Thunderstruck (song)

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For the 2004 film, see Thunderstruck (2004 film).
Single by AC/DC
from the album The Razors Edge
B-side "Fire Your Guns"
Released 10 September 1990
Format 7 inch, 12 inch, CD, cassette single
Recorded January 1990
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:52
Label ATCO
Writer(s) Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
AC/DC singles chronology
"That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll"

"Thunderstruck" is the first song on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by the hard rock group AC/DC.

The song was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on U.S. the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, "Thunderstruck" topped Triple M's Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs.[1]

With the exception of new material from an album they are touring behind, this is the only song released after "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" that the band still performs live in concert.


Angus Young stated in the liner notes of the 2003 re-release of The Razors Edge:

"It started off from a little trick I had on guitar. I played it to Mal and he said 'Oh, I've got a good rhythm idea that will sit well in the back.' We built the song up from that. We fiddled about with it for a few months before everything fell into place. Lyrically, it was really just a case of finding a good title ... We came up with this thunder thing and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That's the basic idea."[2]

The video which accompanied the single was filmed at London's Brixton Academy on 17 August 1990. The audience members were given free T-shirts with the words 'AC/DC – I was Thunderstruck' on the front and the date on the back, and these T-shirts were worn by the entire audience throughout the filming of the video.

The song has sold over a million digital copies since it became available for digital download.[3]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1990–2012) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 29
France (SNEP)[9] 45
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 25
Germany (Media Control Charts)[11] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] 34
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 13


Region Certification
Australia (ARIA)[17] 2× Platinum
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum


Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1992, the Serbian turbo-folk singer Džej released the cover version on Serbian language, with lyrics "Mrak, mrak".
  • The rock band Hinder have released a cover of the song as the final track, track 12 (Australian version) off their second album, Take It To The Limit.
  • Psytrance supergroup 1200 Micrograms released a trance song sampling and inspired by "Thunderstruck" called "Numberstruck" on their 2007 album Magic Numbers.
  • Japanese rock band Beat Crusaders covered the song for the 2008 AC/DC tribute album Thunder Tracks.
  • David Garrett covered the song in his 2009 album David Garrett.
  • American band Ministry covered the song in the album Every Day Is Halloween: The Anthology, as a first single.
  • Bagpiper Gordon Duncan arranged the tune for solo pipes,[19] and recorded this on his album Thunderstruck. This arrangement has entered the bagpipe repertoire.
  • The Red Hot Chilli Pipers play a version in the medley "Smoke on the Water/Thunderstruck/Upside Down at Eden Court" on their album Bagrock for the Masses and in concert.
  • The Italian band El Cuento de la Chica y la Tequila released an acoustic version of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on their 2013 EP The Wounded Healer.
  • The cello duo, 2Cellos, released an instrumental version in February 2014.
  • Finnish Band Steve 'N' seagulls made an acoustic cover of the song.



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  2. ^ Young, Angus (2003). The Razors Edge (booklet). AC/DC. Epic Records. 
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (January 14, 2015). "Nick Jonas's 'Jealous' Hits a New Pea". Chart Watch. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  5. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  8. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Tracklisten. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  9. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 47, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Chartverfulgong > AC/DC > Thunderstruck –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  12. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  13. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  14. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  15. ^ " – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-09-29" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 December 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Gordon Duncan Renowned musician and composer", The Herald (Glasgow), 22 December 2005, retrieved 2010-03-06  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  20. ^ PC malware hits Iranian nuclear facilities, Times of India Jul 26, 2012

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