This is the second single by the English/Irish girl group The Saturdays, from their fourth studio album. The song was written by Xenomania, Space Cowboy and MNEK, which sounds like either a really bad movie or really good comic book, but is actually a songwriter collaboration. The Xenomania team wrote most of the Girls Aloud singles, while Space Cowboy (real name: Nick Dresti) has some writing credits on Lady Gaga's Fame Monster album. MNEK is an Electropop specialist who has worked with Tinie Tempah.
The song was premiered on July 23, 2011 at the Audley End Concerts and officially released on September 4, 2011.
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.