We're proud to reveal the Top 20 contenders for the coveted Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year.
Shortlist includes Baker Boy, Thelma Plum, Julia Jacklin, King Stingray, Courtney Barnett, Daniel Johns and the late Archie Roach AM.
The winner will be announced at the 2023 APRA Music Awards in April.
With thousands of votes recorded over the last month, we are proud to reveal the Top 20 contenders for the coveted Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year, with the winner to be announced at the 2023 APRA Music Awards in April.
The APRA Song of the Year remains Australia’s only peer-recognised accolade and highest achievement. Voted by those with firsthand experience in the craft of songwriting; APRA members have named these songs as the best of 2022, offering a look at what might make the final five nominees in this category at this year’s awards.
The shortlist features several songwriting collaborations including Flume and Sarah Aarons, ('Say Nothing feat. MAY-A'), Sampa the Great and Denzel Curry ('Lane'), Budjerah and Ainslie Wills ('Ready for The Sky'), dual shortlisted Baker Boy with Lara Andallo, Willie Tafa and Dallas Woods ('Headphones') and also with Pip Norman and multiple APRA Award-winner Bernard Fanning for the reworking of the Fanning solo classic 'Wish You Well'.
Appearing on the shortlist for the first time are: Donny Benet, Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales, Jono Ma, Lara Andallo, Willie Tafa and Maxwell Bidstrup.
The final five nominees across all 2023 APRA Music Awards categories will be revealed in late March, with winners announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 27 April at ICC Sydney, Gadigal land where music industry guests will gather to celebrate the songwriters and music publishers that have achieved artistic excellence and outstanding success in their fields.
All APRA AMCOS songwriter and publisher members who voted for the Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year are automatically placed into the draw to win cash prizes totaling $5,000 courtesy of Marsh.