February 6, 2020

Shortlist announced for 2020 APRA Song of the Year

Former Assistant Editor
Shortlist announced for 2020 APRA Song of the Year
2019 Winner Amy Shark / by Tony Mott

25 artists have been named on the shortlist for the 2020 peer-voted APRA Song of the Year award.

The largest peer-voted music award in Australia has been narrowed down, with APRA members to vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced at the 2020 APRA Music Awards, April 28 in Sydney.

The 38th edition of the awards sees plenty of new faces receiving nominations for the first time, including Toni Watson (aka Tones And I) for her breakout hit and ARIA chart record-breaking ‘Dance Monkey’.

Joining her for their debuts on the list are; Grace Shaw (Mallrat), Jessica Mauboy, Paul Dempsey, Sampa Tembo (Sampa the Great), Thelma Plum, Mark Lizotte (Diesel), Alasdair Murray (Illy), Alejandro Abapo, Leroy Clampitt, Vincent Goodyer, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin from 5 Seconds of Summer, plus members of Underground Lovers and Tropical Fuck Storm.

Joining the newcomers are several artists making back-to-back appearances on the shortlist, Paul Kelly, The Teskey Brothers, Angie McMahon, Ainslie Wills, Sarah Aarons, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Kaiit.

The shortlisted playlists can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music.

The nominees will be furthered narrowed to a final five ahead of the APRA Music Awards, with several other award categories to be revealed in March.

All voting APRA members have gone into the draw to win a massive prize pack worth over $3,000 which includes a Shure microphone and headphone package, a Showgroup Travel voucher, concert tickets compliments of Frontier Touring/Chugg Entertainment and two tickets to the 2020 APRA Music Awards.

Marsh, Jaxsta and Songtradr join as event sponsors, with Chugg Entertainment & Frontier Touring, Shure and Show Group Enterprises all ongoing sponsors of APRA AMCOS.

More info at the APRA AMCOS official website, and full list of nominated songs below:


ARROWS – [MISSY HIGGINS] – Missy Higgins
BETTER IN BLAK – [THELMA PLUM] – Thelma Plum / Alexander Burnett / Oliver Horton
BORDERLINE – [ TAME IMPALA] – Kevin Parker
BY THE SCARS – [DIESEL] – Mark Lizotte
CHARLIE – [ MALLRAT] – Grace Shaw / Leroy Clampitt
CHOIR – [GUY SEBASTIAN] – Guy Sebastian / Trevor Brown / William Simmons
DANCE MONKEY – [TONES AND I] – Toni Watson
EVERY DAY MY MOTHER’S VOICE – [PAUL KELLY & DAN SULTAN] – Paul Kelly
EXIT SIGN (FT ILLY AND ECCA VANDAL) – [HILLTOP HOODS] – Barry Francis (DJ Debris) / Daniel Smith (MC Pressure)/ Matthew Lambert (Suffa)/ Sarah Aarons / Andrew Burford / Alasdair Murray (Illy)
FEAR OF MISSING OUT – [AINSLIE WILLS] – Ainslie Wills / Paul Dempsey / Lawrence Folvig / Arron Light
FINAL FORM – [SAMPA THE GREAT] – Sampa Tembo / Alejandro Abapo / Leon Sylvers
GOOD LORD – [BIRDS OF TOKYO] – Ian Berney / Ian Kenny / Glenn Sarangapany / Adam Spark / Adam Weston
I GET UP – [THE TESKEY BROTHERS] – Josh Teskey / Sam Teskey / Liam Gough / Brendon Love
LITTLE THINGS – [JESSICA MAUBOY] – Jessica Mauboy / Antonio Egizii / Chiara Hunter / David Musumeci
MISS SHINEY – [KAIIT] – Kaiit Waup / Vincent Goodyer / Nicholas Martin
OLD MAN – [STELLA DONNELLY] – Stella Donnelly
OPEN UP YOUR EYES – [ARCHIE ROACH] – Archie Roach
PARADISE – [TROPICAL FUCK STORM] – Erica Dunn / Gareth Liddiard / Fiona Kitchin / Lauren Hammel
PASTA – [ANGIE MCMAHON] – Angie McMahon
PRESSURE TO PARTY – [JULIA JACKLIN] –   Julia Jacklin
RUSHING BACK – [FLUME FT VERA BLUE] – Harley Streten / Celia Pavey / Sophie Cates / Eric Dubowsky
SELF-IMMOLATE – [KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD] – Stuart MacKenzie / Michael Cavanagh / Joseph Walker
SEVEN DAY WEEKEND – [UNDERGROUND LOVERS] – Richard Andrew / Maurice Argiro / Glenn Bennie / Vincent Giarrusso / Phillipa Nihill
TEETH – [5 SECONDS OF SUMMER] – Luke Hemmings / Ashton Irwin / Louis Bell / Gillian Gilbert / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Evan Rogers / Carl Sturken / Bernard Sumner / Ali Tamposi / Ryan Tedder / Andrew Watt
ZERO GRAVITY – [KATE MILLER-HEIDKE] – Kate Miller-Heidke / Julian Hamilton / Keir Nuttal