The Power 50 is making its return, today announcing the full list of the most influential figures in the Australian music industry right now. 

Leading the list at #1 is Chairman & CEO Australia and New Zealand and President of Asia Sony Music, Denis Handlin AO, which comes on the back of a stellar 2017 thanks to some of the label's breakout acts such as Gang Of Youths, Amy Shark and Peking Duk, as well as household names like Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy.

Click here to listen to The Music's Producer Series podcast with Handlin following this morning's announcement. 

The list encompasses all aspects of what goes on behind the scenes of the Australian music industry, including label heads, promoters, playlisters, festival organisers, music directors, radio figures and representatives of peak music bodies. 

Specifically, the top ten features well-known and revered names in the industry including Michael Gudinski, Jessica Ducrou & Paul PiticcoGeorge Ash and Rachel Newman.

However this year's list also includes a number of newcomers, including Rachael Comerford, Niko Nordstrom, Leanne De Souza, Joel Edmondson and Helen Marcou.

"The list unravels some of the more complex elements of the partnerships, collectives, companies and characters that work behind the scenes to deliver the songs that Australians hear every day," The Music publisher, Leigh Treweek, said. 

"The list is not just a race to the top, but also an important health indicator of where we’re at as one of the country’s most progressive industries in terms of business model changes and cultural impact." 

See the full list below and be sure to get your hands on this month's magazine out today which highlights the Power 50 countdown. 

  1. Denis Handlin
  2. Michael Gudinski
  3. Jessica Ducrou & Paul Piticco
  4. Michael Coppel
  5. George Ash
  6. Jaddan Comerford
  7. Rachel Newman
  8. Matt Gudinski
  9. Michael Chugg
  10. Alicia Sbrugnera
  11. Peter Noble
  12. Millie Millgate
  13. Susan Heymann
  14. Colin Daniels
  15. Niko Nordstrom & Mardi Caught
  16. Mark Holland
  17. Nick Findlay
  18. Maggie Collins
  19. Tim McGregor
  20. Stephen Halpin/Rodney Little
  21. Danny Rogers
  22. Rachel Comerford
  23. Paul Dainty
  24. Brett Murrihy
  25. Ben Turnbull
  26. Stephen Wade
  27. Leanne De Souza
  28. Tim Janes
  29. Joel Edmondson
  30. Gregg Donovan & Stuart MacQueen
  31. Claire Collins
  32. Damian Costin
  33. Ian James
  34. Jaime Gough/Matt Tanner
  35. Michael & Anthea Newton
  36. Dan Rosen
  37. Kirsty Rivers
  38. Owen Orford
  39. Steve Cross & Harvey Saward
  40. Maria Amato
  41. Paul Sloan
  42. Sarah Hamilton
  43. Johann Ponniah
  44. Kate Duncan
  45. Sebastian Chase
  46. Lisa Bishop
  47. Zan Rowe
  48. Helen Marcou
  49. Nicholas Greco & Michael Christidis
  50. Evelyn Morris

Note: Due to a production issue, information relating to Michael Chugg was included in Michael Gudinksi's profile in the print version of The Music's Power 50. This has been amended online.