About Thunderstruck

"Thunderstruck" is the lead single on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. The song was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, "Thunderstruck" topped Triple M's Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs.


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Thunder, thunder, thunder, thunder
I was caught
In the middle of a railroad track
I looked round
And I knew there was no turning back
My mind raced
And I thought what could I do
And I knew
There was no help, no help from you
Sound of the drums
Beating in my heart
The thunder of guns
Tore me apart
You've been

Rode down the highway
Broke the limit, we hit the town
Went through to Texas, yeah Texas, and we had some fun
We met some girls
Some dancers who gave a good time
Broke all the rules
Played all the fools
Yeah yeah they, they, they blew our minds
And I was shaking at the knees
Could I come again please
Yeah them ladies were too kind
You've been

I was shaking at the knees
Could I come again please

Thunderstruck, Thunderstruck, Thunderstruck, Thunderstruck
It's alright, we're doin' fine
It's alright, we're doin' fine, fine, fine
Thunderstruck, yeah, yeah, yeah
Thunderstruck, Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck, baby, baby
Thunderstruck, you've been Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck, Thunderstruck
You've been Thunderstruck

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AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members. Commonly classified as hard rock, they are considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they themselves have always classified their music as simply "rock and roll". To date they are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time. more »

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Written by: Angus McKinnon Young, Malcolm Mitchell Young

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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11 facts about this song

Creation Fact
"Thunderstruck" was released in 1990 as the lead single on their 1990 album, "The Razors Edge."
Chart Performance Fact
The song peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. It also reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.
Composition Fact
The signature riff created by Angus Young was inspired by a lightning storm during flight. This later influenced the song's title -"Thunderstruck".
Live Performances Fact
"Thunderstruck" is often used to open AC/DC's concerts and was also performed at the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony.
Music Video Fact
Directed by David Mallet, the music video for "Thunderstruck" features the band in a warehouse-like setting. It became one of the most popular videos ever made by the band.
Cultural Influence Fact
The song is widely used for sporting events, due to its high energy and hardcore rock sound. It’s particularly popular in American football and is often played during games to energize the crowd.
Notable Cover Fact
The song has been covered by several famous musicians, including Steve'n'Seagulls, a Finnish country band who performed a bluegrass version of it.
Soundtrack Appearance Fact
"Thunderstruck" has become a staple in pop culture, featuring on the soundtracks of several films, including "Iron Man 2," "Varsity Blues," and "Planes."
Guitar Technique Fact
The song is known for its unique guitar riff. Angus Young plays the fretting hand part of the opening sequence with a technique known as 'pull-offs' and 'hammer-ons', which gives it a distinct sound.
Success Fact
As of July 2020, the song has sold over 3 million digital copies since it became available for digital download.
Record-Breaking Fact
"Thunderstruck" broke a record in Australia by becoming the longest-charting song in ARIA Singles Chart history with a staggering 201 weeks on the chart.

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