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MAX tribute to David Bowie
The Evolution of David Bowie

Join MAX as we track the highs and lows of David Bowie’s amazing career. Hosted by the one and only Chit Chat and Ella Hooper.

Remembering David Bowie

Hour-long blocks of clips plucked from throughout the Thin White Duke’s epic career.

###Peter Garrett: A Version of Now –The Full Story

Premiering Tuesday 12 July at 9.30pm AEST

In a Foxtel world exclusive, MAX was invited into the recording studio to capture the making of Peter Garrett’s debut solo album A Version of Now. A collection of nine songs Garrett couldn’t help but create, A Version of Now is Garrett’s first official foray into music in more than a decade.

Planned for release on Friday July 15, the album A Version of Now features Peter Garrett on vocals; Martin Rotsey (Midnight Oil) on guitar; Mark Wilson (Jet) on bass guitar; Peter Luscombe (Paul Kelly / Rockwiz) on drums; Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) on guitar; Heather Shannon (The Jezabels) on keyboards; and Burke Reid as Producer. Available today, the single “Tall Trees” is the first taste of the record.

MAX was there to film exclusive behind the scenes footage of this deeply personal record. Peter Garrett: A Version of Now – The Full Story on MAX gives viewers unprecedented access and features candid interviews with Garrett and his musical collaborators.

One of Australia’s most influential artists, Peter Garrett was lead singer of Midnight Oil from 1975 to 2002, before entering a career in politics. The process of writing his memoir ‘Big Blue Sky’, published in October 2015, kicked off Garrett’s return to music and was the inspiration for many of the tracks on his new album.

Midnight Oil is renowned worldwide for their fierce independent stance and active support of human rights and environmental protection. More than just a successful rock and roll band, the “Oils” stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans and broke new ground. Their 13-album career led to an ARIA lifetime achievement award in 2006. Midnight Oil recently announced they will commence an Australian tour and play overseas gigs commencing in early 2017.

This exclusive MAX television special, Peter Garrett: A Version of Now – The Full Story, tells the story on how Garrett’s solo album accidently came to be and will premiere Tuesday July 12 at 9.30pm only on Foxtel.

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Max playing George Michael music videos until just after midnight.

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###1000 Greatest Songs of All Time

Top 1000 Countdown returns exclusively to MAX or stream on Foxtel Play

Hosted by Molly Meldrum

The greatest music countdown returns to MAX this Easter Long Weekend – the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Which music great will win the coveted No.1 spot – could it be a song from Michael Jackson, Queen, Bon Jovi, Madonna or maybe AC/DC?

Tune in to MAX or stream instantly on Foxtel Play from 12pm Friday April 14 to the evening of Monday April 17 to see the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time, a musical must-see this Easter long weekend only on Foxtel. The greatest countdown event will be hosted by none other than the iconic Australian music critic, journalist and record producer, Molly Meldrum.

The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown will be compiled using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts, chart ratings and song popularity.

Fraser Stark, Foxtel’s Arts & Music Channel Manager said, “MAX is all about great music – the channel represents the ‘soundtrack to your life’ so it made sense to ask our viewers to help us pull together this countdown. Let’s face it – there have been some incredible songs over the years and we all have our favourites.

“Over his enduring career, the iconic Molly Meldrum has made an extraordinary impact on Australian popular music culture. Without his influence being asserted who knows how differently we would have come to hear the music of the times? Obviously he was the perfect host and expert in helping bring this countdown together over the Easter long weekend.”

Molly Meldrum is no stranger to countdowns and is guaranteed to throw in a few famous stories from Aussie legends and international superstars covering decades of unforgettable songs. Molly has worked alongside many music greats from David Bowie to Michael Jackson. He is the man responsible for giving Madonna, Blondie, John Mellencamp, AC/DC and countless others their first worldwide hits.

MAX viewers are invited to help shape the countdown with Molly Meldrum. Voting is now open at max1000.foxtel.com.au, voters could win a massive MAX prize pack valued at over $6000*.

What songs do you think should make the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time? Vote now and then get your mates together this Easter Long weekend for the greatest countdown only on MAX!

** All voted songs must have a licensed broadcast music video available.

So it’s the “top 1000 songs we can actually play” - it appears max must have copped a bit of flak online for some notable exclusions (The Beatles for instance)

The results are in and MAX fans have spoken! The number one Greatest Song of All Time on MAX is… “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The ground-breaking 1975 hit from Queen is joined in the Top Ten by iconic artists John Lennon, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones.

Hosted by MAX’s legendary music critic, journalist and record producer, Molly Meldrum over the Easter Long Weekend, the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown included 11 Johns, four Georges, a King, a Prince and a Queen. The artists who dominated the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time included INXS, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Queen and David Bowie, however it was U2 who polled the most entries with 14 incredible songs. Music from the 1980s flooded the countdown with 37 percent of the songs, closely followed by the 1990s with 24 percent. Thirty-one artists in the countdown are known only by a mononym including Cher, Madonna, Prince and our very own Sia.

The Max 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time Top 10:

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
  2. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns N’ Roses
  3. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
  4. “Imagine” John Lennon
  5. “You’re The Voice” John Farnham
  6. “Stairway To Heaven” Led Zeppelin
  7. “Purple Rain” Prince & The Revolution
  8. “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” AC/DC
  9. “Thriller” Michael Jackson
  10. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones

The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown was determined using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts, chart ratings and song popularity. The full list of all 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is now live at maxtv.com.au.

Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain

Sunday 3 Sept from 10am AEST

Premieres this Father’s Day on Foxtel’s MAX

Band members to reveal their all-time favourite videos

This Father’s Day, Australia’s own fathers of political rock, Midnight Oil, will exclusively reveal the behind the scenes true stories about their most iconic video clips. The two-hour special, Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain, will air exclusively on Foxtel’s MAX channel on Sunday September 3 from 10am.

On the eve of the Australian leg of their Great Circle 2017 world tour – MAX sits down exclusively with Midnight Oil to take a look through their vast music video collection, from Armistice Day to Redneck Wonderful and all the hits in between. Viewers will be treated to never before known facts from the band, including their all-time favourite video and how it was made.

Fraser Stark, Group Channel Manager of Foxtel’s Arts & Music Channels said, “Midnight Oil is one of Australia’s most successful rock bands and rightly enjoys lasting iconic status. The uniquely Australian band is uncompromising in every facet of its career and, after disbanding in 2002 to reform in 2017, carries with it a legion of fans earned by its sustained intelligence, conscientiousness and musicianship. MAX is honoured to enjoy unprecedented access to the band to respectfully and thoroughly profile one of the most important retrospective videographies in Australian music history.”

Midnight Oil released their self-titled album in 1978 and have continued to shape the landscape of Australian music and social consciousness for almost four decades, with chart topping albums including 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; Red Sails in the Sunset; Species Deceases; Diesel and Dust; Blue Sky Mining; Scream in Blue (Live); Earth and Sun and Moon; Breathe and Redneck Wonderland;.

In 2006, the band cemented their place in Australian music history forever when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.

Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain, will air exclusively on Foxtel’s MAX channel, Sunday Sept 3 from 10am, with an encore performance at 8pm.

THE FOO FIGHTERS TAKE OVER MAX THIS FRIDAY!

15 September from 6am AEST

To celebrate rock legends ‘Foo Fighters’ returning to Australia as part of their global stadium tour in 2018, and the release of their new album ‘Concrete and Blonde’, this Friday Foxtel’s MAX is handing over the channel to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins for ‘Foo Fighters Friday’.

In a world first, kicking off at 6.00am this Friday, September 15, the two band members will discuss the making of their highly anticipated ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold, in between programming their own iconic music videos and concerts including ‘A Sky is a Neighbourhood’, ‘Run’, ‘Learn to Fly’, ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘The Pretender’. They will also relive the magic of their longest ever live gig at Goat Island in Sydney.

Fraser Stark, Group Channel Manager of Foxtel Arts & Music channels said: “The biggest rock band in the world right now, the Foo Fighters, have a very long and successful history with the Foxtel music channels – from the very early days, to the epic ‘Wasting Light on the Harbour’ concert on Sydney Harbour, to now.

“The band is easily one of MAX’s most requested acts of all time, so it’s fitting that MAX is the official media partner of the Foo’s 2018 tour. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins are hosting the channel with their unique and personable style – introducing their legendary videos and iconic concerts for a full channel takeover. It’s epic.”

As one of the world’s most highly revered rock bands, the last time they toured in 2015 Foo Fighters played to over 250,000 Australians. And since first forming in the mid-nineties, have garnered 11 Grammy Awards and sold over 25 million albums worldwide.

Join Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins for Foo Fighters TV on ‘Foo Fighters Friday’ – September 15 from 6am, only on MAX, proud partners of their 2018 worldwide tour. For more concert info head to MAXTV.COM.AU

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STUDIO MAX

From Wednesday 4 October at 9.00pm AEDT

Studio MAX, where you will see Australia and the world’s most loved artists in a series of intimate and exclusive concerts, will premiere on Foxtel’s MAX channel Wednesday, October 4 at 9.00pm.

In the same way MAX channel’s iconic MAX Sessions provided viewers with VIP, front row access to some of the country’s most sought after gigs, Studio Max is an exclusive and never-before-seen personal and acoustic performance of the artists’ biggest hits, filmed live in Studio MAX at Foxtel studios. Viewers will also get to see their favourite stars as they chat freely about life in general, the music and reflect back to where it all began.

Fraser Stark, Group Channel Manager of Foxtel’s Arts & Music channels said, “MAX is all about Great Music, and in addition to our classic playlists and countdowns, we are lucky to get some of the greatest acts in the business into the MAX Studio to record. In the upcoming exclusive Studio MAX series, fans will witness stripped back acoustic performances of familiar hits and brand new songs, plus the untold stories behind them.”

Screening over four massive weeks during October, the series will kick off Wednesday, October 4 at 9.00pm with Australian music legend Colin Hay, who as lead singer of the much loved band Men at Work, performed and wrote Aussie anthems like ‘Down Under’ and ‘Who can it be now’. Singer/songwriter Peter Murray, whose hits include So Beautiful and Better days, will be the second guest artist on Wednesday October 11, followed by nineties pop/rock teen band, Hanson. They will perform, amongst others, their number one worldwide hit MMMBop, on Wednesday October 18. Killing Heidi, whose chart topping success included songs like ‘Weir’, ‘Mascara’ and ‘Live without it’, will conclude the first series on Wednesday October 25.

Encore screenings of every performance will air the following day, Thursday ,at 9.00am and 6.00pm.

MIDNIGHT OIL’S ‘OILS AT THE REEF’

Oils at the Reef, a one-off concert performed by Aussie music legends Midnight Oil, will premiere on MAX on Saturday, November 11 at midday.

The intimate and exclusive benefit gig for fans was recorded live in Cairns at the Tank Arts Centre earlier this month to create awareness of the current state of the Great Barrier Reef. All funds raised from the benefit were donated directly to Great Barrier Reef Legacy and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Peter Garrett, lead singer from Midnight Oil, told the audience: “We want to explain to people that there are strong scientific, economic, moral and environmental reasons why Australia should put protecting the Great Barrier Reef (first). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are heating up the planet and not opening any more massive, giant coal mines is the most important thing that we can do.”

MAX’s exclusive, 90-minute broadcast of the concert will feature hits like Blue Sky Mine and US Forces and will also be an opportunity for Oils fans to see the band perform lesser known and more obscure songs including Surfin’ With A Spoon and Koala Sprint, making it a rare showcase that every Oil fan will want to see.

Fraser Stark, Group Channel Manager of Foxtel’s Arts & Music channels, said: “It was a privilege to be part of the audience when Midnight Oil performed their unique and intimate gig, ‘Oils at the Reef’. The room was full with very appreciative fans, and MAX was there to capture it all. For the channel, it was an honour to have such iconic performers take the time to include us in the band’s ongoing mission for goodness. We are very much looking forward to sharing the Oils’ message of reef preservation, and their great music, with our viewers next month. ”

Oils at the Reef will premiere on MAX on Saturday, November 11 at midday, and again at 5.00pm later that afternoon. Encore screenings of the concert will also air on Sunday 12th November at 10.00am, 3.00pm and 8.00pm.

STUDIO MAX SERIES 2

Sunday February 4 at 10am

After a hugely successful first series, MAX’S highest rating local production for 2017, Studio Max, will return for a second season of intimate and exclusive concerts, kicking off with Irish rock band The Script on Sunday February 4 at 10am – only on Foxtel’s MAX.

Recording artists from across the country and around the globe will perform in a series of raw, personal, studio gigs, where MAX viewers will be treated to unique acoustic performances of the artist’s greatest hits and more. Guests will also speak candidly about the stories behind their music and give rare anecdotes about how they came to be.

Fraser Stark, Group Channel Manager of Foxtel’s Arts & Music channels said,
“MAX is the TV destination for Great Music and the Music Greats who make the hits. In season 2 of Studio MAX we are privileged to be allowed intimate access to a cross section of four artists just as wonderful and eclectic as the channel and its fans. The Script, Ian Moss, Daryl Braithwaite and Vance Joy - we are humbled by each for giving us the chance to showcase some of their best-loved material as well as some revealing and unexpected insights into the artists and their creative processes.”

Beginning on Sunday February 4 at 10am, Studio Max Series 2 will premiere with one of Ireland’s most popular groups of all time, The Script – whose hits like ‘Hall of Fame’, and ‘Superheroes’ saw the band soar to the top of the charts around the world.

On Sunday February 11 at 10am original Aussie front man Daryl Braithwaite, who won numerous awards as the lead singer of 70’s pop band Sherbet, and as a successful solo artist, will perform a selection of his biggest songs including 1990’s iconic ‘Horses’ and the summer anthem ‘As The Days Go By.’

Following Daryl on February 18 at 10am, ARIA Award-winner and Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss will also thrill viewers with a set of Australian classics like ‘Tuckers Daughter’ and ‘Telephone Booth’, as well as new material from his self-titled album ‘Ian Moss’ out on March 2.

Singer/songwriter Vance Joy will be the final act to appear in Studio Max on Sunday February 25. Along with his platinum selling hits ‘Riptide’, ‘Mess is Mine’ and ‘Lay it on Me’, Vance will preview music from his new studio album Nation of Two, available February 23.

Encore screenings of every performance will air the same evening at 10pm, and will be available to watch after their premiere screening from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on Foxtel Now.

Top 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time

THE ANNUAL 1000 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME COUNTDOWN
IS BACK ON MAX THIS EASTER

Hosted by Molly Meldrum

The countdown is on! MAX’s most popular and iconic countdown of the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is back this Easter long weekend.

From noon this Friday March 30 until 6pm Monday April 2, Mr Music himself – the legendary Aussie music critic, journalist and record producer Molly Meldrum – will kick off the annual song list and count down the greatest songs in musical history from 1000 to one.

Fraser Stark, Foxtel’s Arts & Music Channels General Manager said, “MAX is clearly the destination for music greats and their great music but what particular song is the ‘greatest’? Last year it was terrific to see so many fans of the channel have their say, so to see voting explode in 2018 – to over 30,000 votes – is exciting. With the list compiled by our viewers, consultation with a slew of famous artists, much heated debate here at the channel and, of course, the wisdom of the one-and-only, Molly Meldrum, we are set for a huge countdown. Bring on the Easter Long Weekend!”

Over the last few weeks, MAX HQ has been inundated with thousands of votes from viewers and industry peers, along with a roster of local and international music superstars who have all chimed in with their nominations on which song truly is the greatest of all time. Today, MAX can exclusively reveal some of their choices ahead of this weekend’s countdown.

Ed Sheeran, one of the world’s current greatest songwriters, has nominated ‘American Pie’ by Don McLean as his favourite, whilst rock musician Chris Isaak has voted for ‘Pretty Woman’ by Roy Orbison as his top pick. Australia’s ARIA Award-winning songstress Tina Arena has cast her vote for ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince, while singer/song writer Pete Murray believes Foo Fighters have it in the bag with their classic rock anthem ‘Everlong’.

For more top picks from bands such as INXS, Midnight Oil, Killing Heidi, Hanson, Human Nature, Peking Duk, and artists including James Blunt, Vance Joy, Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers and more, viewers will need to tune in all weekend to see who got it right and who got it wrong. Could it be last year’s winner Queen for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’? Or will it be other top ten contenders like John Farnham for ‘You’re the Voice’ or Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’?

All will be revealed this weekend when MAX provides the soundtrack for your Easter celebrations with the annual Top 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time.

** All voted songs must have a licensed broadcast music video available.
*** The full list of the 2018 ‘1000 Greatest Songs of All Time’ will be available at Maxtv.com.au from 9am Tuesday April 3.

MAX PRESENTS

STUDIO MAX WITH MISSY HIGGINS

Sunday 13 May

On Sunday May 13, Studio Max will open its doors for an exclusive and unmissable performance by multi ARIA Award-winner and Australian singer songwriter Missy Higgins.

Fresh from her nationwide tour supporting superstar Ed Sheeran, Missy will be backed by her full, seven- piece band and will showcase songs from her fifth studio album Solastalgia, out May 4, as well as perform a selection of her instant classics including ‘Scar’, ‘Steer’, ‘Everyone’s Waiting’ and hot new singles ‘Futon Couch’ and ‘Cemetery’.

Fraser Stark, General Manager of Foxtel’s Arts and Music Channels, said: “Missy Higgins is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters and, being a ‘Music Great’ has graduated from the playlists of [V] now to MAX – the home of ‘Great Music’. For this instalment of STUDIO MAX it’s the first time we’ve enhanced the show with full band and a bigger production – something that befits our support of Missy’s new album and her brilliant career to date. We’re looking forward very much to sharing Missy’s amazing performance on MAX or streaming on demand from Mothers’ Day.”

As a strong and unique voice of her generation, Missy has achieved phenomenal success with her irresistible melodies and ‘arrow through the heart’ lyrics, on her highly acclaimed albums The Sound Of White (ARIA Album Of The Year), On A Clear Night (featuring North American top 20 airplay hit ‘Where I Stood’ and ‘Steer’) and the #1 album The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, which have sold over two million albums and singles globally.

Studio Max at 11am and again at 4pm on Sunday May 13, or stream it on demand.

AUSTRALIAN SPORTING LEGENDS TO COUNTDOWN THE 1000 GREATEST ROCK SONGS EVER!

HOSTED BY FOX LEAGUE’S MATTY JOHNS

FOUR DAYS OF NON STOP ROCK KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY

This October long weekend, MAX, – the home of legendary countdowns, has assembled the most iconic names in Australian sport to count down The 1000 Greatest Rock Songs Ever , and celebrate the start of footy Grand Final fever across the country.

From 10am Friday 28th September until Monday October 1, rock fan and NRL legend, Matty Johns, along with the cream of Australian sport, will dust off their electric air guitars and bust out their inner rock god, as they count down from 1000 to 1, and share their own personal memories of the rock songs that have influenced them the most. From AC/DC to the Foo Fighters, and every rock act in between, MAX will play them all, non-stop, over four massive days of solid rock.

Foxtel’s Group General Manager, Entertainment & Music channels, Fraser Stark said: “MAX is the home of music greats and, across this October Long Weekend, will also host some of Australia’s sporting greats as it counts down the 1000 Greatest Rock Songs Ever.

“As we farewell the winter codes and ready ourselves for a summer of cricket like never before, we have assembled an enviable list of sporting legends to lend their voice, their vote and their commentary to Australia’s favourite rock classics. Rock out with sporting superstars all weekend long – only on MAX.”

The roster of sport star royalty confirmed to appear include: Cricket gods : Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Adam Gilchrist, Mike Hussey, Alan Border, Brendon Julian, Darren Lehman, Ian Healy, Andrew Symonds and Kerry O’Keeffe; NRL legends : Mal Meninga ,Justin Hodges, Mick Ennis and Steve Roach; Rugby Union king: George Gregan ; AFL champions : Jason Dunstall and Dermott Brereton; Olympic hero: Matt Shirvington, Soccer star: Robbie Slater, and cricket commentator Mark Howard .

To find out more about MAX’s countdown of The 1000 Greatest Rock Songs Ever , head to MAXTV.com.au, or check out Facebook/MAXTV/Australia.

THE 1000 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME

  • The countdown is back on MAX this Easter

  • Hosted by WSFM’S Jonesy and Amanda

  • Voting now open

The countdown is on! MAX ’s most popular and iconic countdown of The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is back Easter long weekend from noon Friday April 19 until Monday April 22 .

Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller are one of Australia’s most successful and loved radio breakfast teams, now heading into their 14th year on WSFM 101.7. Adding to their hosting duties, Jonesy and Amanda will count down the greatest songs in musical history from 1000 to one.

The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown is compiled using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts, chart ratings and song popularity. MAX viewers are invited to help shape the countdown with Jonesy and Amanda, voting for their favourite songs by heading to: maxtv.com.au

With clearly a passion for music, Jonesy and Amanda take on their hosting duties with vigor and not without differing opinions on who they think should take out the number one spot.

“Jonesy and I don’t always agree on which songs should be where in the countdown, but that’s part of the fun! It’s always so interesting to see where your favourite songs place in a countdown like this, and I can’t wait to see who makes it to the top 10 and takes out the number one spot,” Amanda said.

“Power to the people! I love countdowns like this because you get to hear so many great songs you haven’t heard in ages, there is no better sound track to the Easter long weekend!” Jonesy added.

Fraser Stark, Group General Manager, Foxtel’s Entertainment & Music channels said: “MAX stands for Great Music – not the kind of songs that are here and gone – but the soundtrack that lingers forever in our common memory. As such the annual Easter countdown of the very Greatest Songs is the pride and joy of the channel. Aficionados vote in it, MAX viewers tune-in to it in droves, we endlessly fight about it at work. For our favourite child how could we find better custodians than Jonesy & Amanda? Their knowledge of the music is comprehensive - their passion is contagious - their wit and charisma make them the most dynamic, entertaining duo working in Australian radio today. Having them host The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is a privilege and a pleasure. Smiles all round at MAX.”

What songs do you think should make The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time ? Could it be last year’s winner AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’? Or will it be other top ten contenders, Queen’s ‘ Bohemian Rhapsody’, John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’ , Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ or John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ ?

Vote now for your chance to win $5000 and to see your songs reach number one. Get your mates together over the Easter long weekend for The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown only on Foxtel’s MAX!

Follow Up:

The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time

Winner Announced on Foxtel’s MAX!

The results are in and MAX fans and industry experts have spoken! The Greatest Song of All Time is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The ground-breaking 1975 power ballad hit written by Freddie Mercury from Queen, and made even more popular by the recent movie, won the number one spot by a resounding result.

Queen also kicked off the countdown at 1000 with “Don’t Stop Me Now” and had 12 song entries in the countdown. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is joined in the top ten by iconic artists and bands such as Madonna, Prince, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

Hosted by one of Australia’s most successful and loved radio breakfast teams Amanda Keller and Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones from Sydney’s WSFM for four days over the Easter long weekend, the Max 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time Top 10 are:

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
  2. “Imagine” John Lennon
  3. “Livin’ On A Prayer” Bon Jovi
  4. “Thriller” Michael Jackson
  5. “It’s A Long Way To The Top” AC/DC
  6. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns N’ Roses
  7. “Stairway To Heaven” Led Zeppelin
  8. “Like A Prayer” Madonna
  9. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
  10. “Purple Rain” Prince & The Revolution

The artists and bands who dominated The 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time included U2, who once again polled with the most entries with 15 incredible songs, closely followed by AC/DC with 14 song entries, INXS and Madonna with 13 and The Rolling Stones and Queen with 12 song entries.

397 artists had only one entry in the countdown and 186 entries were Australian artists/bands with the newest song being “Shallow” By Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and the oldest Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock”.

Music from the 1980s flooded the countdown with 37 percent of the songs, closely followed by the 1990s with 24 percent.

The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time countdown was determined using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts and chart ratings. The full list of all 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is now live at maxtv.com.au.

Studio MAX with Jimmy Barnes

Saturday 1 June at 12pm AEST

Studio MAX turns the spotlight to Australian music legend Jimmy Barnes who performs an exclusive set of his classic hits as well as songs from his latest album ‘My Criminal Record’ (out May 31). Studio MAX with Jimmy Barnes screens Saturday June 1 at 12pm on Foxtel’s MAX channel and available to stream through Foxtel On Demand.

Studio MAX with Jimmy Barnes delivers an exclusive acoustic performance by Barnes and his band in an intimate concert setting filmed live in Studio MAX at Foxtel studios. Barnes introduces each song with an insight to the story behind it, including two of his latest singles Stargazer and Shutting Down Our Town . Barnes also reflects back to where it all began and explains that Studio MAX allows him to sing his ‘old‘ songs in a new way, including the Australian anthem for working class people, Working Class Man and a tearful rendition of what he describes as his ‘favourite song in the world’ Flame Trees.

“It’s great to play in an intimate setting where the songs are stripped back so that the audience get to hear the lyrics a little more and get a feel for what the band was emotionally trying to do when we made the record. I look forward to playing new and old songs and let the viewers hear the essence of the songs in the rawest form,” Barnes said.

Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. “Barnesy” as he is affectionately known, has sold more records in Australia than any other local rock & roll artist. Jimmy has enjoyed fifteen #1 albums here in Australia – more than the Beatles – and for over 40 years he has served some of our most intense and iconic live performances.

James Dixon Barnes of Glasgow via Adelaide was just 16 when he joined the band Cold Chisel in 1973 which would eventually become the most powerful live act in the heyday of Australian pub rock.

Raised on tough soul music and gutsy rock, Jimmy’s career has gone from strength to strength. His story has filled two best-selling, incredibly personal memoirs, Working Class Boy (2016) and Working Class Man (2017), his music has been our national soundtrack for forty years and his iconic status in the history of Australian rock’n’roll is reflected in the fact that he’s been twice inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

The Studio MAX performance follows on from Barnes’ seventeenth solo studio album release, My Criminal Record , his first rock album since 2010’s Rage And Ruin. It was written by Barnes, with significant assistance from his oldest sparring partner, Cold Chisel’s Don Walker, whose name appears on six of the thirteen tracks. Outstanding contributions also come from close friends Troy Cassar-Daley, Mark Lizotte (aka Diesel) and The Living End’s Chris Cheney, as well as Rodgers, Harley Webster and Jade MacRae.

Fraser Stark, Group General Manager, Foxtel’s Entertainment & Music channels said: “MAX is all about Great Music and, in addition to our classic playlists and countdowns; we are thrilled to get some of the greatest artists in music into the MAX Studio to record exclusively. On a wish list of Australian music greats, Jimmy Barnes’ name is uppermost. The man is as Australian as Vegemite and now, from within a highly-successful reflective phase in his career, delivers fantastic new work with his trademark vocals that fearlessly nail the note every time. His performance is powerful, personal and fans will delight in the material – old and new – given the hard touch that has made this icon so well loved for so long.”

Is anyone else having issues receiving Max on Foxtel Cable? We had NBN (HFC) installed the other day and have now lost Max and V is a bit glitchy too.

1000 GREATEST SONGS OF ALL TIME

The countdown is on Foxtel’s MAX all this weekend

Which song will win the number one spot?

From 12pm Friday April 10 through to Monday April 13

Settle in this weekend with MAX ’s most popular and iconic countdown The 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time which rolls out this Easter long weekend and counts down the greatest songs in musical history from 1000 to one from 12pm this Friday April 10 through to Monday April 13 on Foxtel .

MAX is the destination of the greatest music from music’s greats, the soundtrack to your life delivering the songs we love from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s and its annual 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time delivers all of that and more.

The 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown is compiled using Facebook viewer votes, feedback from industry peers and experts, chart ratings and song popularity.

So, the question is which music great will win the coveted No.1 spot this year? Could it be last year’s winner, Queen’s “ Bohemian Rhapsody” , the 1975 legendary rock hit written by Freddie Mercury which has dominated the number one position? Or could a song from Bon Jovi, Madonna or AC/DC knock Queen from the number one spot?

Today, MAX can reveal ahead of this weekend’s countdown the artists and bands who have dominated The 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time include U2, who have once again polled with the most entries with 16 incredible songs, closely followed by AC/DC and INXS with 14 song entries each and Madonna and Queen with 13 song entries.

The countdown kicks off with the 1000th song, Blondie’s 1980 hit “The Tide is High”. Music from the 1980s remains the dominant decade with 38% of the countdown and 1987 as the most popular year in the countdown with 49 entries, not surprising when the year saw the release of albums like Michael Jackson’s ‘ Bad’ , Whitney Houston’s ‘ Whitney’ and ‘ Kick’ by INXS.

The 1990s retains roughly 20% of the entries bolstered by releases like U2’s ‘ Achtung Baby’ , Prince’s ‘Diamond and Pearls’ album and ‘ Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The year 2000 was the most popular year of the 21st Century thanks to record releases including Madonna’s ‘ Music’ and Eminem’s ‘Marshall Mathers LP’ .

This year’s 1000 Greatest Songs countdown sees the addition of a new decade, with two artists from last year securing spots in the decade, Tones & I’s record-breaking “ Dance Monkey” , which became the longest-running ARIA #1 and Lizzo’s infectious self-positivity anthem “ Good As Hell” with the oldest song being Elvis Presley’s 1957 hit “Jailhouse Rock”.

The race for the best decade narrows in the top 10, with all the songs being from the ‘70s or ‘80s with two Aussie rock bands nabbing a top ten position.

Fraser Stark, Foxtel’s Group General Manager, Entertainment & Music, said: “MAX’s countdown of the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time is an Easter fixture. The Long Weekend always offers viewers the chance to keep the mega-list playing for four days at home - or to drop in and out as it climbs to number one each year. Now that we’re in a Covid-induced Loooong Weekend – what better way to brighten the home to have all the hits play right on through? It’s a monster music marathon for the times”.

The countdown always draws attention from industry peers, local and international music superstars chiming in with their nominations on which song truly is the greatest of all time.

Before his untimely death, MAX had the honour of Greedy Smith in studio, his last television interview where he shared his favourite song of all time, Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”. Greedy leaves a legacy with the 1985 hit song he wrote for Mental As Anything “ Live It Up” making it into the countdown.

If Jessica Mauboy had to pick her number one song, she says it has to be Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” while Adam Lambert can’t go past Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”.

For more top picks from artists such as 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Lewis Capaldi, Joan Jett, Vance Joy, INXS, Hanson, Human Nature, Amy Shark and more, tune in to The 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time , this weekend on Foxtel’s MAX to see who got it right and who got it wrong. The full list of all The 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time will be live at maxtv.com.au from 9am Tuesday April 14 and MAX will be publishing the full countdown on their Spotify at maxaustralia.

All songs that are eligible for the countdown need to have a licensed broadcast quality music video available. Some artists (The Beatles) do not give permission for all their video clips to be broadcast on television

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