AC/DC (Australian hard rock band)

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AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. A hard rock/blues rock band, they have also been considered a heavy metal band, although they have always dubbed their music simply "rock and roll".

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975; Malcolm and Angus were the only original members left in the band. Membership subsequently stabilised 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 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. Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released the new album, Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott. 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. Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and replaced by ex-A II Z drummer Simon Wright, who left to join Dio in 1989. 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 was with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave in favour of him, and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff 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 and Rudd's legal troubles. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring on account of 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 Cliff Williams subsequently indicated that he would retire from the band on the completion of their current world tour.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States alone, 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 fifth-highest-selling album by any artist – and the third-highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US 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 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, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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Year Title RatingReleases
1975 High Voltage (original album) 3.65 8
1975 T.N.T. 4.2 8
1976 High Voltage (international album) 4.65 19
1976 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 3.9 24
1977 Let There Be Rock 3.8 16
1978 Powerage 3.75 21
1979 Highway to Hell 4.45 27
1980 Back in Black 4.45 28
1981 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) 4.15 19
1983 Flick of the Switch 3.4 13
1985 Fly on the Wall 3.5 14
1988 Blow Up Your Video 3.35 12
1990 The Razors Edge 4 19
1995 Ballbreaker 3 11
2000 Stiff Upper Lip 3.7 13
2005 Goldene serie 1
2008 Black Ice 3.9 12
2014 Rock or Bust 3 8

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Bonfire 2 7
2000 AC/DC in the 20th Century 4 1
2006 Box Set 1
2006 2007 Gold Edition 1
2009 Backtracks 4
2012 The Collection 1
2012 The Complete Collection 1
2016 Are You Ready? The Very Best Of 1
The Roots of AC/DC: Keep On Rocking 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Family Jewels 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Who Made Who 4.2 18
2010 Iron Man 2 5 4

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 If You Want Blood You've Got It 4 14
1978 Live From the Atlantic Studios 4
1985 Fly on tour 1
1992 Live at Donington 4
1992 Live 3.85 19
1996 No Bull: Live - Plaza De Toros, Madrid 4
2007 Plug Me In 2
2007 Plug Me In: Bonus CD 0
2012 Live at River Plate 6
2016 Reunion In Dallas 1
ACDC Baltimore '79 1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 Let There Be Rock - the Movie - Live in Paris 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 At the Pavillon in Paris 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Can I Sit Next to You Girl 2
1975 It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) 1
1978 Rock 'N' Roll Damnation / Kicked In The Teeth 1
1979 Highway to Hell (Studio version with Bon Scott on vocals) 1
1979 Girls Got Rhythm 1
1980 Touch Too Much 1
1980 Whole Lotta Rosie 1
1980 You Shook Me All Night Long 2
1980 Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 1
1980 Hell's Bells / What Do You Do for Money Honey 1
1981 Let's Get It Up / Back in Black (Recorded live 1981) 3
1983 Guns For Hire 1
1984 Nervous Shakedown 1
1986 Shake Your Foundations 1
1986 Who Made Who 5
1987 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Highway to Hell 1
1988 Heatseeker 4
1988 That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll 8
1990 Thunderstruck 4
1990 Moneytalks 5
1991 Are You Ready 3
1991 Rock Your Heart Out 1
1992 Highway to Hell 7
1992 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 3
1993 Big Gun 4
1995 Hard as a Rock 5
1995 Hail Caesar 2
1996 Cover You in Oil 2
2000 Stiff Upper Lip 3 5
2000 Safe in New York City 3
2000 Satellite Blues 2
2008 Rock N Roll Train 1
2014 Play Ball 1

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (live) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1995 1996 Ballbreaker Australian Tour EP 2

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 ’74 Jailbreak 2.65 12

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 5 Titres inédits en concert 1
2007 Plug Me In: Bonus CD 4

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 "She's Got Balls !" 1

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