Top 10 AC/DC Songs

For the 60th Birthday of Malcolm Young on January 6th. Formed in 1973 in Sydney, Australia, AC/DC is hard rock band with blues rock influences that has gone on to influence heavy metal to a great degree. Despite early line-up changes, the band’s two founding members, Malcolm and Angus Young have remained part of the group. The band has sold over 200 million albums around the world and is one of the best-selling artists ever. For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 AC/DC Songs. Special thanks to our users Ricky McKnight, slenderlover13, Jack Morris, jwiking62, Filip Bäcklund, Al Bebak, aldqbigsquare, Alex Guzman and chaffeyjames5 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest.
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They’re on a highway to hell. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 AC/DC Songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)


The title cut to AC/DC’s third studio album is an Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott-penned number that’s everything you’d want from a hard rock song and more, with Scott’s rough-and-ready vocals, killer guitar riffing and lyrics you can’t help but chant along to. Particularly notable for the heavy breathing that accompanies the verses, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” is a fan favorite that has been covered on several occasions.

#9: “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”
Back in Black (1980)


The last track off Back in Black is a hard rock and blues rock number that features Brian Johnson on vocals following the loss of previous singer Bon Scott. Produced by Mutt Lange, the track didn’t only confirm that “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution” but also that AC/DC was here to stay: the song charted within the UK top twenty while its parent album topped the UK charts and became the band’s best selling effort ever.

#8: “Whole Lotta Rosie”
Let There Be Rock (1977)


Recounting Scott’s hot-and-heavy night with an overweight woman, this fast-paced hard rocker’s gotta whole lotta guitar goodness. As the last song on their fourth studio album, “Whole Lotta Rosie” found a home in the UK top twenty. And thanks to its frenzied pace and attention-grabbing lyrics, it became and remains one of the band’s most popular tunes.

#7: “You Shook Me All Night Long”
Back in Black (1980)


A strong contender for AC/DC’s signature tune, this 3-and-a-half minute track demonstrated the band could “shake us all night long.” After it grabs our attention with its opening riffs, the drums keep the beat, and we’re invited to relive Johnson’s night with an incredible lover through song. “You Shook Me All Night Long” quickly became the band’s first top forty single in the U.S. and a common selection for live play.

#6: “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”
For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981)


With Johnson’s characteristic wails, the band turned an expression used by Roman gladiators approaching their death into a shout-out to rockers everywhere. But what makes the title track from their eighth record even more epic are the blasting sounds of cannons and fireworks about two-thirds of the way through. As such, “For Those About to Rock We Salute You” isn’t only an ideal song to pump people up during sporting events but is also the perfect concert closer.

#5: “T.N.T.”
T.N.T (1975) and High Voltage (1976)


When it comes to good old-fashioned hard rock, there are few AC/DC tracks as explosive as this number by Scott, Malcolm and Angus Young. The incredible energy of the Young brothers’ guitars, combined with its catchy chorus and lyrics, makes “T.N.T.” one of those songs you’ve just got to crank up your stereo for to get the full effect.

#4: “Hells Bells”
Back in Black (1980)


As Back in Black’s first song, it was many people’s introduction to Johnson as AC/DC’s new lead singer. Luring us in with the recognizable sound of a bell, “Hells Bells” then continues with the Young brothers’ dual guitar style before Johnson’s powerful voice takes over. The result is a hard rocking, “take-no-prisoners” kind of number that hints at what’s in store for the rest of the record.

#3: “Highway to Hell”
Highway to Hell (1979)


Featuring a Malcolm Young-conceived riff, the title song from Highway to Hell is another AC/DC classic. With Phil Rudd on drums, Cliff Williams on bass and the Young brothers on guitar, the band took us for a ride on “the highway to hell” – and we loved every minute of it! Describing the difficulties of life on the road, the lead single is pure hard rock and all AC/DC.

#2: “Back in Black”
Back in Black (1980)


After Scott’s death, AC/DC celebrated their former singer with this hard-hitting, in-your-face track. Driven by the Young brothers’ dual guitar sound, the tune made waves with an unforgettable riff, a rockabilly-influenced lick and Johnson’s screeching vocals. The American top forty track didn’t only help Back in Black become of one of history’s best-selling albums but is also one of their most famous songs.

Honorable Mentions


“Who Made Who”
“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)”
“Shoot to Thrill”
“(If You Want Blood) You Got It”
“Jailbreak”
“Let There Be Rock”

#1: “Thunderstruck”
The Razors Edge (1990)


Seventeen years after their formation, AC/DC proved they could still rock with the best of them. Thanks to Angus Young’s lightning fast lick, Malcolm Young’s chord work and its driving rhythm, The Razors Edge’s first track put the band back on the map and into the top five of the U.S. and UK album charts. Today, “Thunderstruck” remains a live staple and a favorite at various sporting events.

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