Beasts of Bourbon
In which I discover superheroes ain’t necessarily imaginary, or clean. Necessarily.
Ice — Magic Dirt
When you discover your little cousins whom you regrettably rarely see come on a news bulletin because they have burnt down an entire village and left the Earth on the space craft they’ve been secretly building for years.
Human Jukebox — Scientists
Scared the bejesus out of me, and I’ll be forever thankful.
Fremantle indie pop rockers San Cisco have a sound that takes in a lot of influences, so their playlist was always going to be interesting. Drummer and vocalist Scarlett Stevens explains her picks.
Kool Thing — Sonic Youth
My favourite clip from the ’90s. The trashy silver backdrop, Kim Gordon’s fierce singing to camera and the grunge-meets-60s aesthetic is so appealing to me.
Seven Nation Army — The White Stripes
The first song we jammed to in my first band. I was 10 when I started playing drums and Meg White was a huge influence for me. This song still sounds so good.
Formation — Beyonce
The best, most relevant video of 2016. I am in awe of the choreography and styling of this clip.
Millionaire — Kelis featuring Andre 3000
My favourite song to dance to! Still sounds huge in the club.
If I Could Change Your Mind — Haim
I’m a big fan of Haim and thrashed Days Are Gone while on tour in 2013. [I’m] hanging out for album number two and seeing them at Splendour later this year.
The sublime harmonies in Dustin Tebbutt’s guitar pop reflect the kind of music he loved best on Rage.
re: Stacks — Bon Iver
This song is perfect. The melody is angelic without being heavenly in any way. Lyrically, it’s line after line of heart stoppers.
Lines like “This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realisation” are really in a class of their own. Bon Iver is known for his honesty and rawness … and for me this track really is the best example of that.
Bitter Sweet Symphony — The Verve
An iconic band, with an iconic frontman who wrote an iconic song and made an iconic video. Safe to say this is a tune of my generation.
Heartbeats — Jose Gonzales
Quite often covers fall short of their originals, but here, Jose Gonzales has taken a song that was slightly angsty, jagged, electronic and chemical and turned it into one of the warmest, gentlest folk ballads of all time. It’s a song full of colour, precious moments and vulnerability.
Blood — The Middle East
In a way this song sums up, for me, a sense of pure creative expression. It’s so powerful, raw and human. It’s far from overproduced without being unrefined, and it’s a piece that both musically and lyrically, really captures an often ignored side of life so well.
No Surprises — Radiohead
It’s impossible for me to pick a favourite track from this band, after so many incredible releases. But I like No Surprises, as even amongst the rest of the chaotic and ground breaking OK Computer, this track manages to hold back, sticking closer to subtle statements, arrangement and instrumentation.
John Butler Trio
With some unsurprising picks and a few from left field, John Butler relives his Rage-watching experiences with unflinching honesty.
Alright — Kendrick Lamar
Just love the aesthetic of this video. Surreal, fresh and a great song to boot.
Groove is in the Heart — Deee-Lite
What can I say? I was a teenager at a party, fairly twinkle eyed and stumbled into this psychedelic funk odyssey while it played on Rage. I just stood still for four minutes and had my little mind blown. Don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
Beds are burning — Midnight Oil
Can’t get more homegrown than this one. Good song and never more relevant. This was the moment I was enlisted.
Berlin Chair — You Am I
When I first saw this video I was like WTF? Didn’t get it. Then I realised there was nothing to get but an awesome song.
Making Plans for Nigel — XTC
The reason why I picked this song is every f***ing time I turned on Rage, for a good five years it seemed, this song was on. It shat me. But now listening back I like it. See what brainwashing can do?!