5 Greatest Brian Johnson Era Songs
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Lead singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC performs live at Westpac Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Step aside, Bon Scott fanboys. Today, we’ll take a look at Brian Johnson’s superb era of the AC/DC. Clearly, this is not to dismiss Scott’s generous efforts for the group who catapulted to success all thanks to his lively frontman persona, and seriously good music. No, this is to appreciate the plethora of songs that Johnson has given that gave the Aussie band a hell of a comeback after the death of the late Bon Scott. Take a look at the list now.
5. “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
Albeit not as popular as “Back In Black,” “You Shook Me All Night Long” deserves the 5th spot on this list since it, not the song that you would expect for this loud group to release in their Back In Black LP. With Johnson in the group, we know AC/DC is embracing a whole new side from this newly-recruited singer.
4. “Hell’s Bells” (1980)
This Back In Black’s opening track is omniscient to the power it provides. Angus Young’s riffs get more sinister the more you’ll listen to it, and Johnson is there to finish it off with a philosophical juxtaposition of death and living.
3. “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” (1981)
For our top 3, the list tends to be a bit competitive. “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” is AC/DC’s epic bash for their fans that made them famous rockstars. This also became their classic concert staple, ending their show in a flourishing style.
2. “Thunderstruck” (1990)
The killer guitar intro made “Thunderstruck” a cut of this list since everybody expects to admire this one. Johnson then establishes himself like a true rock-and-roll madman, showing the essence of what’s it’s like to be inside a metal band.
1. “Back in Black” (1980)
Need we say more? Our list goes to the one and only, AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” Johnson did not disappoint everybody after the tragic loss of Bon Scott. Yet, instead of mourning, the group caught the right attitude of celebrating the life of their late friend— giving them a stylish comeback. After all, that’s one of the things that Scott had left in this world: his insurmountable legacy.