This was originally written during 1985's Head on the Door sessions. Robert Smith re-worked the song with new lyrics to take on current events. He told Rolling Stone: "I'm trying to be a bit more socially aware. I've always been very careful to shy away from that, but the songs are about things that bother me in a global sense."
This was the third consecutive release from 4:13 Dream to top the Spanish singles chart. Previously "The Only One" and "Freakshow" had reached #1.
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.
The Frozen song "Let It Go" was recorded in 42 different languages for the movie's foreign releases. This earned it an entry in the 2016 Guinness World Records publication for "Most Languages Featured on a Single."