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AC/DC, 'Highway to Hell' 
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6. AC/DC, 'Highway to Hell' 

AC/DC obviously had no idea that Highway to Hell would be the final album with Bon Scott, but it would be impossible to think of a more fitting finale for the frontman. It was the group's sixth album, and they had the formula down to a science by that point. "Highway to Hell" is one of the best kick-off songs in rock history, and the album is unrelenting from there. "Shot Down in Flames" and "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" stand up to anything in the AC/DC catalog. The LP found a huge audience all over the world and AC/DC were on such a creative roll that even Scott's death couldn't stop them. In the same year that Black Sabbath brought Ronnie James Dio onboard, AC/DC found Brian Johnson and cut Back in Black as a tribute to Scott. 

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