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[1]
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)
Music video
"Thunderstruck" on YouTube

"Thunderstruck" is the lead single on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by Australian hard rock band 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.[2]

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."[3]

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.[4]

Composition[edit]

The song is composed in the key of B major. The main riff is built of notes in the mixolydian mode.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Usage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jake Brown (16 July 2013). AC/DC in the Studio - The Stories Behind Every Album. John Blake Publishing, Limited. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-78219-677-8. 
  2. ^ Triple M's Ultimate Rock 500 at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 February 2012). Triple M. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  3. ^ Young, Angus (2003). The Razors Edge (booklet). AC/DC. Epic Records. 
  4. ^ Grein, Paul (January 14, 2015). "Nick Jonas's 'Jealous' Hits a New Pea". Chart Watch. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 53, No. 3 Dec 01, 1990". RPM. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Danishcharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Tracklisten. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  10. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Thunderstruck". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – AC/DC Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – AC/DC search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-09-29" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  21. ^ "AC/DC – Chart history" Billboard Digital Songs for AC/DC. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "AC/DC – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for AC/DC. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  23. ^ "AC/DC – Chart history". Billboard Rock Digital Songs for AC/DC. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1990". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten - Single 1990". Single Top 100. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1991". Ultratop. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 31, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Italian single certifications – AC/DC – Thunderstruck" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved December 31, 2015.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter AC/DC in the field Filtra. Select 2015 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  31. ^ "British single certifications – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 7, 2015.  Enter Thunderstruck in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  32. ^ "Canadian single certifications – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Music Canada. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 
  33. ^ "American single certifications – AC/DC – Thunderstruck". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 31, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  34. ^ "Gordon Duncan Renowned musician and composer". The Herald (Glasgow). 22 December 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  35. ^ Kuper, Simon. "Inside Atlético Madrid: can the club go global?". ft.com. FT Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
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