Highway to Hell (song)

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"Highway to Hell"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Highway to Hell
B-side "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
Released 27 July 1979
Format 7-inch
Recorded March–April 1979
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:27
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Bon Scott
Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Producer(s) Mutt Lange
AC/DC singles chronology
"Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"
"Highway to Hell"
"Girls Got Rhythm"
Highway to Hell track listing
"Highway to Hell"
"Girls Got Rhythm"
"Highway to Hell (live)"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition
B-side "Hells Bells (live)"
Released 8 November 1992 (US)
Format 7-inch, CD
Recorded 1991
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 3:53
Label Atco
Epic (reissue)
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
AC/DC singles chronology
"Are You Ready"
"Highway to Hell" (live)
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (live)
Live track listing
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
"Highway to Hell"

"Highway to Hell" is the opening track of AC/DC's 1979 album Highway to Hell. It was initially released as a single in 1979.

The song was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott, with Angus Young credited for writing the guitar riff which became an instant classic.[1] AC/DC had made several studio albums before and were constantly promoting them via a grueling tour schedule, referred to by Angus Young as being on a highway to hell.[1]


The song's title reflects the incredibly arduous nature of touring constantly and life on the road.[1]

The single spent 45 weeks on the German Singles Chart, even though it peaked at only No. 30, in its 19th week on that chart.[2]

Bon Scott, whose talent as a singer and rock frontman were at a peak, was found dead in the back of a friend's car, just over six months after the song was released and would never enjoy the band's incredible success that was to come.[1]

"Highway to Hell" won the 'Most Played Australian Work Overseas' category at the 2009 APRA Awards.[3]



"Highway to Hell" was produced by Mutt Lange as part of the album by the same name, and his work is regarded as a significant factor in delivering one of the classic AC/DC albums, the emergence of the double-guitar sound which was later perfected on Back in Black, and improved backing vocals with Malcolm Young joined by Cliff Williams for the first time.[1]

Live recordings[edit]

"Highway to Hell" has been included on three official live albums:

List of accolades[edit]


Chart performance[edit]

Track listing[edit]


Released 1992 by ATCO

  1. "Bonny"/"Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hells Bells (Live)"
  3. "The Jack (Live)"

Germany and France[edit]

Released 1992 by ATCO

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"
  3. "High Voltage (Live)"


Released 1992 by Albert Productions / Epic Records

  1. "Bonny"/"Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "High Voltage (Live)"
  3. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"

US and Canada[edit]

Released 1979 by Atlantic Records (Atlantic #3617)

  1. A Side: "Highway To Hell"
  2. B Side: "Night Prowler"

Released 1992 by ATCO (Atco #98491-2)

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"

Released 1992 by ATCO (Atco #96135-2)

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"
  3. "The Jack (Live)"
  4. "High Voltage (Live)"

Released 1992 by ATCO

  1. "Highway to Hell (Live)"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live)"
  3. "The Jack (Live)"
  4. "High Voltage (Live)"
  5. "Back in Black (Live)"

Use in popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]