Back in Black (4:16)

Cover of Back in Black

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“Back in Black” is a song by AC/DC, appearing as the first track on side two of their 1980 album, Back in Black. Known for its opening guitar riff, the song was AC/DC’s tribute to their former singer Bon Scott. It peaked in the U.S. at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 and was #51 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. “Back in Black” received the RIAA’s Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2x Platinum status in 2007.

The song was ranked #4 by VH1 on their list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs, and in 2009, it was named the second greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was also ranked #187 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time… The same magazine has also ranked “Back in Black” number 29 on “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”

A number of artists have sampled “Back in Black” without permission from the copyright holders.

In 1984 the Beastie Boys sampled “Back in Black” without permission for their song “Rock Hard”. In 1999, when they wished to include it on an upcoming CD compilation release, they sought permission but AC/DC refused. Mike D of the Beastie Boys quoted Malcolm Young’s reason for refusing as: “‘Nothing against you guys, but we just don’t endorse sampling.’” Back In Black was also sampled in the 2003 song “Work It” by Nelly.


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  • Weaponfire

    2:50 is one of my favorite moments in rock.

    27 Aug 7:20pm Reply
  • srv_

    Yes I'm back!

    21 Jul 12:58pm Reply
  • o-MacGyver-o


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  • YoQueSe666

    This Aussie band wouldn’t be the same without Bon Scott. After his death, AC/DC celebrated their former singer with this hard-hitting, in-your-face track. Opening with an unforgettable riff, the tune is driven by the dual guitar sound of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. The screeching vocals of the recently hired Brian Johnson completed the package and assisted Back in Black in becoming of one of history’s best-selling albums. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 2:22pm Reply

    YEAH! \\m/

    2 Jun 3:42pm Reply
  • Gus_Patriot

    my first song ^-^

    26 May 6:48pm Reply
  • shamil17


    17 May 5:25pm Reply
  • beatles_1940

    prava stvar

    13 May 11:29am Reply
  • SNStacy


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  • m1greatcool

    Yes i'm back in black =) Никогда не умрет

    2 May 5:56am Reply
  • sahhmartins


    1 May 6:17pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    bri Johnson is so fucking annoying..

    27 Mar 4:17pm Reply
  • Oguigo

    this music is medicine for the ears

    21 Mar 5:59pm Reply
  • Jessbbyy

    Fuckin awesome song!

    16 Mar 12:55am Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Kick-ass track!

    26 Feb 9:06pm Reply
  • orlandos271

    Grande AC/DC !!!

    13 Feb 6:37pm Reply
  • Schwarzohr


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  • melinavelarde

    lml ... AB/CD <3

    9 Feb 7:23pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    one of the best solos ever.

    15 Jan 11:20am Reply
  • sstrosser1

    Hey, Nahtada, If you say my name 5x then take a dump and don't wipe paste it to your forehead with staples while sniffing the crotch area of Chinese men's underwear you will visited in the bedroom tonight my a mule named Larry baring gifts of pepper jack cheese and nipple rings made of old car parts alarm clocks. If you don't you will have 100 years bad luck. This song rocks !!!!!!!!!!

    13 Jan 2:30pm Reply
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