[[caption-width-right:273:AC/DC in 1979, From left to right: Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Phil Rudd.]]

->''For those about to rock - FIRE''\\
''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKhTk0IynHM WE SALUTE YOU!]]''

AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by guitarists and brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who made their big break internationally with ''Highway to Hell'' in 1979. In 1980, their lead singer Bon Scott died of "death by misadventure" -- asphyxiation from choking on his own vomit after a night of binge drinking. The band considered breaking up but got a new lead singer, Brian Johnson and made ''Music/BackInBlack'' and have been making records ever since. Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and replaced by Simon Wright who, after that, was replaced by Chris Slade, who was in his turn asked to leave so Phil Rudd could return as drummer in 1994. In 2014, Malcolm Young was forced to retire due to serious health issues (early-onset dementia), and was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, who previously temporarily filled in for Malcolm in 1988 when Malcolm was dealing with his alcoholism. In April 2015, Rudd pleaded guilty to various drug charges and threatening to kill his assistant, and was subsequently replaced -- again -- by Chris Slade.

As of 2008, AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States. ''Back in Black'' has sold an estimated 45 million units worldwide, making it the highest-selling album by any band and the second highest-selling album in history, second only to Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}''.

In 2010, their twenty-month Black Ice World Tour ended and officially became the third-highest grossing tour in music history.

The name AC/DC comes from [[LineOfSightName Angus seeing a switch in a sewing machine, where it could change from "alternating current/direct current".]]

In March 2016 singer Brian Johnson was [[http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/03/acdc-frontman-brian-johnson-ordered-to-stop-touring-immediately-or-risk-total-hearing-loss/ ordered]] by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk permanently losing his hearing. Ten scheduled U.S. dates on their 2016 tour were subsequently postponed as a result, with the band promising to reschedule them with a guest vocalist. In April 2016, Axl Rose of Music/GunsNRoses was [[http://time.com/4297027/axl-rose-acdc-world-tour/ announced]] to be the guest vocalist joining the band to finish out the tour. Initial fan reaction was mostly negative to say the least, but the band finished out the tour and the concerts received critical acclaim. Long term bassist Cliff Williams retired at the end of the 2016 "Rock or Bust" tour - this leaves Angus as the sole surviving founder member. As the band had now lost four long-time members in quick succession, the band's long-term future was in doubt with many commentators suggesting it was time for the band to call it a day and go out on high note. However at the end of the tour, Rose was announced as Johnson's permanent replacement, and in February 2017 it was reported that he and Angus have begun work on AC/DC's 16th studio album[[note]](17th in Australia)[[/note]].

Malcolm Young passed away on 18 November 2017.

!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* Rob Bailey - bass (1974–75)
* Peter Clack - drums (1974–75)
* '''Dave Evans''' - lead vocals (1973–74)
* Mark Evans - bass, vocals (1975-1977)
* Brian Johnson - lead vocals (1980-2016)
* ''[[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]]'' - vocals (2016-)
* Phil Rudd - drums, percussion (1975–83, 1994–2015)
* Bon Scott - lead vocals, bagpipes, drums (1974–80, died 1980)
* ''Chris Slade'' - drums, percussion (1989–94, 2015–)
* Cliff Williams - bass, vocals (1978-2016)
* Simon Wright - drums, percussion (1983–89)
* '''''Angus Young''''' - guitar, vocals (1973–)
* '''Malcolm Young''' - guitar, vocals (1973–2014, died 2017)
* ''Stevie Young'' - guitar, vocals (2014–) [[note]]Served as a fill-in in a 1988 tour when Malcolm took a break to deal with his alcoholism, now a full-time member due to health issues that prevent him from playing in the band[[/note]]

!!Early Members/Fill-Ins:

* Colin Burgess - drums (1973–74, 1975)
* Ron Carpenter - drums (1974)
* Russell Coleman - drums (1974)
* Tony Currenti - drums (1974)
* Bruce Howe - bass (1975)
* Larry Van Kriedt - bass (1973–74, 1975)
* Paul Matters - bass (1975)
* John Proud - drums (1974)
* Neil Smith - bass (1974)
* Noel Taylor - drums (1974)
* George Young - bass, guitar, drums, vocals (1974–75)

!!Studio Discography:

* 1975 - ''Music/HighVoltage'' [[note]]Not to be confused with the similarly titled internationally released album from 1976[[/note]]
* 1975 - ''[[Music/TNT1975 T.N.T.]]''
* 1976 - ''[[Music/TNT1975 High Voltage]]'' [[note]]Not to be confused with the similarly titled album released only in Australia in 1975[[/note]]
* 1976 - ''Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap''
* 1977 - ''Let There Be Rock''
* 1978 - ''Powerage''
* 1979 - ''Highway to Hell''
* 1980 - ''Music/BackInBlack''
* 1981 - ''For Those About to Rock We Salute You''
* 1983 - ''Flick of the Switch''
* 1985 - ''Fly on the Wall''
* 1988 - ''Blow Up Your Video''
* 1990 - ''The Razors Edge''
* 1995 - ''Ballbreaker''
* 2000 - ''Stiff Upper Lip''
* 2008 - ''Black Ice''
* 2014 - ''Rock or Bust''

!!Live Discography:

* 1978 - ''If You Want Blood You've Got It''
* 1992 - ''Live''
* 1997 - ''Live From The Atlantic Studios''
* 1997 - ''Let There Be Rock: The Movie – Live In Paris''
* 2012 - ''Live At River Plate''

!!"Dirty tropes done dirt cheap":


[[folder:Musician tropes]]
* AscendedFanboy: Despite his own international rockstar status, here on AC/DC, Axl Rose is this.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Well, one of them, at least. After Bon Scott died, Angus Young became the Face - he is far more flamboyant and iconic than the new singer Brian Johnson.
* BandOfRelatives: Angus and Malcolm Young are brothers. Their brother George Young was bassist in 1974 and served as producer on many of their records, and mutual nephew of all three Stevie Young filled in for Malcolm in 1988, and permanently replaced him as an official member in 2014.
* CarpetOfVirility: Bon Scott. He wasn't afraid to show it off.
* CoolOldGuy: All of them!
* DwindlingParty: Malcolm couldn't record ''Rock or Bust''. Phil couldn't tour for it. Then Brian had to sit the final concerts out. And all the departures made Cliff decide to leave once it was done.
* GameBreakingInjury: Brian's hearing loss, which wasn't caused by years of loud music, but driving racecars without earplugs.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Stevie Young in the 1988 tour while uncle Malcolm was in rehab, Paul Greg subbed for Cliff Williams in two 1990 concerts when the bassist was hospitalized for kidney stones, and now Axl Rose to compensate for Brian Johnson's hearing loss.
* IAmTheBand: After Malcolm retired from the band, AC/DC is effectively Angus' band now.
* IconicItem: Angus' [[AgeInappropriateDress mock schoolboy outfit]] and red Gibson SG.
** Also, Brian Johnson's [[NiceHat cap]].
* {{Keet}}: Angus, who's short and never sits still on stage, running, mugging, headbanging and even stripping.
* LargeHam: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi5BKTLU2bQ Bon Scott]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-ONKtlmizs Brian Johnson]] are undeniably over-the-top, and Angus is so flamboyant while he plays he probably shows both.
* LesserStar: Cliff and Phil just provide a really basic rhythm section (Cliff stated he's satisfied with it, while Phil [[TheQuietOne doesn't talk very much]]).
* LongRunnerLineUp: Brian Johnson, Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd from 1980–83 and 1994–2014.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Most of them are under 5'6". New rhythm guitarist Stevie Young dwarfs the rest of the band at a towering 5'7". When Axl joined permanently he towered over his bandmates at 5 foot 8 inches. And while Bon was alive, he was the tallest at 5'9" (not exactly short, but when standing next to [[http://shaistrahan.blogspot.com/2011/05/bon-scott-groupies.html groupies with big hair and high heels...).]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The fact that ''Music/BackInBlack'', the first album they recorded after Bon Scott's death, features songs about drinking to excess ("Have a Drink on Me"), partying and overall fighting death ("Back in Black") and going to Hell ("Hell's Bells"). All were homages to Scott, of course, given he would write in that vein...
* RevolvingDoorBand: The band formed in 1973. By 1975 when they first hit the big time (in Australia at least), they were on their 8th drummer (Phil Rudd), 6th bassist (Mark Evans), and 2nd vocalist. The second vocalist (Bon Scott) was one of the previous seven drummers, as well as the band's driver before that (the Young brothers thought having him play music instead increased their chances of [[DrivesLikeCrazy getting home from a show alive]]). Furthering the "revolving" part, Chris Slade is Phil Rudd's predecessor (once Rudd decided to return in 1994) and successor (when the drummer [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor went nuts and was arrested for it]] in 2014 and thus the band decided to part ways). Add in Malcolm's and Brian's departures due to health issues in 2014 and 2016 respectively, leading to Cliff's retirement also in 2016, and the trope is in full effect.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Angus's costume.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Bon Scott's life in a nutshell (the others - specially Angus, who only smokes - less so, even if Malcolm and Phil had to take temporary leaves for substance abuse).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Brian Johnson replacing Bon Scott. Even allmusic.com said something like "The casual listener could easily have thought that Johnson ''was'' Scott." Johnson himself has said that his normal singing voice was nothing like that before AC/DC; he deliberately emulated Scott's style. And while he was still part of the band, Bon Scott said if anyone could ever replace him, it would have to be Johnson.
** Also, Stevie Young replacing Malcolm Young in 2014.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: While Cliff allegedly joined the band because of his good looks (which the Youngs thought would bring more women), take a look at his daughter, [[http://hills2city.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/erin-christmas.jpg model Erin Lucas]].
* UnusualEuphemism: In an interview Angus described Bon Scott as a "crayfisherman" because he [[KavorkaMan "caught crabs for a living."]]
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Angus like to strip down to his underwear in concerts.

[[folder:Music tropes]]
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** "High Voltage" wasn't on the album with that name.
** "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" wasn't even a song until ''Highway To Hell''.
** ''Blow Up Your Video'' is named after a line from "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll".
* AncientRome: Angus didn't like school, [[http://www.guitarworld.com/article/acdc_the_big_chill?page=0%2C4 but is a history buff, Rome in particular.]] Three songs are based on it, "For Those About To Rock" (the title comes from the famous gladiator phrase), "Hail Caesar", and "War Machine" (inspired by a documentary on [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Hannibal Barca]]).
* AntiChristmasSong: As the liner notes for ''The Razors Edge'' read:
-->“Mistress For Christmas” ain’t exactly “Frosty The Snowman.” Nor is it likely to turn up on too many compilations of family Christmas favourites.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Several. "High Voltage" and "The Jack" are usually these.
** To a lesser extent the intro to "Whole Lotta Rosie" ( "Angus! Angus!") and the Oi's in "[[StuffBlowingUp T.N.T]]."
** THUNDER!aaaaaaaaaaaa...THUNDER!aaaaaaaaaa......THUNDER!
* BigRockEnding: Tons of their songs, especially when played live.
* BlatantLies: Bon Scott singing 'I never smoked me no cigarettes, I never drank much booze' on "Overdose".
* BloodLust: "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
* CoolTrain: Rock N Roll Train
* DarkerAndEdgier: 1990's ''The Razor's Edge'' is the closest the band ever came to straight heavy metal. The song is in a minor key, features an Angus solo that briefly meanders into "noise rock" territory, and is propelled by a almost militaristic drumbeat.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Oddly inverted. The live, original version of "The Jack" is much more explicit with its message about gonorrhea, but because the song was too explicit, the band was forced to censor it when they recorded it for the album, resulting in Bon Scott coming up with much more clever lyrics chock full of innuendo. Thus, the album version (which is what most people heard first and assumed was the original) stands as one of their crowning achievements of DoubleEntendre, and the original live version explains the joke by being much more explicit.
* DoubleEntendre:
** Bon Scott in particular was something of a genius at them, but let the record show that Brian Johnson wrote probably greatest double entendre ever (from "Let Me Put My Love Into You"):
---> ''Let me cut your cake with my knife''
** This line from "Beating Around the Bush" is an honourable mention, and so is the song's title itself:
---> ''Sticks and stones won't break my bone''
** "Big Balls". This one is chock full of DE goodness. If you can even call it "double".
** There's also this precocity from "You Shook Me All Night Long":
---> ''She told me to come, but I was already there''
** "The Jack" uses cards as a metaphor for venereal diseases.
* EpicRocking: "Let There Be Rock". In every sense of "epic". Live performances of that (and a few others such as "Jailbreak") can reach over 10 minutes! Other 6 minute tracks like that include "Overdose" and "Night Prowler".
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)".
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: While only four songs have instruments other than guitars, bass and drums, three are "regular" ones ("It's a Long Way To The Top"'s bagpipes, bells in both "Hells Bells" and "Mistress For Christmas")... and "For Those About To Rock" features ''[[UpToEleven cannons]]''.
** Inverted in "Jailbreak", where Angus ''makes'' sounds in his guitar for ''Spotlights! Sirens! Rifles, firing!''
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "Hells Bells".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Big Balls" is about large-scale upper-class social events.
** The line "She's got big balls!" makes this fairly obvious. [[UnsettlingGenderReveal The alternative]] is far deeper than most AC/DC songs typically go.
** "The Jack" refers to Gonorrhea.
* GoldDigger: "What Do You Do For Money Honey"
* GreatEscape: "Jailbreak"
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Angus Young refuses to do one. Yet two soundtracks, ''Who Made Who'' (''Film/MaximumOverdrive'') and ''Film/IronMan2'' serve as good compilations.
** The 1 CD version of ''Live'' (1992) could count as well.
* GriefSong: ''Back In Black'' has both "Hells Bells" and "Have A Drink On Me" as an homage to Bon Scott, who had died that year.
* HeavyMeta: A third, or half the songs, include Rock or Rock 'N' Roll in the title or lyrics.
** The album ''Black Ice'' has no less than 5 songs that have the words "rock" or "rocking" in the title.
* AHellOfATime: "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be" is a sexual take on this.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Let Me Put My Love Into You", "You Shook Me All Night Long", and in fact about half of AC/DC's songs.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Angus appears impaled by his own guitar on the cover of ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f6/Acdc_If_You_Want_Blood_You%27ve_Got_It.JPG If You Want Blood...]]''
* {{Instrumentals}}:
** "D.T." from ''Who Made Who''.
** "Chase The Ace" from the same album. Though lyrics can supposedly be found online, the song itself features none.
* LastNoteHilarity: "Night Prowler" ends with Bon Scott saying [[Series/MorkAndMindy "Shazbot. Nanu nanu."]]
** "The Jack" ends with Bon Scott thanking an unappreciative audience.
* LyricalDissonance: "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)" is probably the most rousing and upbeat rock song ever recorded about how much it sucks to be in a band.
** "Shot Down In Flames" is probably the most fun song ever recorded about being rejected by women.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Back In Black''
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually around 5 or 6. Some of their songs go down to 4, while a few other songs get as high as 7.
* MoneySong: "Money Made", "Moneytalks".
* NonAppearingTitle: "Rock 'N' Roll Train". The WorkingTitle does appear, but Angus thought there were already too many songs\albums named "Runaway Train".
** Other titles that appear in some form, but not exactly as the title suggests, include "Some Sin For Nuthin'", "Smash 'N' Grab", and "Anything Goes".
* RatedMForManly: The songs are all about SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll! Bon Scott's persona made it even manlier.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Implied in "T.N.T."
* ProfessionalKiller: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
* RockStarSong: "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)". "Let There Be Rock" too. "Highway To Hell", "Little Lover", "There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'", "Rock 'n' Roll Singer", "Rocker", "Thunderstruck", "Showbusiness", and honestly too many more to name here.
* ShoutOut: The title "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is a reference to ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'', where it was a phrase used by the show's villain, Dishonest John.
** At the end of "Night Prowler", Bon can be heard saying "[[Series/MorkAndMindy Shazbot, na-noo, na-noo.]]"
** "T.N.T." features the line "I'm dirty, I'm mean, I'm mighty unclean", a reference to advertising icon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_the_Fly Louie The Fly]].
* SomethingBlues: "Down Payment Blues" and "Satellite Blues".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Love Song" is an actual love song, with jangly guitars and all, and "Ride On" is the closest thing to a ballad AC/DC has. These two also count as a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as they are both part of AC/DC's earlier material (the former is from the Australian edition of ''High Voltage''[[note]]excluded from the 1976 international release[[/note]], and the latter from ''Dirty Deeds...'').
** Many albums have one or two songs that are far slower and more bluesy then the rest of the album, such as "Stormy May Day" and "Rock 'N' Roll Dream" on ''Black Ice''.
** In the documentary ''Long Way to the Top: Stories of Australian Rock & Roll'', Angus Young recalls that, for some reason, the band decided to play the theme from ''Film/ZorbaTheGreek'' at one show.
** "Can I Sit Next To You Girl?" and "Rockin' In The Parlour" - the only songs they recorded with Dave Evans that was officially released, are straight up glam rock.
* StrictlyFormula: This quote by Brian sums it up:
--> ''"Someone said to Angus the other day, ‘Hey, you’ve made the same album 15 times.’ Angus said, ‘No, man, we’ve made the same album 16 times!’"''
* SubduedSection: "Let There Be Rock", "Shoot To Thrill", "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Jailbreak", "Thunderstruck"...
* TakeThatCritics: "Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
* TitleOnlyChorus: At least half of their songs. This is particularly prominent in recent albums, when Angus and Malcolm Young write all of the lyrics.
* VillainSong: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". "Night Prowler" can fit if one feels the StalkerWithACrush narrator is going too far.

[[folder:Misc tropes]]
* ContinuityNod: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" alludes to "T.N.T." and "High Voltage."
* GreatBallsOfFire: Their live shows are ''huge''. Just for starters, life sized cannons who fire during "For Those About To Rock", and a bell in which Brian hangs during "Hells Bells".
** The ''Ballbreaker'' tour featured Angus smashing through a (fake) brick wall on a life size wrecking ball.
* IconicLogo
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball in 2012. It was so popular that it sparked a pinball renaissance in Australia. [[Pinball/{{ACDC}} Click here for tropes.]]
* LineOfSightName
* LuckyCharmsTitle: When spelling it, don't forget the lightning bolt. A slash is acceptable for partial credit. Unicode represents an approximate form this way: AC'''ϟ'''DC?
* PopStarComposer: The soundtrack to Creator/StephenKing's lone directoral effort, ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', was comprised enriely of AC/DC songs old and new, with a little bit of instrumental incidental music.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Music/{{Airbourne}} are seen by many as this, being a four piece Australian rock band doing a very similar style of music
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: When they started out, the term "AC/DC" had, in addition to electrical notation, been a somewhat common term for bisexuality. Lampshaded by Malcom in the band's ''Behind the Music'' special, wherein he relates a story shortly after the band first formed of a cab driver who informed him and Angus of the double-meaning:
-->'''Malcom:''' And I said, "''[[BigWhat What?!]] [laughs]'' You lookin' for trouble, pal?" He goes, "No, no, seriously. Bisexual... AC/DC." And I go, "Aw, [[PrecisionFStrike shit]], we'd better change the name..."