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Hey Satan, paid my dues/Playing in a rocking band/Hey mama, look at me/I'm on my way to the promised land, whoo!
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Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by AC/DC, released on July 27, 1979. It was their final album with Bon Scott, who died on tour before their next album Back in Black was released. The album was supported by the Title Track, "Girls Got Rhythm", and "Touch Too Much" as singles—the title of the album and the song actually caused a lot of controversy, which may have helped its sales, being their breakthough album in the States, peaking at #17 on the billboard charts. Since its release it has received unanimous critical acclaim as one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time, being ranked at #200 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and is currently the 268th-most-acclaimed album of all time on Acclaimed Music's compilation of various critics' lists.

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Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Highway to Hell" (3:29)
  2. "Girls Got Rhythm" (3:24)
  3. "Walk All Over You" (5:10)
  4. "Touch Too Much" (4:28)
  5. "Beating Around the Bush" (3:27)

Side Two

  1. "Shot Down in Flames" (3:23)
  2. "Get It Hot" (2:35)
  3. "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" (4:38)
  4. "Love Hungry Man" (4:18)
  5. "Night Prowler" (6:18)


Principal Members:

  • Bon Scott – lead vocals
  • Angus Young – lead guitar
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Rudd – drums


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Troping easy, troping free:

  • Album Title Drop: "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", the name of an earlier live album, wasn't even a song until this album.
  • Blood Lust: "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" and "Night Prowler".
  • Double Entendre: 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
  • Epic Rocking: "Night Prowler" (6:18).
  • Last Note Hilarity: "Night Prowler" ends with Bon Scott saying "Shazbot. Nanu nanu."
  • Longest Song Goes Last: The album ends with "Night Prowler" (6:18).
  • Rock-Star Song: "Highway To Hell", named as such because Angus Younginvoked said it was what being on tour was like. See the caption above.
  • Villain Song: "Night Prowler," which got even worseinvoked after serial killer Richard Ramírez took the song as inspiration and left AC/DC memorabilia at crime scenes.

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