Shoot to Thrill

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"Shoot to Thrill"
Song by AC/DC
from the album Back in Black
Released25 July 1980
Recorded1980
GenreHard rock
Length5:17
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson
Producer(s)Robert John "Mutt" Lange

"Shoot to Thrill" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the second track on the 1980 album Back in Black. This song is also the second track of AC/DC Live and AC/DC Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition, and is included on the Iron Man 2 soundtrack.[1] Although the studio version was never released as a single, the song is a fan favorite and a staple on classic rock radio stations.

Music video[edit]

On 26 January 2010, a new music video for "Shoot to Thrill" was released with exclusive footage from the film Iron Man 2. The live concert footage used in the video was filmed in December 2009 at a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Estadio Monumental, from which the Live at River Plate DVD was filmed.[1]

Live recordings[edit]

"Shoot to Thrill (live)"
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Single by AC/DC
B-side"War Machine (live)"
Released16 April 2011
Format7-inch single
RecordedDecember 2009
VenueRiver Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
GenreHard rock
Length5:47
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson
Producer(s)AC/DC
AC/DC singles chronology
"Money Made"
(2009)
"Shoot to Thrill (live)"
(2011)
"Play Ball"
(2014)

Several different live recordings of "Shoot to Thrill" have been released officially. One version, recorded from the Razors Edge World Tour, was released on the 1992 Live album. Another version, recorded from the 1991 Donington show, was released on the deluxe edition of the 2009 box set Backtracks. Another performance, recorded at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires in December 2009, was released as a limited edition 7-inch single (backed with a live performance of "War Machine" from the aforementioned show) for Record Store Day 2011, promoting the live DVD Live at River Plate, which was released in May 2011.

Meaning[edit]

The lyrics to "Shoot to Thrill" are a metaphor for sexual intercourse, with a few brief drug references ("too many pills").

Personnel[edit]

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Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Billboard Top Tracks[2] 60
Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Digital Songs[2] 75

Cover versions[edit]

The song has also been recorded by Halestorm on their EP Reanimate 2.0: The Covers.

Uses in media[edit]

This song has been used in several film and television programs including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AC/DC's Music To Be Featured In 'Iron Man 2'". Blabbermouth.net. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Back in Black – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/exclusives/acdc