- Broken Base:
- While Back in Black is universally loved, there's always a Scott vs. Johnson feud in the fandom.
- There's also divide over the band's Strictly Formula nature. Some are unsatisfied with it, while others believe that they've simply found what they're good at and never tried to be anything other than what they were. Angus has joked about this in interviews.
Angus Young: People say we've made the same record over and over 13 times, but they're wrong. We've made the same record over and over 14 times.
- Crazy Awesome:
- In live concerts, when they play Hell's Bells, Brian Johnson will swing from the bell that gets lowered onto stage upside down.
- Angus Young's amp caught fire while recording "Let There Be Rock". It didn't stop him from playing one of his most iconic solos.
- Ending every show with a literal 21-gun salute in "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)" might qualify as well.
- Ear Worm: Many songs, specially because of their repeating choruses and Epic Riffs. "Back in Black", "Highway to Hell", "It's a Long Way to the Top" and "Thunderstruck" withstanding.
- Epic Riff: "Back in Black", "Thunderstruck", "It's A Long Way To The Top", "Mistress for Christmas", "Beating Around the Bush", "Fire Your Guns", "Hells Bells", "Jailbreak"... seriously, every song may qualify. "It's a Long Way To The Top" is a special case in that it also has an Epic Riff for bagpipes.
- Growing the Beard: More like "Re-grew the Beard"; they had a big comeback with the great The Razor's Edge in the '90s. The album produced some of their famous songs (like "Thunderstruck"), its follow-ups Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper Lip were fairly well received, and 2008's Black Ice got critical acclaim and was that year's second best selling album. Then again, if you ask others, they'll tell you in no uncertain terms that AC/DC never lost the beard to begin with. Granted, they might have trimmed it a bit, but they never lost it.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In "Little Lover", Bon Scott sings about romancing a teenage girl who has his "picture on your bedroom wall, next to Gary Glitter". With what we know about Gary Glitter today, it's a bit problematic.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Bon Scott's two previous bands (from before he joined AC/DC) each had a guitarist who played a Gibson SG, which is also Angus Young's preferred guitar.
- Hype Backlash: AC/DC Back in Black Limited Edition, a deluxe pinball table, climbed the ranks at the Internet Pinball Database's Top 300 games until it reached #1. This prompted some very negative reviews of the table, pushing down to #20 in less than twelve hours. (AC/DC Limited Edition, which doesn't tie in to any album in particular, is still on the Top 10, however, and is Stern's top-ranking machine on the list.)
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The band has never changed their style in their decades-long run, often relying on the same three chords in every song. Their own response to this is that those chords work, so why change it?
- Jumping the Shark: Many people have commented that the band haven't been good since Back in Black and are now just repeating their formula without the energy and edge that made their early work compelling. Rolling Stone said in its review of Flick of the Switch that "the band has managed to make the same album nine times". Angus Young's retort to the above statement was "I thought it was ten times?"
- LGBT Fanbase: Because AC/DC is also slang for bisexual, they have a large gay following, which they embrace.note
- Painful Rhyme: Occasionally Played for Laughs, especially in the Bon Scott days.
Gonna be a rock'n'roll singer!Gonna be a rock'n'roll star!YES I ARE!
- Signature Song: "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" for the Scott incarnation of the band, to the point that Johnson won't perform the song out of respect for Scott. "Back in Black" is probably the equivalent for the Johnson incarnation and "Highway to Hell" covers both incarnations.
- Song Association: If you've gone to see any movie after roughly 1995, chances are you've heard "Back In Black" in at least two trailers.
- Tear Jerker: Yes, they had at least one: "Gimme A Bullet", from Powerage, notable in that it's not even a slow ballad but a mid-tempo hard rock song. Australian journalist Jesse Fink noted in his biography of the Young brothers that "Gimme A Bullet" helped him get through an exceptionally painful divorce.
YMMV / AC/DC
See also: Crowning Moment of Awesome