AC/DC: Best Songs Ever

The songs found on this list are the best-ever songs performed by AC/DC.

According to Wikipedia, AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained the sole constant members. Commonly classified as hard rock, they are considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they themselves have always classified their music as simply “rock and roll”. To date they are one of the highest grossing bands of all time.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, on 17 February 1975. Membership subsequently stabilized until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but Scott’s parents urged them to continue and hire a new vocalist. Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their highest selling album, and ultimately the second highest-selling album by any artist, Back in Black.

As of 2010, AC/DC had sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States alone. Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the second highest-selling album by any artist – behind only Michael Jackson’s Thriller – and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the U.S. alone, 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 were ranked number 72 in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

From 1978 until 1981, I was attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. At the time, a friend and I enjoyed listening to AC/DC so much that we formed an air guitar band called “G-Force.” My friend played as Bon Scott, AC/DC’s lead singer, while I played as Angus Young, AC/DC’s lead guitarist. We played in the Peterson Jam (a dormitory-based air guitar concert featuring 4 bands) two or three times, and then played in “Monsters of Rock,” which was a large outdoor concert outside the NAU student union (the photo at right shows me as Angus). We also held an air guitar show at Daddy Warbucks disco in Flagstaff. Our show drew the largest crowd the disco ever had, and the owner ran an ad in the paper afterword saying they had “reformed” and would only play rock and never play disco again. Soon after that, we were told that the rock band Journey had inquired about whether our air guitar bands would be interested in opening their show at NAU. Unfortunately, this never happened, but it showed how popular our shows had become. Our air guitar shows occurred in 1979, 1980 and 1981.

Criteria for this ranking:

• Groundbreaking

• Sing-able melody

• Memorable and catchy

• Superb singing, lyrics, guitar work

Best Songs

Sin City

Highway to Hell

It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer


Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

High Voltage

Go Down

Can I Sit Next to You Girl

Big Balls


Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be

Problem Child

Let There Be Rock

Live Wire

Whole Lotta Rosie

Rock and Roll Damnation

Down Payment Blues

Walk All Over You

Shot Down in Flames

Back in Black

Touch Too Much

You Shook Me All Night Long

Shoot to Thrill



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