This orchestrated ballad was the third single released from American country singer Trace Adkins' eighth studio album, X.
Casey Beathard and Tim James wrote the song, which is a contemplation of the things that are important in life, especially one's family. Atkins told GAC: "Nobody knows [about the importance of family] or appreciates that more than these men and women who come home after being deployed for months and months [after serving our country]. They really realize what is truly important. This song talks about family and how they should be the top priority in your life."
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.