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Back in Black, AC/DC Back in Black by AC/DC ranked # 73 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.

Back In Black is the seventh studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 25 July 1980 (see 1980 in music). It is also AC/DC's sixth international studio album. All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Brian Johnson.

Back In Black was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died unexpectedly in February 1980. The band considered disbanding following Scott's death, but ultimately decided to continue and shortly thereafter hired Johnson as their new lead singer and lyricist.

Though the Young brothers had begun work on their next studio album prior to Bon's death, and Bon Scott had written lyrics for potential new songs, the decision was made to redo the album from scratch upon hiring Johnson. Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had previously worked with AC/DC on Highway to Hell, was again brought in to produce.

Designed as a tribute to Scott, and built on a theme of mortality and hedonism, the resulting album contained some of AC/DC's biggest hits, including the title track, "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long," and many others. It went on to become AC/DC's most popular album, the second best-selling album of all time and the biggest selling album by a band of all time, with more than 42 million copies sold worldwide. In 2006 Back in Black was certified by the RIAA as the fourth best-selling album in the United States, tied with Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II with 21 million copies sold.

Track Listing
  1. Hells Bells
  2. Shoot to Thrill
  3. What Do You Do for Money Honey
  4. Givin' the Dog a Bone
  5. Let Me Put My Love into You
  6. Back In Black
  7. You Shook Me All Night Long
  8. Have a Drink on Me
  9. Shake a Leg
  10. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

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