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AJ's Top 10: AC/DC Songs
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AC/DC's Malcolm Young, who along with his brother and fellow guitarist Angus founded the group and led it for more than four decades, has died. He was 64. Malcolm is survived by his wife, Linda, and children Ross and Cara.

 

 

1) Back in Black ( Back in Black 1980): Arguably the most recognizable guitar riff-and-lick combo in the universe, 'Back in Black' crowned the greatest, best-selling hard rock album of all time with a heartfelt tribute lyric -- notably penned by his successor, Brian Johnson -- for recently deceased AC/DC singer and soul Bon Scott. 

 

2) Whole Lotta Rosie ('If You Want Blood (You've Got It)' 1978 ): Already an amplifier-melting finale for 1977’s ‘Let There Be Rock’ LP, the song literally brought the house down on the next year’s ‘If You Want Blood’ live album.

 

3) Let There Be Rock ( Let There Be Rock 1977 ): 'Let There Be Rock.' Picking up the tale “at the beginning” and never ending it without a positively devastating marathon guitar solo from Angus Young, this timeless, adrenalin-powered boogie rampage virtually defined what a true hard rock anthem must sound like.

 

4) For Those About To Rock, We Salute You ( For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) 1981): Inspired by the legendary salute proclaimed by Roman gladiators as they entered the arena, this was the sort of grand statement AC/DC simply had to make as a follow-up to the world-conquering ‘Back in Black’ album.

 

5) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976): The magnificently decadent hit-man confessional 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' was remarkably rejected, along with its accompanying 1976 album, by Atlantic Records' U.S. division, which at the time deemed it either too uncommercial or too sleazy for American consumption.

 

6) Highway To Hell (Highway To Hell 1979): When AC/DC decided to hitch a ride on the 'Highway to Hell,' they also embarked on the fast track to conquering America and, though they were well on their way to achieving this already, the world.

 

7) Problem Child (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 1976): As great an example of rock 'n' roll mythmaking as you are liable to find, 'Problem Child' was tailor-made to propagate Angus Young’s naughty school boy persona: a 3-minute-and-45-second infomercial from hell.

 

8) You Shook Me All Night Long ( Back In Black 1980): Arguably the biggest true single of AC/DC’s long career, 'You Shook Me All Night Long' makes this list of top AC/DC songs because it has surely lured more unsuspecting, non-traditional hard rock listeners.

 

9) The Jack (High Voltage 1976): Modern medicine may have eradicated or at least significantly decreased the risks involved with gonorrhea long ago, but this sexually transmitted disease is nevertheless guaranteed musical immortality thanks to AC/DC’s thinly veiled tribute via 'The Jack.

 

10) Thunderstruck (Razor's Edge 1990): A massive hit in 1990 and reliable concert staple ever since, 'Thunderstruck' also couldn’t have come at a more crucial time for AC/DC, revitalizing them as a chart-topping threat .

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