A Listmania! list by John Fenech(Sydney, NSW Australia)
The list author says: "AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Although the band are considered pioneers of heavy metal, its members have always classified their music as "rock 'n' roll".
AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans in 1977. In 1979, the band recorded their highly successful album Highway to Hell. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black.
The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after the departure of drummer Phil Rudd in 1983. Poor record sales continued until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well-received by critics. The band's new album Black Ice was announced in June 2008 and is set for release on 20 October 2008.
AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 69 million albums in the United States. Back in Black has sold an estimated 42 million units worldwide and 22 million in the United States alone, making it the fifth highest-selling album ever in the United States. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band Of All Time" by MTV. In 2004, the band was ranked number 72 in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."
"High Voltage is the debut studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in February 1975. Six of the album's eight songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. "Soul Stripper" was written by Young & Young.
It was originally released on Albert Productions."
"T.N.T. is the second studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in December 1975. Seven of the album's nine songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. "Can I Sit Next to You Girl" was written by Young & Young, and "School Days" is a cover version of a Chuck Berry song.
It was originally released on Albert Productions, and was never reissued by another label."
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap is the second international studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in December 1976 in Europe and delayed for release in the U.S. until April 1981. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott."
"If You Want Blood You've Got It is the first live album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, originally released in the U.S.A. on November 21, 1978. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.
The album was recorded live during the 1978 Powerage Tour It is the last Bon Scott AC/DC album produced by Harry Vanda and George Young."
"Powerage is the fifth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in May 1978. It is also AC/DC's fourth international studio album. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott."
"Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in July 1979. It is also AC/DC's fifth international studio album. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. It was the last album featuring Bon Scott, who died the following year."
"Back in Black is the 7th studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 25 July 1980. The band considered disbanding following Scott's death, shortly thereafter hired Brian Johnson as their new lead singer and lyricist. Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had previously worked with AC/DC on Highway to Hell, was again brought in to produce."
"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) is the eighth album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in 1981. The album was a follow-up to their highly successful album Back in Black. For Those About to Rock has sold over 4 million copies in the US. It was AC/DC's first, and to date only, No. 1 album in the USA. The album was the 3rd & final produced for the band by Robert John "Mutt" Lange."
"'74 Jailbreak is an EP by Australian band AC/DC, comprising five hard rock/blues oriented tracks that had been released only in Australia. It was released in 1984 in the United States, Canada and Japan."
"Fly on the Wall is the tenth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, originally released on 28 June 1985. The band's second and last self-produced album, it was also the first AC/DC album not to include drummer Phil Rudd, who was replaced by Simon Wright. Like their previous album, Flick of the Switch, Angus and Malcolm Young chose to produce."
"Blow Up Your Video is an album by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, first released on January 18, 1988. The album was recorded at the Miraval Studio in Le Val, France in between August and September 1987.
The album was produced by Vanda and Young, the production team behind the band's early albums."
"The Razors Edge is an album by AC/DC, released on September 21, 1990. The album was the first (and only) studio album to feature drummer Chris Slade, and includes such songs as "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks," . The album reached #2 on The Billboard 200 and #4 on the UK, a smash commercial success that returned the band to the popularity of its glory years of the 1980s."
"Live is a 1992 album by Australian hard rock band, AC/DC. It was released both as a single album and as a double album. The album has been considered the closest thing to a greatest hits album in the AC/DC catalogue."
"Ballbreaker is an album by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in 1995. It was the band's first studio album in five years, since The Razors Edge (1990). The album also featured the return of former drummer, Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of tensions with rhythm gutarist Malcolm Young. The album was produced by Rick Rubin."
"AC/DC: Let There Be Rock is a live concert motion picture featuring the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released theatrically in September 1980. It features the original, Bon Scott-led version of the band. The film was also released on videotape the same year. It was filmed at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France on 9 December 1979."
"Live From the Atlantic Studios is a live album by AC/DC released on the Bonfire box set. The album was recorded live at the Atlantic Recording Studios in NY, on 7/12/77 and all tracks were remixed by George Young."
"Volts is an album by AC/DC released as a part named "Disc 4" on the Bonfire box set. Released in November 1997, the album is a compilation of some alternate versions of songs recorded for Let There Be Rock and Highway to Hell albums."
"Family Jewels is a 2 disc DVD by the hard rock band, AC/DC, of music videos, live clips and promo videos. The 1st disc contains videos from the Bon Scott era, such as the first TV appearance in 75, and a performance on TV 10 days before Scott died."
"Black Ice is the 15th studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, produced by Brendan O'Brien and released worldwide between October 17 and 22, 2008. AC/DC were known to be working on the album with it being delayed because of an injury to bassist Cliff Williams and a change of record labels to Sony Music, and in turn Columbia Records."