Lead singer Ben Kowalewicz explained to Kerrang! May 30, 2009: "It's about those guys we're friends with, for whom the party never stops. There's always just one last drink or go one last one place. It's about finding that middle ground and balance. Knowing when to call it a night."
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.