AC/DC (Australian hard rock band)

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AC/DC (stylised as ACϟDC) are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal, but the band themselves call it simply "rock and roll".

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, 1975's High Voltage. Membership subsequently stabilised around the Young brothers, singer Bon Scott, drummer Phil Rudd, and bassist Mark Evans. Evans was fired from the band in 1977 and replaced by Cliff Williams, who has appeared on every AC/DC album since 1978's Powerage. In February 1980, about seven months after the release of their breakthrough album Highway to Hell, Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking. AC/DC had initially considered disbanding, but at Scott's family's request, the remaining members opted to continue the band, bringing in longtime Geordie vocalist Brian Johnson as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their first album with Johnson, Back in Black, which was dedicated to Scott's memory. The album launched AC/DC to new heights of success and became one of the best selling albums of all time.

The band's eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981), was their first album to reach number one in the United States. Prior to the release of their next album, Flick of the Switch (1983), Rudd left the band and was replaced by Simon Wright, being in turn replaced by Chris Slade in 1989. The band experienced a commercial resurgence in the early nineties with the release of their twelfth studio album The Razors Edge (1990); it was their only album to feature Slade, who was replaced by the returning Rudd in 1994. Rudd has since recorded five more albums with the band, starting with, and including, Ballbreaker (1995). Their fifteenth studio album Black Ice was the second-highest-selling album of 2008, and their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 worldwide.

The band's line-up remained the same for twenty years, until 2014 with Malcolm Young's retirement due to early-onset dementia (he died in 2017) and Rudd's legal troubles. Malcolm was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, who debuted on AC/DC's 2014 album Rock or Bust, and on its accompanying tour, previous drummer Chris Slade filled in for Rudd. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring due to worsening hearing loss. 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 and background vocalist Cliff Williams retired from AC/DC at the end of the Rock or Bust tour in 2016 and the group entered a four-year hiatus. A reunion of the Rock or Bust lineup was announced in September 2020 and the band's seventeenth studio album Power Up was released two months later.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 75 million albums in the United States, making them the ninth-highest-selling artist in the United States and the 16th-best-selling artist worldwide. Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the second-highest-selling album by any artist, and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 25 million units in the US, where it is the fourth highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 10 March 2003. 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, VH1 ranked AC/DC number 23 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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1975High Voltage (original album)AC/DC4.441
1976Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DC3.833
1977Let There Be RockAC/DC430
1979Highway to HellAC/DC4.643
1980Back in BlackAC/DC4.452
1981For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)AC/DC4.132
1983Flick of the SwitchAC/DC3.7523
1985Fly on the WallAC/DC3.525
1988Blow Up Your VideoAC/DC3.4519
1990The Razors EdgeAC/DC3.8531
2000Stiff Upper LipAC/DC3.7518
2008Black IceAC/DC3.719
2014Rock or BustAC/DC3.559
2020POWER UP (aka PWR⚡︎UP)AC/DC4.412

Album + Compilation

1977Let There Be Rock Radio SpecialAC/DC1
197812 of the BestAC/DC1
1979Double Dynamite 2 OriginalsAC/DC1
19803 Record SetAC/DC1
1981Rock and Roll Ain't Noise PollutionAC/DC1
1982Foreigner vs AC/DCForeigner / AC/DC1
1982The SourceAC/DC1
1982For Those About to RockAC/DC1
1982Retro-Rock RR-82-21AC/DC1
1987Vol. 2AC/DC1
1990The Early YearsAC/DC1
1990Up CloseAC/DC1
1991Off the Record Specials With Mary TurnerAC/DC1
1992The Hardest Rockin' Halloween in HistoryAC/DC1
1994Flick of the Switch / Let There Be RockAC/DC1
1995Boom BoxAC/DC1
1996Ballbreaker / Highway to HellAC/DC1
1996Powerage / For Those About To RockAC/DC1
1997In the Studio: Let There Be Rock / Highway to HellAC/DC1
1999Let There Be Rock / PowerageAC/DC1
2000AC/DC in the 20th CenturyAC/DC41
2002Box SetAC/DC2
2003DVD-Video SetAC/DC1
2004Grand CollectionAC/DC1
2005Family JewelsAC/DC43
2005The Bon Scott YearsAC/DC1
20062007 Gold EditionAC/DC1
2007Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / The Razors EdgeAC/DC1
2007Sight & Sound CollectionAC/DC1
2008Collector’s CrateAC/DC1
2012The CollectionAC/DC1
2012The Complete CollectionAC/DC1
2019Rock BoxAC/DC1
2021In the BeginningAC/DC1

Album + Compilation + Live


Album + Soundtrack

1986Who Made WhoAC/DC4.326
2010Iron Man 2AC/DC4.259

Album + Soundtrack + Live

1997Let There Be Rock: The Movie, Live in ParisAC/DC41

Album + Live

1978In Concert-165Racing Cars / AC/DC1
1978If You Want Blood You’ve Got ItAC/DC4.1522
1978Live from the Atlantic StudiosAC/DC6
1981Japan Tour '81AC/DC1
1985Let There Be RockAC/DC2
1992Live at DoningtonAC/DC5
1992For Those About to Rock: Monsters in MoscowAC/DC / Metallica / The Black Crowes / Pantera / E.S.T.1
1996No Bull: Live - Plaza De Toros, MadridAC/DC7
1996Superstar Concert SeriesAC/DC1
1996Westwood One Superstars In Concert SeriesAC/DC1
1997Bonfire VideosAC/DC1
1999In Concert: High VoltageAC/DC1
2001Stiff Upper Lip: LiveAC/DC3
2007Plug Me InAC/DC3
2011Live at River PlateAC/DC39
2017Radio Lucifer (The Legendary Broadcasts 1981-1996)AC/DC2
2019Live at the ApocalypseAC/DC1
2020Back in Black Live (American radio broadcasts)AC/DC2
2020Problem Child (Live)AC/DC1
2020AC/DC FM Broadcast Boston 1978AC/DC1


1974Can I Sit Next to You Girl / Rockin' in the ParlourAC/DC2
1975Baby, Please Don't Go / Love SongAC/DC1
1975High Voltage / Soul StripperAC/DC1
1975It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)AC/DC1
1976T.N.T. / I'm a RockerAC/DC1
1976Jailbreak / Fling ThingAC/DC1
1976Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / R.I.P.AC/DC1
1976Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'AC/DC1
1977Love at First Feel / Problem ChildAC/DC1
1977Dog Eat Dog / Carry Me HomeAC/DC1
1977Whole Lotta Rosie / Hell Ain't a Bad Place to BeAC/DC2
1977Problem Child / Let There Be RockAC/DC1
1977Let There Be Rock Part 1 & 2AC/DC1
1978Rock 'n' Roll Damnation / Cold Hearted ManAC/DC1
1978Rock 'n' Roll Damnation / Kicked in the TeethAC/DC1
1979Whole Lotta Rosie / Hell Ain't a Bad Place to BeAC/DC1
1979Highway to Hell (Studio version with Bon Scott on vocals)AC/DC1
1979Girls Got Rhythm / Get It HotAC/DC1

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