Best of Angus

12 11 2010

Growing up I was always an Eddie Van Halen fan, almost to the exclusion of all the other 70’s and 80’s supposed guitar gods.  I was particularly unimpressed, back in those days, with Angus Young.  I found him kind of boring.  I think I measured a guitarist by his ability to solo and I don’t think that’s ever been Angus’s strong suit.

20-something years later, though, I see his work in a different light.  Angus wrote some of the greatest rock guitar riffs ever.  They’re relatively simple in construction, but powerful.  It’s hard to match the sound he get out of his Gibson SG and whatever his rig was.

I’m not terribly familiar with AC/DC’s oldest stuff, nor do I know much about their stuff from the last 10-15 years.  But we all know their “classics.”  Here are my favorite AC/DC guitar songs

  • Hell’s Bells —  There might not be a better opening riff in rock history than in this song.  The bell is classic!
  • Back In Black — To find 10 better hard rock albums than Back in Black would be incredibly difficult, to say the least.  The title track is one of the best songs on one of the best rock albums of all time.
  • Who Made Who — Before AC/DC’s career took something of a dip, they put out this song for the soundtrack of Maximum Overdrive.  Top notch work in both the solo and the intro and outro.
  • Shoot To Thrill — Another song from Back in Black, STS is a 30 year old track that sounds maybe better now than in 1980.  It fit perfectly in the recent Iron Man 2 flick.
  • Highway to Hell — I always found it somewhat haunting that Bon Scott died within months of the song charting.  As a kid, I always shunned this song as overtly evil.  But I’d be lying to say it doesn’t rock!  HtoH features one of the best rifs ever.
  • Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) — Simple but powerful aptly describes this tune.  DDDDC is infectious.  It’s a great song to crank and scream down the highway.
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