Drummer Ryan Richards told Rock Sound magazine this is, "Probably the heaviest track we've ever written." He added: "There's a first on there with Kris (Coombs-Roberts) doing his first recorded guitar solo! He's been waiting almost ten years to unleash the beast and now it's out for all to feast over!"
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.