AC/DC (Australian hard rock band)

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AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in 1973. It was founded by brothers Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar and Angus Young on lead guitar. Their current line-up comprises Angus, bass guitarist Cliff Williams, drummer Phil Rudd, lead vocalist Brian Johnson and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and Malcolm. Their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock and heavy metal, but the band calls it simply "rock and roll". They are cited as a formative influence on the new wave of British heavy metal bands, such as Def Leppard and Saxon. AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their debut album, High Voltage (1975), which was released exclusively in Australasia. Membership stabilised after the release of Let There Be Rock (1977), with the Young brothers on lead and rhythm guitars, Rudd on drums, Williams on bass guitar and Bon Scott on lead vocals. Seven months after the release of Highway to Hell (1979), Scott died of alcohol poisoning and the other members considered disbanding. However, at the request of Scott's parents, they continued together. They recruited English singer Johnson as their new frontman. Their first album with Johnson, Back in Black (1980), was dedicated to Scott's memory. It became the second best-selling album of all time.

The band's eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock (1981), was their first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200. Rudd was fired partway through the Flick of the Switch sessions in 1983 and was replaced by Simon Wright, who was himself replaced by Chris Slade six years later. AC/DC experienced a commercial resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge (1990); it was their only record to feature Slade, as Rudd returned in 1994. Rudd has since recorded five more albums with the band, starting with Ballbreaker (1995). Their fifteenth studio album, Black Ice, was the second highest-selling record of 2008 and their highest chart peak since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching number one worldwide.

The band's line-up remained the same for 20 years until 2014 when Malcolm retired due to early-onset dementia, from which he died three years later; additionally, Rudd was charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Stevie, who replaced Malcolm, debuted on the album Rock or Bust (2014). On the accompanying tour, Slade filled in for Rudd. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring due to worsening hearing loss and Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose stepped in as the band's interim lead singer for the remainder of that year's dates. Williams retired at the end of the tour in 2016 and the band entered a two-year hiatus. A reunion of the Rock or Bust line-up was announced in September 2020; the band's seventeenth studio album, Power Up, was released two months later. Drummer Matt Laug filled in for Rudd at the Power Trip festival in October 2023. The Power Up Tour was announced in February 2024, with bass guitarist Chris Chaney replacing Williams.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1975High Voltage (Australian version)AC/DC4.48
1975T.N.T.AC/DC4.29
1976Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DC3.8540
1977Let There Be RockAC/DC4.1536
1978PowerageAC/DC434
1979Highway to HellAC/DC4.544
1980Back in BlackAC/DC4.4551
1981For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)AC/DC4.0536
1983Flick of the SwitchAC/DC3.6528
1985Fly on the WallAC/DC3.3528
1988Blow Up Your VideoAC/DC3.6524
1990The Razors EdgeAC/DC436
1995BallbreakerAC/DC3.422
2000Stiff Upper LipAC/DC3.8519
2008Black IceAC/DC3.819
2014Rock or BustAC/DC3.510
2020POWER UPAC/DC413

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1976High Voltage (international version)AC/DC4.235
1979Double Dynamite 2 OriginalsAC/DC1
19803 Record SetAC/DC2
1981Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise PollutionAC/DC1
1981Vol. 1AC/DC1
1982For Those About to RockAC/DC1
1987Vol. 2AC/DC1
1990The Early YearsAC/DC1
1994AC/DCAC/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
1997BonfireAC/DC212
1999Let There Be Rock / PowerageAC/DC1
2000Box SetAC/DC44
2005Family JewelsAC/DC43
2007Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / The Razors EdgeAC/DC1
2007Sight & Sound CollectionAC/DC1
2008Collector’s CrateAC/DC1
2012The CollectionAC/DC2
2012The Complete CollectionAC/DC1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1986Who Made WhoAC/DC4.328
2010Iron Man 2AC/DC4.2514

Album + Compilation + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2009BacktracksAC/DC412

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1978If You Want Blood You’ve Got ItAC/DC4.2528
1992LiveAC/DC3.936
2012Live at River PlateAC/DC3.58

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1974Can I Sit Next to You, GirlAC/DC32
1975Baby, Please Don’t GoAC/DC2
1975High VoltageAC/DC2
1975It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)AC/DC1
1976T.N.T.AC/DC1
1976JailbreakAC/DC1
1976Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DC3
1977Love at First FeelAC/DC1
1977Dog Eat DogAC/DC1
1977Whole Lotta RosieAC/DC1
1977Problem ChildAC/DC1
1977Let There Be RockAC/DC2
1978Rock ’n’ Roll DamnationAC/DC3
1979Highway to HellAC/DC3
1979Girls Got RhythmAC/DC5
1980Touch Too MuchAC/DC4
1980Beating Around the BushAC/DC1
1980You Shook Me All Night LongAC/DC7
1980Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise PollutionAC/DC1
1980Hells BellsAC/DC2
1980Back in BlackAC/DC3
1981For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)AC/DC3
1981Let’s Get It UpAC/DC4
1983Nervous ShakedownAC/DC6
1983Flick of the SwitchAC/DC2
1983Guns for HireAC/DC1
1985Shake Your FoundationsAC/DC4
1985DangerAC/DC2
1985Sink the PinkAC/DC2
1988HeatseekerAC/DC4
1988That’s the Way I Wanna Rock n RollAC/DC8
1990ThunderstruckAC/DC6
1990MoneytalksAC/DC7
1991Are You ReadyAC/DC3
1991Rock Your Heart OutAC/DC1
1995Hard as a RockAC/DC5
1995Hail CaesarAC/DC2
1996Cover You in OilAC/DC2
2000Stiff Upper LipAC/DC37
2000Safe in New York CityAC/DC4
2000Satellite BluesAC/DC2
2008Rock N Roll TrainAC/DC3
2014Play BallAC/DC2
2014Rock or BustAC/DC1
2020Shot in the DarkAC/DC1
2020RealizeAC/DC1
2021Through the Mists of TimeAC/DC1

Single + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1986Who Made WhoAC/DC5
1993Big GunAC/DC6

Single + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1978Whole Lotta RosieAC/DC3
1992Highway to HellAC/DC8
1992Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAC/DC3
19935 titres inédits en concertAC/DC1
2011Shoot to Thrill / War Machine (Live at River Plate)AC/DC1

EP + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1984’74 JailbreakAC/DC3.2523

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