Guns for Hire

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"Guns for Hire"
ACDC GunsForHire.jpg
Single by AC/DC
from the album Flick of the Switch
ReleasedAugust 1983 (1983-08)
Format45 rpm single
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson
AC/DC singles chronology
"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"
"Guns for Hire"
"Nervous Shakedown"
Music video
"Guns for Hire" on YouTube

"Guns for Hire" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, from their album Flick of the Switch, released on 15 August 1983. Written by band members, Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson, it was also released in August as a single with "Landslide" as the B-side. It charted at No. 37 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and No. 84 on the United States Billboard Hot 100.[2] It also reached No. 19 in Ireland.[3]

The track served as the opening song during the band's performances during the ensuing tour in support of Flick of the Switch, but has never been performed on any other AC/DC tours since.[citation needed] A promotional video was produced for the song, which featured drummer Simon Wright rather than Phil Rudd. Rudd had left the band during the recording of Flick of the Switch and was replaced by Wright before the start of the tour.



  1. ^ "AC/DC singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart History". Song Database. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  3. ^ "AC/DC". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 7 October 2013.