Nobody has done more with a handful of basic blues chords and winking sexual innuendo than AC/DC over the past 40 years. From their scrappy beginnings in Sydney to their mega-platinum world domination a decade later, not much has changed musically from 1975’s ‘High Voltage’ to 2008’s ‘Black Ice,’ thanks to guitarist Angus Young’s tough but straightforward songs. But the band staged one of the most remarkable second acts in rock history after its original singer, Bon Scott, died after a heavy night of drinking in 1980. Not wasting any time, they recruited a new singer, Brian Johnson, and recorded one of rock’s all-time greatest albums, ‘Back in Black,’ within months of Scott’s passing. Since then, AC/DC have released a series of bestselling albums that rest firmly on top of rock’s most basic guitar chords and life’s most primal instincts.
How AC/DC Channeled Record Label Anger Into 'Dog Eat Dog'
"We were an arrogant bunch of f---ers," bassist Mark Evans later admitted.
How an English Poet Inspired AC/DC's 'For Those About to Rock'
Classic track's lyrics were inspired by an unexpected source.
How a Sexual Escapade Inspired AC/DC's 'Whole Lotta Rosie'
Bon Scott dedicated song to a "Tasmanian devil" with whom he'd spent the night.
The AC/DC Song ‘Cobra Kai’’s Creator Dreams of Using
Classic track has been written into the script "several times," only to be removed.
AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ Powers Up Prince William’s Work Week
Member of the British Royal Family reveals he starts Mondays with 1990 classic.
AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Mammoth WVH Among 2022 Grammy Nominees
Other rock nominees include Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and Chris Cornell.
How AC/DC Turned a Cartoon and TV Commercial Into ‘Dirty Deeds’
The single was released in Australia in 1976 but didn't make it stateside until five years later.
AC/DC Look Back in Nostalgic 'Mists of Time' Video
Band's history becomes museum-caliber art in clip for 'Power Up' track.