AC/DC

 

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. A hard rock/blues rock band, listeners have also classified their music as heavy metal, although they refer to themselves as “a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less”.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised until Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans as bassist in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group considered disbanding, but buoyed by support from Scott’s parents, decided to continue and set about finding a new vocalist. The band eventually tapped Geordie singer Brian Johnson to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released the new album Back in Black, which they made in Scott’s memory. The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all-time best-seller.

The band’s next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. The band fired Phil Rudd as drummer in 1983, and ex-A II Z drummer Simon Wright filled in Rudd’s place. In 1989, Wright would himself leave the band so he could join Dio. The band experienced a resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 after Chris Slade, who had been with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave in his favour, and contributed to the band’s 1995 album BallbreakerStiff Upper Lip, released in 2000, was well received by critics. The band’s studio album Black Ice, released in 2008, was the second highest-selling album of that year, and their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide. The band’s line-up remained the same until 2014 with Malcolm Young’s retirement due to early-onset dementia and Rudd’s legal troubles. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring on due to worsening hearing loss, and Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose stepped in as the band’s vocalist for the remainder of that year’s dates. Long-term bass player and background vocalist Cliff Williams retired from the band at the end of their 2016 Rock or Bust world tour.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States and the list of best-selling music artists. Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the second-highest-selling album by any artist – and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and were named the seventh “Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time” by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as “the greatest rock and roll band of all time”. In 2010, VH1 ranked AC/DC number 23 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

 

Name of song, writer(s), album(s), and year of release.
Song Writer(s) Album(s) Year Ref.
“Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire)” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976
“All Screwed Up” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
Anything Goes” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
Are You Ready” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge
AC/DC Live
1990
1992
Baby, Please Don’t Go” Song released as a single Big Joe Williams High Voltage (Australia)
’74 Jailbreak
1975
1984
Back in Black” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black
AC/DC Live
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1980
1992
2010
2012
“Back in Business” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
“Back Seat Confidential” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Volts 1997
“Bad Boy Boogie” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
1977
1978
“Badlands” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
“Ballbreaker” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“Baptism by Fire” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Beating Around the Bush” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell 1979
“Bedlam in Belgium” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
“Big Balls” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976
Big Gun” † Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Single 1993
Big Jack” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice
Live at River Plate
2008
2012
“Black Ice” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice
Live at River Plate
2008
2012
“Boogie Man” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
Bonny Trad. arr. AC/DC AC/DC Live 1992
“Borrowed Time” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
That’s the Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll” 12″ single 1988
“Brain Shake” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
“Breaking the Rules” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
“Burnin’ Alive” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
Can I Sit Next to You Girl” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
1975
1976
“Can’t Stand Still” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
“Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
“Carry Me Home” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dog Eat Dog” single (Australia) 1977
“Caught with Your Pants Down” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“Chase the Ace” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Who Made Who 1986
“C.O.D.” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
“Cold Hearted Man” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage
Iron Man 2
1978
2010
“Come and Get It” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
Cover You in Oil” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“Crabsody in Blue” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock 1977
“Cyberspace” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Safe in New York City” single 2000
“Damned” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
Danger” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
“Decibel” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Deep in the Hole” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC Live
Live at River Plate
1976
1992
2012
“Dirty Eyes” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Volts 1997
Dog Eat Dog” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock
Live at River Plate
1977
2012
“Dogs of War” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Down on the Borderline” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Moneytalks” single (Australia) 1990
“Down Payment Blues” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage 1978
“D.T.” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Who Made Who 1986
“Emission Control” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Evil Walks” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Iron Man 2
1981
2010
“Fire Your Guns” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge
AC/DC Live
1990
1992
“First Blood” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
Flick of the Switch” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
Fling Thing Trad. arr. AC/DC Jailbreak” single 1976
“Fly on the Wall” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Who Made Who
AC/DC Live
Live at River Plate
1981
1986
1992
2012
The Furor Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“Get It Hot” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell
Volts
1979
1997
“Gimme a Bullet” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage 1978
Girls Got Rhythm” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell 1979
“Give It Up” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
“Given the Dog a Bone” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black 1980
“Go Down” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock 1977
“Go Zone” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
“Gone Shootin'” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage 1978
“Goodbye and Good Riddance to Bad Luck” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
“Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Got You by the Balls” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
Guns for Hire” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch
Iron Man 2
1983
2010
Hail Caesar” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
Hard as a Rock” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“Hard Times” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Have a Drink on Me” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black
Iron Man 2
1980
2010
Heatseeker” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video
AC/DC Live
1988
1992
“Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1977
1978
2010
2012
“Hell or High Water” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
Hells Bells” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black
Who Made Who
AC/DC Live
Live at River Plate
1980
1986
1992
2012
High Voltage” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
AC/DC Live
1975
1976
1978
1992
Highway to Hell” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell
AC/DC Live
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1979
1992
2010
2012
“Hold Me Back” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
The Honey Roll Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“House of Jazz” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
“If You Dare” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
“If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell
Volts
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1979
1997
2010
2012
I’m a Rebel[e] Alex Young Unreleased 1976
“Inject the Venom” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
Volts
1975
1976
1997
The Jack Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
AC/DC Live
Live at River Plate
1975
1976
1978
1992
2012
Jailbreak” † Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australia)
’74 Jailbreak
AC/DC Live
1976
1984
1992
“Kicked in the Teeth” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage 1978
“Kissin’ Dynamite” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
“Landslide” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
“Let Me Put My Love Into You” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black 1980
Let There Be Rock” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
AC/DC Live
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1977
1978
1992
2010
2012
Let’s Get It Up” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
“Let’s Make It” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
“Little Lover” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia)
High Voltage
1975
1976
“Live Wire” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
1975
1976
Love at First Feel” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976
“Love Bomb” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
“Love Hungry Man” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell 1979
“Love Song” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia) 1975
“Mean Streak” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
“Meltdown” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
“Miss Adventure” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Mistress for Christmas” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
Money Made” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
Moneytalks” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge
AC/DC Live
1990
1992
Nervous Shakedown” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
“Nick of Time” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
“Night of the Long Knives” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
Night Prowler Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell 1979
“Overdose” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock 1977
Play Ball” † Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Playing with Girls” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
“Problem Child” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Let There Be Rock
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
1976
1977
1978
“Put the Finger on You” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
The Razors Edge Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge
AC/DC Live
Iron Man 2
1990
1992
2010
Ride On Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Who Made Who
Volts
1976
1986
1997
“Riff Raff” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
1978
“R.I.P. (Rock in Peace)” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australia) 1976
“Rising Power” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black
Live at River Plate
1980
2012
“Rocker” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
1975
1976
1978
“Rocking All the Way” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Rockin’ in the Parlour” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Can I Sit Next to You, Girl” single (Australia) 1974
Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
Iron Man 2
1978
1978
2010
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
1975
1976
Rock ‘n Roll Train” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice
Live at River Plate
2008
2012
Rock or Bust” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Rock the Blues Away” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Rock the House” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
“Rock Your Heart Out” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
“Ruff Stuff” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
Safe in New York City” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
Satellite Blues” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
School Days Chuck Berry T.N.T.
Volts
1975
1997
“Send for the Man” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
“Shake a Leg” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black 1980
Shake Your Foundations” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall
Who Made Who
1985
1986
“She Likes Rock n Roll” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“She’s Got Balls” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia)
High Voltage
Volts
1975
1976
1997
Shoot to Thrill” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black
AC/DC Live
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1980
1992
2010
2012
“Shot Down in Flames” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell
Live at River Plate
1979
2012
“Shot of Love” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge 1990
“Show Business” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia)
’74 Jailbreak
1975
1984
“Sin City” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage
AC/DC Live
Volts
1978
1992
1997
Sink the Pink” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall
Who Made Who
1985
1986
“Skies on Fire” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Smash ‘n’ Grab” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Snake Eye” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Heatseeker” 12″ single 1988
“Snowballed” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
“Some Sin for Nuthin'” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
“Soul Stripper” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia)
’74 Jailbreak
1975
1984
“Spellbound” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
For Those About to Rock We Salute You 1981
“Spoilin’ for a Fight” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Squealer” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976
“Stand Up” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Fly on the Wall 1985
“Stick Around” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia) 1975
Stiff Upper Lip” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Stiff Upper Lip 2000
“Stormy May Day” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Sweet Candy” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Rock or Bust 2014
That’s the Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video
AC/DC Live
1988
1992
“There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin'” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976
“This House Is on Fire” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Flick of the Switch 1983
“This Means War” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
Thunderstruck” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
The Razors Edge
AC/DC Live
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1990
1992
2010
2012
T.N.T. Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
T.N.T.
High Voltage
AC/DC Live
Volts
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
1975
1976
1992
1997
2010
2012
Touch Too Much Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell
Volts
1979
1997
“Two’s Up” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Blow Up Your Video 1988
“Up to My Neck in You” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage 1978
“Walk All Over You” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Highway to Hell
Volts
1979
1997
War Machine” Song released as a single Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice
Iron Man 2
Live at River Plate
2008
2010
2012
“What Do You Do for Money Honey” Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black 1980
“What’s Next to the Moon” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Powerage
Live at River Plate
1978
2012
“Wheels” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Black Ice 2008
“Whiskey on the Rocks” Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Ballbreaker 1995
Whole Lotta Rosie” Song released as a single Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Let There Be Rock
If You Want Blood You’ve Got It
AC/DC Live
Live at River Plate
1977
1978
1992
2012
Who Made Who” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Who Made Who
AC/DC Live
1986
1992
“You Ain’t Got a Hold on Me” Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
High Voltage (Australia)
’74 Jailbreak
1975
1984
You Shook Me All Night Long” Song released as a single Brian Johnson
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Back in Black
Who Made Who
AC/DC Live
Live at River Plate
1980
1986
1992
2012

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