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Back In Black (album) by AC/DC 

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Back In Black
Back In Black by AC/DC (1980)
Overall rank: 98th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 1,455 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1980 (3rd)
Top 20 albums of the 1980s (13th)
Top 100 albums of all time (98th)

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AC/DC bestography

Back In Black is ranked as the best album by AC/DC.

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 1,455 votes)
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From Killerviolin 11/05/2018 04:41
Looking at the other ratings puts things into perspective. Rock n roll isn't for everybody, but if it is for you, this album is a must listen. Not my personal favorite ACDC album, but I'll be damned if it isn't up there with my favorites. Brian Johnson's vocals alone make this album worth it.
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From PaperVinnie 11/03/2018 02:14
"I hate this album, it's pretentious and boring."

I realize this comment is from just under a decade ago, and responding to it is pointless...

But that is quite literally the exact polar opposite of what this album is. I died of laughter when I read this. I mean, I'm not crazy about this album either, but be realistic lmaooooo
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55/100
From bonnequestion 10/14/2018 03:51
This album sucks, but it's also good. Why? It's repetitive and not very original. But it sounds good. The songs are mostly bad, but if you listen to them one at a time, you might like them because they're full of energy and very well produced. The problem is that this album is more or less 10 times the same song. The hits are good, the fillers suck, but they are always based on the same beat, the same power chords/riffs and the same stupid lyrics about sex or booze. However, I really like how the drums sound in this album, same for the guitars.

Lyrics: 0/10
Creativity: 0/10
Energy: 10/10
Production value: 10/10
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From antaiospiano 09/21/2018 10:09
Gee, never heard this sound before... at least they don’t equate the amount of notes to quality like a lot of ‘80s bands that followed, but yet the solos are not very - no - very not creative.
It’s clear where Axl Rose got his vocals from, which makes that band even less original than I thought it was. But back to AC/DC: it’s also clear where they got their vocals from: Led Zeppelin. But Plant was inspired by soul and actually understands that ‘wildness’ is not just the reciting of simple melodies with a funny screeching voice, but it actually requires some creativity.
Again, the creativity is the problem with their music. Every part of the band does exactly what you would expect from it, no surprises. “But you just don’t get it, it’s simplistic, it’s supposed to be this way”. No, that’s The Stooges’ debut or The Beatles’ Rubber Soul, because it’s simplistic yet not simple; you can hear creativity; you can get surprised by that music; and even if that weren’t the case, at least their sound was new.
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From JimagineL 09/15/2018 04:12
As much as I grew more and more indiferent from AC/DC and their overly bland and dumb lyrics with repetitive sound, I Have to admit, this has to be one of the, If not the greatest comeback in music history.
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80/100
From Goliath 06/02/2018 17:10
Number 98, but not in the top thousand by ratings. How does that work? It would seem that the higher profile albums are more likely to get into the BEA chart, but 'better' higher rated albums do not. Plot hole I think.....
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From kingofstorm 04/17/2018 07:21
Consistent album. Really great stuff. Runs like a Best Of, which is always a good sign. Brian Johnson's vocals aren't as grating as they are on latter album, but Angus, Malcom and Cliff Williams really shine here.

RIP Bon. Rest in Hell you beautiful devil.
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From Junomoogmello 03/18/2018 16:04
To come back with an album like this after the death of Bon Scott is quite remarkable really. When you consider the heights they climbed to with Bon Scott on vocals it was quite a risk selecting a replacement who sounded similar. Hats off to Brian Johnson for pulling it off. The opening track is a sizzler, the way the drums and guitars sync to the tolling bell is spot on. Great album for working out to, beats the junk they play through the speakers at the gym any day!
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From Sandrof1969 02/17/2018 09:38
Morto Bon Scott, i suoi compagni lo rimpiazzano con quel caterpillar di Brian Johnson e lo commemorano con questo "Back in black". Disco dal suono maggiormente FM rispetto ai precedenti ma comunque ottimo e trascinato verso un successo planetario e ad oggi ancora in corso dalle due hits costituite dalla canzone omonima e da "You shook me all night long".
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From ecm22 01/24/2018 16:53
Half the album sounds like a greatest hits compilation, the songs are so great and recognisable.

And the ones I hadn't heard are arguably even better!
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