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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best AC/DC Songs

“Highway to Hell,” “Back in Black” and your other favorites. The song might remain the same, but it never gets old



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AC/DC‘s detractors say the band has been writing the same exact song over and over for the past 40 years, but they miss a very simple point: It’s a fucking masterpiece of a song. Also, what do they want? A ballad? A country album? Polka? Angus and company do what they do better than any band in the world, and they’d be fools to mess with the formula. They’ve got a new album coming out later this year and are gearing up for a tour next year, so we figured it was a good time to poll our readers to determine their favorite AC/DC songs. Here are the results. 


“Whole Lotta Rosie”

AC/DC have never been too worried about political correctness. Take their 1977 classic "Whole Lotta Rosie." It's the (supposedly) true-life tale of the time that Bon Scott had a one night stand with an overweight Tasmanian woman. What she lacks in looks, she more than makes up for in experience and enthusiasm for the act. "Never had a woman like you," Bon sang. "Doin' all the thing you do." The song was one of their first to break outside of Australia and it remains a staple of their live show to this day, complete with an inflated Rosie doll that never fails to get the crowd roaring. 


“You Shook Me All Night Long”

AC/DC were down in the Bahamas working on Back in Black when new frontman Brian Johnson saw a couple of American women. "They were just so beautiful," he said. "They were blond, bronzed, tall. . .so I just was just using my imagination; what I could do if I could." He wanted to shake them all night long, cool down and then come back for another round. Not everyone thought the line about their "American thighs" was wise, but the band wisely stuck to their guns. It was a huge hit all across the world and remains their signature song.  



By 1990, AC/DC were beginning to seem like yesterday's news. It had been 10 long years since Back in Black, and although they remained a popular live act, they had a hard time scoring new hits. That all changed with "Thunderstruck," an enormous song that sounds like a vicious thunderstorm. It helped new LP The Razors Edge sell millions of records, and it's been a highlight of their stage show ever since. 


“Back in Black”

AC/DC could have easily cobbled together a maudlin, nostalgic record honoring Bon Scott after the frontman passed away in 1980, but they realized a better way to honor his memory was to create the most bombastic, hardest rocking record of their lives. With the help of new singer Brian Johnson, they succeeded beyond anything they could have imagined. The title track is a celebration of Bon and a vivid reminder the band still had plenty of life. It's been used in countless TV shows, movies and commercials over the years, but it somehow still retains its primal power. 

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