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INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Musician Angus Young of AC/DC performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 10, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

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AC/DC: “Back in Black”

The Hook: Their producer needed convincing that the song was a fitting tribute to the late Bon Scott.

Album: Back in Black

Year:
1980

Writers:
Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson

Stats:
Peaked at number-37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: AC/DC wanted both the album Back in Black and its title track to be tributes to their late singer, Bon Scott. Some thought the album title might not be respectful enough. And, as guitarist Angus Young tells us, even their producer, Mutt Lange, was skeptical about the song at first.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young on how he and his brother Malcolm had to convince producer Mutt Lange that “Back in Black” was worth recording. OC:…with us. :18

“When we were making it, Mutt was saying, ‘Y’know I’m having trouble trying to get into ‘em. So me and Malc sat down and when he asked me, ‘What about how it’s sung and how do you hear it?’ I showed him and he went, ‘Hey, that’s happening!’ Once he saw what we meant, he was in there with us.”