You Shook Me All Night Long

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"You Shook Me All Night Long"
YouShookMeAllNightLong.jpg
Single by AC/DC
from the album Back in Black
B-side"Have a Drink on Me"
Released19 August 1980
Format7 inch
Recorded1980
GenreHard rock
Length3:32
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
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
1986 re-release
Music video
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
"You Shook Me All Night Long" (Who Made Who)
on YouTube

"You Shook Me All Night Long" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, from the album Back in Black. The song also reappeared on their later album Who Made Who. AC/DC's first single with Brian Johnson as the lead singer, it reached 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. 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).

Critical reception[edit]

"You Shook Me All Night Long" placed at number 10 on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s". It was also number 1 on VH1's "Top Ten AC/DC Songs". Guitar World placed "You Shook Me All Night Long" at number 80 on their "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" list.

Robert Christgau regarded it as a "drum-hooked fucksong" and the band's "only great work of art".[1]

Live versions[edit]

The song has also become a staple of AC/DC concerts, and is rarely excluded from the setlist.[2]

Four live versions of the song were officially released. The first one appeared on the 1986 maxi-single "You Shook Me All Night Long"; the second one was included on the band's album Live; the third version is on the soundtrack to the Howard Stern movie Private Parts, and also appears on the AC/DC box set Backtracks; and the fourth one is on the band's live album, Live at River Plate.[citation needed]

"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."[3] When AC/DC was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, they performed this song with Tyler.[4]

Johnson performed the song with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York, US in March 2014. The Salon publication stated on the following morning in its introduction to the video footage of the performance: "This will either be your favorite video today, or a total musical nightmare!"[5]

Composition[edit]

The song is in the key of G major. The main verse and riff follows a GCD chord progression. The lyrics borrow heavily from the Willie Dixon tune "You Shook Me".

Music video[edit]

Two versions of the music video exist. The first version, directed by Eric Dionysius and Eric Mistler,[6] 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. It is also included on the Backtracks box set.[citation needed]

In the second version, directed by David Mallet[7] and released six years after the song's original release (when the song was reissued in Who Made Who), Angus and Malcolm Young follow Johnson around the English town of Huddersfield, with Angus Young wearing his signature schoolboy outfit. 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 wearing suits with zips at the groin region—pedaling exercise bicycles in the background.[citation needed]

The VH1 series Pop-Up Video revealed that, during the scene 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, and Angus Young gave them a mechanical bull as a wedding present as a joke. In the original 1980 video Phil Rudd played drums, while the 1986 video showed Simon Wright, who replaced Rudd in 1983. Rudd returned to AC/DC in 1994.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

Jesse Fink's book Bon: The Last Highway contains claims from two former girlfriends of Bon Scott, Silver Smith and "Holly X" (a pseudonym) that Scott wrote parts of the song before his death on 19 February 1980.[8]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[9] 8
French Singles Chart[10] 5
German Singles Chart[11] 29
Irish Singles Chart[12] 19
UK Singles Chart[13] 38
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 35

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[9] 42

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^
Italy (FIMI)[16] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 250,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[18]
(Mastertone)
Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "AC/DC". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 067973015X. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "AC/DC Tour Statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  3. ^ "AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long - Live [NBC 2000]" (Audio upload). The Unofficial AC/DC Channel on YouTube. Google, Inc. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Steven Tyler inducts AC DC Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 2003" (Video upload). Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum on YouTube. Google, Inc. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  5. ^ Angela450NYC (22 March 2014). "Must-see morning clip: Billy Joel and AC/DC's Brian Johnson perform "You Shook Me All Night Long" last night" (Video upload). Salon. Salon Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ "– AC/DC – "You shook me (all night long) [version 1: 1980]"". Mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  7. ^ "– AC/DC – "You shook me (all night long) [version 2: 1986]"". Mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  8. ^ "– Bon Scott Book Revelations: "He Was Disposable""". ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  9. ^ a b David Kent: Australian Chart Book
  10. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  11. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News,". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  12. ^ "Irish Charts". Irishcharts.ie. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  13. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  14. ^ "AC/DC - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  16. ^ "Italian single certifications – AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 13, 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type You Shook Me All Night Long in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 31, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  19. ^ "Slingshot – You Shook Me All Night Long". Slingshot at Discogs. Discogs. 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  20. ^ Colin Jacobson (3 May 2006). "A Knight's Tale: Extended Edition (2001)". DVD Movie Guide. DVD Movie Guide. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Céline Dion;Anastacia - You Shook Me All Night Long" (Video upload). CelineDionVEVO. Google, Inc. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  22. ^ "Big and Rich Shake Up AC/DC". Spinner. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2013-06-29.