AC/DC iTunes experiment

I have a little theory running around in my head and I’d appreciate you helping me out with it.

AC/DC have just launched their entire catalogue on iTunes, giving fans the opportunity to digitise their whole collection or pick and choose the favourites they want to purchase.

Let’s suppose you’re an AC/DC fan and you want to get some of their music to rock your iThingy. Due to budget limitations, however, you’ll restrict your purchase to just 10 songs.

Which 10 AC/DC songs would you buy?

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  1. Alas can’t help you on this Mate. I never saw the appeal of AC/DC, but others would say the same for many of the artist I favor so to each his own.

    1. Have to agree with you there Coggs, but did have the extreme good fortune to work for a certain Race Driving School in NW Connecticut about 15 years ago, and had one Brian Johnson & his wife Brenda as students/racers.

      Spent MANY long hours in the evening with the two of them, after a long day of racing, for several seasons. All I can say is that Brian is one truly funny man. His stories were priceless. Still brings a smile to my face remembering them. 🙂

      Oh…and the BOTH of them are very good racing drivers.

  2. Here’s my list, in no particular order:

    1. For Those About to Rock… as Mallthus said
    2. Hells Bells
    3. Shoot to Thrill
    4. Highway to Hell
    5. Back in Black
    6. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    7. Have a Drink on Me
    8. Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
    9. It’s a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock n Roll
    10. TNT

    I’m curious to see if my list proves or disproves your theory…

    1. Good list. Theory going well.

      I don’t think it’s a groundbreaking theory, by the way, it’s just one that struck me a day or so ago (whilst working out to AC/DC at the gym).

      1. I wanted to put Thunderstruck in there too, but, in the end, deferred to the older tunes. It’s a good one, though!

  3. Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)
    Highway to Hell
    Girls Got Rhythm
    Hells Bells
    Rock n Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
    Let There Be Rock

    Then get these three AC/DC covers as performed by Mark Kozelek:
    Up to My Neck in You
    What’s Next to the Moon
    Rock ‘n Roll Singer

    And, yes, I left out both “Back in Black” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”. Neither ever did much for me.

      1. While he was waiting around for the Red House Painters legal troubles to be resolved, he recorded a whole record of AC/DC covers. It’s actually quite good.

  4. Up To My Neck In You
    Down Payment Blues
    The Jack
    Back In Black
    Shoot to Thrill
    Let There Be Rock
    Problem Child
    Hard As A Rock

  5. Never been a longtime fan of AC/DC but here are my 10 songs (in no particular order):
    1 Thunderstruck
    2 Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)
    3 Safe In New York City
    4 Back In Black
    5 Big Gun
    6 Highway To Hell
    7 T.N.T.
    8 Big Balls
    9 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
    10 Let There Be Rock

    But I must also mention the interesting cover of Thunderstruck by the swedish group Hellsongs on the album Hymns in the key of 666. A very different soft, jazzy ballad version.

  6. Tough call to pick only 10 – I’ve just copied all my CDs into iTunes (pity can’t easily do the same with the tapes & vinyl…), but here’s a stab:

    1. You Shook Me All Night Long (THE best rock anthem in the world, ever…)
    2. Whole Lotta Rosie (why has nobody else suggested this?!?!)
    3. Beating Around The Bush
    4. Big Balls (just for the silliness of it)
    5. It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)
    6. Problem Child
    7. Thunderstruck
    8. Shoot to Thrill
    9. Let’s Get It Up
    10. Gone Shootin’

    Alternatively, if you’re more into Bon Scott era, for 10 tracks just get the If You Want Blood album…or Brian Johnson era it has to be Back In Black.

  7. I am definately of the ‘Bon Scott’ era so my list is as follows:

    1. Whole lotta Rosie
    2. Riff Raff
    3. The Jack
    4. Rocker
    5. You shook me all night long
    6. Back in Black
    7. Shoot to Thrill
    8. Problem Child
    9. Jailbreak
    10. Dirty Deeds

    No particular order of course but the Bon Scott era is best IMHO.

  8. Here’s 10, which I’ve whittled-down from 25 or so:

    Shoot to Thrill
    Rock N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
    Shot Down In Flames
    Hells Bells
    Highway to Hell
    Sin City
    Good Riddance to Bad Luck

  9. I should have added my own selections. I actually DID recently buy 16 AC/DC songs on iTunes. If I’d restricted myself to just ten, it would have been:

    Back in Black
    You shook me all night long
    Touch too much
    If you want blood
    Dirty Deeds
    The jack
    Highway to hell
    Let there be rock

    For the sake of full disclosure, the others I bought were:

    Hells Bells
    Rock and Roll ain’t noise pollution
    It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll
    Can I sit next to you, girl?
    High Voltage

  10. it’s funny, noone mentioned touch too much. the one and only ac/dc song, that i’d call a must. good to see it’s on your list…
    apparently, the old days are more in vogue around here….

      1. Was a toss between that or Beating Around the Bush for me…

        So Swade, the theory – presumably that most people picked Bon Scott and Back in Black material, with very little of the later Brian Johnson stuff?

  11. I just noticed this story. OK so:

    Let There Be Rock
    Big Balls (Best lyrics of all time)
    Back in Black
    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    Highway To Hell
    It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock n Roll. (Who said bagpipes aren’t cool?)

    Those are the only ones I can remember, but they are all great.

  12. Forgot to add Thunderstruck. I was about 12 or 13 when this came out. This is a good rocking song but with a horribly slick MOR production, so typical of late 80s/early 90s ‘stadium rock’ records, and it put me off AC/DC until I listened to the earlier records with the great, gritty production.