ARIAs 2023: Celebs reveal the one Aussie song they’d listen to forever

'If I say anything else he might divorce me.'

A number of local and international celebrities have revealed the one Australian song they could listen to on repeat for the rest of their lives.

Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle at the 2023 ARIA Awards, Irish hitmaker Dermot Kennedy said his favourite Aussie track is Matt Corby’s ‘Brother’.

Tsehay Hawkins, Dermot Kennedy and Pia Miranda at the 2023 ARIA Awards.
Local and international celebrities reveal the one Aussie song they’d listen to for the rest of their lives. Photos: Yahoo

“I remember the first time I heard that song,” he shared, before adding that fans would never hear him record a cover of it.

“I did do a cover of him, ‘Resolution’, but I sang it completely differently. There are certain singers you do not try and do what they do, you can’t.”


The Wiggles’ Lucia Field said she would pick Lime Cordiale’s ‘On My Own’ as her on-repeat song, while Tsehay Hawkins admitted she would go “full Aussie” with ‘True Blue’ by John Williamson.

Caterina Mete said she would choose Cold Chisel’s ‘Khe Sanh’, and Simon Pryce added that his song would be Budjerah’s ‘Therapy’ “because I need it”.

Meanwhile, John Pearce chose the iconic ‘Que Sera’ by his former dance and music group Justice Crew.

'One of the best songs in the world'

Pop star Kita Alexander shared that her favourite Aussie song is ‘Scar’ by Missy Higgins, and The Voice 2022 winner Lachie Gill said he loves Dean Lewis’ ‘Waves’.

“I’ve been listening to that song for five years now and I’m still not sick of it, so we’ll keep going,” he remarked.

This year’s Voice champion Tarryn Stokes added that she would listen to “anything Jimmy Barnes or Johnny Farnham”.

“‘You’re the Voice' by John Farnham is one of the best songs in the world and his voice is amazing,” she said. “So let’s just go old school with those amazing artists.”


Play School presenter Matthew Backer chose a throwback hit for his song, Bardot’s ‘These Days’, while Bump’s Claudia Karvan picked The Reels’ ‘Quasimodo's Dream’.

Pia Miranda’s go-to track is ‘Teenager of the Year’ by the Aussie band Lo-Tel because it’s her husband Luke Hanigan’s song.

“If I say anything else he might divorce me,” she added with a laugh. “But other than that, probably Midnight Oil.”

Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines, however, said if she was given only one song to listen to for the rest of her life she would rather choose silence.

“If I could listen to one song for the rest of my life I wouldn’t,” she responded. “I would do silence because it would drive me crazy after a while, I’d know it backward.”

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