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Highway to Hell

AC/DC

1979

Highway to Hell
Album Summary

Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 27 July 1979. It was the last album featuring lead singer Bon Scott, who would die early the following year on 19 February 1980.

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3.67

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Genres
Hard Rock

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Tue Mar 16 2021
2

Popped the first song on out of respect for the project but as the second started I remembered that all AC/DC songs sound the same and are average at best.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Touch too much is ACDCs best song and I’ll fight anyone that says differently

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

AC/DC is like a delicious plain chocolate ice cream. Every bite is going to be basically the same, but you aren't gonna be all that mad about it.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

unclear if the album would be better if it were just "Highway to Hell" 10 times. definitely prefer Back in Black over this one. 4/5

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Sun Apr 25 2021
2

Other than the title song, the music’s rather mundane

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Man, listen. When I was learning how to play guitar in high school, it was all classic rock for me, and I’ll never forget when we hooked up Dad’s turntable and I put this on for the first time. I instantly fell in love with this album. So many killer riffs, some great, memorable (and easy) lyrics. It’s pure rock, plain and simple. And there are even a couple songs on here to deflect the claim that every AC/DC song sounds the same (I’m thinking “Walk All Over You” and “Night Prowler”). Of course, a lot of it does sound the same, and if you don’t like that sound, this probably won’t work for you. But if you do, this is undeniably one of AC/DC’s best. The last album with Bon Scott, which was followed THE NEXT YEAR with Back in Black. Talk about a one-two punch. This is a certified classic for me, and one I just recently picked up on vinyl. I’m writing this review in bed before I even get up to listen to the album. I feel electrified. Favorite tracks: Every track really, but Highway to Hell, Night Prowler, Love Hungry Man, Touch Too Much, Beating Around the Bush. Album cover: Iconic. Stone cold classic. Bloody legendary. I have a poster of this stashed under my bed. Angus with the devil horns and tail to distract from the fact that Bon Scott is wearing a pentagram. Guy in the middle with the “fluoride stare.” Rock and roll is most certainly the devil’s music. Nobody talk to me. 5/5

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

lol I almost shouldn't listen, I've heard this album a kazillion times. I'll admit I prefer their 80s stuff but this is my fav of the Bon era. A lot more oomph than the albums before it, and imo where sooo many 80s metal bands got their ideas... and Airbourne too haha. 5/5.

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Tue Nov 17 2020
5

Classic album. Great send-off for Bon

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

I mean, it's Highway to Hell. It's good, classic rock. Enjoy it.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Classic, high energy, feel good

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

One of the best blues based rock albums ever made.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

i shouldn't have to comment on this album. i've been regularly listening to it for 40 years. it's amazing.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

🟦 98 🥇 Highway to Hell 🥈 Night Prowler 🥉 Girls Got Rhythm

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Mon Jul 17 2023
5

5 I’m going to try to avoid echoing what I think my Dad’s review will sound like as much as I can here, but I do have to validate one thing that I know he’ll say - that being, AC/DC with Bon Scott is true AC/DC, and there wasn’t a bad album released by the group while he was a part of it. Meanwhile, Back in Black is kinda meh and everything after that mostly sucks. I don’t have anything outright against Brian Johnson, but I don’t really care for his vocals, and more importantly, the sound of the group as a whole changed with his involvement - the heavy, raw AC/DC sound that we know and love came to an end with this album, and Back in Black ushered in a new era of overproduced, polished radio rock music. Anyway, that’s my segue to Highway to Hell - it’s probably the group’s best, though as I said before, you really can’t go wrong with any Bon Scott AC/DC album. Either way, what a note to go out on. I know a lot of people accuse every AC/DC song of sounding the same, and I can admit a lot of them do have a similar sound. If you don’t like one song on this album, you’re most likely not going to enjoy the rest, but if you do enjoy the sound of one song, there’s a good chance you’re going to enjoy the bulk of this album. For me in particular, it would be really hard to pick a favorite, though I can probably point to the title track Highway to Hell as probably being my least (most likely due to it being overplayed). However, I will say Girls Got Rhythm, Touch Too Much, and Shot Down in Flames are highlights - though nothing here is bad. I know I normally make fun of cock rock bands for their macho, oversexualized lyrics, but AC/DC somehow is able to do so in a way that just feels naturally cool. I think it helps that they seem to have a degree of self-awareness and humor in their music, and hell, even a dose of humility with Shot Down in Flames. How often do you hear a rock track literally being about striking out with women? I also really like the closer Night Prowler, which involves a really cool buildup of the music that sends the album off on a high note. It’s admittedly a little creepy (and more so in hindsight because of the whole Richard Ramirez thing), but I think its intentions are mostly grounded. Also, I always thought it was kind of funny that Bon Scott’s last words on an album are “Shazbot. Nanu nanu.” I probably haven’t listened to this album all the way through since high school, but as I was doing so for this review, I realized I have just about every song here saved to a master Spotify playlist. So, while I really didn’t set out to give this a 5, I think I’d be lying if I didn’t put it there - this is a truly enjoyable album that has played a big part in my life and musical development. I realize rating this higher than Zeppelin IV is probably insane and deserving of getting my music nerd card taken away, and yes, I’m aware that that album is objectionably better from probably a number of perspectives, but at the end of the day, I have fonder memories of AC/DC and find myself coming back to them a bit more. So, we’re gonna pull the trigger on the 5 - Hell ain’t a bad place to be after all. Sorry I missed the cover band, Dad!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Good album however none of the songs really really stands out which prevents it from getting a 5

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Tue May 23 2023
4

If You Want Songs About Fucking That Are Barely Couched In Metaphor (You’ve Got It).

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Tue May 30 2023
4

Good album, doesn't feel like there are any low points.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

it was ok. you're average AC/DC

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Fri May 13 2022
3

this is a good album but i literally don’t care

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Very solid rock. Should be played as loud as possible, the chien would say.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
2

While the music is pretty dull and doofy, this is lyrical poetry of the highest order, no? She had the face of an angel Smiling with sin A body of Venus with arms Dealing with danger Stroking my skin Let the thunder and lightening start It wasn't the first It wasn't the last It wasn't that she didn't care She wanted it hard And wanted it fast She liked it done medium rare I mean, these guys must be scholars of the pre-Renaissance Italian troubadours of the 12th-century – the golden age of the sestina (which “Touch Too Much” clearly is, with only the slightest modernizing modifications) – to write such refined verse.

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Tue Mar 28 2023
2

I listened to this album whilst barreling down a literal highway, and while my destination wasn't “Hell,” it might as well have been.

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Fri Dec 11 2020
5

This thing kicks so much ass. Just a blood pumping, testosterone fest. A lot of the tracks sound the same, but I don’t even care. It is an adrenaline ride

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Discazo. Aunque de cierto modo sucede algo como con Motörhead, en donde hay una fórmula que aplican a lo largo de toda su carrera, AC/DC tiene la ventaja de tener más variación dentro de esa misma fórmula y hacer algo como este disco, con canciones como Highway To Hell, perfectamente apegada a la estructura que siempre usan o Love Hungry Man que está bastante fuera del esquema y deja lucir al bajo con un ritmo que casi tiene funk. Más puntos por pensar que este es su sexto disco, pero en los 5 anteriores se pueden encontrar muchas joyas, y que los que le siguen (ya incluso con otro vocal) están también llenos de cosas buenas.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

My friends are gonna be there too...

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

One of the top 10 greatest rock albums ever. Pure rock. No BS.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Their best album imo, Bon's best work and one the truly great rock albums of all time.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Sólo por la canción de Highway to Hell se merece un 5...

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

When you see this album cover, you should already know. These wild boys will rock your socks off whether that is on a hot summer day playing outside, jamming out with an air guitar, or watching any Iron Man movie. I think this might be my favorite of their albums but Back In Black might be there too. Either way, if you are looking for rock, roll, and blood, you've got it.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Great album and full of fun. I liked that every song was a rock out song, no slow bits at all

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Its a great album. Fun, catchy pop rock

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Eu gosto mais do Back In Black por pura nostalgia mas Highway to Hell eh gold tambem

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Bon Scott’s last album. The end of an era the last AC/DC album that still felt a little bit raw before they came back with the monster that was Black in Black. Crunching riffs, great solos, childish innuendo, unforgettable choruses and a relentless rhythm section that makes you nod your head and stomp your feet. Rock and Roll perfection.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Banging album. Back to black is better though

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Incredible rock n roll, first time listening to a full AC/DC album. Everything is awesome! Just wish the drums were crazier!!!

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Fri May 21 2021
5

No complaints here. A cohesive album, didn't think there was a bad song, very much enjoyed

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Power Chords? ✅. Awesome Guitar solos? ✅. Brian Johnson vocals? ✅ . If all 3 are correct, you have an AC/DC album, please rate high and move along.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Loved AC/DC as a kid, was more used to Brian Johnson but Jon Bon Scott is just as iconic for ACDC (always think it’s cool how similar singers they are) and I think it was his final album before he died. Can’t think of much to say… it’s ACDC. It rocks.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

This is what you imagine when you think of Classic Australian Rock. Great Album. Shazbot Nanu Nanu.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Already knew this one. Great hard rock album.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Raspy, shows its age in a good way. tons of focus on the drums.

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Sun May 30 2021
5

Vinte. As mãos e os pés enchem-se de choques, tarifa bihorária. MotA: Highway to Hell "Livin' easy, lovin' free"

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Thu May 20 2021
5

I've always had it in my head that AC/DC basically just write the same song over and over again, but I ended up really enjoying the album from start to finish. Musical highlight of my weekend.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

absolut brillianter Klassiker

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Even though I prefer bon Scott as a singer, I think back in black was a better album

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

One of the absolute greatest.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Простой, лаконичный, дерзкий. И поэтому такой популярный. Направлялись по дороге в ад, а приехали к мировой славе. Классика на века.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

Начинаем утро пятницы с эйсидиси)))

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

It's iconic. The final stand of the Bon Scott era of AC/DC and it was an amazing (If unintentional) way to send the man off. It start's with probably their most anthemic song and doesn't stop the amazing pace until the final refrains of Night Prowler. A personal highlight is the sudo deep cut of If You Want Blood

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

Great album, didn't know as many of the songs as I thought I would. Night prowler, shot down in flames, and, of course, the epic title track were the highlights. Funny to think that some people used to think that this was as heavy/fast/extreme/metal as music would ever become - if they only knew!

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

It is a classic, and it's pretty much flawless.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

You don’t get to be one of the quintessential rock bands of history by releasing boring albums.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

So much Rock'n'Roll! Love Bon Scotts singing. Iconic album.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

It's 'Highway to Hell', c'mon.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Rock puro. Guitarreo, ritmo y fuerza. Todo un clasicazo de una superbanda

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

I was in the mood to turn my brain off and ROCK!!! so I'm glad to get this today. 40 minutes of straight-up rock anthems. I'm going to give this 5 stars because it's a classic good time. My only criticism is that at least 70% of the lyrics are about how much they like having sex with women... maybe mix it up a bit and throw in more lyrics about partying or Satan?

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Album had a lot more bangers than I’d realize

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

99. Highway to Hell - AC/DC 10 tracks. I think I've mentioned before that I REALLY didn't like AC/DC in my younger days, (along with The Cure), and old me now wonders what on Earth was going on in my head back then? Absolutely love this. 5/5

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Lendário. Não conhecia a história do álbum (o que deixou minha redescoberta mais interessante). Destaque, é claro, para a faixa-título: um misto de entusiasmo e movimento, de ritmo e fuga; coisas que nos tiram a gravidade, a tensão.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

Embarrassing moment of second-guessing myself with this. I initially listened to this, perfectly enjoying it, but with the critical intention of determining whether this monolith of rock warranted the full 5 stars, an intention that slightly drained the sheer pleasure. This is not the mindset to approach this album, or any AC/DC album. Yes, I know, that's obvious. So, I applied some common sense. I went out and did enough physical labour to require a fistful of Deep Heat (I dug graves for two dogs), got some beers in and just rocked out (if any band justifies the employment of the phrase "rock out", it's surely AC/DC). And to nobody's surprise I loved every note, every clear, direct, unpretentious note. Akin to a perfectly cooked steak, the exact amount of taste and blood.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

A masterclass in feel good metal. Anything other than 5 is an insult.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

Great album. The best sounding album recorded with Bon Scott. The songs are fantastic but this is the first album the band recorded with producer, Mutt Lange, who really pushed AC/DC into the big league. Best songs are the title track, Touch Too Much and If You Want Blood. Weakest tracks are Love Hungry Man and Night Prowler. However, these are still good tracks.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Listened to on 4/18/22 5/5 Favorite song: Highway to Hell Absolutely classic - listened to it 3 times

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Un album tellement classique. En plus Bon Scott au chant ! J,adore, un de mes prefs de AC/DC. À écouter 5/5

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Sat May 14 2022
5

yeah okay all AC/DC songs are in four and are all about having sex but have you considered dudes rock

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Formative Album for me. I love this shit, and so many good memories with it. Will forever ring out in my home.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

A stone classic. Finishes strangely slowly, but otherwise it's a snarling monster. Great driving album, too!

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

AC/DC in their classic period when almost every song they wrote became a rock standard - the louder the better.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Great album! Every track a winner here. Disturbing side note: - the connection between serial killer Richard Ramirez the “Night Stalker” and the final track - it was pretty creepy at the time…

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

The last AC/DC to sound like a barroom rock band. After this, their sound morphed into something far bigger and more electrifying. The title track is an all-time classic rock song, and deeper cuts like Shot Down In Flames, Girls Got Rhythm, Night Prowler, and If You Want Blood are all great.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

classic, no skipper highway to hell and night prowler are top

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Knock out of an album. Some absolute classic hits, with Bon Scott at his best.

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