AC/DC Primer – The Hits

Author: BD Joyce

This is the first in an occasional series of posts that will act as a companion to the album reviews, providing two-pronged primers to the most essential bands in my CD collection. It can be difficult to know where to start with a band like AC/DC, who boast an extensive discography, and particularly an uneven one such as this which contains a certain amount of mediocre music, alongside the undeniable classics.

Therefore, to provide something in the way of a starting point, I will publish two playlists of 20 songs per band. The first will be a ‘hits’ selection, the sort of thing that the uninitiated listener would happen upon were they to purchase or stream a Greatest Hits compilation. This is not to suggest that these songs are in my view the best songs released by the band in question, although some of them inevitably will be, but they are the most successful, most obvious, and ultimately the most representative of the band’s core sound available. As an entry point to the band, they will be the songs most likely to engender interest, which will hopefully lead to further discovery over time.

Which is where the second playlist comes in. This selection will suggest a further 20 songs, which delve more deeply into the band’s career, and will collate the best of the less well-known album tracks, offering further and broader insight into the band’s sound, and potentially some of their more esoteric and experimental moments. Underappreciated album tracks from classic records, and overlooked songs from less critically acclaimed works will be the natural territory for these collections, and will offer a logical next step for anyone intrigued by the Hits Playlist.

Each collection will also provide a link to a Spotify playlist of the same tracks, facilitating your immediate listening pleasure.

AC/DC Hits Primer:

It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)High Voltage1976
T.N.THigh Voltage1976
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap1976
Whole Lotta RosieLet There Be Rock1977
Highway To HellHighway To Hell1979
Hells BellsBack In Black1980
Back In BlackBack In Black1980
You Shook Me All Night LongBack In Black1980
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)For Those About To Rock We Salute You1981
Shake Your FoundationsFly On The Wall1985
HeatseekerBlow Up Your Video1988
ThunderstruckThe Razors Edge1990
Hard As A RockBallbreaker1995
Stiff Upper LipStiff Upper Lip2000
Rock ‘N’ Roll TrainBlack Ice2008
Rock ‘N’ Roll DreamBlack Ice2008
Rock Or BustRock Or Bust2014
Play BallRock Or Bust2014
Shot In The DarkPWR/UP2020
Through The Mists Of TimePWR/UP2020

A Spotify link to the above playlist can be found here:

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