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AC/DC Joins Billion Views Club on YouTube – But Not With the Song You’d Expect. Hard rock trailblazers and mainstays AC/DC are one of the most enduring classic rock bands of the 20th century, so it’s no huge surprise that the Australian rockers just entered YouTube’s ‘billion views club’ (an unofficial group of artists who can boast that at least one of their music videos has crossed the one-billion views mark on the video streaming platform).
But which AC/DC classic crosses the threshold into that rarified company? Well, it’s probably not the song you’d expect. While their blockbuster Back to Black album contains two top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits in “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back In Black,” those aren’t the first AC/DC tracks to hit one billion views on YouTube; although they notched five No. 1s on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, none of those bangers have crossed the billion mark; nor is it one of the band’s undying classics from the Bon Scott era, such as “Highway to Hell,” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” or “T.N.T.”; and it’s not their highest charting hit on the Hot 100, “Moneytalks,” which peaks at No. 23 in 1991.
So what makes “Thunderstruck” such a favorite on YouTube? Perhaps it’s the fact that many of their classic hits with stronger mainstream recognition preceded the MTV music video era (although “You Shook Me” did receive a second video in the format’s golden era when AC/DC did the soundtrack to the bizarre killer-vehicle movie Who Made Who); “Thunderstruck,” meanwhile, came out well after MTV debuted and before music videos became a scarce commodity on cable TV.
Credits: Joe Lynch / Billboard Magazine
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