Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

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"Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Back in Black
B-side "Hells Bells"
Released March 15, 1981
Format 7 inch
Recorded April–May 1980
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 4:12
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
AC/DC singles chronology
"Back in Black"
(1980)
"Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
(1981)
"Let's Get It Up"
(1982)

"Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" is a song by the rock band AC/DC. It is the tenth and final track of the album released in 1980 Back in Black. It is the fourth and final single released of the album. The song reached number 15 on the UK singles charts, the highest placing of any song on the album.

Background[edit]

The band started work on the album just three days after the funeral of Bon Scott, lead singer of the band from late 1974 to 1980. Malcolm Young later explained that "I thought, 'Well, f**k this, I'm not gonna sit around mopin' all f**king year.' So I just rang Angus and said, 'Do you wanna come back and rehearse?'". The album was recorded with Brian Johnson, who officially joined the band on April 8, 1980. Angus Young said that, "We knew if Bon liked him, he must be good, because Bon didn't like many people'".[citation needed]

During the intro, Brian Johnson lights a cigarette and takes a pull from it.

The song also appears in videos like "No Bull" (1996), "Family Jewels" (2005) and "Plug Me In" (2007), also appears on the boxset "Bonfire" (1997).

The song appears on the 2003 tribute album by various artists to the band Back in Baroque: The String Tribute to AC / DC, it was also covered in 2004 by death metal band Six Feet Under in the album Graveyard Classics 2. Alex Gibson also covered the song in 2008 from the album Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of AC/DC. The song was also featured in a commercial for Nike in 2006.[1]

It is also the walk-up song for Minnesota Twins first-baseman Justin Morneau.

Track listing[edit]

1980 12 inch single (UK: Atlantic K 11630 (T))

  1. "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" – 4:12
  2. "Hells Bells" – 5:10

1980 7 inch single (UK: Atlantic K 11630, Australia: Albert Productions AP 400)

  1. "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" – 4:12
  2. "Hells Bells" – 5:10

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[2] 15
UK Singles Chart[3] 15

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Nike Commercial". Youtube. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Rock 'N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 

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