You Shook Me All Night Long

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"You Shook Me All Night Long"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Back in Black
B-side "Have a Drink on Me"
Released 19 August 1980
Format 7 inch
Recorded 1980
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:32
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
AC/DC singles chronology
"Touch Too Much"
(1980)
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
(1980)
"Hells Bells"
(1980)
Alternative cover
1986 re-release

"You Shook Me All Night Long" is one of AC/DC's signature songs from their most successful album, Back in Black. The song also reappeared on their later album Who Made Who. It is one of the band's top 40 singles in the United States of America, reaching number 35 on the USA's Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1980. The single was re-released internationally in 1986 following the release of the album Who Made Who.

"You Shook Me All Night Long" placed at No. 10 on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s". It was also No. 1 on VH1's "Top Ten AC/DC Songs". In the song, the lead singer Brian Johnson relates the story of a night with a beautiful woman. Guitar World placed "You Shook Me All Night Long" number 80 on their "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" list.

The song has also become a staple of AC/DC concerts, almost never being excluded from the setlist,[1] and it has also been considered their signature song, competing with "Back in Black" and "Highway to Hell" for the title.

There are four live versions of this song that have been officially released. The first one on the 1986 maxi-single "You Shook Me All Night Long", the second one from the band's album Live, the third one is on the soundtrack to the Howard Stern movie Private Parts and the AC/DC box set Backtracks, and the fourth one is on the band's newest live album, Live at River Plate.

The re-released single in 1986 contains the B-side(s): B1. "She's Got Balls" (Live, Bondi Lifesaver '77); B2. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (Live '83 – 12-inch maxi-single only).

Music video[edit]

There are two versions to the music video. The first version, directed by Eric Dionysius and Eric Mistler,[2] is similar to the other Back in Black videos ("Back in Black", "Hells Bells", "What Do You Do For Money Honey", "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", and "Let Me Put My Love Into You") and is available on the special Back in Black, The Videos which could be obtained by purchasing a recent Back in Black album. It is also available in the Backtracks box set.

In the second version, directed by David Mallet[3] and released six years after the song's original release, Angus and Malcolm Young follow Johnson around the town of Huddersfield, with Angus in his signature schoolboy outfit. This version of the video for "You Shook Me All Night Long" is perhaps one of the most controversial film clips AC/DC ever released. The video clip casts the English glamour model Corinne Russell, a former Hill's Angel and Page 3 Girl, along with other leather clad women with zips at the groin region of their suits who are pedaling bicycle like machines in the background; however, a softer, censored alternative version exists without these shots.

It was revealed on the VH1 series Pop-Up Video that during the shot with the mechanical bull, the woman playing Johnson's lover accidentally jabbed herself with her spur twice. The roadie who came to her aid married her a year later; Angus gave them a mechanical bull for a wedding present as a joke. Also according to Pop-Up Video, when asked about the meaning of the video, the band said that its goal was to "be as politically incorrect as possible."[citation needed] The original 1980 video features drummer Phil Rudd while the 1986 video features drummer Simon Wright who replaced Rudd in 1983. Rudd returned to AC/DC in 1994.

"You Shook Me All Night Long" was also the second song to be played by AC/DC on Saturday Night Live in 2000, following their performance of "Stiff Upper Lip."

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[4] 8
French Singles Chart[5] 5
German Singles Chart[6] 29
Irish Singles Chart[7] 19
UK Singles Chart[8] 38
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 35

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[4] 42

Big & Rich version[edit]

American country music duo Big & Rich covered "You Shook Me All Night Long" for their 2007 album, Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace.[10] This version is a country swing tune, leaning more towards hardcore honky tonk than the hard rock origins of AC/DC's original version. Big & Rich's version peaked at number 59 on the Hot Country Songs chart despite not being released as a single. The duo includes their version of the song in their live shows.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is played during the closing credits of the movie A Knight's Tale starring Heath Ledger.

The song is also played over the previouslies of the season four premiere of Supernatural.

The song is heard in the first season finale of New Girl.

This song is used in True Blood Season 1 episode "Cold Ground" as Jason's ringtone.

When AC/DC was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith they performed this song with Tyler.

Celine Dion and Anastacia performed a live duet of the song at the 2002 VH1 Divas concert.

This song is used as part of a finale number for the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios Florida.

The song was released as a single by the band Slingshot featuring singer Kathy Kosins in 1983 and distributed in the United States and Italy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Setlist.fm artist statistics". Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  2. ^ "– AC/DC – "You shook me (all night long) [version 1: 1980]"". Mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  3. ^ "– AC/DC – "You shook me (all night long) [version 2: 1986]"". Mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ a b David Kent: Australian Chart Book
  5. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=4[dead link]
  8. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  9. ^ "AC/DC - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Big and Rich Shake Up AC/DC". Spinner. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  11. ^ "Fire, the flag, and plenty of fun highlight Big and Rich show Saturday at Mystic Lake". MinnesotaCountry.com. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-06-29.