It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)

Album: TNT (1975)
Charted: 55
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  • Ridin' down the highway
    Goin' to a show
    Stop in all the byways
    Playin' rock 'n' roll
    Gettin' robbed
    Gettin' stoned
    Gettin' beat up
    Broken boned
    Gettin' had
    Gettin' took
    I tell you folks

    It's harder than it looks
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    If you think it's easy doin' one-night stands
    Try playin' in a rock roll band
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll

    Hotel
    Motel
    Make you wanna cry
    Ladies do the hard sell
    Know the reason why
    Gettin' old
    Gettin' gray
    Gettin' ripped off
    Underpaid
    Gettin' sold
    Second-hand
    That's how it goes
    Playin' in a band

    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    If you wanna be a star of stage and screen
    Look out it's rough and mean
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll
    It's a long way to the top
    If you wanna rock 'n' roll

    It's a long way
    It's a long way
    It's a long way
    It's a long way

Comments: 10

  • Ethan from Tennessee, United StatesCurrent AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson doesn't perform this song out of respect for Bon Scott, since the song was considered to be Scott's signature song.
  • Dane from Green Cove Springs Fla., FlLove this song.It just rocks.I even like the bagpipes.Bon Scott era AC/DC was the best,In my opinion.This or Powerage is their best album.
  • Blake from Lancaster, Oh@Bradyn , Melfort, SK: Actually there was a TNT album released before the international High Voltage. It's A Long Way To The Top first appeared on the TNT album. The High Voltage that you are thinking of was their first international album and was a combination of TNT and a different album titled High Voltage.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandWhy does this site constantly call AC/DC "heavy metal"? They're a hard rock band who's lead guitarist plays distorted blues riffs.
  • Frank from Melbourne, Australiathey sing "it's a long way to the SHOP if you want a saussage roll"
  • Spiro from Bethlehem, PaI have an 8 year daughter who LOVES this song. Everytime we get into my car I have to put in my Bonn Fire cd set and play it for her.

    Bonn Scott is and was the greatest front man. Unfortunately his death put AC-DC over the top.
  • Bradyn from Melfort, SkThe album isn't TNT, that's a song on the album. The album is called High Voltage.
  • Austin from Bristow, VaRock N' Roll ain't no walk in the park. This song says all. Rock on AC/DC.
  • Rachel from St Albert, AbThis song was written by Bon and George.
    Bon would write little ideas in his note book, and George would help him out. He'd even get Malcolm to help. He'd call him over and say "Mal, come bail me out".
  • Mike from Ponoka, AbWhen I Heard This Song.... I Reliezed That Rock 'N'Roll Will Never Die! :)
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