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Top 10 NZ Party Songs

Curated by NZ On Screen team

The holiday season: time to let your hair down, have a swim, give in to your appetite...and have a boogie. From '10 Guitars' to 'Trippin', let NZ On Screen supply the music, with this Top 10 countdown of classic Kiwi party songs. In the backgrounder, NZ On Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner talks 10 legendary tracks  plus some runners-up. 


NZ Novelty Songs

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 8 Items

The ‘novelty song’ occupies a peculiar niche in pop culture, with a definition as loose as baggy trousers. Taking in everything from comedy to dance crazes, global examples range from 'Disco Duck' to 'Crazy Frog', Weird Al Yankovic to 'Gangnam Style'. The novelty song is both disposable and (anno...

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Cover Songs

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 23 Items

The Beatles, Hendrix, The White Stripes, Cat Power, Aretha ... popular music is strewn with acts for whom a cover song has proven no compromise to credibility. This spotlight proves that popular music in New Zealand is no different. Alongside chart toppers from The Holidaymakers, Tex Pistol and c...


14 Kiwi Love Songs for 14 February

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 14 Items

To mark Valentine's Day, NZ On Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner has selected 14 Kiwi love songs spanning 40 years of NZ music history. The list is in chronological order — from an early Loxene Golden Disc winner for Ray Columbus and the Invaders, to Dragon in the 70s, and in the 80s, everyo...


Classic NZ Name Songs

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 15 Items

Names are part of the bedrock of history; they also make up a highly hummable thread in the story of Kiwi music. This Spotlight collection of songs with a person's name in the title includes an early Exponents classic (‘Victoria’), multiple ditties about how hard it is to say goodbye, a random pi...


Great New Zealand Weather Songs

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 14 Items

Kiwi conversation would be that much the poorer (or should that be richer?) without that old perennial: the weather. The weather has been high on the minds of Kiwi musicians from at least the 60s, when cover versions ('Sitting in the Rain', 'Rain and Tears') were as common as leaves in autumn. La...


Freedom to Sing – NZ Protest Songs

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

Standing up for your rights has long linked arms with singing for your rights. This  Spotlight collection brings together some of New Zealand’s great protest songs, with subject matter ranging from Māori pride and resistance ('Parihaka'), to the nuclear free campaign ('French Letter', 'Nuclear Wa...

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Songs of Shortland Street

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

New Zealand music has an important place on Shortland Street, including guest performances by some of Aotearoa’s finest musicians (see this AudioCulture piece). But things really come into their own when the cast get behind the mic. This Spotlight includes a rap that Michael Galvin would rather f...

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The Songs of Westside

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 14 Items

The first season of Westside continued a grand tradition, one that began on parent show Outrageous Fortune: laying classic Kiwi tunes, where appropriate, into the mix. Season two of the crime and family prequel continued the tradition, as does season three which debuted on Three in July 2017. The...


The Māori Strum

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 10 Items

The ‘boom-chucka-boom-chucka’ “Māori strum” turned a British song – Ten Guitars – into an unofficial Kiwi national anthem. It’s the backbone of kapa haka performances, and has even been the subject of academic study. Here’s a selection of New Zealand songs that all incorporate a Māori strum. And ...