memories of the ’80s – You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

YouShookMeAllNightLong.jpgFor hard rock lovers, AC/DC was hitting its peak, but despite a tragedy, emerged into the 1980s with a new lead singer and a hot track: You Shook Me All Night Long.

Finding success with their previous album Highway to Hell, the Australia band was planning to go back into the studio for their follow up album.

Sadly, their lead singer Bon Scott died, a result of over consumption of alcohol.

Hiring British singer Brian Johnson, the band went into Compass Point studios in The Bahamas to record Back in Black in spring 1980 with producer Mutt Lange.

You Shook Me All Night Long, written by Angus Young, Macolm Young and Brian Johnson, became the first single released from the album, and the first single with Johnson as lead singer.

The all-black album cover was designed in respect to the late Bon Scott.ACDC Back in Black.png

Released on Atlantic Records in August 1980, a week after the album release, the single rose steadily on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, hitting number 35.

Although not a chart topper, this song was certified platinum in Australia and the US as well as gold in the UK. The band toured for a year with the album, which has sold 50 million copies worldwide, one of the best-selling hard rock albums of all time.

A mainstay of AC/DC live performances, You Shook Me All Night Long has been voted to the number 10 spot by VH1 on the Greatest 100 Hits of the 1980s list.

 

 

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About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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