ac-dc logoYou may note that I decided to go with six song selections (alteration!) instead of the standard three with today’s instalment in this Year Of Metal. This is because, when it comes to AC/DC, they have two very unique and distinctive classic eras: the Bon Scot era, and the Brian Johnson era. It seemed only fitting to sample from both eras.

Since the Young brothers brought AC/DC to life, they’ve been supplying us with their brand of stylized high-octane rock and roll that has found fans in more than just one genre. The Bon Scott-led AC/DC brought an energy and attitude to a time where pop music was overrun by bloated prog rock, Milquetoast adult contemporary and shiny disco. They brought a swift kickin the arse with three chords, a back beat, and a smile. Despite Bon Scott’s untimely death as they were poised to take over the world, they soldiered on with Brian Johnson and released one of–if not the–greatest hard rock albums of all time: Back In Black. This is the album that’s pretty much issued to you once you decide you’re going to be a hard rock fan. Through the years, the argument can be made that they just release the same sounding material, but somehow this works in their favor, as you know exactly what you’ll be getting when you purchase an AC/DC album: Pure, unadulterated rock n’ roll awesome.

Bon Scott era:
“It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock And Roll)”

“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep”

“If You Want Blood (You Got It)”

Brian Johnson era:
“Back In Black”

“For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”

“Shake Your Foundations”