Hells Bells (6:00)

Cover of Back in Black

From Back in Black and 54 other releases

“Hells Bells” is the first track of the album Back in Black of Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the first song on their comeback album after the death of vocalist Bon Scott, introducing his successor Brian Johnson.

The song starts off with the slow tolling of a bell 13 times and an intro played by lead guitarist Angus Young in the beginning, he is then accompanied by his brother and band mate Malcolm Young. Eventually the bassist Cliff Williams and the drummer Phil Rudd start playing. The lyrics, sung by Brian Johnson, explain how the narrator will attack, comparing his actions with natural phenomena such as rain, thunders and hurricanes. The song implies that the narrator has been sent to drag a soul into Hell.

The song was written to commemorate the death of AC/DC’s lead singer Bon Scott.

The song also appears on Who Made Who, AC/DC’s 1986 soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, and on both versions of 1992’s AC/DC Live.

In popular culture

* The song is played in the video introduction at New Jersey Devils home games.
* The song’s main riff is played while the main character in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is at the airport.
* The song is played during the recap of the Season 3 premiere episode of the television series Supernatural.
* Major League Baseball pitcher Trevor Hoffman has entered all save situations in San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers home games (called “Trevor Time”) since 1998 with “Hells Bells” playing over the public address system. Matt Wieters also used the song during his MLB debut and is expected to continue using it. [2]


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I'm a rolling thunder, a pouring rain
I'm comin' on like a hurricane
My lightning's flashing across the sky 
You're only young but you're gonna die

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