Best AC/DC Record

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One of the best rock bands of all time, no question. But which is their best album? I'm voting the obvious, Back in Black, since it's probably the record that got me into classic rock/metal. But the choice is yours. (US releases, no live albums, not including Who Made despite original songs and obvious greatness)

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Highway to Hell 12
I have no taste and don't like AC/DC8
Back in Black 8
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 7
Let There Be Rock 7
High Voltage 5
Powerage 4
Blow up Your Video 1
Ballbreaker 1
For Those about to Rock 0
'74 Jailbreak 0
Fly on the Wall 0
The Razor's Edge 0
Stiff Upper Lip 0
Flick of the Switch 0


Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:32 (twelve years ago) link

I need to revisit them again, but Highway To Hell was always my fave. Back In Black is also great. Tough one.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:34 (twelve years ago) link

(that should be Who Made Who in the poll text, obviously)

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:46 (twelve years ago) link

"Live at the Atlantic Studio" from the Bonfire box set is the best thing ever, but all the Bon stuff is outstanding. I liked them better as a boogie band than the later more mainstream metal sound they worked with Brian. Though up through parts of Fly On The Wall they're still pretty damn good.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:09 (twelve years ago) link

I just hope "I don't like AC/DC" doesn't win.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:10 (twelve years ago) link

I may be in the minority here, but...Ballbreaker? Anyone else think it's way way underrated?

Standing In The Shadows Of Bob, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:16 (twelve years ago) link

I don't think it's their best album, but Ballbreaker has some great tunes on it. Haven't listened to it in a while, but I remember really liking it when I first got it. Definitely underrated.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:32 (twelve years ago) link

If Bon > Brian is it possible that Back In Black > the best Bon recording?

Nope.

Therefore let it be written that the answer is Dirty Deeds.

NYCNative, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:55 (twelve years ago) link

Back in Black and the Razor's Edge (and, I guess, Who Made Who) are the only Brian Johnson recordings I listen to with any regularity, but there's no denying that Back in Black is monumental.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:59 (twelve years ago) link

It's not the best, but flick of the switch is underappreciated. I was boring and voted for BiB.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:14 (twelve years ago) link

Flick of the Switch isn't painful to listen to or anything, there just isn't a single memorable song on it.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:20 (twelve years ago) link

Actually, I just put it in to see if I remembered any of the songs, and found it pretty boring.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:31 (twelve years ago) link

Let There Be Rock, obviously. And let's have no more positioning of that dull but consistent slab of indifferent road boogie, Powerage, anywhere near the top.

moley, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:46 (twelve years ago) link

dude powerage is almost as good as let there be rock (which is the best, i agree)! come on, "rock and roll damnation" and "down payment blues" and "what's next to the moon," are you crazy?

pretzel walrus, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:48 (twelve years ago) link

(also stupid US releases are totally annoying, "problem child" sounds completely outta place on ltbr and "crabsody in blue" is a good jam)

pretzel walrus, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:54 (twelve years ago) link

Powerage has Riff Raff on it. How can you not love it?

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 20 April 2007 04:08 (twelve years ago) link

Also: "Sin City" and "Gone shootin'." At which point I think we've covered the entire album.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 04:13 (twelve years ago) link

One of the best rock bands of all time, no question.


No Question?

Bee OK, Friday, 20 April 2007 04:34 (twelve years ago) link

i mean if you're wrong or something, maybe

pretzel walrus, Friday, 20 April 2007 04:38 (twelve years ago) link

Ugh, I'd managed to forget "Fly On The Wall". THX ILX!

Otherwise, a lot harder than you'd think. "Dirty Deeds" it is.

John Justen, Friday, 20 April 2007 06:48 (twelve years ago) link

Having to choose between "Back In Black" and "Highway To Hell", I voted for "Back In Black" because of the title track, "Hells Bells" and "You Shook Me All Night Long".

Everything they've done since the mid 80s is boring.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 20 April 2007 12:51 (twelve years ago) link

High Voltage.

(And it's kind of sad how many people are mentioning Back in Black.)

xhuxk, Friday, 20 April 2007 12:55 (twelve years ago) link

HI DERE!

The Amazing Randy, Friday, 20 April 2007 13:09 (twelve years ago) link

High Voltage, easily. It's gonna be a straight up tragedy when Back in Black wins.

scarymuppet, Friday, 20 April 2007 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

I'll even take Powerage over High Voltage, tracks 7 & 8 are probably my least favorite on either, but Powerage's are zippier. And tracks 1-6 and 9 on both are awesome.

da croupier, Friday, 20 April 2007 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

Also, Powerage's consistent theme ("how DARE you even THINK of dumping Bon Scott?!?!") is pretty unique in the AC/DC ouvre.

da croupier, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:01 (twelve years ago) link

Powerage for me.

Hey croupier, listen to "Shot down in Flames" on HTH.

Bill Magill, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:41 (twelve years ago) link

I have all the Bon stuff, actually! And I'm not saying there are NO songs about getting dumped on any other album.

da croupier, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:48 (twelve years ago) link

I am so happy to see all the love for "Powerage". I think it's the bands high water mark and a record where they (barely) move away from their song formula.

"Riff Raff" was the air guitar song of my youth.

kwhitehead, Friday, 20 April 2007 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

LET THERE BE ROCK all the way

Stormy Davis, Friday, 20 April 2007 16:47 (twelve years ago) link

I'm not a big Ballbreaker fan ... I wanted that album to be so good, was so psyched that they were working with Rick but...

Saw them on that tour though and they were great as usual.

Stormy Davis, Friday, 20 April 2007 16:49 (twelve years ago) link

High Voltage

darin, Friday, 20 April 2007 16:53 (twelve years ago) link

Powerage for me. Although it was hard to choose it over Let There Be Rock.

JN$OT, Friday, 20 April 2007 16:55 (twelve years ago) link

High Voltage may be in the running. It is the one studio album I listen to most.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 April 2007 18:06 (twelve years ago) link

1.Let There Be Rock for me.
2.Brian Johnson was no Bon Scott, but come on, he had his own kinda "flow" early on. That initial monochromatic trio of LPs was pretty solid. And "Flick Of The switch" is still overlooked (and great).
3.I wish I was familiar with the original LPs configurations for comparison purposes. Pretzel is 100% right to feel resentful that the USA releases are now the "official" ones. (Even tho the original Australian cover-art is, to my eyes, even uglier, no mean feat.)

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 20 April 2007 19:33 (twelve years ago) link

i dunno, i like the aussie LTBR:

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s82191.jpg

the rest of them are a hell of a lot uglier tho, i agree

pretzel walrus, Friday, 20 April 2007 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

One of the best rock bands of all time, no question.

No Question?

-- Bee OK, Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:34 PM (Yesterday)


That is, of course, a purely objective assessment.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 20:12 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry pretzel, but I went with the US releases because, quite simply, those are the ones that most people on ILM have.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 20 April 2007 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

bump

JN$OT, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:22 (twelve years ago) link

Is there any particular reason why you're bumping all these threads?

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:28 (twelve years ago) link

Why not? A chance for people to get some last minute votes in? Or to actually see the results maybe?

JN$OT, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:29 (twelve years ago) link

lovely

JN$OT, Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:40 (twelve years ago) link

Gonna say "Back in Black" followed by "Highway to Hell".

novaheat, Thursday, 26 April 2007 09:03 (twelve years ago) link

Last chance to vote!

Jeff Treppel, Thursday, 26 April 2007 18:53 (twelve years ago) link

No taste tied with Back in Black! But hey, it didn't win. Happy, Chuck?

Jeff Treppel, Thursday, 26 April 2007 23:34 (twelve years ago) link

I expected more AC/DC fans to be on ILM.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 26 April 2007 23:35 (twelve years ago) link

People who don't like AC/DC might be saddest sacks on Earth.

darin, Thursday, 26 April 2007 23:43 (twelve years ago) link

Seriously, they must live lives devoid of joy and wonder.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 27 April 2007 00:03 (twelve years ago) link

Lots of people on ILM just don't like any rock music. It happens.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 27 April 2007 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

It's no big deal someo people not liking stuff. It's just strange that they would actually bother to vote that they don't like them. But people do so that's why I like to give that option (except for my Hüsker Dü poll)

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 27 April 2007 00:16 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

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* 3 CD's, 2 DVD's, and 1 LP of rarities
* A 164 page high production quality hardcover photo book
* Memorabilia from the Band’s earliest days of touring
* ALL OF THIS COMES IN A WORKING AMP!

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 23 October 2009 14:48 (nine years ago) link

You know, looking at the tracklist again, I realized that they didn't include the cover of "School Days" from the Australian LP T.N.T. So, even after this set they STILL haven't made all of the exclusive Australian tracks available to the U.S. market...

Plunge Protection Team, Friday, 23 October 2009 22:07 (nine years ago) link

You can download that track directly from Walmart.com.

Nate Carson, Saturday, 24 October 2009 11:07 (nine years ago) link

Powerage was robbed.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 24 October 2009 13:16 (nine years ago) link

Powerage was robbed.

― Alex in NYC, Saturday, October 24, 2009 1:16 PM (8 hours ago)


I agree with this statement.
"RIFF RAFF"!!!!

chad, Saturday, 24 October 2009 21:52 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Dirty Deeds and Back in Black

the second verse to BiB almost comes across like rap lyrically, given the braggadocio...

my downeaster ilxor (Neanderthal), Friday, 10 June 2011 02:12 (eight years ago) link

They had better songs on other records, but Powerage is pretty much AC/DC at their most raw powerful self. I'd almost say that album has the best sounding hard rock guitar ever recorded. It just f-ing roars.

earlnash, Friday, 10 June 2011 02:31 (eight years ago) link

finally got Backtracks. omg "Love Song" is amazing and cements why Bon was the best -- so weird to haer that side of him, he sang that so emotively!

Nebuchadnezzar Buchanan (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 June 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

I changed my mind. Powerage is best.

why i am an anarcho-sandwich artist (Neanderthal), Friday, 17 June 2011 23:40 (eight years ago) link

seven years pass...

^^^ it’s powerage

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 8 June 2019 04:47 (three months ago) link

hmmm powerage might just pip high voltage.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:26 (three months ago) link

been spinning “powerage” a whole lot, thanks for the revive brad, will report back w my thoughts eventually

what does pip mean

budo jeru, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 05:43 (three months ago) link

My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Satanic name Philip, my infant tongue could rock of both names nothing heavier or more illicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

budo jeru, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 05:49 (three months ago) link

^^^ it’s powerage

― american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, June 7, 2019 9:47 PM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hmmm powerage might just pip high voltage.

― meaulnes, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:26 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's definitely between these two.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:28 (three months ago) link


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