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Song by AC/DC
from the album The Razors Edge
Released10 September 1990
RecordedJanuary 1990
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer(s)Bruce Fairbairn

"Thunderstruck" is the first single off of Australian rock band AC/DC's twelfth studio album The Razors Edge. The song was released on 10 September 1990.

The song was able to make it to #4 on the Rock Digital Songs, #5 on the Mainstream Rock, and #16 on the Digital Song Sales charts.[1][2][3] It was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[4]

When talking about the song, guitarist Angus Young said "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, based on our favourite childhood toy ThunderStreak, and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That's the basic idea."[5]

A music video for the song was released. It was directed by David Mallet. In the video, the band performs in concert at Brixton Academy in London on 17 August 1990. The video has over 1 billion views on YouTube.[6]


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  1. "AC/DC - Rock Digital Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  2. "AC/DC - Mainstream Rock Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  3. "AC/DC - Digital Song Sales Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  4. "AC/DC - Thunderstruck". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  5. "AC/DC: 25 Essential Songs - Thunderstruck". Rolling Stone Australia. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  6. "AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' Video Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved August 25, 2023.

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