AC/DC

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AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always dubbed 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 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, selling over 10,000 copies a day in its first week.

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. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and was replaced by future Dio drummer Simon Wright. 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. Since then, the band's line-up has remained the same. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics, and the band's latest studio album, Black Ice, was released on 20 October 2008 and was the second-highest-selling album of that year. It was their biggest hit on the charts since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide.

AC/DC had sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States alone, making them the tenth-best-selling band in the United States and one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. 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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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1975 High Voltage 3.55 22
1975 T.N.T. 4 8
1976 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 4 21
1977 Let There Be Rock 3.65 12
1978 Powerage 4 17
1979 Highway to Hell 4.55 23
1980 Back in Black 4.6 20
1981 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) 4 14
1983 Flick of the Switch 3 11
1985 Fly on the Wall 3.5 11
1988 Blow Up Your Video 2.5 11
1990 The Razors Edge 3.8 16
1995 Ballbreaker 2.5 8
2000 Stiff Upper Lip 3 8
2008 Black Ice 4 11
2012 The Collection 1
Brian In White 0

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1979 BBC Session Compilation 1
1993 Gold: Greatest Hits Live Compilation 1
1997 Bonfire Compilation 2 9
2000 AC/DC in the 20th Century Compilation 1
2006 2007 Gold Edition Compilation 1
2009 Backtracks Compilation 4
Giganten des Rock Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 If You Want Blood You've Got It Live 3.75 14
1978 Live From the Atlantic Studios Live 3
1992 Live at Donington Live 4
1992 Live Live 3.85 15
1993 Let There Be Rock - Recorded Live in Budapest Live 1
1997 Let There Be Rock: The Movie - Live in Paris Live 0
2000 Live Live 1
2005 Family Jewels Live 1
2007 Plug Me In Live 2
2012 Live at River Plate Live 5
No Bull: Live: Plaza De Toros, Madrid Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1986 Who Made Who Soundtrack 4.35 11
2010 Iron Man 2 Soundtrack 4

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
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
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 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 4

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