Ballbreaker is the thirteenth Australian and twelfth international studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in September 1995. It was their first studio album in five years, since 1990's The Razors Edge. The album featured the return of Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of drinking and drug problems and a feud with Malcolm Young. It was produced by prolific producer Rick Rubin, who had briefly worked with AC/DC in 1993 to produce their single "Big Gun" for the soundtrack to the film Last Action Hero.
Two weeks into the US leg of the Ballbreaker World Tour, four gigs were cancelled so that Brian Johnson could attend his father's funeral. During the tour, MTV cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead appeared in the intro during concerts. Five of the album's songs were played live: "Hard as a Rock", "Boogie Man", "Cover You in Oil", "Hail Caesar", and "Ballbreaker".
Ballbreaker was re-released in 2005 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. It is currently certified 2x platinum by the RIAA in the US, for sales in excess of two million.