This was inspired by the music in a scene during Paul Thomas Anderson's 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love when "He Needs Me" (a song written by Harry Nilsson for Robert Altman's 1980 Popeye live-action movie musical) can be heard playing. Prass explained to Uncut: "I got kind of obsessed with 'He Needs Me' by Harry Nilsson from the Popeye movie and I started writing a whole bunch of music like that. Not everyone's gonna like it, there's gonna be a lot of people confused maybe, I feel like it's music that's undeniably in your blood. I like it, closing up the record, for sure."
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.