Australian Frogs Continue To Dominate ARIA Charts

17 December 2022 | 8:34 am | Mary Varvaris

Hoppy holidays from Songs Of Disappearance! Ribbit, croak, honk.

It's been another great week for Australian Frog Calls, the latest collection of animal sounds put together in a project by Songs Of Disappearance.

Australian Frog Calls remains at #3 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart, with just SZA's SOS making its chart debut at #2 and Taylor Swift's Midnights back in the top spot. Elsewhere, on the Australian Albums Chart, ribbiting and croaking frogs are at #1, hopping over Jimmy Barnes's Blue Christmas album, Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train, Coterie's self-titled album, and the INXS compilation album, The Very Best. Hoppy holidays.

Last week, making its chart debut, Australian Frog Calls leapt over Barnes, Harry Styles, Michael Bublé and more popular artists on the ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart. Our frogs are staying strong.

In a leap of faith, the Bowerbird Collective, Australian Museum and Australia’s amphibians teamed up to unleash an album of native frog sounds to spread awareness of FrogID week.

Aussies were encouraged to download the free FrogID app and record the frogs around us "to monitor frog distributions over time, helping us to understand how frogs and their ecosystems are responding to a changing planet." The album also brings sad news: one in six Australian native frog species are currently threatened, with four already extinct. 

Dr Jodi Rowley, Senior Research Scientist and Curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum and UNSW, is thrilled about the project landing at #3 and commented, “It’s so exciting that Australia has gotten behind this album, giving Australia’s unique and imperilled frogs a voice." She added, “It’s a real indication of just how much Australia cares about our frogs and also how beautiful, captivating and fascinating frog calls really are!"

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Songs Of Disappearance: Australian Frog Calls contains over 50 ribbiting frog calls and features recordings made by FrogIDapp users from across the country, including the sadly extinct Gastric Brooding Frog (Rheobatrachus silus), once found in tropical Queensland.

The album is a tribute to Australian frogs. Songs Of Disappearance: Australian Frog Calls is available as a digital download or physical CD, which features a 16-page booklet of photography and liner notes. 

Proceeds from the album's sales will go towards the Australian Museum's national FrogID projecthelping it continue to make giant leaps in frog research and conservation through public recordings.

Kermit to helping the native wildlife and listen to Songs Of Disappearance: Australian Frog Calls here.

Read The Music's review of the album, where we ribbited away. Stream the album below.