Shihad is a New Zealand alternative rock band, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. During Shihad's recording career, they have produced four number-one studio albums and three top-ten singles in their home country of New Zealand. Following the September 11 tragedy, the band was known as Pacifier for a brief period of time before reverting to Shihad.
At the release time of their seventh studio album Beautiful Machine, Shihad are ranked as first equal for most Top 40 charting singles for a New Zealand artist in the New Zealand charts with 19 (although Dave Dobbyn has 22 with Th'Dudes, DD Smash and as a solo artist). Of these singles, "Home Again", "Pacifier" and "Bitter" are listed at numbers 30, 60 and 83 respectively in the Nature's Best compilation, an official collection of New Zealand's top 100 songs.