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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: 100th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 1,500 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1980 (3rd)
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Back In Black is ranked as the best album by AC/DC.

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85/100
From fredbarnsky 03/13/2019 18:58
A piece of Hard Rock history. Absolute Classic. 88/100 rating.

Best Songs: Hells Bells; Shoot To Thrill; Back In Black; You Shook Me All Night Long

Worst Songs: Shake a Leg; What Do You Do For Money
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From Villain 01/03/2019 16:42
To me, this is the perfect straightforward, no nonsense hard rock record. Every single song is a gem and its probably the album I've listened to the most in my lifetime. Every time I listen to it I find more to like. Its a massive accomplishment to make your best record with a new singer. I like the albums that follow this quite a bit too, but this is definitely my favorite.
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From VictorVale 12/27/2018 11:20
Um dos grandes álbum de rock de todos os tempos. Até hoje ouvido!
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100/100
From Jakevitale1 12/04/2018 00:04
Whether you like this kind of music or not you can’t deny that this album is possibly the greatest comeback in music history. 2nd highest selling album of all time. Bon Scott was one of the greatest and his death was a huge shake to the music world so to come back with this album is truly amazing. Brian Johnson gets a lot of shit but he’s a fantastic singer. While most of the songs are overplayed they’re over played for a good reason: THEY KICK ASS!!! One song that I wanna mention is Shake A Leg it’s the most under appreciated song on the album with the best riff, solo, and vocals. The fact that people actually say this album sucks makes me laugh so hard
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70/100
From Aaron98 11/22/2018 01:15
As tired and redundant as AC/DC is, this album's actually pretty dang solid. Honestly, I can't put into words how much I hate the radio, and how much they've ruined countless bands. There will be literally thousands of fantastic bands that will never get played on the radio cause of way too many dumb reasons to count, but AC/DC to this day gets played on the radio, every, single, day... That being said I think this is still genuenly a pretty good album. "Hells Bells", "Shoot to Thrill", "Back in Black", "You Shook me all Night Long", are really good, despite the radio ruining them for me. It feels like the least offensive AC/DC release, cause honestly, their albums usually just offend me in how lazy and bad they can get, but if anyone wants to get into AC/DC, I would recommend listening to 'Back in Black" first. It's a great classic rock album for anyone who likes classic rock, and that classic radio boi.
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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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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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2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
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