Top 10 AC/DC Songs

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"Iron Man 2" is in theaters nationwide now. The film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and is directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. As with all big-budget Hollywood flicks, music plays an important role and this film features choice cuts by one of the world's biggest rock bands, AC/DC.

AC/DC released the album "Iron Man 2" earlier this year. While there are no new tracks on "Iron Man 2," the record does span 10 different classic AC/DC discs. This means you're getting some of the band's biggest hits - and deeper cuts to boot. To celebrate the movie and new album, Noisecreep decided to countdown the most popular AC/DC tracks from AOL radio.

10. "Rock 'n' Roll Train"

"Rock 'n' Roll Train" is the first single from the 2008 album "Black Ice." The single went to the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock list. Like most AC/DC tunes, "Rock 'n' Roll Train" was written by the brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. If you saw AC/DC on their recent and massive world tour, then you know "Rock 'n' Roll Train" played a big role in the show - complete with a massive locomotive as a stage prop.

09. "Shoot To Thrill"

"Shoot To Thrill" is featured on both the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack and "Back In Black." If you're reading this page, chances are you own "Back In Black." Considering "Back In Black" is the bestselling album ever released by a band, every track on the album is considered iconic. "Shoot To Thrill" was written by the brothers Young and singer Brian Johnson and was featured in the first "Iron Man" trailer and several other movies and television shows.

08. "T.N.T."

Turns out "T.N.T." really is dynamite when referring to AC/DC's catalog. The title track from the album "T.N.T.," the track was written by the brothers Young and late singer Bon Scott. Released as a single in 1976, "T.N.T." quickly became synonymous with AC/DC. Maybe it's all the letters? Or maybe it's just the fact that "T.N.T." has a strong riff that gets stuck in the listener's head for days and days.

07. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"

Often the anthem of the frustrated - and slightly insane - "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is a track off the 1976 album of the same name (the album wasn't released in America until 1981). Again written by the brothers Young and Scott, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is a live staple and is also featured on the 1992 double-album "AC/DC Live."

06. "Thunderstruck"

The Young brothers penned "Thunderstruck" for the 1990 album "The Razors Edge." "Thunderstruck" is also featured on the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack and is one of AC/DC's most famous songs. Several sports teams have used "Thunderstruck" to get the home crowd pumped. Unsurprisingly, "Thunderstruck" was played early in the set on many of the "Black Ice" tour stops.

05. "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)"

Fire! Long the anthem of every rock band, "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" is known the world over for both the message and the cannons. The single is from the 1981 album of the same name and was written by singer Brian Johnson and the Young brothers. A mega-successful single, "For Those About To Rock" became an instant classic. So much so that the band uses the track to close live shows, complete with cannon action. The album "For Those About To Rock We Salute You was the band's first to reach the top of the Billboard chart.

04. "Back In Black"

And then there was "Back In Black," and suddenly no band could ever reach the same level as AC/DC. The album "Back In Black," released in 1980, was written by the brothers Young and Johnson and produced by Mutt Lange. It was the first AC/DC album to feature Brian Johnson on vocals, and the entire disc is dedicated to fallen friend Bon Scott. The single "Back In Black" is a specific, upbeat tribute to Scott, with lyrics like: "Forget the hearse 'cause I'll never die/I got nine lives/Cat's eyes/Usin' every one of them and running wild." The opening guitar riff is undeniable - hear two bars and you're on your feet. "Back In Black" is also featured on the "Iron Man 2" album.

03. "You Shook Me All Night Long"

The track was a successful single, staying on the charts for a long time and helped propel sales of "Back In Black." The track features a great guitar solo that has been attempted by every kid with a rock star dream. Oh, and "You Shook Me All Night Long" has been covered by everyone ... including Celine Dion and Shania Twain.

02. "Hells Bells"

You ever hear your grandma say "Hells Bells" after something went wrong in the kitchen? Maybe AC/DC picked up the phrase from her. Regardless, the song is the opening track from "Back In Black," and the ominous tolling bells clue the listener that a mega sonic experience is about to occur. Like many other popular AC/DC tracks, "Hells Bells" is regularly used at sporting events.

01. "Highway To Hell"

"Highway To Hell" is the title track from their 1979, written by the Young brothers and Scott. The song "Highway To Hell" made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 tracks that shaped the genre. The track also caused parental uproar, what with all the silly Satanist rumors floating around. The members of AC/DC might not be Satanists, but they are smart marketers: the song, coupled with Angus Young's penchant for devil horns, sure does make for a nice merchandise idea. But back to "Highway To Hell." The album will always be significant in the AC/DC catalog, because it is the last to feature Bon Scott. "Highway To Hell" remains a live staple.

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    aig91
    sexyresults1979 wrote: They might only play one song, but it's a bad ass song.
    This statement made me lol. But I do agree with it. Checked
    guns for hire
    Predictable list. Only Hells Bells and For Those About To... come anywhere near my personal top 10 AC/DC songs. But whatever, whenever the masses speak, often-played material rises above the lesser known stuff. Can't fault the band for making memorable, commercially friendly riffs/songs on occasion.
    simmonsalmighty
    By's you got to stop bashing them it's good ol' rock n roll and who care's if every song sounds the same it's better than most shit out there. P.S. There are way better songs than that like playing with girls and rock n roll damnation and down payment blues, live wire, ride on, shot down in flames, and flick of the switch.
    Reaper-Man
    Carl6661 wrote: I'm sorry, but how on earth is this News...
    Just because you don't want to know, AC/DC fans do, so just keep your opinion to yourself :S
    guitargodwannab
    kalamari wrote: I was about to say that. AC/DC is without a doubt the single most overrated band in the history of rock and roll because they recorded one damn song 140 times and people still bought it.
    actually Led Zep is.....so are most bands if you dont like them. like come on.
    tacobellman2007
    Ya, they pretty much have the same base but who gives a sh*t!! They're still f**kin awesome.
    Rick_Diculous wrote: kalamari wrote: but they're all the same. I was about to say that. AC/DC is without a doubt the single most overrated band in the history of rock and roll because they recorded one damn song 140 times and people still bought it.
    Nazo64
    this just in, I'd rather listen to AC/DC than Dream Theater. alert the presses!
    Vezdehod
    Rick_Diculous wrote: kalamari wrote: but they're all the same. I was about to say that. AC/DC is without a doubt the single most overrated band in the history of rock and roll because they recorded one damn song 140 times and people still bought it.
    But still for some reason they've had the top selling album by a rock band. Can you explain this?
    fret13
    Dakkstar wrote: I think AC/DC is a pretty cool guy. eh plays 3 chordz and doesnt afraid of anything...
    Winner.
    Rick_Diculous
    mingles wrote: Iron Man 2 promotion crappola
    Bingo. Only reason this post is on the front page. It's a ****ing ad for Iron Man!
    Carl6661
    Reaper-Man wrote: Carl6661 wrote: I'm sorry, but how on earth is this News... Just because you don't want to know, AC/DC fans do, so just keep your opinion to yourself :S
    not so much that. what i'm saying is, this is just a list of 10 AC/DC songs everyone has heard already. if it was a new album or a something, then yeah. totally, that's new. this just isnt.
    Alex's Disciple
    Rick_Diculous wrote: kalamari wrote: but they're all the same. I was about to say that. AC/DC is without a doubt the single most overrated band in the history of rock and roll because they recorded one damn song 140 times and people still bought it.
    Given that this is a guitar website I will bring guitar up. Anyone who has played several ACDC song as I have (I can play over 100) will ever tell you that two ACDC riffs sound similar. People that say they sound the same aren't actually listening to the music and are just ignorant.
    GnGonzalesjoe
    Villearreal92 wrote: My only opinion is why the **** is Rock N Roll Train even on there?
    have to agree. Like every song on list except for rock n roll train
    laylalover
    Everyone slams AC/DC for simple music. When did complex music become the only good music? Most great blues tunes are only three chords. And just as AC/DC has been doing, the Rolling Stones have also made simple great music with three chords, for example, "Rocks Off." Keith even tuned his guitar to an open G tuning so basically the whole song is played by barring a fret. I am not slamming the Stones or AC/DC they are both my favorite bands and biggest influences. So before you criticize simple music, pay attention to what song your listening to first. By the way, the Rolling Stones and AC/DC are two very similar bands. (And neither American! Hooray!)
    Apejack Cuba
    Completely disregarding whether or not AC/DC is good for a minute here, how is this news at all? Most of the songs on there came out more than 20 years ago, and Iron Man 2's been in theaters for over a month, which is a pretty long time. Oh, right. Whoever UG has getting their news is incapable of posting anything relevant or before everyone else has heard about it already.
    Apejack Cuba
    laylalover wrote: By the way, the Rolling Stones and AC/DC are two very similar bands. (And neither American! Hooray!)
    Oh man, random America bashing! Edgy and awesome!
    Alive@myfuneral
    Nothing wrong with simple songs as long as they're fun to listen to. I personally have a lot of fun listening to AC/DC and wouldn't say that their songs are all the same. Of course some of them sound similar, they're by the same band!! Also, nothing screams "cash in" like the Iron Man: 2 album. Its all AC/DC so why not just buy an AC/DC greatest hits compilation?
    metal_al73
    Ah yes a lovely predictable arguement about how all the songs sound the same. Change the record guys, you like them or you don't same with all music. Anyway can't wait to see these guys from a week today
    pinata89
    StianN90 wrote: Let's just agree that we all love AC/DC!
    Umm..I think not. AC/DC is the Nickelback of the 70's. It's easy to write the same song over and over with different lyrics, I promise.
    Oujou
    >All AC/DC songs are the same Go listen to The Razors Edge. Also Angus and Malcolm don't use Power Chords much, they love their full chords. The fact that they don't like using fancier chords does not make them any less of an amazing band.
    playinbass1432
    You mean "Top 10 Overplayed AC/DC Songs" TBH all of these tracks are shit. If you want real ****ing AC/DC listen to Inject the Venom or Gimme A Bullet.
    Randomrings
    Carl6661 wrote: I'm sorry, but how on earth is this News...
    I believe this question should be addressed, because I want to know the answer too. I might understand a new studio album as news, or "AC/DC is gonna do a lot of the Iron Man 2 soundtrack". but this is neither of those things this is like saying greatest hits albums are news
    TomusAM
    I never really cared for AC/DC, but one or two songs are okay. I hate top 10 lists though.
    CoreysMonster
    the same people who knock Disturbed for writing nothing but similar songs, are the same ones who say that AC/DC are diverse. Anyways, they're still an epic party band, and getting trashed and singing "Highway to Hell" with a bunch of buddies is just awesome
    dontstopblevin
    The difference between AC/DC and Nickelback is called talent. Although both bands use the same tired chords in every song, at least AC/DC integrates kick ass solos and vocals into its songs. Nickelback will not be remembered 30 years from now for its music, but rather for excellent marketing skills (if anyone even remembers Nickelback).
    cvr666
    AC/DC is a good song. And what the hell are people thinking that are saying that they're amazing just because they sell so many records and have a lot of fans? I guess I can understand...that's what music is all about.
    Rick_Diculous
    lefty01 wrote: I'll tell you what. Y-O-U sell as many albums as they have, tour the world as much, and have the fan bass they do. Get back to me right after you do that!!!
    Nickelback sells a lot of records, so does Ke$ha. That doesn't make them good either. The majority of the population doesn't have good taste. Popular taste and good taste are totally different.
    Galvatron
    I'll take Jailbreak,Ride on and its a long way to the top over that whole list.
    Dakkstar
    I think AC/DC is a pretty cool guy. eh plays 3 chordz and doesnt afraid of anything...
    radioplay
    Rick_Diculous wrote: kalamari wrote: but they're all the same. I was about to say that. AC/DC is without a doubt the single most overrated band in the history of rock and roll because they recorded one damn song 140 times and people still bought it.
    Agreed. I'm a fan,I've seen them and they put on one of the best shows...but it's just all the same
    roundwoundsound
    Dakkstar wrote: I think AC/DC is a pretty cool guy. eh plays 3 chordz and doesnt afraid of anything...
    this
    PinkFender_69
    Lol to the people saying every AC/DC song is the same. Clearly you haven't listened to any of the ones not on this list. Also, It makes a lick of difference how popular something is, it's about whether you like it or not.
    Tarsplitter
    AC/DC is great. Their songs don't sound similar to me. They play pure rock n' roll with their style and it's awesome. But well, this is UG so unless the band has SUPAH HEAVY riffs and OH MY GOD complicated guitar parts, it's gonna get trashed.
    Nameless742
    roundwoundsound wrote: Dakkstar wrote: I think AC/DC is a pretty cool guy. eh plays 3 chordz and doesnt afraid of anything... this
    Yep, I love technical prowess, but I love great song-writing as well. and attitude!
    PeterPanKaKe
    Tarsplitter wrote: AC/DC is great. Their songs don't sound similar to me. They play pure rock n' roll with their style and it's awesome. +1 But well, this is UG so unless the band has SUPAH HEAVY riffs and OH MY GOD complicated guitar parts, it's gonna get trashed.
    scguitarking927
    favorite quote from angus and brian, "people say we have put out 15 albums that all sound exactly the same.....they're wrong (puffs on joint).....we have put out 19 albums that all sound exactly the same" and then they laugh hysterically.
    zpo83
    For my money, AC/DC can't be beat. I like mostly 80's metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Maiden, Slayer, etc.) but AC/DC just has pure energy and soul in every one of their songs. Doesn't hurt that they put on one helluva show live.
    true_bacon22
    Rick_Diculous wrote: kalamari wrote: but they're all the same. I was about to say that. AC/DC is without a doubt the single most overrated band in the history of rock and roll because they recorded one damn song 140 times and people still bought it.
    lol, you are aware Overrated is a subjective term don't you?
    Armagedn
    I'm not gonna say they're singles sound the same... But all they're filler does. They write 3 or 4 good songs for each album, then just a bunch of filler. Except Back in Black, that was pretty much all good stuff.
    guitarsftw
    CoreysMonster wrote: the same people who knock Disturbed for writing nothing but similar songs, are the same ones who say that AC/DC are diverse. Anyways, they're still an epic party band, and getting trashed and singing "Highway to Hell" with a bunch of buddies is just awesome
    Agreed. They never tried to be any more than a good ol' fun time rock and roll band to get drunk to, and they do it better than anyone ever did, does, and will.
    Paydro91
    not bad but not great. Don't have a problem with them but there are other bands that are better. Still a fan but not at die hard one.