Thunderstruck (song)

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"Thunderstruck"
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"
(1988)
"Thunderstruck"
(1990)
"Moneytalks"
(1990)

"Thunderstruck" is the lead single 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 one of the only two songs released after "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" that the band still performs live in concert, the other being "Rock N Roll Train".

Background[edit]

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
position
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 (Official German 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

Certifications[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Usage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Triple M's Ultimate Rock 500 at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 February 2012). Triple M. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  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. ^ "Australian-charts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – 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. ^ "Danishcharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Tracklisten. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – 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 – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – 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
  21. ^ David Blakely: Pathfinder: A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines (ISBN 9781409129028 )

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