Rock N' Roll Train (4:20)

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“Rock ‘N Roll Train” is a song by Australian rock band AC/DC. It is the first track on the album Black Ice to receive radio airplay. The band released a 7” vinyl single that featured the song “Rock ‘N Roll Train” on Side A, and “War Machine” on Side B. The 7” single came in a sleeve with its own unique artwork. The 7” vinyl was also made available in the United States through some independent record shops.

As with the success of the Black Ice album, the single was released to huge success. It was used in many television advertisements, more often being used as ESPN sports bumpers. It hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, staying there for over three weeks. The song does not feature the title in the lyrics, however.

The song was first heard by fans on August 15, 2008 at the shooting of the music video in London. The song was notable for being the first song from a major artist to be leaked online legally when one Scottish fan at the video shoot memorised the riff and sung it on YouTube on the 17th August.

On August 27 2008, close to midnight, the single was uploaded to AC/DC’s official website and AC/DC’s MySpace. It made its worldwide radio debut on 28 August at 17:00 New Zealand time on The Rock radio station. Many Australian stations played the song straight after their 4:00pm news services. The song later made its way onto classic rock radio stations Planet Rock, Virgin Radio Classic Rock, Radio Caroline, radio2XS and Rock Radio in the UK.

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