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Bon Scott, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young hit on a new level of songwriting maturation with 1978's Powerage. You can hear it straight from the first track, "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation," which throws in some handclaps and back-up singers to flesh out their tale of eternal punishment, while "What's Next to the Moon" pushes the band out of their lyrical comfort zone with its mythic storytelling. This album marks the debut of bassist Cliff Williams, who keeps the rhythm nailed down with drummer Phil Rudd as Angus tears through complex new songs like "Riff Raff." This would be the last album with Harry Vanda and older brother George Young on board as producers and their last before exploding into global superstardom.

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AC/DC's best

It doesn't get better than this if it's AC/DC you want. This was back in the day when they made that beautiful bluesy sound that no one plays anymore. I'm surprised and disappointed that Riff Raff never became a concert staple, it's probably one of their best songs they've ever done. This is probably one of the most underrated albums ever, which is weird because it belongs to the giant that is AC/DC. When you think of them, no one thinks about their bluesy days with Bon, which is sad because that was their best music.

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Insanely underrated. Listen to it, people!

This album picks up where "Whole Lotta Rosie" left off; this fast, straightforward, and driving energy is behind all the songs on "Powerage." It's a more streamlined sound from the rough and raw takes heard on "Let There Be Rock" and other past albums, yet it still retains the in-your-face rock 'n' roll essence that IS AC/DC. Clean, outstanding production that sounds ahead of its time compared to other rock records. The lyrics are less about Bon getting some in and drinking the night away, but instead reveal a jilted, struggling, working-class version of him; makes this album much darker than the others. After several listens to "Powerage" though, its follow-up, "Highway To Hell," almost sounds too clean. I suppose bringing in Mutt Lange's production work also brought in the anthemic, poppier, AC/DC party songs that everyone knows the words to; and therefore, less attention to gems like this. A lot of people ignore this album, it seems... that's why I chose to start listening to AC/DC with this album. Give it a try!

Best AC/DC Album

For me, this is the best AC/DC album. Hands down. Pure rock n' roll, but with a hint of the blues make for great songs. If you like AC/DC's more popular tunes you might find this a bit hard to swallow. But if you ask me… this is really is their best.


Formed: 1973 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

AC/DC's mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s, and is now one of the defining sounds of rock and metal. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge and bludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next...
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