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Back In Black

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AC/DC



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This was released 5 months after lead singer Bon Scott died. The song is a tribute to Scott, and the lyrics, "Forget the hearse 'cause I never die" imply that he will live on forever through his music. With Brian Johnson on lead vocals, the Back In Black album proved that AC/DC could indeed carry on without Scott. (thanks, Nathan - Willow Spring, NC)
Bon Scott saw Brian Johnson singing for another band in a pub, and was so impressed by his vocals, when he met back up with AC/DC he told them to get Johnson if anything should ever happen to him. After Bon's death, Angus Young called Johnson up and offered him the position of lead vocalist. Johnson told him where he could put it and hung up (he thought someone was pranking him). Eventually, of course, it worked out. (thanks, Brian - Pittsburgh, PA)
The band got the idea for the title before writing any of the song, although Malcolm Young had the main guitar riff for years and used to play it frequently as a warm-up tune. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This song was recorded in The Bahamas and produced in New York by Mutt Lange. Back In Black was one of the first big albums Lange produced. He went on to work with Def Leppard, Celine Dion, and Shania Twain (who he married in 1993). In the late-'70s, he produced 2 albums for the band Clover, which featured Huey Lewis on harmonica and Alex Call on lead vocals. Call explains Lange's production style:
"Mutt is a real studio rat. He is Mr. Endurance in the studio. When we were making the records with him, he'd start working at 10:30, 11 in the morning and go until 3 at night, night after night. He is one of the guys that really developed that whole multi-multi-multi track recording. We'd do 8 tracks of background vocals going, "Oooooh" and bounce those down to one track and then do another 8, he was doing a lot of that. A lot of the things you hear on Def Leppard and that kind of stuff, he was developing that when he worked with us. We were the last record he did that wasn't enormous, and that's not his fault, he did a really good job with us. Mutt is famous for working long hours. The story I heard about one of the Shania sessions, he had Rob Hajakos, who's one of the famous fiddle session men down here (Nashville). Rob was playing violin parts for like 7 or 8 hours and finally he said, 'Can I take a break,' and Mutt says, 'What do you mean take a break?' Rob goes, 'Have you ever held one of these for 8 hours under your chin?' Mutt really loves to record, he loves music and he's a real perfectionist and an innovator. An unbelievable commercial hook writer." (Check out our interview with Alex Call.)
Bon Scott had several lyrical ideas for the album, but those were abandoned by the band in favor of new lyrics by Brian, Malcolm and Angus. Former AC/DC manager Ian Jeffrey claims to still have a folder that contains lyrics of 15 songs written for Back In Black by Bon. (thanks, Terry - Belleville, Canada)
The album had a black cover with the band's logo on it. It was a tribute to Bon Scott.
This was the title track to AC/DC's most popular album. It has sold over 19 million copies in the US, the 6th highest ever. Worldwide, it has sold over 40 million.
The Beastie Boys sampled this on their 1985 single "She's On It," which was used in the movie Krush Groove. When they asked permission to release it on their 1999 Greatest Hits album, AC/DC refused.
A remastered version is included on the 1997 Bon Scott tribute album, Bonfire.
The Atlanta Falcons football team used this as their theme song for a while. The Falcons also went through an MC Hammer phase, when they used "2 Legit 2 Quit" and let the rapper roam their sidelines.
This was used as the backing track to a bootleg version of Eminem's 1999 hit "My Name Is" The song fits surprisingly well under Eminem's rap.
Missy Elliott did a remix of this song called "Get Your Freak On (AC/DC remix)" that is played in the beginning of the movie The Rundown, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Sean William Scott. (thanks, Steve - Kitchener, Canada)
The Appalachian State Mountaineers football team use this song before and during their games, where it is a crowd favorite. The team colors are gold and black. (thanks, Laura K. - Toccoa, GA)
Vocalist Brian Johnson recalled to Mojo magazine November 2009 that when the band asked him to write a lyric for this song, "they said, 'it can't be morbid - it has to be for Bon and it has to be a celebration.'" He added: "I thought, 'Well nae pressure there, then' (laughs). I just wrote what came into my head, which at the time seemed like mumbo, jumbo. 'Nine lives. Cats eyes. Abusing every one of them and running wild.' The boys got it though. They saw Bon's life in that lyric."
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Comments (137):

Best AC/DC song of all time - and they have LOTS of great ones. I hear this song and it transports me back to late night beer parties circa 1988. Love it. I still have this song as my ring tone.
- Adam, Gowen, MI
I been all over the internet looking for Bon Scott version of Back N Black, every song I find is not bon scott on the recording send me a link or mp3 if some one has it.
Send To january.michel8@gmail.com and write me if you know anything
Keep Rockin Thanks
- Brandon, Mckinney, TX
The Iowa Hawkeyes use this as the opening of each football game along with Paint It Black. The black and gold Hawkeyes come out from the locker-room tunnel and onto the field as the song plays and pictures of them walking down the tunnel play on the jumbotron. One of the best entrances in college football. You tube it!
- Danny, Your Town, IA
Alex, Helena, MT, wrong song! haha, anyway, great song, synonymous with classic rock. And Wayne, Angus does not use a violin bow anywhere in this song, sorry.
- Zero, Nowhere, NJ
This song was written by Brian Johnson in the Bahamas. A typhoon was headed their way, and the rest of the band locked him in the bungalo with only 3 pages of blank paper, a pencil, and a candle. He was shaking and nervous becuase he wanted to impress his new band, but he managed "im rollin' thunder pourin' rain, im comin' on like a hurricane....", thus the typhoon. This was also in memory of Bon Scott, who died about a month earlier.
- Alyx, Helena, MT
My friend thinks that Angus uses a violin bow on his guitar a la Jimmy Page during this song.Does anyone know if this is true ?
- wayne, Croydon, United Kingdom
I have a 1998 rolling stone magazine with an interview with angus young, on page 90 . question to angus from rolling stone magazine- " have you ever thought about quitting ?" Angus replies "the only time was when bon scott died. We were in doubt about what to do but we had songs that he had written and we wanted to finish the songs. We thought it would be our tribute to bon and that album became Back in Black"..............( my view ) I have listened to the so called bon scott version of back in black and wished so much it was him because i have been searching for so long for a recording of bon of a song off back in black, I am unconvinced it is his voice it sounds more like to me that it is early pre recordings or shows of AC/DC with brian johnson singing a bon scott song
- john, maryborough, Australia
This the the best AC/DC song on AC/DC's best album!
- Daniel Adams, Northumberland, PA
Malcolm Young had the opening riff on a tape recorder and almost threw it out because he thought it sounded too heavy but Angus told him to keep it.
- Andrew, Kilcoy, Australia
Bon was a crazy genuis allowed to be free in the same model as Robert Johnson ,

He was without a doubt one of if not thee monstors of metal anyone that heard his early songs knew that he would follow in the footsteps of greatness along the line of Hendrix.

Fighting over who recorded what is an insult to Bon he found Johnson and told the band in advance .

If anything happens to me call him , think about it he knew in his own way to find the next him.

His was a gift to do in a crazy way excatly what he needed to do .

30 years later we still speak about him with revernce as we should.
- jw, new york, NY
this song has such a badass tune
- rickyLSD, Santa Ana, CA
is there any truth that Bonn Scott wrote alot of lyrics for the the Back In Black Album??

I know the band was preparing to go back into the studio in March 1980 to start recording their 7th album.
- Spiro, Bethlehem, PA
According to the biography of Bon Scott, called Highway to Hell, Bon wrote the majority of the lyrics for the entire album, but wanting a fresh start, Malcolm Young decided to credit Brian Johnson for the words.
- James, Ottawa, ON
"Back in Black" was also featured in the opening scene to the 2008 Marvel film, "Iron Man".
- Matt, Oakdale, NY
AC/DC!!!!! i love them! i played like five of their songs at different recitals !!! gibson sg's are the best i have a red one! anyway their freakin awsome!!
- garrett, cookeville, TN
"Brian Johnson is a good singer. He is also Scottish like the Young brothers."
- Shaun, Glasgow

No he's not. He from Dunston in Gateshead, North, East of England. BON SCOTT'S Scottish, his nickname was Bon because it's scottish for small and happy, which Bon was.
- Luke, Manchester, England
The best ac/dc song easy, one of best guitar riffs of al time.
- steven, shepparton, Australia
Pretty good tune. Hayseed Dixie does really good covers of Ac/Dc songs.
- Briar, Hazard, KY
Latin Singer Shakira covered this song for her Live And Off The Record DVD
- JULIO, MEXICO, Mexico
This song is featured prominently in the opening scene of the 2008 movie Iron Man.
- Joshua, La Crosse, WI
Love this song!!!! It is played on my favorite show Supernatural!!!
- Sarah, LA, CA
One of my favorite AC/DC songs.
How do you make a page for a song? We need "Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution." That's my absolute favorite.
Rock on!
- Bess, San Diego, CA
I, personally, must say that I prefer Brian Johnson as the lead singer. However, Bon Scott must'e been a pretty d*** good singer to have this awesome song written about him.
- Phoenix, Jacksonville, FL
Love the Song one of my favourites!
- Natascha, Johanesburg, South Africa
My friend Chris said that he wants to have this song played at his funeral, and have his casket lowered into the ground right as it says "forget the herse 'cause I'll never die".
- Nathan, Vicksburg, MS
I love this song with all my heart but do I not wish to see this piece of rock history turned in to ground beef just to be consumed by the mass market by making it a guitar hero song. Love you Bon hope you're still party hard.
- Chris, Paso Robles, CA
Gibson has an SG out that is called the Angus Young Series and It's awsome but $2,000
- Dylan, Branson, MO
Oh, and by the way, I'm sure if that was Bon or Brian singing on the so-called 'original version' (Jackyl's version), he would've at least got the right words for starters, and if it was AC/DC then Malcolm would've been playing his rythm guitar part and his Gretsch does not sound like that anyway, and that is definitley not Phil's laid-back approach style on the kit.
- selina, Perth, Australia
The WHOLE Back in Black album is a tribute to Bon, not just the song, "Back in Black". The bells at the start of "Hell's Bells" start off the tribute as a quiet respect to the legend himself, "Back in Black" obviously contributing to the larger part of the tribute, and "Have a Drink on Me"- just adding to Bon's drinking themes, and of course the humourous and sexual ideas coming from "Givin the Dog a Bone", "Let Me Put My Love Into You", and "You Shook Me All Night Long", and finishing off with a nice, rythmic 'in ya face' ode to Rock 'n' Roll in "Rock 'n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution".
The box set Bonfire was also a tribute as Bon had once said, half in jest, that if he ever released a solo album he'd call it Bonfire, so thats why there are included unreleased/rare tracks in that set- another tribute.
And yes, Malcolm solos on the original recoroding of Can I Sit Next To You, Girl (with Dave Evans), Soul Stripper (Aus. release High Voltage),Show Business (Aus. release High Voltage), You Ain't Got A Hold On Me (Aus. release High Voltage) and Hold Me Back (Stiff Upper Lip). :)
- selina, Perth, Australia
MYTH: The Bon Scott versions of "Back in Black" found on Limewire are mislabeled and are actually tribute and cover versions. One is from the "Thunderbolt" tribute album (which rocks), and the "demo" version is Jackyl. Both sound a lot like Bon but they aren't. Bon has never sang or even heard the song.
- Dwayne, Wooster, OH
I have a bootleg version sung by Bon Scott. Much better.
- Craig, melbourne, Australia
This is my favourite AC/DC song ever!AC/DC Rocks!!
- Randell, Sydney, Australia
have a drink on me was a tribute to bon scott
- tony, st louis, MO
if you have limewire you can download a version of back in black with bon scott singing.it is not a tribute to scott seeing that he helped write it.
- tony, st louis, MO
That is NOT Bon Scott singing, nor is it Jackyl.

Go to Joe Lynn Turner's (70's obscure rocker, voice for Deep Purple, others) website. It's HIM singing on the "Thunderbolt" Tribute album to AC/DC, along with other artists doing other songs.

Any fan of AC/DC can listen and tell in the first 10 seconds that it's not AC/DC... but JLT's voice is VERY much like Bon Scott's.
- Dep, St Paul, MN
Great song i love it and it is # 4 on VH1's Metal song countdown
- michelle, Maplewood, MN
to the geezer who said Malcolm can't solo, listen to soul stripper, that's Malcolm playing lead. To the poor saps who are convinced that Bon is singing Back in Black, listen again, there is no way that is Angus playing guitar and or Rudd playing drums, it kinda sounds like Bon i suppose but not much.
- Damian, Taichung, Taiwan
Dear atsve of Cairns, Australia you will never find it, and if you do it is fake of course. Back in Black is a tribute to Bon and also to welcome in Johnson and show that AC/DC would continue on even if they lost Bon. Bon was not alive when the song was written, thank you and good night.
- Ryan, Cleveland, OH
Does anyone know where I can find this audio clip with Bon Scott supposedly singing Back in Black?
- atsve, Cairns, Australia
Bon Scott and Brian Johnson are amazing in different ways but overall Bon Scott was better. Brian Johnson had stronger vocals whereas Bon Scott had strong but not as strong vocals. Bon Scott has got everything else, he has good, strong vocals, looks like a tough frontman and has incredible stage persona. Brian Johnson looks like he is always constipated or something and sometimes when they do live shows his voice is so warn out that it sounds like he has to struggle just to hit easy sounds. But anyway this songs is awesome and has some of the best guitar ever.
- atsve, Cairns, Australia
I don't care what any one says, but there is no freakin way even possible that you could even say that Bon Scott sang Back In Black. God that pisses me off to even hear someone say that. The reason why??? It was written about him. It was a Tribute to Him. It was possible for him to ever sing it before he died! He Died ON February 19th, 1980. Back in Black was Wrote IN April-May of 1980. It took them roughly a month to find Brian Johnson then they automatically started writting Back In Black. So How The F*** is it even possible that Bon could have sang it. Now ...., the version of the song that every one keeps talking about saying is Bon's, is actually performed by the awesome band that actually started in the 80's is JACKYL!!!!! NOT BON SCOTT!!!!!! So for those that have just read this, thank you for your time! I have have enjoyed further Informing you all!!!!
- Travis, Bluff City, TN
Bon Scott Did write and completed a studio version of "Back in Black" I have the master CD single and I will upload and send it to anyone who doubts these facts. It was the last song he completed according to Angus Young. So I am confident about what voice analysis software you use because it is Bon Scott!!!!
- Scott, Huntsville, Canada
With the exception of Highway To Hell, Bon Scott's songs aren't as good as Brian Johnson. They're both great though
- Larry, Knoxville, TN
AC/DC rules!!!! Bon Scott was great (RIP), but I like Brian Johnson better. Angus Young kicks ass!!! For those about to rock, we salute you!!!!
- Stephanie, Stratford, CT
Brian Johnson is a good singer. He is also Scottish like the Young brothers.
- Shaun, Glasgow
Ah thenk Back in Black is a good song. It probably is a tribute to the late Bon Scott.
Not really much of an AC/DC fan anymore but I do have to admit they were/are an awesome band.
- Joel, Columbia, SC
The song IS a tribute to Bon Scott, the lyrics were not written by Bon Scott. Please read mroe on AC/DC, the only thing that Bon contributed to Back in Black was a few drum fills during rehearsals (he was originally a drummer) and he had written lyrics that were never recorded; he died soon before they were set to record the vocal sections of the songs. I have heard different cover versions and you can tell on the covers that it is not Angus' or Malcolm's guitar playing as it is much more technical. It is probably the Jackyl versiion and I have also heard that Yngwie Malmsteen has covered the song.
- Paul, Houston, TX
The actual "Tribute" is having the cover of the album Black and Having the Bands Logo engraved in it. Aside from that I would consider Have a Drink On Me more of a tribute to Bon Scott, considering the circumstances on how he lived and died.
- Jordan, Edmonton, Canada
The song was a tribute to Bon Scott, Angus and Malcolm said it themselves! It is one of the greatest rock songs ever and has that same timeless AC/DC quality.
- Tom, Richmond, MI
I am listening to the download of the alleged Bonn Scott version of "Back in Black" and it is a cover/tribute band. Guitar sound in the solo is too new for 1982 or earlier, and the voice is not even close.
- Tom, Seattle, WA
if anyone can answer my question then go ahead WHY DIDNT MALCOM HAVE ANY SOLOS
- evan, NO, LA
Oh yeah and David Gilmour.
- Tony, Albany, NY

First of all, Malcolm isn't even that great of a guitarist. He asked Angus to join the band because Angus had a natural gift for the guitar. Also, Malcolm isn't a lead guitarist like guitar soloists are, he is a RHYTHM GUITARIST. That means that he just adds harmony that the already great songs don't really need but it makes them even better.

Oh and about David Gilmour. David Gilmour is a great guitarist. He DID have solos. I know because I have played his solos before. And plus, what does David Gilmour have to do with AC/DC or even Back in Black? He was a member of Pink Floyd not AC/DC.

Oh and lastly about Ronald Belford (a.k.a. Bon Scott but I like Ronald Belford better). He did not write Back in Black and had never met Brian Johnson except in a rumored spiritual visit from the grave. I thank Josh from Sunbury for writing that Jesse Dupree sang it. If Belford had written it then why would Johnson take credit for it?
- Lisa, State College, PA
It seems to me that many people don't know half as much about AC/DC as they think they do. For all you out there who think that Bon Scott was far superior to Brian Johnson, dig on this. Bon once actually saw Johnson perform with Geordie in the 70's in England and went and told the other members of AC/DC how awesome a singer he was. Both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson were and are incredible frontmen, just in different ways. I have beef with anybody who disrespects either one.
- Gordon, Lake Havasu City, AZ
That fact that Brian was already offered Bon Scott's position is wrong. After Bon's death they held auditions and Brian was the last to try out. In fact he was mingling with the rest of AC/DC for so long that they had no idea why he was there. (This is backed up by an interview done with Malcom, Angus and Brian).

And to answer your question Evan, Malcom was a heavy drinker and whenever he was asked if he got jealous of Angus taking the spotlight with his antics and solo's Malcom always said "Angus, he can do whatever he wants. You won't get me in those f**king shorts and solo's just get in the way of my drinking."
- Hayden, Griffith, Australia
Bon Scott did not do a version of Back in Black. He died before he got into the studio to do the album. Even Malcom and Angus said he died before he worked on the album. And if you compare the vocals on the version that supposedly has Bon Scott singin to his other songs, you can tell its's not him.
- Jack, Katy, TX
Oh, yeah I was looking I agree with Stephen. AC/DC's older work is awesome.
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is my favorite song by them.
- Dalton, columbus, United States
Okay, let me show you guys what this song actually means. I have been reading all these posts about this song NOT being a tribute Bon Scott. I've seen people talking about Hell's Bells being the tribute. I don't know, but look:
"I've got nine live's cat's eyes, FORGET THE HEARSE CAUSE I NEVER DIE."
Just think of it people the son's name is Back in Frickin' Black.
- Dalton, columbus, United States
i'm not entirly sure why but some people get this song confused with HHWCID by led zeppelin....But on the plus side they did a great spot on the song for the black razor cell
- pako, somwhereville, GA
My introduction to the world of hard rock. At 12, my buddy and I would stay out late shooting the basketball at the neighbors hoop listening to this album over and over. We knew it was time to go in for the night when the neighbor came out and told us to go home. I know, a rather stupid comment, however, it brings me back to my childhood....great times!
- Mike, Warwick, RI
This album was a gift to me and at first I didn't like it.Yurns out being on of their best. Saw the band live in Adelaide, Australia (they're a good Aussie band as you know!)circa 1984. There were about 5,000 people who didn't have tickets that bent the security fence over and swarmed across the field into the concert. An amazing sight to behold and one of the best concerts I have seen. After almost 30 years they're still rocking!
Tom, Adelaide, Australia
- Tom, Adelaide, Australia
This amazing AC DC classic, which my friends and I danced to in my parties at the very beginning of the 80´s; appears in one of the scenes of the superb TV series "Supernatural" of the WB, when both stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are driving around in their awesome black Cadillac convertible. It gives that scene a lot of edge; well, anything by AC DC can do that.
- myrna maria, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, United States
R.I.P. Bon Scott.
- Deo, Annandale, VA
ok back in black was the track that was meant to be a tribute to bon. The lyrics, "Nine lives" was a reference to how much he would go and party, and still be able to go out and sing. "Hell's Bells" was meant to be somewhat of a "for whom the bell tolls" type thing (saw it on a interview)
- hunter, evans, GA
Their backing guitar riff is one of the best... EVER. That guitar riff is a staple to AC/DC rock.
- Matthew, East Brunswick, NJ
The riff is awesome. A riff that if you here the first few chords you go "Turn it up!" The vocals are powerhouse, it sounds like Brian Johnson gargles hot oil each morning, the solo memorable, one of Angus' finest, it slots in perfectly with the hard song. With the death of the late, great Bon Scott AC/DC chose the best vocalist to replace him. One of their best songs. A great tribute to Bon.
- AC/DC_misfit, Millmerran, Australia
My opnion is, is that Hell's Bell's is dedicated to Bon Scott's death not Back In Black. Yes the song does refer "cats eyes nine lives" but the whole overview of the song is really about Brian Joining the band.
- Chase, Sedona, AZ
AC/DC is one of the greatest hard rock Bands EVER!!!
- Ben, NYC, MS
ive heard this is about several things, like an ode to high record sales, because in the stock market, black means profit. But i heard from Brian Johnson and Angus Young in an interview (not personally) that its a tribute to Bon Scott. The line 9 Lives, cats eye, is talking about Bon, because he lived on the edge for so long, and abused his life, running wild.
- Evan, Porter, IN
The Bevis and Butthead video with them singing the words to Back In Black is hilarious.
- Billy, Boston, MA
OK. AC/DC were my favourite band until I saw the Darkness. But this song rocks. Malcolm when they were on The "Highway to Hell" tour made this riff and put it on tape. He was actually going to throw it but Angus said "if you don't want it I'll have it" and so Angus kept of course. Imagine if he hadn't. Angus said in a interview that he has never been able to play this riff the way it was on the tape. The riff was actually going to be the riff for have a drink on me when Bon was around.
- The Darkness Rock, Millmerran, Australia
AC/DC were at one of their highest points when Bon Scott died
and to anyone the says AC/DC songs just sound the same then i think you should take your player off repeat
coz theres no way they all sound the same
if by sound the same you mean the dirty, rough, rock sound they produce then yes you are correct coz that is the sound of AC/DC
dirty rough and mean
- jimmy, Margs, Australia
Waterfly does a cover of this song and it's better than anythign i've herad. SOmeone sign these young hot aussie grunge type rockers. They have a distinct Pearl Jam sound to them and will become one of the most influential bands of our century. Sign em up
- Mjmccoy, New York, AL
oops..sorry might help to give you my email address. Cathyk6405@aol.com
Hopefully this will settle any questions.
Cathy
- Cathy, St. Louis, MO
I have been reading the posts, and I have to tell you..Bon Scott DID a version of this song. I came across it very recently. I was surprised, but it is Back in Black, and it is Bon Scott. Not sure if it was ever realeased. ANy doubters feel free to email me and I will send you the version. or look it up on Limewire.
Cathy Krege
Mo.
- Cathy, St. Louis, MO
OMFG
Bon Scott DID NOT sing any version of this song.
The actual riff was written while he was alive but no vocals were every written or recorded
The song was actually writtn by Brian and teh Boys
BELIEVE ME, IM A TRUE ACDC FAN
The version that supposedly snds like Bon IS teh cover band although ive never heard it so i cant compare it to bons voice
And whats with these people sayin its overated, its an excelent song.
- jimmy, Margs
Can someone plz tell me what they think Bleedin by waterfly (www.myspace.com/waterfly1) is about. Just listen to it and while your at it maybe a few of the other songs. And if you know someone in the music industry it would be wise to get on board WATERFLY, because im telling you will make billions.
- Ed, Melbourne, Australia
Thanks Rick from IA. But this song, for as much of a tribute to Bon Scott, is their most overrated song. everyone knows it because of the cords, like Stairway to heaven. Many people feel that they are AC/DC fans because they listen to this album, but remember that Bon Scott was the original, and if you listen to their older music with Bon, Including songs like Live Wire and Rocker, you would understand. Good song, but Definetly not thier best. Just keep it as a tribute to Bon, and thats why it is very good. And they were working on this album when Bon Died, so the song became a tribue to him more than its real meanings, cause they changed the lyrics a bit. If you like this song, try others like The Jack (Original) or High Voltage, or even better, Highway to Hell with Bon singing. Those are the songs to listen to.
- Stephen, Steamboat, CO
hey norman in detroit, if you say that U2, Maroon 5 and AC/DC are bad then maybe you just don't like rock. The only awful kinds of music are rap and country.
- Rick, humboldt, IA
The Hives did a remake of this song. Not bad, for a Swedish band.
- tom, brisbane
song got me hooked up to ACDC, so did : TNT, Big Balls, Dirty Deeds, and then i discovered :hells bells and many others=D
- Phil, Niagara Falls, Canada
Hey! AC/DC is awesome and this is my favorite song of all time. Their songs don't sound the same and you should feel bad for saying that! have you ever listened to the rappers today, now that is the same song (no, talking to a beat) over and over AHHH!!! AC/DC is awesome and they should be praised!
- Chase, Idaho Falls, ID
This is one of my favourite AC/Dc songs. Im a figure skater and LOoove Ac/Dc and did an interpretive to this song. You should have seen the judges faces! and my competitiors, the pansies. i wore the school suit and everything lol it was friggin awesome and worth a gold lol. i quit competing after that thought lol
- Mleissa, Wasaga Beach, Canada
Not to discredit AC/DC, but I think if it weren't for this opening riff I think AC/DC would not be nearly as big as they are, but th riff did come to being so we will never no.



I Looooooooooooove Malcom
- Dan, Lee, NH
Once I heard a song by Nelly or someone on the radio and it sampled this in the background, and I thought that was really stupid because the rap
didn't seem to go equally with the song. But what would you expect with a crapload of rap overtop a classic AC/DC song.
- Ashley, Moncton, Canada
i dont like ac/dc but i like this song
- gino, Chicago, IL
I think Highway to hell deserves recognition. Back in Black is great but it was the begining of there songs all sounding the same!!!!!
- Sanford, Garland, TX
AC/DC is an awesome band...incredible music...but the lyrics are a little shallow don't you think? I guess that's not what they were about, and it worked fine.
- Matt, Millbrae, CA
"and there IS a demo vers of Bon singin this song dammit! I own it!
- frank, pittsburgh, PA "

If you took the time to read the facts, Sherlock, not a single recording of Bon singing Back in Black exists. Like everyone else said, you're hearing Jesse Dupree, or you're hearing nothing because you don't own it.
- John Dough, Toronto, Canada
I SOO agree David in Hawley,PA. Their earlier stuff was incredible...this lp paled in comparison to many of their other works
- Julie, Marquette, MI
It is absolutely no way that there is a Bon Scott(R.I.P.) version. Bon had written about 15 songs for AC/DC's new album, but these were all abandoned, as the band felt it wouldn't be right to perform Bon's songs without the man himself. This song was written by Angus after, and I repeat, AFTER the death of Bon Scott.
- Cameron, Cairns, Australia
In my opion Back in Black is HIGHLEY, HIGHLEY OVERRATED. Their is only 3 good song on the entire album, Back in Black, Hells Bells, and You Shook Me all night Long! Also in my opion this is not the best brian johnson album, i think it is The Razors Edge. Besides, probley Let Their Be Rock is their best album
- David Corino, Hawley, PA
Back in Black is also used in School of Rock
- OBI-WAN, Dominica, Other
It doesn't sound like Bon in the version on Back in Black... suspicious... No. I don't believe its Bon singin' Back in Black- No.
- cyd, sin city, Finland
i have tken the time to compare back in black with bon scott and i compared his voice with on of his other songs and they are exactly alike there is no doubt about and then i compared the singer of jackyl and there is not a likeness
- jason, holland, MI
some songs shouldn't be touched. this is one of them. all those who covered this song suck and they made a mess of the song. dont cover classics.
- zain, richmond, Canada
this song is taken from a tribute to ac/dc ! i can't remember the name of the band 'cause there where many on this record but i'm sure about it as i had the record.
- cccc, nice, France
I regularly listen to this track all the way through. I cant see what your getting at. Its an amazing album!!!
- Guisseppe, Bradford UK, England
AC/DC is great but all their songs start to sound the same after awhile. Try listening to "Back in Black" the album straight through.
- Jack, St. Paul, MN
This song just R-O-C-K-S!!!!! The opening chords always give me a natural high and make me thankful that there still is good music around worth cranking up.
- Dee, Indianapolis, IN
i always thought this would go good with a the ending of a movie, like the ending of the usual suspects.....only with explosions!
- Mike, Detroit, MI
brain johnsons voice is brilliant, how does he do it cackling, screaming, then lightly lol i dunno
- Jack, Birmingham, England
The band Brian Johnson used to be in was called Geordie. They are AWESOME.Listen to some of their stuff.
- Steven, Congers, NY
WRONG:, Bon Scott Died right before the recording of the Back in Black Albulm,Bon died of heavy drinking, "choking on his on Vomit".Very good singer. Bon Scotts Voice isn't as "Cloudy" and "frogy as Brian Johnson's. He dose have to scream to make a word. Though he says he smokes a ciggerate every time before a concert and probably During, I think Malcomb And Chris Willams are the only members that don't smoke. Back in Black has HIGH distortion levels because he's not doing solos, On concert he will put the distortion up high, so he can turn up/down the Volume...Not a matter in the studio. Angus uses a different SG than in concert because of the fragleness of it. The Most major problem he has with the SG is the sweat he produces, they clogg up the pick ups (a $3000, if that low) guitar.
His primary use is a Gibson SG 61 Les Paul
- Paul, YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Well, there is little doubt that Bonn Scott never sang this song- if you can find any member of AC/DC admitting it... well, I'd eat my hat.
This wonderful cover of which everyone speaks is almost certainly NOT Bonn and NOT angus- anyone who knows AC/DC can hear that. The vocals do sound a lot like Jesse Dupree, but the guitar solos are probably Steve Morse. He's being doing Back In Black as a standard cover ever since he joined Deep Purple. Could this be it? I'll admit that it's a hell of a difficult thing to determine over the internet because people just assign credit to downloadable songs as they see fit.
- Murray, Cape Town, South Africa
I have heard the Bon Scott version. It is NOT Joe Lynn Turner... Bon doesn't even attempt to hit the high notes that we are used to hearing. It's awesome by the way and there are two other Bon-sung songs as well: Rock in Peace and Dirty Eyes...
- Billy, Boston, MA
why did the vocals have to be so rap? WHY? its a pity that such a great rock song probably contributed to the establishment of rap. i cant believe self centred egostistic retards (i.e. eminem) want 2 use good rock music in their crap whiny songs
- Sam, Sydney, Australia
By the way, the so-called "Bon Scott" version of Back in Black is definitely not Bon Scott. It's not even AC/DC playing. Like has been said, the guitar solos, while more accurate in pacing than most covers i've seen, are way too distorted. The lead singer's vocals don't sound like Bon, and besides the Johnson vocals on the REAL song are way better.
- Alec, Sewell, NJ
Back in Black was used in School of Rock, during the scene where Jack Black is picking the band positions.

Awesome song. The solos are head-bang worthy, and have caused many a long-term headache. But I didn't care, because it was so awesome.
- Alec, Sewell, NJ
Awesome song, one of their best
- Shana, Pembroke, Canada
Back In Black was one of the first big albums Lange produced. He went on to work with Def Leppard, Celine Dion, and Shania Twain (who he married)

hmmm yes mabye thats why Celine Dion did that retarded version of Shook Me All Night Long...personally i hate AC/DC becuz everyone in Hudson thinks there the best band, listen to more meeningfull songs and artists like Nirvana or something political like SOAD,aight im out
- austin, Hudson, OH
can i just say i think this song is the best song to define rock, its not my fave song it rules dont get me wrong, but u get like heavy rock, punk rock, blues rocketc but ac/dc are pure rock and i think back in black is their most so it is the most rock song eva. anyone like jet theyre kinda ac/dc esque
- gbear, portsmouth, England
The Bon Scott version may actually be from the "Thunderbolt" tribute and is sang by Joe Lynn Turner
- David, Waco, TX
and there IS a demo vers of Bon singin this song dammit! I own it!
- frank, pittsburgh, PA
this is a great song by ac/dc it reminds me in many many ways of bon scott and one for sure he would have been proud to record. and one he is proud of im sure of that. now it is possible that bon scott could have recorded it. i can see how he might have and maybe just put it up for a while. but either way back in black will always be the ac/dc number 1 song. then ride on that one rules to.
- kelly, odessa, TX
Oh, And I forgot to add, the idea for to music came to malcome when he couldn't get to sleep one doy, so he woke up angus to see if it sounded good.
- Dave, Mississauga, Canada
"The band got the idea for the title before writing any of the song." is not true. I herd angus young say on live radio that the song was written by malcome while they were on tour promoting highway to hell. Strait from the horses mouth!!
- Dave, Mississauga, Canada
So I suppose we have AC/DC to thank for inventing rap! That's probably the most ironic thing in music history because AC/DC have always played no frills hard rock and seem to dismiss all other music genres!
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
It's not hard to see why both The Beastie Boys and Eminem have used this song. I mean the song IS a rap, to some extent. Just look at the lyrics.
- Tom, Trowbridge, England
there is no bon scott version it may sound like him but the guitar in the song is not angus' style angus uses little distortion and his solos have a blues stlye to them the "bon scott version" has alot more distortion and the solo has like no "bluesiness" to it this version is a cover by the band named jackyl.
- doug, vancouver, Canada
You can tell how many people know this song by the amount of celebritie's that want to use it. Nelly and Justin Timberlake used the riff for a song, and Lindsay lohan has alaso said she wanted to use the riff for a song on her upcoming album, but didn't because nelly and Timberlake got to it first. It was also used in comercials for Disney's movie Lilo and Stitch. And just adding, Back In black is one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
- Jackie, Fairfield, CT
there is no bon scott version of Back in Black it is a cover by a band called Jackyl that plays music similar to AC/DC.
- george, chicago, IL
Perhaps the greatest rock song ever. I think Brian Johnson blew his voice out around this time, though. Then again, how can anyone sing like that and still expect to have vocal cords? I am blown away by Johnson's vocals on this album.
- Paulo, New York, NY
Saw AC DC play at the benefit concert for Toronto when Sars was going around there and they totally stole the show with their energy during this song. The Stones looked washed up when they came on afterward and tried to follow up.
- Ty, Niagara Falls, Canada
in the bon scott virson in place of "I've been looking at the sky" bon sings "never going to stop" its very cool to compare to two
- gary, hamilton, Australia
i finally got the bon scott virson of the song and i have to agree that the guitar is much better...so patrick i agree with you my friend
- gary, hamilton, Australia
angus young is a very consistant player i dont think he would chang the way a song sounds..live or lp
- gary, hamilton, Australia
Back in Black has got to be one of the greatest songs out there. AC/DC is a great band. I reccomend Rock and Roll A'int Noise Pollution by AC/DC. it's got a catchy tune
- Mike, Oliver, Canada
This song is the best ever writen. So many people will remember this song. Ten years from now, twentey, thirty, one-hundred. This song commemerates Bon Scott. I dont care what they say no-one will be able to replace bon scott. It was one of the only songs that they did play that Bon had planed on doing written by Bon.
"Back in Black" will never die.
-Robbie, Nicholls, MI
- uhhhhhh, uhhh, MI
Back In Black in witch Bon Scott sings is possible. I have downloaded it, and the lyrics sound different. Like when it says "forget the hurse cause I'll never die." In the Bon Scott version it sounds like "forget the hits, cause I'll never die." But one thing is for sure, the album version was a dedication to Bon. They had the beat to Back In Black while on tour with Bon. If Bon has performed that song or not, we may never know, but it is one of the greatest songs of all time, and the album is one of best too. The fact of the matter is that, "this album has all the hits, it will never die. it has millions of copies, around the world, selling everyone on the shelves. cause its great, yes its great, its back in black, yea it's back in black.
- Brett, Moore, OK
If they had a recording of Bon Scott singing it, wouldn't they have included it on the album? It being a tribute to him and all. But, anyhow, awesome guitar riff. (You can hear it on the website for the film School of Rock.)
- Brett, Edmonton, Canada
Bon Scott could not have recorded the song "Back in Black" in any way shape or form. The song was written & recorded after Bon's death. The song was a tribute to Bon Scott & was co-written by Brian Johnson.
- Cat, San Antonio, TX
This song is just plain cool. Really awesome rock and roll.
- Edgar, Laredo, TX
I've heard the version with Jackyls singer on it, I don't think they would lie about when it was wrote.
- Brian, Paoli, IN
I was able to find a AC/DC single that had a live version of Back in Black that was evidently done a couple of months before Scott's death because he's the one on it
- scott, Bismarck, ND
The version that is listed as the "Bon Scott" version of Back In Black...is actually Jesse Dupree of Jackyl singing....
- Josh, Sunbury, PA
There IS NOT a recording of 'Back In Black' with Bon Scott on vocals. There is still a folder that Ian Jeffrey has with about 15 songs for the next album that AC/DC was going to do that was written by Bon, but they were never recorded and the band probabily will never play the songs, for Bon's sake.

That recording you heard was not Bon Scott, it doesn't even sound like him.
- Ryley, Willow Spring, NC
The Title Back In Black Is So Appropriate, Because Death Is Usually Resembled By Black. Ac/Dc Is Coming From The Funeral Of Bon Scott, Where They Wore Black Clothes!
- tom, moraga, CA
This song couldn't have been a tribute to Bon Scott because there is a recording of "Back In Black" that has the man himself singing. I highly recommend it considering the fact that the guitar is so much better than the LP version.
- Patrick, Durham, NC
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