Top 10 AC/DC songs
May 10th 2009 23:00
AC/DC is Australia’s flagship rock band, and over the years they have become the prototypical hard rock band of the world. The 80s was their peak and also their downfall.
They are often criticised as only having one song, or that every song sounds the same, but then is often responded with ‘well, it’s a hell of a good song though!’
While they have recorded a bucket-load of filler in their time, I still found it hard to select only 10 from their huge back catalogue.
It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) – T.N.T / High Voltage (US)
This is the anthem to every geezer that ever picked up the electric guitar or a pair of drum sticks. I still love it to this very day. Absolute classic. Nearly as memorably was the video of them playing on the back of an old truck driving through Melbourne.
Hells Bells – Back in Black
The big opener to their #1 album.
In this world there are two kinds of people – Bon Scott people and Brian Johnson people. I’m a Scott man through and through, but damn Brian gives it his all on The Bells. Epic stuff.
Thunderstruck – The Razors Edge
I still remember seeing this video for the first time and seeing those huge bass drums and that wicked guitar run and thinking it was pretty much the coolest thing I’d ever seen and heard at the same time. Now I’ve heard it a billion times...and I pretty much feel the same way.
Back in Black – Back in Black
Angus’ signature riff and probably one of their most overrated, but still a great song.
The Razors Edge – The Razors Edge
This is probably the most underrated and intense Dacca song I know. If you don’t know it, then check it out – it’s dark as hell and as sharp as a razor, so to speak.
If You Want Blood (You've Got It) – Highway to Hell
Probably my all time favourite AC/DC tune. If I ever fight in the ring/cage, this will almost definitely be my intro tune. Huge anthem, awesome vocals and sensational delivery.
Highway to Hell – Highway to Hell
Their definitive anthem and Scott’s swan song. There’s not much to be said that hasn’t been already. Great bloody tune.
Jailbreak – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Jailbreak '74 (US)
This is another underrated song and another great Bon Scott story.
“But he made it out...with a bullet in his backkkk!”
T.N.T. – T.N.T
The song that probably invented head banging, their early anthem still kicks up a storm to this day. The bluegrass band Hayseed Dixie does a version where the ‘Oi!’s’ are replaced by ‘Oink!’s’. Class.
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
Not a great album by any stretch, but certainly a great song. The number they use to close in their live show, it’s an anthem for rockers through and through. Awesome stuff.
Other notable mentions:
Whole Lotta Rosie, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Shoot to Thrill, High Voltage, You Shook Me All Night Long, Touch Too Much, Moneytalks, Are You Ready, Who Made Who, Stiff Upper Lip, Rock 'n' Roll Train, Let There Be Rock, Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire), Spellbound, The Ride, Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, Sin City.
"Ridin` down the highway, goin` to a show, stop in all the by-ways, playin` rock n roll."
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